Supraspecific taxa as terminals in cladistic analysis: implicit assumptions of monophyly and a comparison of methods

  title={Supraspecific taxa as terminals in cladistic analysis: implicit assumptions of monophyly and a comparison of methods},
  author={Olaf R. P. Bininda-Emonds and Harold N. Bryant and Anthony Patrick Russell},
  journal={Biological Journal of The Linnean Society},
Abstract The use of supraspecific terminal taxa to represent groups of species in phylogenetic analyses can result in changes to inferred relationships as compared to a complete species level analysis. These changes in topology result from interactions among (1) the cladistic status of the supraspecific taxa; (2) the method used to represent the taxa as single terminals, and (3) incongruence in the data set. We examine the effects of using supraspecific terminal taxa using a parallel analysis… 

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