[Taxacom] "Protista"

Stephen Thorpe s.thorpe at auckland.ac.nz
Sun Jul 19 04:10:43 CDT 2009

the problem remains that the old "Protista" might be splittable into  
some obviously monophyletic groups, plus probably a paraphyletic  
residue. If the animals, plants & fungi clearly belong to one or more  
of the clearly monophyletic lineages, then "something has gotta give",  
in terms of the traditional 4 kingdoms of eukaryotes! "Protista" will  
have suffered the same fate as "Pisces", "Reptilia", and other former  
taxa. Continuing to use Protista as a taxon in this scenario is a very  
different issue to tolerating paraphyletic residues...


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