Journal article

An Integrative Approach Using Phylogenomics and High-Resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography for Species Delimitation in Cryptic Taxa

Kirilee Chaplin, Joanna M Sumner, Christy Hipsley, Jane Melville

Systematic Biology | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020


Morphologically cryptic taxa have proved to be a long-standing challenge for taxonomists. Lineages that show strong genomic structuring across the landscape but are phenotypically similar pose a conundrum, with traditional morphological analyses of these cryptic lineages struggling to keep up with species delimitation advances. Micro X-ray computed tomography (CT) combined with geometric morphometric analyses provides a promising avenue for identification of morphologically cryptic taxa, given its ability to detect subtle differences in anatomical structures. However, this approach has yet to be used in combination with genomic data in a comparative analytical framework to distinguish crypti..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (to K.C.), Linnean Society of New South Wales (Joyce W. Vickery Scientific Research Fund to K.C.), Museums Victoria (1854 Student Scholarship to K.C.), University of Melbourne (Loftus Hill Memorial Award to K.C.), Australian Museum Research Institute (Peter Rankin Herpetology Trust Fund to K.C.), Society of Australian Systematic Biologists (Australian Conservation taxonomy Award to K.C.), Australian Society of Herpetologists (Student Research Award to K.C.), ARC DECRA DE180100629 (to C.A.H.), and Pittsworth District Landcare (to J.M.).