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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. Schmidtea mediterranea (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida, Continenticola) is found in scattered localities on a few islands and in coastal areas of the western Mediterranean. Although S. mediterranea is the object of ...

    Authors: Eva M Lázaro, Abdul Halim Harrath, Giacinta A Stocchino, Maria Pala, Jaume Baguñà and Marta Riutort

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:274

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  2. The genus Pyrus belongs to the tribe Pyreae (the former subfamily Maloideae) of the family Rosaceae, and includes one of the most important commercial fruit crops, pear. The phylogeny of Pyrus has not been defini...

    Authors: Xiaoyan Zheng, Chunyun Hu, David Spooner, Jing Liu, Jiashu Cao and Yuanwen Teng

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:255

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  3. The fossil record has suggested that clade growth may differ in marine and terrestrial taxa, supporting equilibrial models in the former and expansionist models in the latter. However, incomplete sampling may ...

    Authors: Robert B Davis, David B Nicholson, Emily LR Saunders and Peter J Mayhew

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:252

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  4. The red yeasts are an early diverged group of basidiomycetes comprising sexual and asexual species. Sexuality is based on two compatible mating types and sexual identity is determined by MAT loci that encode home...

    Authors: Marco A Coelho, Paula Gonçalves and José P Sampaio

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:249

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  5. The fungal genus Serpula (Serpulaceae, Boletales) comprises several saprotrophic (brown rot) taxa, including the aggressive house-infecting dry rot fungus Serpula lacrymans. Recent phylogenetic analyses have indi...

    Authors: Inger Skrede, Ingeborg B Engh, Manfred Binder, Tor Carlsen, Håvard Kauserud and Mika Bendiksby

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:230

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  6. Interspecific hybridization may lead to the introgression of genes and genomes across species barriers and contribute to a reticulate evolutionary pattern and thus taxonomic uncertainties. Since several previo...

    Authors: Jiang Liu, Li Yu, Michael L Arnold, Chun-Hua Wu, Shi-Fang Wu, Xin Lu and Ya-Ping Zhang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:223

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  7. Metacrangonyctidae (Amphipoda, Crustacea) is an enigmatic continental subterranean water family of marine origin (thalassoid). One of the species in the genus, Metacrangonyx longipes, is endemic to the Balearic i...

    Authors: Maria M Bauzà-Ribot, Damià Jaume, Joan J Fornós, Carlos Juan and Joan Pons

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:221

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  8. The rate and mode of lineage diversification might be shaped by clade-specific traits. In Madagascar, many groups of organisms are characterized by tiny distribution ranges and small body sizes, and this high ...

    Authors: Katharina C Wollenberg, David R Vieites, Frank Glaw and Miguel Vences

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:217

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  9. The glacial-interglacial oscillations caused severe range modifications of biota. Thermophilic species became extinct in the North and survived in southern retreats, e.g. the Mediterranean Basin. These repeate...

    Authors: Jan C Habel, Luc Lens, Dennis Rödder and Thomas Schmitt

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:215

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  10. Despite phylogeographical patterns being well characterised in a large number of species, and generalised patterns emerging, the carnivores do not all appear to show consistent trends. While some species tend ...

    Authors: Amber GF Teacher, Jessica A Thomas and Ian Barnes

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:214

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  11. Cortinarius species in section Calochroi display local, clinal and circumboreal patterns of distribution across the Northern Hemisphere where these ectomycorrhizal fungi occur with host trees throughout their geo...

    Authors: Sigisfredo Garnica, Philipp Spahn, Bernhard Oertel, Joseph Ammirati and Franz Oberwinkler

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:213

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  12. The mesic habitats of eastern Australia harbour a highly diverse fauna. We examined the impact of climatic oscillations and recognised biogeographic barriers on the evolutionary history of the delicate skink (Lam...

    Authors: David G Chapple, Conrad J Hoskin, Stephanie NJ Chapple and Michael B Thompson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:191

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  13. The Coral Triangle (CT), bounded by the Philippines, the Malay Peninsula, and New Guinea, is the epicenter of marine biodiversity. Hypotheses that explain the source of this rich biodiversity include 1) the ce...

