Phylogenetics and phylogeography

Section edited by Craig Moritz and Herve Philippe

This section considers studies in the phylogeny and phylogeography of organisms.

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  1. Research article

    The influence of molecular markers and methods on inferring the phylogenetic relationships between the representatives of the Arini (parrots, Psittaciformes), determined on the basis of their complete mitochondrial genomes

    Conures are a morphologically diverse group of Neotropical parrots classified as members of the tribe Arini, which has recently been subjected to a taxonomic revision. The previously broadly defined Aratinga genu...

    Adam Dawid Urantowka, Aleksandra Kroczak and Paweł Mackiewicz

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:166

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  2. Research article

    Does genetic structure reflect differences in non-breeding movements? A case study in small, highly mobile seabirds

    In seabirds, the extent of population genetic and phylogeographic structure varies extensively among species. Genetic structure is lacking in some species, but present in others despite the absence of obvious ...

    Petra Quillfeldt, Yoshan Moodley, Henri Weimerskirch, Yves Cherel, Karine Delord, Richard A. Phillips, Joan Navarro, Luciano Calderón and Juan F. Masello

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:160

    Published on: 5 July 2017

  3. Research article

    Population genetic structure in Sabatieria (Nematoda) reveals intermediary gene flow and admixture between distant cold seeps from the Mediterranean Sea

    There is a general lack of information on the dispersal and genetic structuring for populations of small-sized deep-water taxa, including free-living nematodes which inhabit and dominate the seafloor sediments...

    Annelies De Groote, Freija Hauquier, Ann Vanreusel and Sofie Derycke

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:154

    Published on: 1 July 2017

  4. Research article

    Molecular phylogeny reveals food plasticity in the evolution of true ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Coccinellini)

    The tribe Coccinellini is a group of relatively large ladybird beetles that exhibits remarkable morphological and biological diversity. Many species are aphidophagous, feeding as larvae and adults on aphids, b...

    Hermes E. Escalona, Andreas Zwick, Hao-Sen Li, Jiahui Li, Xingmin Wang, Hong Pang, Diana Hartley, Lars S. Jermiin, Oldřich Nedvěd, Bernhard Misof, Oliver Niehuis, Adam Ślipiński and Wioletta Tomaszewska

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:151

    Published on: 26 June 2017

  5. Research article

    The colonization and divergence patterns of Brandt’s vole (Lasiopodomys brandtii) populations reveal evidence of genetic surfing

    The colonial habit of Brandt’s vole (Lasiopodomys brandtii) differs from that of most other species of the genus Microtus. The demographic history of this species and the patterns shaping its current genetic stru...

    Ke Li, Michael H. Kohn, Songmei Zhang, Xinrong Wan, Dazhao Shi and Deng Wang

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:145

    Published on: 21 June 2017

  6. Research article

    Evolutionary origin of type IV classical cadherins in arthropods

    Classical cadherins are a metazoan-specific family of homophilic cell-cell adhesion molecules that regulate morphogenesis. Type I and type IV cadherins in this family function at adherens junctions in the majo...

    Mizuki Sasaki, Yasuko Akiyama-Oda and Hiroki Oda

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:142

    Published on: 17 June 2017

  7. Research article

    Environmental isolation explains Iberian genetic diversity in the highly homozygous model grass Brachypodium distachyon

    Brachypodium distachyon (Poaceae), an annual Mediterranean Aluminum (Al)-sensitive grass, is currently being used as a model species to provide new information on cereals and biofuel c...

    Isabel Marques, Valeriia Shiposha, Diana López-Alvarez, Antonio J. Manzaneda, Pilar Hernandez, Marina Olonova and Pilar Catalán

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:139

    Published on: 15 June 2017

  8. Research article

    Fossils matter: improved estimates of divergence times in Pinus reveal older diversification

    The taxonomy of pines (genus Pinus) is widely accepted and a robust gene tree based on entire plastome sequences exists. However, there is a large discrepancy in estimated divergence times of major pine clades am...

