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Monophyletic vs. Paraphyletic

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Monophyleticadjective

(biology) Of, pertaining to, or affecting a single phylum (or other taxon) of organisms.

Paraphyleticadjective

(systematics) Of a defined group of taxa, not including all descendants of the common ancestor of all members.

Monophyleticadjective

(biology) Deriving from a single clade (monophylum).

Monophyleticadjective

(biology) Descending from a single ancestral species.

Monophyleticadjective

Descending from a single ancestral species and containing all descendants of that single ancestor, holophyletic.

Monophyleticadjective

Descending from a single ancestral species but not containing all descendants of that ancestor, paraphyletic.

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Monophyleticadjective

Of or pertaining to a single family or stock, or to development from a single common parent form; - opposed to polyphyletic; as, monophyletic origin.

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