    Authors: Michelle R Gaither, Brian W Bowen, Tiana-Rae Bordenave, Luiz A Rocha, Stephen J Newman, Juan A Gomez, Lynne van Herwerden and Matthew T Craig

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:189

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  14. Researchers conducting molecular phylogenetic studies are frequently faced with the decision of what to do when weak branch support is obtained for key nodes of importance. As one solution, the researcher may ...

    Authors: Akito Y Kawahara, Issei Ohshima, Atsushi Kawakita, Jerome C Regier, Charles Mitter, Michael P Cummings, Donald R Davis, David L Wagner, Jurate De Prins and Carlos Lopez-Vaamonde

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:182

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  15. Introgressive events (e.g., hybridization, gene flow, horizontal gene transfer) and incomplete lineage sorting of ancestral polymorphisms are a challenge for phylogenetic analyses since different genes may exh...

    Authors: Juan S Escobar, Céline Scornavacca, Alberto Cenci, Claire Guilhaumon, Sylvain Santoni, Emmanuel JP Douzery, Vincent Ranwez, Sylvain Glémin and Jacques David

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:181

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  16. We characterized variation and chemical composition of epicuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) in the seven species of the Drosophila buzzatii cluster with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. Despite the critical role...

    Authors: Cássia C de Oliveira, Maura H Manfrin, Fábio de M Sene, Larry L Jackson and William J Etges

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:179

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  17. Non-pollinating Sycophaginae (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea) form small communities within Urostigma and Sycomorus fig trees. The species show differences in galling habits and exhibit apterous, winged or dimorphic m...

    Authors: Astrid Cruaud, Roula Jabbour-Zahab, Gwenaëlle Genson, Finn Kjellberg, Noppol Kobmoo, Simon van Noort, Yang Da-Rong, Peng Yan-Qiong, Rosichon Ubaidillah, Paul E Hanson, Otilene Santos-Mattos, Fernando HA Farache, Rodrigo AS Pereira, Carole Kerdelhué and Jean-Yves Rasplus

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:178

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  18. Freshwater harbors approximately 12,000 fish species accounting for 43% of the diversity of all modern fish. A single ancestral lineage evolved into about two-thirds of this enormous biodiversity (≈ 7900 spp.)...

    Authors: Masanori Nakatani, Masaki Miya, Kohji Mabuchi, Kenji Saitoh and Mutsumi Nishida

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:177

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  19. Ecosystem engineers facilitate habitat formation and enhance biodiversity, but when they become invasive, they present a critical threat to native communities because they can drastically alter the receiving h...

    Authors: Peter R Teske, Marc Rius, Christopher D McQuaid, Craig A Styan, Maxine P Piggott, Saïd Benhissoune, Claudio Fuentes-Grünewald, Kathy Walls, Mike Page, Catherine RM Attard, Georgina M Cooke, Claire F McClusky, Sam C Banks, Nigel P Barker and Luciano B Beheregaray

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:176

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  20. Microhylidae is a geographically widespread family of anurans. Although several extensive molecular analyses have attempted to elucidate their subfamilial relationships, and correlate these with Mesozoic and C...

    Authors: Atsushi Kurabayashi, Masafumi Matsui, Daicus M Belabut, Hoi-Sen Yong, Norhayati Ahmad, Ahmad Sudin, Mitsuru Kuramoto, Amir Hamidy and Masayuki Sumida

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:175

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  21. HIV susceptibility and pathogenicity exhibit both interindividual and intergroup variability. The etiology of intergroup variability is still poorly understood, and could be partly linked to genetic difference...

    Authors: Yann C Klimentidis, Brahim Aissani, Mark D Shriver, David B Allison and Sadeep Shrestha

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:173

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  22. The Iberian Peninsula is recognized as an important refugial area for species survival and diversification during the climatic cycles of the Quaternary. Recent phylogeographic studies have revealed Iberia as a...

    Authors: Andreia Miraldo, Godfrey M Hewitt, Octavio S Paulo and Brent C Emerson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:170

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  23. Plasmodium falciparum is the most malignant agent of human malaria. It belongs to the taxon Laverania, which includes other ape-infecting Plasmodium species. The origin of the Laverania is still debated. P. falci...

