iNat’s taxonomy mostly implements what are believed to be monophyletic groups, but includes at least a handful of clearly paraphyletic groups. I thought it might be useful to have a list of these to add to as they come up, and I couldn’t find one.
In a previous discussion, now closed, here:
we identified a few examples.
Dicots excluding monocots
Lizards excluding snakes
Reptiles excluding birds
Lobe-finned fish excluding tetrapods
and I’ve just found out that Crustaceans on iNat excludes insects.
Please note that I am not objecting to the inclusion of paraphyletic groups. I find great use in paraphyletic groups, and as an evolutionary biologist find the arguments against mentioning them very unconvincing, particularly in a public facing platform like this. But it is very much worth knowing that they are paraphyletic.
My focus here is this question: What other paraphyletic groups does iNat implement? Thank you.