Tag Archives: DNA barcode

Spiders with an identity crisis: a new taxonomy paper

Two wolf spiders, whose names are┬áPardosa lapponica and Pardosa concinna, run across open ground all over northern Canada. Here’s the problem: these two species of spiders live in a lot of the same places, and they look very similar. Katie … Continue reading

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A big bunch of barcoding

I’ve been interacting with DNA barcoding a lot lately. In the decade since Paul Hebert and colleagues first promoted the use of a single, short gene sequence as a rapid identification tool for animals, a huge body of literature has … Continue reading

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Barcodes and bristles, keys and trees

Much has been written about DNA barcoding, ranging from evangelically PRO to fundamentalist CON. I must confess that my early reactions were negative, not because of the inherent science involved, but because of some unfortunate marketing tactics in the early … Continue reading

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