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Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

Vivien L Chua, Brian Tilston Smith, Ryan C Burner, Mustafa Abdul Rahman, Maklarin Lakim, Dewi M Prawiradilaga, Robert G Moyle, Frederick H Sheldon
The mountains of Borneo are well known for their high endemicity and historical role in preserving Southeast Asian rainforest biodiversity, but the diversification of populations inhabiting these mountains is poorly studied. Here we examine the genetic structure of 12 Bornean montane passerines by comparing complete mtDNA ND2 gene sequences of populations spanning the island. Maximum likelihood and Bayesian phylogenetic trees and haplotype networks are examined for common patterns that might signal important historical events or boundaries to dispersal...
May 22, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Ximo Mengual, Peter Kerr, Allen L Norrbom, Norman B Barr, Matthew L Lewis, Anna M Stapelfeldt, Sonja J Scheffer, Patrick Woods, Md-Sajedul Islam, Cheslavo A Korytkowski, Keiko Uramoto, Erick J Rodriguez, Bruce D Sutton, Norma Nolazco, Gary J Steck, Stephen Gaimari
Current hypotheses of relationship among the species of the fruit fly genera Anastrepha and Toxotrypana are tested using sequence data from six DNA regions: the mitochondrial regions 16S, CAD, and COI, and the nuclear regions EF1a, PER, and PGD. DNA sequences were obtained from 146 species of Anastrepha, representing 19 of the 21 species groups as well as five of the six clades of the robusta group, and four species of Toxotrypana in addition to species of Hexachaeta, Pseudophorellia, Alujamyia, and 13 other tephritid genera used as outgroups...
May 21, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Stefan Wanke, Carolina Granados Mendoza, Sebastian Müller, Anna Paizanni Guillén, Christoph Neinhuis, Alan R Lemmon, Emily Moriarty Lemmon, Marie-Stéphanie Samain
Recalcitrant relationships are characterized by very short internodes that can be found among shallow and deep phylogenetic scales all over the tree of life. Adding large amounts of presumably informative sequences, while decreasing systematic error, has been suggested as a possible approach to increase phylogenetic resolution. The development of enrichment strategies, coupled with next generation sequencing, resulted in a cost-effective way to facilitate the reconstruction of recalcitrant relationships. By applying the anchored hybrid enrichment (AHE) genome partitioning strategy to Aristolochia using an angiosperm probe set, we obtained 231 to 233 out of 517 single or low copy nuclear loci originally contained in the enrichment kit, resulting in a total alignment length of 154,756 bp to 160,150 bp...
May 20, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Erjia Wang, Rien E Van Wijk, Markus Santhosh Braun, Michael Wink
The Hoopoe (Upupa epops epops) breeds widely in Eurasia and most populations migrate to Africa during the boreal winter. To date, data regarding its phylogeography in Europe are missing. In this study, we investigated the phylogeography and population genetics of Hoopoes by means of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequencing as well as microsatellite genotyping. Our analyses revealed 32 haplotypes in the cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) (269 individuals) and 50 haplotypes in cytochrome b (cyt b) (233 individuals)...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Zhumei Ren, A J Harris, Rebecca B Dikow, Enbo Ma, Yang Zhong, Jun Wen
The Rhus gall aphids are sometimes referred to as subtribe Melaphidina (Aphididae: Eriosomatinae: Fordini) and comprise a unique group that forms galls on the primary host plants, Rhus. We examined the evolutionary relationships within the Melaphidina aphids using sequences of the complete mitochondrial genome and with samples of 11 of the 12 recognized species representing all six genera. Bayesian, maximum likelihood and parsimony analyses of the mitochondrial genome data support five well-supported clades within Melaphidina: (1) Nurudea (except N...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Li-Na Sha, Xing Fan, Jun Li, Jin-Qiu Liao, Jian Zeng, Yi Wang, Hou-Yang Kang, Hai-Qin Zhang, You-Liang Zheng, Yong-Hong Zhou
Leymus Hochst. (Triticeae: Poaceae), a group of allopolyploid species with the NsXm genomes, is a perennial genus with diversity in morphology, cytology, ecology, and distribution in the Triticeae. To investigate the genome origin and evolutionary history of Leymus, three unlinked low-copy nuclear genes (Acc1, Pgk1, and GBSSI) and three chloroplast regions (trnL-F, matK, and rbcL) of 32 Leymus species were analyzed with those of 36 diploid species representing 18 basic genomes in the Triticeae. The phylogenetic relationships were reconstructed using Bayesian inference, Maximum parsimony, and NeighborNetmethods...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Marie L Verheye, Thierry Backeljau, Cédric d'Udekem d'Acoz
The Antarctic shelf's marine biodiversity has been greatly influenced by the climatic and glacial history of the region. Extreme temperature changes led to the extinction of some lineages, while others adapted and flourished. The amphipod genus Epimeria is an example of the latter, being particularly diverse in the Antarctic region. By reconstructing a time-calibrated phylogeny based on mitochondrial (COI) and nuclear (28S and H3) markers and including Epimeria species from all oceans, this study provides a temporal and geographical framework for the evolution of Antarctic Epimeria...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Jingqi Zhou, Dangyun Liu, Zhining Sa, Wei Huang, Yangyun Zou, Xun Gu
One of hot research foci has always been predicting amino acid residues underlying functional divergence after gene duplication, as those predicted sites can be used as candidates for further functional experimentations. It is important and interesting to know how many sites, on average, may have been responsible for the functional divergence between duplicate genes. In this article, we studied two basic types of functional divergence (type-I and type-II) in depth in order to give an accurate estimation of functional divergence-related sites...
