Museomics of tree squirrels: a dense taxon sampling of mitogenomes reveals hidden diversity, phenotypic convergence, and the need of a taxonomic overhaul

Edson F. Abreu-Jr, Silvia E. Pavan, Mirian T. N. Tsuchiya, Don E. Wilson, Alexandre Reis Percequillo & Jesus E. Maldonado
Background: Tree squirrels (Sciuridae, Sciurini), in particular the highly diverse Neotropical lineages, are amongst the most rapidly diversifying branches of the mammal tree of life but also some of the least known. Negligence of this group by phylogeneticists is likely a product of the scarcity or unavailability of fresh tissue samples for DNA sequencing. Lack of comprehensive phylogenies result in highly discrepant taxonomic arrangements that are based exclusively on morphological data—impressively, these are the only...
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