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Re: The PhyloCode will not address the naming of species (Was The Papers That Ate Cincinnati)



Tim Williams wrote-

What's the definition of Mirandornithes?

The least inclusive clade comprising _Phoenicopterus ruber_ and_Podiceps cristatus_ (node-based).


In: Sangster, G. (2005). A name for the flamingo--grebe clade. _Ibis_ 147(3):612-615.

(As an aside, Sangster did not include any external specifiers in this definition. However, Livezey and Zusi (2006) found no close relationship between grebes and flamingoes - meaning that [under Sangster's definition] Mirandornithes would be equivalent in content to Neoaves!)

Actually, Livezey and Zusi found grebes and flamingos to both be members of their waterbird clade Natatores inside Neoaves, though with very weak support. Natatores (Baird, 1858) has a much earlier publication date than Mirandornithes, though no phylogenetic definition. Nor do I know how Baird and later authors used the group.


Mickey Mortimer