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Title: A nine-family classification of caecilians (Amphibia: Gymnophiona)
Contributor(s): Wilkinson, Mark (author); San Mauro, Diego (author); Sherratt, Emma (author); Gower, David J (author)
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: We propose a new family-level classification of caecilians that is based on current understanding of phylogenetic relationships and diversity. The 34 currently recognised genera of caecilians are diagnosed and partitioned into nine family-level taxa. Each family is an hypothesised monophylum, that, subject to limitations of taxon sampling, is well-supported by phylogenetic analyses and is of ancient (Mesozoic) origin. Each family is diagnosed and also defined phylogenetically. The proposed classification provides an alternative to an exclusive reliance upon synonymy in solving the longstanding problem of paraphyly of the Caeciliidae.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Zootaxa (2874), p. 41-64
Publisher: Magnolia Press
Place of Publication: New Zealand
ISSN: 1175-5334
Field of Research (FOR): 060301 Animal Systematics and Taxonomy
060809 Vertebrate Biology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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