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Phylogeny and conservation priorities of afrotherian mammals (Afrotheria, Mammalia)
 

Summary: Phylogeny and conservation priorities of afrotherian
mammals (Afrotheria, Mammalia)
MATJAZ KUNTNER, LAURA J. MAY-COLLADO & INGI AGNARSSON
Submitted: 29 November 2009
Accepted: 5 September 2010
doi: 10.1111/j.1463-6409.2010.00452.x
Kuntner, M., May-Collado, L. J. & Agnarsson, I. (2011). Phylogeny and conservation
priorities of afrotherian mammals (Afrotheria, Mammalia). -- Zoologica Scripta, 40, 115.
Phylogenies play an increasingly important role in conservation biology providing a spe-
cies-specific measure of biodiversity evolutionary distinctiveness (ED) or phylogenetic
diversity (PD) that can help prioritize conservation effort. Currently, there are many
available methods to integrate phylogeny and extinction risk, with an ongoing debate on
which may be best. However, the main constraint on employing any of these methods to
establish conservation priorities is the lack of detailed species-level phylogenies. Afrotheria
is a recently recognized clade grouping anatomically and biologically diverse placental
mammals: elephants and mammoths, dugong and manatees, hyraxes, tenrecs, golden moles,
elephant shrews and aardvark. To date, phylogenetic studies have focused on understand-
ing higher level relationships among the major groups within Afrotheria. Here, we provide
a species-level phylogeny of Afrotheria based on nine molecular loci, placing nearly 70%
of the extant afrotherian species (50) and five extinct species. We then use this phylogeny

  

Source: Agnarsson, Ingi - Department of Biology, Universidad de Puerto Rico

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine