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Published: 2018-08-23
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Translating a clade based classification into one that is valid under the international code of zoological nomenclature: the case of the lizards of the family Dactyloidae (Order Squamata)

Department of Biology, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859, USA.
Department of Biology, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA 70402, USA.
Department of Biological Science, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 36849, USA.
Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182, USA.
Reptilia

Abstract

In a tour-de-force for anole biology, Poe et al. (2017) provide the most complete phylogenetic analysis of members of the family Dactyloidae yet attempted. The contribution is remarkable in the completeness of sampled taxa and breath of included characters. It is equally remarkable in the concordance of their consensus tree with the topology of previous phylogenetic inferences. Thus, the creation of a near-complete data matrix of extant taxa demonstrates that an asymptote in tree topological stability likely was reached in previous studies with more limited sampling (e.g. Alfoldi 2011, Jackman et al. 1999, Nicholson et al. 2012). Such a result provides hope that major lineages within the anole radiation can be examined consistently by scientists interested in parsing evolutionary patterns emerging within and among them.

 

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