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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Research article

    Potential for adaptation to climate change: family-level variation in fitness-related traits and their responses to heat waves in a snail population

    On-going global climate change poses a serious threat for natural populations unless they are able to evolutionarily adapt to changing environmental conditions (e.g. increasing average temperatures, occurrence...

    Katja Leicht, Katri Seppälä and Otto Seppälä

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:140

    Published on: 15 June 2017

  4. Research article

    Indication for selfing in geographically separated populations and evidence for Pleistocene survival within the Alps: the case of Cylindrus obtusus (Pulmonata: Helicidae)

    Cylindrus obtusus is one of the most prominent endemic snail species of the Eastern Alps. It is restricted to alpine meadows and calcareous rocky habitats above 1500 m. Peculiar intras...

    Luise Kruckenhauser, Elisabeth Haring, Barbara Tautscher, Luis Cadahía, Laura Zopp, Michael Duda, Josef Harl and Helmut Sattmann

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:138

    Published on: 13 June 2017

  5. Research article

    Age- and environment-dependent changes in chemical defences of larval and post-metamorphic toads

    Chemical defences are widespread in animals, but how their production is adjusted to ecological conditions is poorly known. Optimal defence theory predicts that inducible defences are favoured over constitutiv...

    Bálint Üveges, Gábor Fera, Ágnes M. Móricz, Dániel Krüzselyi, Veronika Bókony and Attila Hettyey

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:137

    Published on: 13 June 2017

  6. Erratum

    Erratum to: Surface layer proteins from virulent Clostridium difficile ribotypes exhibit signatures of positive selection with consequences for innate immune response

    Mark Lynch, Thomas A. Walsh, Izabela Marszalowska, Andrew E. Webb, Micheál Mac Aogáin, Thomas R. Rogers, Henry Windle, Dermot Kelleher, Mary J. O’Connell and Christine E. Loscher

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:135

    Published on: 12 June 2017

    The original article was published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:90

  7. Research article

    Pre-Quaternary divergence and subsequent radiation explain longitudinal patterns of genetic and morphological variation in the striped skink, Heremites vittatus

    Many animal and plant species in the Middle East and northern Africa have a predominantly longitudinal distribution, extending from Iran and Turkey along the eastern Mediterranean coast into northern Africa. T...

    Felix Baier, Andreas Schmitz, Hedwig Sauer-Gürth and Michael Wink

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:132

    Published on: 9 June 2017

  8. Research article

    Ixora (Rubiaceae) on the Philippines - crossroad or cradle?

    The Philippine archipelago is globally one of the most important model island systems for studying evolutionary processes. However, most plant species on this archipelago have not yet been studied in sufficien...

    Cecilia I. Banag, Arnaud Mouly, Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro, Birgitta Bremer, Ulrich Meve, Guido W. Grimm and Sigrid Liede-Schumann

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:131

    Published on: 7 June 2017

  9. Research article

    Integrative taxonomy by molecular species delimitation: multi-locus data corroborate a new species of Balkan Drusinae micro-endemics

    Taxonomy offers precise species identification and delimitation and thus provides basic information for biological research, e.g. through assessment of species richness. The importance of molecular taxonomy, i...

    Simon Vitecek, Mladen Kučinić, Ana Previšić, Ivana Živić, Katarina Stojanović, Lujza Keresztes, Miklós Bálint, Felicitas Hoppeler, Johann Waringer, Wolfram Graf and Steffen U. Pauls

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:129

    Published on: 6 June 2017

  10. Research article

    Low genetic and phenotypic divergence in a contact zone between freshwater and marine sticklebacks: gene flow constrains adaptation

    Distinct hybrid zones and phenotypic and genomic divergence is often observed between marine and freshwater threespine sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Nevertheless, cases also exist where marine-freshwater...

    Susanne Holst Pedersen, Anne-Laure Ferchaud, Mia S. Bertelsen, Dorte Bekkevold and Michael M. Hansen

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:130

    Published on: 6 June 2017

  11. Research article

    Unravelling mummies: cryptic diversity, host specificity, trophic and coevolutionary interactions in psyllid – parasitoid food webs

    Parasitoids are hyperdiverse and can contain morphologically and functionally cryptic species, making them challenging to study. Parasitoid speciation can arise from specialisation on niches or diverging hosts...

    Aidan A. G. Hall, Martin J. Steinbauer, Gary S. Taylor, Scott N. Johnson, James M. Cook and Markus Riegler

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:127

    Published on: 6 June 2017

  12. Research article

    Distinct genetic differentiation and species diversification within two marine nematodes with different habitat preference in Antarctic sediments

    Dispersal ability, population genetic structure and species divergence in marine nematodes are still poorly understood, especially in remote areas such as the Southern Ocean. We investigated genetic differenti...

    Freija Hauquier, Frederik Leliaert, Annelien Rigaux, Sofie Derycke and Ann Vanreusel

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:120

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  13. Research article

    Geographical structure of endosymbiotic bacteria hosted by Bathymodiolus mussels at eastern Pacific hydrothermal vents

    Chemolithoautotrophic primary production sustains dense invertebrate communities at deep-sea hydrothermal vents and hydrocarbon seeps. Symbiotic bacteria that oxidize dissolved sulfur, methane, and hydrogen ga...

    Phuong-Thao Ho, Eunji Park, Soon Gyu Hong, Eun-Hye Kim, Kangchon Kim, Sook-Jin Jang, Robert C. Vrijenhoek and Yong-Jin Won

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:121

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  14. Research article

    Phylogenomic analyses of Crassiclitellata support major Northern and Southern Hemisphere clades and a Pangaean origin for earthworms

    Earthworms (Crassiclitellata) are a diverse group of annelids of substantial ecological and economic importance. Earthworms are primarily terrestrial infaunal animals, and as such are probably rather poor natu...

    Frank E. Anderson, Bronwyn W. Williams, Kevin M. Horn, Christer Erséus, Kenneth M. Halanych, Scott R. Santos and Samuel W. James

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:123

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  15. Research article

    Microevolution of the noble crayfish (Astacus astacus) in the Southern Balkan Peninsula

    The noble crayfish (Astacus astacus) displays a complex historical and contemporary genetic status in Europe. The species divergence has been shaped by geological events (i.e. Pleistocene glaciations) and humanly...

    Anastasia Laggis, Athanasios D. Baxevanis, Alexandra Charalampidou, Stefania Maniatsi, Alexander Triantafyllidis and Theodore J. Abatzopoulos

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:122

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  16. Research article

    Impact of e-publication changes in the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants (Melbourne Code, 2012) - did we need to “run for our lives”?

    At the Nomenclature Section of the XVIII International Botanical Congress in Melbourne, Australia (IBC), the botanical community voted to allow electronic publication of nomenclatural acts for algae, fungi and...

    Nicky Nicolson, Katherine Challis, Allan Tucker and Sandra Knapp

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:116

    Published on: 25 May 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:156

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