Neglected taxonomy and continuing extinctions of tuatara (Sphenodon)

  title={Neglected taxonomy and continuing extinctions of tuatara (Sphenodon)},
  author={C. Daugherty and A. Cree and J. M. Hay and M. Thompson},
  • C. Daugherty, A. Cree, +1 author M. Thompson
  • Published 1990
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • TAXONOMIC classification is a primary determinant of manage-ment priorities for endangered species. Neglect of distinct taxa may lead to their extinction, a problem exemplified by management of the New Zealand tuatara, Sphenodon, the only surviving genus of one order of reptiles. The pattern of genetic and morphological differentiation reported here supports a taxonomy dating from 1877 that identified two extant species, one subsequently separated into two subspecies. Tuatara were fully… CONTINUE READING
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