The Tree of Life and a New Classification of Bony Fishes

  title={The Tree of Life and a New Classification of Bony Fishes},
  author={Ricardo Betancur-R and Richard E. Broughton and E. O. Wiley and Kent E. Carpenter and J. Andr{\'e}s L{\'o}pez and Chenhong Li and Nancy I. Holcroft and Dahiana Arcila and Millicent D Sanciangco and James C Cureton II and Feifei Zhang and Thaddaeus J Buser and Matthew A. Campbell and Jes{\'u}s A. Ballesteros and Adela Roa-Var{\'o}n and Stuart C. Willis and W Calvin Borden and Thaine W. Rowley and Paul C. Reneau and Daniel J. Hough and Guoqing Lu and Terry. Grande and Gloria Arratia and Guillermo Ort{\'i}},
  journal={PLoS Currents},
The tree of life of fishes is in a state of flux because we still lack a comprehensive phylogeny that includes all major groups. The situation is most critical for a large clade of spiny-finned fishes, traditionally referred to as percomorphs, whose uncertain relationships have plagued ichthyologists for over a century. Most of what we know about the higher-level relationships among fish lineages has been based on morphology, but rapid influx of molecular studies is changing many established… 

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