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The integrative future of taxonomy
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It is concluded that taxonomy needs to be pluralistic to improve species discovery and description, and to develop novel protocols to produce the much-needed inventory of life in a reasonable time. Expand
Underestimation of Species Richness in Neotropical Frogs Revealed by mtDNA Analyses
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This work analyses published and new 16S rDNA sequences from 60 frog species of Amazonia-Guianas to obtain a minimum estimate of the number of undescribed species in this region and proposes a more inclusive pairwise genetic distance of 0.03 between taxa to target lineages that could correspond to candidate species. Expand
Comparative performance of the 16S rRNA gene in DNA barcoding of amphibians
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Experimental evidence is presented that the mitochondrial 16S rRNA gene fulfills the requirements for a universal DNA barcoding marker in amphibians and in terms of universality of priming sites and identification of major vertebrate clades the studied 16S fragment is superior to COI. Expand
Vast underestimation of Madagascar's biodiversity evidenced by an integrative amphibian inventory
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The results suggest that in Madagascar the spatial pattern of amphibian richness and endemism must be revisited, and current habitat destruction may be affecting more species than previously thought, in amphibians as well as in other animal groups. Expand
Deciphering amphibian diversity through DNA barcoding: chances and challenges
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It is suggested that a number of mitochondrial and nuclear genes may be used as DNA barcoding markers to complement cox1, and this taxon was able to correctly identify species including disparate geographic variants. Expand
Initial Diversification of Living Amphibians Predated the Breakup of Pangaea
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A robust molecular phylogeny based on the nuclear RAG1 gene as well as results from a variety of alternative independent molecular clock calibrations suggest that the origin and early divergence of the three living amphibian orders dates back to the Palaeozoic or early Mesozoic, before the breakup of Pangaea, and soon after the divergence from lobe‐finned fishes. Expand
Updated distribution and biogeography of amphibians and reptiles of Europe
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This analysis serves as a preliminary step towards an interactive, dynamic and online distributed database system (NA2RE system) of the current spatial distribution of European amphibians and reptiles and highlights the need to add temporal and altitudinal data for all records to allow tracking potential species distribution changes. Expand
Madagascar as a model region of species diversification.
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Madagascar has a diverse biota that has evolved in isolation, and is characterised by regionally pronounced and locally steep environmental gradients, common patterns of microendemism across taxa and numerous evolutionary radiations, which establish Madagascar as a promising system for the study of pattern and process in species diversification. Expand
The conservation status of the world's reptiles
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The results provide the first analysis of the global conservation status and distribution patterns of reptiles and the threats affecting them, highlighting conservation priorities and knowledge gaps which need to be addressed urgently to ensure the continued survival of the world’s reptiles. Expand
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