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The integrative future of taxonomy
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.
Comparative performance of the 16S rRNA gene in DNA barcoding of amphibians
- M. Vences, Meike Thomas, A. van der Meijden, Y. Chiari, D. Vieites
- BiologyFrontiers in Zoology
- 16 March 2005
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.
Underestimation of Species Richness in Neotropical Frogs Revealed by mtDNA Analyses
- Antoine Fouquet, A. Gilles, M. Vences, C. Marty, M. Blanc, N. Gemmell
- Biology, Environmental SciencePloS one
- 31 October 2007
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.
A field guide to the amphibians and reptiles of Madagascar
Vast underestimation of Madagascar's biodiversity evidenced by an integrative amphibian inventory
- D. Vieites, K. C. Wollenberg, F. Andreone, J. Köhler, F. Glaw, M. Vences
- Environmental Science, BiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 19 May 2009
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.
Deciphering amphibian diversity through DNA barcoding: chances and challenges
- M. Vences, Meike Thomas, R. Bonett, D. Vieites
- BiologyPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B…
- 29 October 2005
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.
Initial Diversification of Living Amphibians Predated the Breakup of Pangaea
- Diego San Mauro, M. Vences, M. Alcobendas, R. Zardoya, A. Meyer
- Biology, Environmental ScienceThe American Naturalist
- 17 March 2005
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.
Madagascar as a model region of species diversification.
The conservation status of the world's reptiles
The use of bioacoustics in anuran taxonomy: theory, terminology, methods and recommendations for best practice.
It is shown that small-sized frogs often emit calls with frequency components in the ultrasound spectrum, although it is unlikely that these high frequencies are of biological relevance for the majority of them, and it is illustrated that detection of upper harmonics depends also on recording distance because higher frequencies are attenuated more strongly.