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

    Phylogeographic structure, cryptic speciation and demographic history of the sharpbelly (Hemiculter leucisculus), a freshwater habitat generalist from southern China

    Species with broad distributions frequently divide into multiple genetic forms and may therefore be viewed as “cryptic species”. Here, we used the mitochondrial cytochrome b (Cytb) and 12 nuclear DNA loci to inve...

    Weitao Chen, Zaixuan Zhong, Wei Dai, Qi Fan and Shunping He

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:216

    Published on: 12 September 2017

  2. Research article

    Evaluating the role of Pleistocene refugia, rivers and environmental variation in the diversification of central African duikers (genera Cephalophus and Philantomba)

    This study aims to assess the role that Pleistocene refugia, rivers and local habitat conditions may have played in the evolutionary diversification of three central African duiker species (Cephalophus dorsalis, ...

    Stephan Ntie, Anne R. Davis, Katrin Hils, Patrick Mickala, Henri A. Thomassen, Katy Morgan, Hadrien Vanthomme, Mary K. Gonder and Nicola M. Anthony

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:212

    Published on: 6 September 2017

  3. Research article

    Diversification and spatial structuring in the mutualism between Ficus septica and its pollinating wasps in insular South East Asia

    Interspecific interactions have long been assumed to play an important role in diversification. Mutualistic interactions, such as nursery pollination mutualisms, have been proposed as good candidates for diver...

    Lillian Jennifer Rodriguez, Anthony Bain, Lien-Siang Chou, Lucie Conchou, Astrid Cruaud, Regielene Gonzales, Martine Hossaert-McKey, Jean-Yves Rasplus, Hsy-Yu Tzeng and Finn Kjellberg

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:207

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  4. Research article

    Redefining the extinct orders Miomoptera and Hypoperlida as stem acercarian insects

    The systematic positions of the extinct insect orders Hypoperlida, Miomoptera and Permopsocida were enigmatic and unstable for nearly a century. The recent studies based on new material, especially from the Ce...

    Jakub Prokop, Martina Pecharová, Romain Garrouste, Robert Beattie, Ioana C. Chintauan-Marquier and André Nel

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:205

    Published on: 25 August 2017

  5. Research article

    Genetic diversity and differentiation patterns in Micromeria from the Canary Islands are congruent with multiple colonization dynamics and the establishment of species syngameons

    Especially on islands closer to the mainland, such as the Canary Islands, different lineages that originated by multiple colonization events could have merged by hybridization, which then could have promoted r...

    M. Curto, P. Puppo, S. Kratschmer and H. Meimberg

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:198

    Published on: 22 August 2017

  6. Research article

    A history of hybrids? Genomic patterns of introgression in the True Geese

    The impacts of hybridization on the process of speciation are manifold, leading to distinct patterns across the genome. Genetic differentiation accumulates in certain genomic regions, while divergence is hampe...

    Jente Ottenburghs, Hendrik-Jan Megens, Robert H. S. Kraus, Pim van Hooft, Sipke E. van Wieren, Richard P. M. A. Crooijmans, Ronald C. Ydenberg, Martien A. M. Groenen and Herbert H. T. Prins

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:201

    Published on: 22 August 2017

  7. Research article

    Mechanisms of peripheral phylogeographic divergence in the indo-Pacific: lessons from the spiny lobster Panulirus homarus

    There is increasing recognition of the concordance between marine biogeographic and phylogeographic boundaries. However, it is still unclear how population-level divergence translates into species-level diverg...

    Ahmad Farhadi, Andrew G. Jeffs, Hamid Farahmand, Thankappan Sarasam Rejiniemon, Greg Smith and Shane D. Lavery

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:195

    Published on: 18 August 2017

  8. Research article

    Historical biogeography and ecological niche modelling of the Asimina-Disepalum clade (Annonaceae): role of ecological differentiation in Neotropical-Asian disjunctions and diversification in Asia

    The Asimina-Disepalum clade (Annonaceae subfam. Annonoideae tribe Annoneae) includes a major Neotropical-Asian biogeographical disjunction. We evaluate whether this disjunction can be explained by the Eocene bore...

    Pui-Sze Li, Daniel C. Thomas and Richard M. K. Saunders

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:188

    Published on: 14 August 2017

  9. Research article

    Contrasting morphology with molecular data: an approach to revision of species complexes based on the example of European Phoxinus (Cyprinidae)

    Molecular taxonomy studies and barcoding projects can provide rapid means of detecting cryptic diversity. Nevertheless, the use of molecular data for species delimitation should be undertaken with caution. Esp...

    Anja Palandačić, Alexander Naseka, David Ramler and Harald Ahnelt

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:184

    Published on: 9 August 2017

  10. Research article

    Evolution of the p53-MDM2 pathway

    The p53 signalling pathway, which controls cell fate, has been extensively studied due to its prominent role in tumor development. The pathway includes the tumor supressor protein p53, its vertebrate paralogs ...

    Emma Åberg, Fulvio Saccoccia, Manfred Grabherr, Wai Ying Josefin Ore, Per Jemth and Greta Hultqvist

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:177

    Published on: 3 August 2017

  11. Research Article

    Pan-genome and phylogeny of Bacillus cereus sensu lato

    Bacillus cereus sensu lato (s. l.) is an ecologically diverse bacterial group of medical and agricultural significance. In this study, I use publicly available genomes and novel bioinf...

    Adam L. Bazinet

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:176

    Published on: 2 August 2017

  12. Research article

    Hostplant change and paleoclimatic events explain diversification shifts in skipper butterflies (Family: Hesperiidae)

    Skippers (Family: Hesperiidae) are a large group of butterflies with ca. 4000 species under 567 genera. The lack of a time-calibrated higher-level phylogeny of the group has precluded understanding of its evol...

    Ranjit Kumar Sahoo, Andrew D. Warren, Steve C. Collins and Ullasa Kodandaramaiah

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:174

    Published on: 2 August 2017

  13. 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

  14. Research article

    Phylogenetic classification of bony fishes

    Fish classifications, as those of most other taxonomic groups, are being transformed drastically as new molecular phylogenies provide support for natural groups that were unanticipated by previous studies. A b...

    Ricardo Betancur-R, Edward O. Wiley, Gloria Arratia, Arturo Acero, Nicolas Bailly, Masaki Miya, Guillaume Lecointre and Guillermo Ortí

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:162

    Published on: 6 July 2017

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

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