Taxonomy, slime molds, and the questions we ask.

  title={Taxonomy, slime molds, and the questions we ask.},
  author={Andrew R Swanson and Frederick W. Spiegel and James C. Cavender},
  volume={94 6},
Taxonomic treatments often influence the way we both ask and attempt to answer certain biological questions. The classical taxonomy of the dictyostelid cellular slime molds (Dictyosteliales) involves a convenient set of categories that were developed independent of phylogeny. In order to test whether the characters supporting the classical taxonomy hold any phylogenetic signal, we subjected 19 described taxa belonging to two families (Acytosteliaceae and Dictyosteliaceae) and three genera… CONTINUE READING
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