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Type: Correspondence
Published: 2018-02-15
Page range: 439–440
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Separation of monophyletic groups into distinct genera should consider phenotypic discontinuities: the case of Lasiurini (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae)

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto de Biologia, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biodiversidade e Biologia Evolutiva, CEP 21941-902, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz Mata Atlântica, CEP 22713-375, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Zoologia, CEP 31270-901, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde, CEP 13565-905, São Carlos, SP, Brazil
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz Mata Atlântica, CEP 22713-375, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Mammalia Chiroptera Vespertilionidae


Baird et al. (2015) split Lasiurus into three distinct genera (Aeorestes, Dasypterus and Lasiurus) based on tree topology and divergence times for the tribe Lasiurini. This arrangement has not been widely adopted by the scientific community and was criticized by Ziegler et al. (2016). More recently, Baird et al. (2017) reinforced the taxonomic arrangement of Lasiurini comprised by three genera. Baird et al. (2015, 2017) provided the most comprehensive phylogenetic analyses of Lasiurus and offer important insights on the phylogeny and alpha-taxonomy of the group. However, we disagree with the taxonomic arrangement proposed at the genus level and explain our point below.



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