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A morpho-molecular classification of the mosses (Bryophyta)

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Molecular relationships within the Bryopsida are inferred from a new approach, i.e., the combined analysis of solely non-coding plastid markers (trnL UAA intron, atpB-rbcL spacer, psbA-trnH spacer). The current state of moss systematics is discussed with respect to the impact of this approach as well as other recently published molecular phylogenies and phylogenomic inferences. Taking into account the progress that has been made in the last few years by analysing molecular and non-molecular data, a new synopsis of the suprageneric classification of the Bryophyta is presented. Taxonomic changes comprise a re-evaluation of the taxonomy of Takakia (including Takakiophytina stat. nov.), Gigaspermidae subclass. nov., elevation of subfamilies of Dicranaceae to family level (Amphidiaceae stat. nov., Dicranellaceae stat. nov., Oncophoraceae stat. nov.), Hypodontiaceae fam. nov. and Helicophyllales ord. nov.
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Keywords: ATPB-RBCL SPACER; BRYOPHYTA; MOLECULAR PHYLOGENY; PSBA-TRNH SPACER; SUPRAGENERIC CLASSIFICATION; TRNLUAA INTRON

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2008

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  • Nova Hedwigia is an international journal publishing original, peer-reviewed papers on current issues of taxonomy, morphology, ultrastructure and ecology of all groups of cryptogamic plants, including cyanophytes/cyanobacteria and fungi. The half-tone plates in Nova Hedwigia are known for their high quality, which makes them especially suitable for the reproduction of photomicrographs and scanning and transmission electron micrographs.
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