May 12, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
C J Battey, John Klicka
Migratory species that alternate between sympatry and allopatry over the course of an annual cycle are promising subjects for studies seeking to understand the process of speciation in the absence of strict geographic isolation. Here we sought to identify cryptic species and assess rates of gene flow in a clade of neotropical migrant songbirds in which geography and taxonomy are currently out of sync: the Red-Eyed Vireo (V. olivaceus) Species Complex. Phylogenetic, clustering, and statistical species delimitation analyses found that V...
May 12, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Ivan Prates, Paulo Roberto Melo-Sampaio, Leandro de Oliveira Drummond, Mauro Teixeira, Miguel Trefaut Rodrigues, Ana Carolina Carnaval
Data on species ranges and phylogenetic relationships are key in historical biogeographical inference. In South America, our understanding of the evolutionary processes that underlie biodiversity patterns varies greatly across regions. Little is known, for instance, about the drivers of high endemism in the southern montane region of the Atlantic Rainforest. In this region, former biogeographic connections with other South American ecosystems have been invoked to explain the phylogenetic affinities of a number of endemic taxa...
May 11, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Nathaniel S R Ng, Peter R Wilton, Dewi Malia Prawiradilaga, Ywee Chieh Tay, Mochamad Indrawan, Kritika M Garg, Frank E Rheindt
The role of Pleistocene Ice Age in tropical diversification is poorly understood, especially in archipelagos, in which glaciation-induced sea level fluctuations may lead to complicated changes in land distribution. To assess how Pleistocene land bridges may have facilitated gene flow in tropical archipelagos, we investigated patterns of diversification in the rarely-collected rusty-bellied fantail Rhipidura teysmanni (Passeriformes: Rhipiduridae) complex from Wallacea using a combination of bioacoustic traits and whole-genome sequencing methods (dd-RADSeq)...
May 10, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Anieli G Pereira, Juliana Sterli, Filipe R R Moreira, Carlos G Schrago
Despite their complex evolutionary history and the rich fossil record, the higher level phylogeny and historical biogeography of living turtles have not been investigated in a comprehensive and statistical framework. To tackle these issues, we assembled a large molecular dataset, maximizing both taxonomic and gene sampling. As different models provide alternative biogeographical scenarios, we have explicitly tested such hypotheses in order to reconstruct a robust biogeographical history of Testudines. We scanned publicly available databases for nucleotide sequences and composed a dataset comprising 13 loci for 294 living species of Testudines, which accounts for all living genera and 85% of their extant species diversity...
May 10, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
S J Longo, B C Faircloth, A Meyer, M W Westneat, M E Alfaro, P C Wainwright
Phylogenetics is undergoing a revolution as large-scale molecular datasets reveal unexpected but repeatable rearrangements of clades that were previously thought to be disparate lineages. One of the most unusual clades of fishes that has been found using large-scale molecular datasets is an expanded Syngnathiformes including traditional long-snouted syngnathiform lineages (Aulostomidae, Centriscidae, Fistulariidae, Solenostomidae, Syngnathidae), as well as a diverse set of largely benthic-associated fishes (Callionymoidei, Dactylopteridae, Mullidae, Pegasidae) that were previously dispersed across three orders...