    Bianca Saladin, Andrew B. Leslie, Rafael O. Wüest, Glenn Litsios, Elena Conti, Nicolas Salamin and Niklaus E. Zimmermann

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:95

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  9. Research article

    A genetic chronology for the Indian Subcontinent points to heavily sex-biased dispersals

    India is a patchwork of tribal and non-tribal populations that speak many different languages from various language families. Indo-European, spoken across northern and central India, and also in Pakistan and B...

    Marina Silva, Marisa Oliveira, Daniel Vieira, Andreia Brandão, Teresa Rito, Joana B. Pereira, Ross M. Fraser, Bob Hudson, Francesca Gandini, Ceiridwen Edwards, Maria Pala, John Koch, James F. Wilson, Luísa Pereira, Martin B. Richards and Pedro Soares

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:88

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  10. Research article

    Low genetic but high morphological variation over more than 1000 km coastline refutes omnipresence of cryptic diversity in marine nematodes

    The resilience of ecosystems to negative impacts is generally higher when high gene flow, species diversity and genetic diversity are present. Population genetic studies are suitable to investigate genetic div...

    Daniel Apolônio Silva de Oliveira, Wilfrida Decraemer, Tom Moens, Giovanni Amadeu Paiva dos Santos and Sofie Derycke

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:71

    Published on: 7 March 2017

  11. Research article

    Implications of hepatitis C virus subtype 1a migration patterns for virus genetic sequencing policies in Italy

    In-depth phylogeographic analysis can reveal migration patterns relevant for public health planning. Here, as a model, we focused on the provenance, in the current Italian HCV subtype 1a epidemic, of the NS3 r...

    Lize Cuypers, Bram Vrancken, Lavinia Fabeni, Nadia Marascio, Valeria Cento, Velia Chiara Di Maio, Marianna Aragri, Andrea Clemencia Pineda-Peña, Yoeri Schrooten, Kristel Van Laethem, Daniel Balog, Alfredo Focà, Carlo Torti, Frederik Nevens, Carlo Federico Perno, Anne-Mieke Vandamme…

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:70

    Published on: 7 March 2017

  12. Research article

    Phylogeography of red muntjacs reveals three distinct mitochondrial lineages

    The members of the genus Muntiacus are of particular interest to evolutionary biologists due to their extreme chromosomal rearrangements and the ongoing discussions about the number of living species. Red muntjac...

    Renata F. Martins, Jörns Fickel, Minh Le, Thanh van Nguyen, Ha M. Nguyen, Robert Timmins, Han Ming Gan, Jeffrine J. Rovie-Ryan, Dorina Lenz, Daniel W. Förster and Andreas Wilting

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:34

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  13. Research article

    Two new genera of songbirds represent endemic radiations from the Shola Sky Islands of the Western Ghats, India

    A long-standing view of Indian biodiversity is that while rich in species, there are few endemics or in-situ radiations within the subcontinent. One exception is the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot, an isol...

    V.V. Robin, C. K. Vishnudas, Pooja Gupta, Frank E. Rheindt, Daniel M. Hooper, Uma Ramakrishnan and Sushma Reddy

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:31

    Published on: 23 January 2017

  14. Research article

    Cryptic diversity, geographical endemism and allopolyploidy in NE Pacific seaweeds

    Molecular markers are revealing a much more diverse and evolutionarily complex picture of marine biodiversity than previously anticipated. Cryptic and/or endemic marine species are continually being found thro...

    João Neiva, Ester A. Serrão, Laura Anderson, Peter T. Raimondi, Neusa Martins, Licínia Gouveia, Cristina Paulino, Nelson C. Coelho, Kathy Ann Miller, Daniel C. Reed, Lydia B. Ladah and Gareth A. Pearson

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:30

    Published on: 23 January 2017

  15. Research article

    Evolutionary history of Podarcis tiliguerta on Corsica and Sardinia

    Podarcis tiliguerta is a wall lizard endemic to the Mediterranean islands of Corsica and Sardinia. Previous findings of high mtDNA and morphological diversity have led to the suggestio...

    V. Rodríguez, J. M. Buades, R. P. Brown, B. Terrasa, V. Pérez-Mellado, C. Corti, M. Delaugerre, J. A. Castro, A. Picornell and M. M. Ramon

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:27

    Published on: 19 January 2017

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