The secret of the mermaid's purse: phylogenetic affinities within the Rajidae and the evolution of a novel reproductive strategy in skates.


The systematics of the skates in the family Rajidae have been contentious for over 250years, with most studies inferring relationships among geographically clustered species, and non-overlapping taxa and data sets. Rajid skates are oviparous, and lay egg capsules with a single embryo. However, two species exhibit a derived form of egg laying, with multiple… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2014.01.012


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