May 6, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
M Feijoo, A Parada
In the last few years high-throughput sequencing technologies have permitted significant advances in mammalian phylogenetic studies from a genomic perspective. However, these studies have been restricted to a sparse number of species with available reference genomes. Thus, several issues inside the eutherian mammals phylogeny remain unresolved. This may be due in part to limited taxon sampling, as taxonomic density is known to affect phylogenetic resolution. In this context, we present a protocol to increase taxon coverage using high-throughput sequencing data (RNA or DNA) generated for other biological studies and available in public databases...
May 6, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Daniel F Marchán, Rosa Fernández, Irene de Sosa, Darío J Díaz Cosín, Marta Novo
Spatial and temporal aspects of the evolution of cryptic species complexes have received less attention than species delimitation within them. The phylogeography of the cryptic complex Hormogaster elisae (Oligochaeta, Hormogastridae) lacks knowledge on several aspects, including the small-scale distribution of its lineages or the palaeogeographic context of their diversification. To shed light on these topics, a dense specimen collection was performed in the center of the Iberian Peninsula - resulting in 28 new H...
May 6, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Pengcheng Wang, Yang Liu, Yinong Liu, Yajing Chang, Nan Wang, Zhengwang Zhang
One of the most contentious theories in current ecology is the ecological niche conservatism, which is defined as conservatism among closely related species; however, the ecological niche can also be shifted, as documented in several cases. Genetic drift and ecological divergent selection may cause ecological niche divergence. The current study aims to test whether the ecological niche is conserved or divergent and to determine the main factor that drives ecological niche divergence or conservation. We analyzed the phylogenetic relationship, ecological niche model (ENM) and demographic history of Eared Pheasants in the genus Crossoptilon (Galliformes: Phasianidae) to test niche conservatism with respect to different geographically distributed patterns...
May 6, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Denis Copilaş-Ciocianu, Tereza Rutová, Petr Pařil, Adam Petrusek
Isolated glacial refugia have been documented in Central Europe for a number of taxa, but conclusive evidence for epigean aquatic species has remained elusive. Using molecular data (mitochondrial and nuclear markers), we compared the spatial patterns of lineage diversity of the widely distributed Gammarus fossarum species complex between two adjacent biogeographically and geomorphologically distinct Central European regions: the Bohemian Massif and the Western Carpathians. We investigated if the observed patterns of spatial diversity are more likely to stem from historical or present-day factors...
May 4, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Sébastien Lavoué, Matthew E Arnegard, Daniel L Rabosky, Peter B McIntyre, Dahiana Arcila, Richard P Vari, Mutsumi Nishida
The African freshwater suborder Citharinoidei (Characiformes) includes 110 species that exhibit a diversity of feeding modes comparable to those characteristic of more speciose groups such its sister, the Characoidei (2000+ species) or the distantly related Cichlidae (1600+ species). Feeding habits of the Citharinoidei range from generalist omnivores to highly specialized feeding modes including ectoparasitic fin-eating, i.e. pterygophagy. We examine diet preference evolution in the Citharinoidei using newly inferred multi-gene-based hypotheses of phylogenetic relationships for representatives of 12 of the 15 genera in the suborder...
May 3, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Bao-Tian Yang, Yu Zhou, Mi-Sook Min, Masafumi Matsui, Bing-Jun Dong, Pi-Peng Li, Jonathan J Fong
We investigated the species diversity and phylogeography of the Northeast Asian brown frogs allied to Rana dybowskii (the R. dybowskii species complex: R. dybowskii, R. pirica, and R. uenoi) using four mitochondrial and three nuclear loci. Phylogenetic analyses confirmed the existence of three distinct species in this complex; using extensive molecular data, we confirm the validity of Rana uenoi recognized as a distinct species, and infer R. dybowskii and R. pirica to be sister species. Also, we included populations from previously unsampled regions in Northeast China, and identified them to be R...
May 2, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Catherine S McFadden, Roxanne Haverkort-Yeh, Alexandra M Reynolds, Anna Halàsz, Andrea M Quattrini, Zac H Forsman, Yehuda Benayahu, Robert J Toonen
The development of coalescent-based and other multilocus methods for species delimitation has facilitated the identification of cryptic species complexes across the tree of life. A recent taxonomic revision of the ecologically important soft coral genus Ovabunda validated 11morphospecies, all with type localities and overlapping geographic ranges in the Red Sea. A subsequent molecular phylogenetic analysis using mitochondrial and 28S nrDNA genes divided the genus into just two clades, with no apparent genetic distinctions among morphospecies...
April 30, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
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