follow up on paraphyly / polyphyly

Quicke, Donald L J d.quicke at IMPERIAL.AC.UK
Wed Nov 10 21:10:58 CST 2004


the difference is surely one of how the backbone of the phylogeny would be reconstructed if the taxon in question were coded as a character and you say coded under deltran optimisation. but there will be a class of ambiguous cases which i think are usually called polyphyletic.


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From:   Taxacom Discussion List on behalf of Barry M. OConnor
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Subject:             Re: follow up on paraphyly / polyphyly
At 1:12 PM -0700 11/10/04, Derek Sikes wrote:
>Dear Taxacomers,
>Thanks to those who have replied already. I thought I might add one
>additional bit on this issue:...

I've generally taught that when evaluating previously named taxa in the
light of phylogenetic analysis, paraphyletic groups are those that some
folks will defend to the death, while polyphyletic groups are those most
people realize are "mistakes"! - Barry

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