NANFA-- 2 interesting articles in new Copeia

Bruce Stallsmith (
Sun, 17 Feb 2002 16:19:02 -0500

I received the new Copeia yesterday, vol. 2002 no. 1. Two articles in it
would be of interest to NANFA peoples. The first is "Phylogenetic
Relationships of _Percina_ (Percidae: Etheostomatinae)" by Thomas Near, pp.
1-14. He tested the hypothesis that the genus _Percina_ is monophyletic (a
good genus) by examining the cytochrome b genes of all member species. His
analysis supports the monophyly of _Percina_, and interestingly he also
states his opinion that these are not ancestral "primitive" darters contrary
to current wisdom.

And Kenneth Lazara on pp. 227-228 writes of the saga of the reorganization
of _Fundulus cingulatus_ into _F. auroguttatus_ and _F. rubrifrons_ and why,
because of a number of mistakes, _auroguttatus_ should revert to
_cingulatus_ which he has petitioned the ICZN to approve.

There's also a biographic tribute to the late W.L. Minckley.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

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