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Schlick-Steiner, BC; Steiner, FM; Seifert, B; Stauffer, C; Christian, E; Crozier, RH.
(2010): Integrative taxonomy: a multisource approach to exploring biodiversity.
Annu Rev Entomol. 2010; 55(3):421-438 FullText FullText_BOKU

Good alpha taxonomy is central to biology. On the basis of a survey of arthropod studies that used multiple disciplines for species delimitation, we evaluated the performance of single disciplines. All included disciplines had a considerable failure rate. Rigor in species delimitation can thus be increased when several disciplines chosen for complementarity are used. We present a flexible procedure and stopping rule for integrative taxonomy that uses the information from different disciplines separately. Disagreement among disciplines over the number and demarcation of species is resolved by elucidating and invoking evolutionary explanations for disagreement. With the identification of further promising study organisms and of new questions for in-depth analysis, evolutionary biology should profit from integrative taxonomy. All important rationale is clarity in researcher bias in the decision-making process. The success of integrative taxonomy will further increase through methodological progress, taxonomic training of evolutionary biologists, and balanced resource allocation.
Autor*innen der BOKU Wien:
Christian Erhard
Stauffer Christian
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Arthropods - classification
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complementarity of disciplines
species delimitation hypotheses
resolution of disagreement
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catalysis of evolutionary biology

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