Quentin D. Wheeler

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Phylogenetic relationships among the holometabolous insect orders were inferred from cladistic analysis of nucleotide sequences of 18S ribosomal DNA (rDNA) (85 exemplars) and 28S rDNA (52 exemplars) and morphological characters. Exemplar outgroup taxa were Collembola (1 sequence), Archaeognatha (1), Ephemerida (1), Odonata (2), Plecoptera (2), Blattodea(More)
Revisionary taxonomy is frequently dismissed as merely descriptive, which belies its strong intellectual content and hypothesis-driven nature. Funding for taxonomy is inadequate and largely diverted to studies of phylogeny that neither improve classifications nor nomenclature. Phylogenetic classifications are optimal for storing and predicting information,(More)
that accompany this article, Will and Hebert respond to 10 questions selected by V.S. to reflect the balance of issues raised by the PEET audience (Hebert and Gregory, 2005; Will et al., 2005). Alternatively, you can follow the original debate as all 2 hours of the complete symposium are available to watch as a streaming video from http://(More)
Q. D. WHEELER1 ∗ , S. KNAPP2, D. W. STEVENSON3, J. STEVENSON3, S. D. BLUM4, B. M. BOOM3, G. G. BORISY5, J. L. BUIZER6, M. R. DE CARVALHO7, A. CIBRIAN3, M. J. DONOGHUE8, V. DOYLE3, E. M. GERSON9, C. H. GRAHAM10, P. GRAVES11, S. J. GRAVES12, R. P. GURALNICK13, A. L. HAMILTON1, J. HANKEN14, W. LAW3, D. L. LIPSCOMB15, T. E. LOVEJOY16, H. MILLER5, J. S. MILLER3,(More)
The current advocacy for the so-called PhyloCode has a history rooted in twentieth-century arguments among biologists and philosophers regarding a putative distinction between classes and individuals. From this seemingly simple and innocuous discussion have come supposed distinctions between definitions and diagnosis, classification and systematization, and(More)
Marcelo R. de Carvalho Æ Flávio A. Bockmann Æ Dalton S. Amorim Æ Carlos Roberto F. Brandão Æ Mário de Vivo Æ José L. de Figueiredo Æ Heraldo A. Britski Æ Mário C. C. de Pinna Æ Naércio A. Menezes Æ Fernando P. L. Marques Æ Nelson Papavero Æ Eliana M. Cancello Æ Jorge V. Crisci Æ John D. McEachran Æ Robert C. Schelly Æ John G. Lundberg Æ Anthony C. Gill Æ(More)
This paper discusses the following key messages. Taxonomy is (and taxonomists are) more important than ever in times of global change. Taxonomic endeavour is not occurring fast enough: in 250 years since the creation of the Linnean Systema Naturae, only about 20% of Earth’s species have been named. We need fundamental changes to the taxonomic process and(More)
Recent commentary by Costello and collaborators on the current state of the global taxonomic enterprise attempts to demonstrate that taxonomy is not in decline as feared by taxonomists, but rather is increasing by virtue of the rate at which new species are formally named. Having supported their views with data that clearly indicate as much, Costello et al.(More)