ZO16052A plethora of planigales: genetic variability and cryptic species in a genus of dasyurid marsupials from northern Australia
Species recognition underpins all attempts to describe and conserve biodiversity. We used DNA, morphological and geographical data to clarify species boundaries and relationships in Planigale, a poorly studied group of small-bodied Australasian marsupials. Our results provide strong evidence for new planigale species and the partitioning of widespread taxa into geographically distinct evolutionary units.
Photo by G. Mifsud.