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Biological systematics : the state of the art

Author: Alessandro Minelli
Publisher: London ; New York : Chapman & Hall, 1993.
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Provides a critical overview of the state of the art in biological systematics and presents a broad perspective of the subject, covering its history, theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on the  Read more...

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Minelli, Alessandro.
Biological systematics.
London ; New York : Chapman & Hall, 1993
(OCoLC)646998018
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alessandro Minelli
ISBN: 0412364409 9780412364402
OCLC Number: 27895507
Description: xvi, 387 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Systems and classifications --
1.1. Systematics and taxonomy --
1.2. Classification versus system --
1.3. Biological classifications from Andrea Cesalpino to the New Systematics --
1.4. Evolutionary systematics --
1.5. Numerical taxonomy --
1.6. Hennig's phylogenetic systematics --
1.7. Contrasting systematic schools --
1.8. Towards a natural system of living organisms --
2. Some steps in comparative biology --
2.1. Characters as 'symptoms' for recognizing taxa --
2.2. Characters for choice --
2.3. Homology --
2.4. Homoplasy --
2.5. Character coding --
2.6. Monophyly, paraphyly, polyphyly --
2.7. Determining character polarity --
2.8. Cladograms and trees --
2.9. Numerical methods for the reconstruction of phylogeny --
2.10. Ancestors --
2.11. Fossils and cladistic analysis --
2.12. Grouping and ranking --
2.13. Phylogeny versus adaptation --
3. Biochemical and molecular systematics --
3.1. Micromolecules --
3.2. Macromolecules --
4. The species --
4.1. Species concepts --
4.2. Taxonomic diversity within the species --
4.3. Hybrids --
4.4. Speciation --
5. Resources and media --
5.1. Human resources --
5.2. Institutions --
5.3. Literature --
5.4. Nomenclature --
6. The inventory of natural diversity --
6.1. How many species do we know? --
6.2. Continuing discovery --
6.3. How many species are still to be discovered? --
7. Towards the system --
7.1. Kingdoms and phyla --
7.2. 'Prokaryotes' --
7.3. The major groups of eukaryotes --
7.4. Fungi --
7.5. 'Protists' --
7.6. Metazoans --
7.7. Placozoans --
7.8. Sponges --
7.9. Cnidarians --
7.10. Ctenophorans --
7.11. Platyhelminths --
7.12. Gnathostomulids --
7.13. Mesozoans --
7.14. Aschelminths --
7.15. Pogonophorans --
7.16. Annelids --
7.17. Molluscs --
7.18. Arthropods, excluding insects --
7.19. Insects --
7.20. Onychophorans, tardigrades and pentastomids --
7.21. Bryozoans, brachiopods and phoronids --
7.22. Deuterostomes, excluding chordates --
7.23. Chordates, excluding vertebrates --
7.24. Vertebrates --
7.25. Green plants, excluding angiosperms --
7.26. Angiosperms --
8. Interviews on the daily work of systematists: problems and trends --
8.1. Specialist groups as natural groups --
8.2. Genera --
8.3. Species --
8.4. Infraspecific taxa --
8.5. Characters --
8.6. From field work to monograph --
9. The unequal distribution of taxonomic diversity --
9.1. The very large genera --
9.2. Size distributions of higher taxa --
10. Domesticated animals and cultivated plants --
10.1. Taxonomy and nomenclature of domesticated animals --
10.2. Taxonomy and nomenclature of cultivated plants --
11. Some dangerous trends, and a hope for the future --
App. 1 Zoological checklists and catalogues --
App. 2 Mohn's (1984) general classification of living organisms --
App. 3 'Provisional classification' of the Protista, according to Corliss --
App. 4 Phyla and classes of the Protoctista (Corliss' Protista) according to Margulis et al. (1990) --
App. 5 Mohn's (1984) classification of animals --
App. 6 Nielsen's (1985) classification of the Animalia --
App. 7 Ehler's (1985) system of Plathelminthes --
App. 8 Jamieson's (1988) system of the Oligochaeta --
App. 9 Salvini-Plawen's (1980) classification of the Phylum Mollusca --
App. 10 Haszprunar's (1986) classification of gastropods --
App. 11 Weygoldt and Paulus's (1979) system of the Chelicerata --
App. 12 Shultz's (1990) system of the Chelicerata --
App. 13 Schram's (1986) classification of the Crustacea --
App. 14 Starobogatov's (1988) classification of the Crustacea --
App. 15 Hennig's (1969) system of the Insecta --
App. 16 Hennig's (1985) system of the Chordata --
App. 17 The major groups of Chordata according to Nelson (1969) --
App. 18 Rosen et al.'s (1981) classification of gnathostome vertebrates --
App. 19 Carroll's (1987) classification of vertebrates, including both extinct and living forms --
App. 20 Lauder and Liem's (1983) classification of living bony fishes --
App. 21 Sibley and Ahlquist's (1990) classification of birds --
App. 22 Bremer's (1985) cladistic classification of green plants --
App. 23 Dahlgren's (1989a,b) classification of the flowering plants.
Responsibility: Alessandro Minelli.

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