University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna - Research portal

Diagrammed Link to Homepage University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna

Selected Publication:

Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Comment

Year: 2013

Authors: Zachos, FE; Apollonio, M; Barmann, EV; Festa-Bianchet, M; Gohlich, U; Habel, JC; Haring, E; Kruckenhauser, L; Lovari, S; McDevitt, AD; Pertoldi, C; Rossner, GE; Sanchez-Villagra, MR; Scandura, M; Suchentrunk, F

Title: Species inflation and taxonomic artefacts-A critical comment on recent trends in mammalian classification.

Source: Mamm Biol (78), 1 1-6.

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Suchentrunk Franz

Vetmed Research Units
Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology

Recently, many new (extant) mammal species have been named, mostly by raising subspecies to species rank. This is primarily a consequence of the phylogenetic species concept (PSC) that has become very popular over the last few decades. We highlight several cases of splitting and argue that much of this taxonomic inflation is artificial due to shortcomings of the PSC and unjustified reliance on insufficient morphological and/or genetic data. We particularly discourage species splitting based on gene trees inferred from mitochondrial DNA only and phenetic analyses aimed at diagnosability. Uncritical acceptance of new species creates an unnecessary burden on the conservation of biodiversity. (C) 2012 Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Saugetierkunde. Published by Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

© University of Veterinary Medicine ViennaHelp and DownloadsAccessibility statement