Journal articleTiger subspecific taxonomy is controversial because of morphological and genetic variation found between now fragmented populations, yet the extent to which phenotypic plasticity or genetic variation affects phenotypes of putative tiger subspecies has not been explicitly addressed. In order to assess the role of phenotypic plasticity in determining skull variation,...
Cooper, David M ; Yamaguchi, Nobuyuki ; Macdonald, David W ; Nanova, Olga G ; Yudin, Viktor G …
Consequences of the misidentification of museum specimens: the taxonomic status of Canis lupaster soudanicusResearchers are increasingly using museum collections for taxonomy, systematics, phylogenetics, and faunal analyses, and they assume that taxonomic identifications on museum labels are correct. However, identifications may be incorrect or out of date, which could result in false conclusions from subsequent research. A recent geometric morphometrics analysis of skulls of...
Kitchener, Andrew C ; Machado, Fabio A ; Hayssen, Virginia ; Moehlman, Patricia D ; Viranta, Suvi
The italian zoological gardens and their role in mammal systematic studies, conservation biology and museum collectionsThe opportunities offered to scientific research by living mammal collections are generally overlooked in Italy. This paper presents a short historical overview of the scientific investigations done on captive mammals from Italian zoos, especially those concerning taxonomic research. A glimpse of the opportunities offered by zoo specimens for scientific research...
Gippoliti, Spartaco ; Kitchener, Andrew C
Taxonomic issues in bears: impacts on conservation in zoos and the wild, and gaps in current knowledgeTaxonomy is essential for underpinning conservation science and action, and the international and national implementation of protective legislation. However, many of the current scientific species and subspecies names for bears have a poor scientific basis. Poor understanding of ursid taxonomy could compromise conservation both in the wild and in captivity;...
Kitchener, Andrew C