Compiled Family-Level Extant Phylogeny

 

This phylogeny is based off work done for the UC Museum of Paleontology in 2008. A work in progress, the objective is to complete the phylogeny to "family" for all extant groups, to order for extinct lineages. This is a multi-year task, and too big for one person. If you have a minute, please consider contributing to the project. Even just common name tags for nodes are very helpful!

Last Updated: 2014/07/16.
Updated Panarthropoda.

Systematics for this phylogeny: The following phylogeny consists of a well-accepted phylogenetic layout of animals, going until extant families. Low-level (i.e., more specific) nodes have common names first, with taxonomic names in parenthesis for ease of the general public. Placement of a node is based on a composite by the sources cited at the bottom, with the most recent publication taking precedence. The only non-peer reviewed source is the "Tree of Life" project, which itself cites its phylogenies; however, due to its dynamical nature, it is the last resource used.

A resolved phylogeny, even if speculative, is given priority to a phylogeny which contains polytomies.

How to use and read: To recollapse a portion of the tree, just click on it again. A "?" in front of a name indicates that its phylogenetic placement is uncertain, and a dagger (Extinct) indicates that the node and all its descendants are extinct. A "*" indicates that the node is known to be paraphyletic, and "**" indicates that an uncertain number of its child nodes are known to be paraphyletic (though the main node is not). Three stars (***) indicate both of these conditions.

Searching for a node highlights its child nodes in a box. Making this more general is a work in progress.

Linking: Since this project is constantly expanding, links to a particular node may not be stable in the long run. For stable links, use the search function to get to a node you want, and use the resulting permalink.

 

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Metazoa / Coelomata

Deuterosomes
Chordata
Vertebrata
Jawed Vertebrates (Gnathostomata)
Bony Vertebrates (Osteichthyes)
Fleshy-finned Vertebrates (Sarcopterygii)
Tetrapoda
(Unnamed)
(Unnamed)
(Unnamed)
Crown-group tetrapods
Amniota
    Lissamphibiaamphibians
Salientia
Batrachia
Frogs (Anura)
Leiopelmatanura
Bombinanura
Discoglossanura
Pipanura
Neobatrachia
Ranoidea
(Unnamed)
Ranidae*
Rhacophoridae
    Mantellidae
Arthroleptidae
Dendrobatidae
Hemisotidae
Microhylidae
Hyperoliidae
    Petropedetidae
(Unnamed)
Myobatrachidae
    Sooglossidae
(Unnamed)
(Unnamed)
Allophrynidae
    Centrolenidae
    (Unnamed)
Hylidae*
    Pseudidae
Brachycephalidea
Bufonidae
Helophyrnidae
Leptodactylidae*
    Rhinodermatidae
    Mesobatrachia
Pelobatoidea
(Unnamed)
Pelodytidae
    Pelobatidae
    Megophryidae
    Pipoidea
Pipidae
    Rhinophrynidae
    Discoglossidae
    Bombinatoridae
    Leiopelmatidae
    Ascaphidae
    Salamanders (Urodela)
Neocaudata
Salamandroidea
(Unnamed)
(Unnamed)
(Unnamed)
(Unnamed)
Ambystomatidae
    Dicamptodontidae
    Salamandridae
    Proteidae
    Rhyacotritonidae
    (Unnamed)
Amphiumidae
    Plethodontidae
    Cryptobranchoidea
Cryptobranchidae
    Hynobiidae
    Sirenidae
    Cacaelians (Gymnophiona)
(Unnamed)
(Unnamed)
Scolecomorphidae
Caeciliidae*
    Typhlonectidae
    (Unnamed)
Ichtyophiidae
    Uraeotyphlidae
    Rhinaterematidae
    Extinct Albanerpetontidae
    Extinct Tulerpeton
    Extinct Ichthyostega
    Extinct Acanthostega
    (Unnamed)
Extinct Ventastega
    Extinct Metaxygnathus
    Lungfishes (Dipnoi)
    Ray-finned Fishes (Actinopterygii)
Neopterygii
Teleostei*
Elopocephala
Clupeocephala
Euteleostei
Neognathi
    Salmon and relatives (Salmoniformes)
    Otocephala
    Eels and relatives (Elopomorpha)
    Osteoglossomorpha
    Pachycormidae
    Cheirolepididae
    Cartilaginous 'Fishes' (Chondrichthyes)
Sharks and Rays (Neoselachii)
    Holocephali
    Jawless 'Fishes' (Agnatha)
    Tunicata
    Sea stars, urchins, and cucumbers (Echinodermata)
    Protostomes
Ecdysozoa
Panarthropoda
Arthropoda
Hexapoda
(Unnamed)
(Unnamed)
Insecta (Entognatha)insects
Dicondylia
Pterygota
(Unnamed)
Neoptera
Endopterygota
(Unnamed)
Coleopterabeetle,beetles
    Neuropterida
Lacewings (Neuroptera)
Dobsonflies (Megaloptera)
    Snakeflies (Raphidioptera)
(Unnamed)
Hymenopterabee,ant,wasp
    (Unnamed)
Amphiesmenoptera
Lepidopterabutterfly,butterflies,moth
    Caddisflies (Trichoptera)
    Antliophora
(Unnamed)
Fleas (Siphonaptera)
    Scorpionflies (Mecoptera)*
    Flies (Diptera)
    Twisted-wing parasites (Strepsiptera)
Paraneoptera
Condylognatha
Hemiptera
    Thrips (Thysanoptera)
    Psocodea
Bark lice (Psocoptera)*
    Lice (Phthiraptera)
    Polyneoptera
Dictyoptera
(Unnamed)
Termites (Isoptera)
    Cockroaches (Blattodea)
    Mantids (Mantodea)
    Anartioptera
Polyplecoptera
    Plecopterida
Mystroptera
Zoroptera
    Zorotypidae
    Webspinners (Embiidina)
    Stoneflies (Plecoptera)
    Polyorthoptera
Dermapterida
    Earwigs (Dermaptera)
    Orthopterida
Notopterodea
    Notoptera
Rock Crawlers (Grylloblattodea)
    Grylloblattidae
    Gladiators (Mantophasmatodea)
    Mantophasmatidae
    Panorthoptera
Holophasmatodea
    Walking Sticks (Phasmatodea)
    Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Katydids (Orthoptera)
    Dragonflies (Odonata)
    Mayflies (Ephemeroptera)
    Silverfish (Zygentoma)
    Bristletails (Archaeognatha)
    Diplura
    Springtails (Collembola)
    Protura
Chelicerata
Arachnidaspiders,scorpions
    Xiphosura
Myriapodacentipedes,millipedes
Crustaceacrustacean,shrimp,lobster,crab
    Extinct Trilobitomorpha
Onychophoravelvet worm
? Extinct Anomalocaridae
    Tardigradawater bear,tardigrade
    Roundworms (Nematoda)
    Lophotrochozoa
(Unnamed)
Snails, clams, squid, etc (Mollusca)octopus,oyster
    Segmented worms (Annelida)
    Flatworms and relatives (Platyzoa)

 

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