Groupers (Epinephelidae) are a species-rich assemblage of marine reef fishes whose classification has undergone many changes across various taxonomic levels. Over the past two decades, a number of molecular phylogenetic studies have contributed significantly to clarifying the relationships among groupers; however, usage of the relationships recovered by these studies in the classification of groupers has been inconsistent. In this paper, we build upon the most comprehensive phylogeny for groupers and their allies and use it as a framework for a phylogenetic classification of the group. We correct previous errors or omissions in earlier works and hope to lay to rest any doubts regarding previously proposed classification schemes for groupers. The resulting classification scheme includes nine monophyletic genera and the subsummation of all but one previously monotypic genus.
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Articles| August 29 2018
An Inconvenient Monophyly: An Update on the Taxonomy of the Groupers (Epinephelidae)
Ka Yan Ma;
Matthew T. Craig
Matthew T. Craig
2National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, California 92037; Email: email@example.com. Send reprint requests to this address.
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Copeia (2018) 106 (3): 443–456.
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Ka Yan Ma, Matthew T. Craig; An Inconvenient Monophyly: An Update on the Taxonomy of the Groupers (Epinephelidae). Copeia 1 October 2018; 106 (3): 443–456. doi: https://doi.org/10.1643/CI-18-055
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