What is clade?

  • (noun): A group of biological taxa or species that share features inherited from a common ancestor.

Clade

A clade (from Ancient Greek κλάδος, klados, "branch") or monophylum (see monophyletic) is a group consisting of an ancestor and all its descendants, a single "branch" on the "tree of life". The ancestor may be an individual, a breeding pair, a population or even a species (extinct or extant). Many familiar groups, the rodents and the insects for example, are clades; others, like the lizards and the monkeys, are not.

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Some articles on clade:

Muricopsis Espinosus Mariae
... classification Kingdom Animalia Phylum Mollusca Class Gastropoda (unranked) clade Caenogastropoda clade Hypsogastropoda clade Neogastropoda Superfamily Muricoidea Family Muricidae ...
Staffordiidae - Cladogram
... is considered as sister group of all other families in the limacoid clade ... superfamily to the other families within the limacoid clade limacoid clade Staffordioidea Staffordiidae Dyakioidea Dyakiidae Gastrodontoidea Pristilomatidae Chronidae Euconulidae ...
Limnarchia
... Limnarchia is a clade of temnospondyl amphibians ... The clade was named in a 2000 phylogenetic analysis of stereospondyls and their relatives ... It is the sister group of the clade Euskelia, which is defined as all temnospondyls more closely related to Eryops than to Parotosuchus ...
Cycloneritimorpha
... Cycloneritimorpha (nerites and false-limpets) is a clade of land snails, freshwater snails, and sea snails ... These are gastropod molluscs within the larger clade Neritimorpha. 14 of the families in the clade are extant, and eight of the families are extinct ...
Clade - Nomenclature and Taxonomy
... The idea of a clade did not exist in pre-Darwinian Linnaean taxonomy, which was based by necessity only on internal or external morphological similarities ... ranks to name a long series of nested clades ranks determine the form of names, so names must in many cases change when a name is inserted into such a series and taxon ...