    Authors: Christian Pick, Ingo Ebersberger, Tobias Spielmann, Iris Bruchhaus and Thorsten Burmester

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:167

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  24. Lysozyme c (chicken-type lysozyme) has an important role in host defense, and has been extensively studied as a model in molecular biology, enzymology, protein chemistry, and crystallography. Traditionally, lysoz...

    Authors: David M Irwin, Jason M Biegel and Caro-Beth Stewart

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:166

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  25. The Old World warbler genus Sylvia has been used extensively as a model system in a variety of ecological, genetic, and morphological studies. The genus is comprised of about 25 species, and 70% of these species ...

    Authors: Gary Voelker and Jessica E Light

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:163

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  26. Studies of the phylogeography of Mexican species are steadily revealing genetic patterns shared by different species, which will help to unravel the complex biogeographic history of the region. Campostoma ornatum

    Authors: Omar Domínguez-Domínguez, Marta Vila, Rodolfo Pérez-Rodríguez, Nuria Remón and Ignacio Doadrio

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:153

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  27. Ribosomal 5S genes are well known for the critical role they play in ribosome folding and functionality. These genes are thought to evolve in a concerted fashion, with high rates of homogenization of gene copi...

    Authors: Danillo Pinhal, Tatiana S Yoshimura, Carlos S Araki and Cesar Martins

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:151

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  28. The genus Corbicula is one of the most invasive groups of molluscs. It includes both sexual and androgenetic lineages. The present study re-assessed the different morphotypes and haplotypes of West European Corbi...

    Authors: Lise-Marie Pigneur, Jonathan Marescaux, Kathleen Roland, Emilie Etoundi, Jean-Pierre Descy and Karine Van Doninck

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:147

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  29. Failure to account for covariation patterns in helical regions of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes has the potential to misdirect the estimation of the phylogenetic signal of the data. Furthermore, the extremes of l...

    Authors: Harald O Letsch and Karl M Kjer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:146

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  30. Earth history events such as climate change are believed to have played a major role in shaping patterns of genetic structure and diversity in species. However, there is a lag between the time of historical ev...

    Authors: Brian Tilston Smith, Patricia Escalante, Blanca E Hernández Baños, Adolfo G Navarro-Sigüenza, Sievert Rohwer and John Klicka

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:136

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  31. Publication of the first diatom genome, that of Thalassiosira pseudonana, established it as a model species for experimental and genomic studies of diatoms. Virtually every ensuing study has treated T. pseudonana

    Authors: Andrew J Alverson, Bánk Beszteri, Matthew L Julius and Edward C Theriot

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:125

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  32. The Eastern Arc Mountains of Africa have become one of the focal systems with which to explore the patterns and mechanisms of diversification among montane species and populations. One unresolved question is t...

    Authors: Jérôme Fuchs, Jon Fjeldså and Rauri CK Bowie

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:117

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  33. Cetacea (dolphins, porpoises, and whales) is a clade of aquatic species that includes the most massive, deepest diving, and largest brained mammals. Understanding the temporal pattern of diversification in the...

    Authors: Jonathan H Geisler, Michael R McGowen, Guang Yang and John Gatesy

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:112

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  34. The classification of the Musaceae (banana) family species and their phylogenetic inter-relationships remain controversial, in part due to limited nucleotide information to complement the morphological and phy...

    Authors: Pavla Christelová, Miroslav Valárik, Eva Hřibová, Edmond De Langhe and Jaroslav Doležel

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:103

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  35. Representatives of Cetacea have the greatest absolute brain size among animals, and the largest relative brain size aside from humans. Despite this, genes implicated in the evolution of large brain size in pri...

    Authors: Michael R McGowen, Stephen H Montgomery, Clay Clark and John Gatesy

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:98

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  36. Deep-sea hydrothermal vent animals occupy patchy and ephemeral habitats supported by chemosynthetic primary production. Volcanic and tectonic activities controlling the turnover of these habitats contribute to...

    Authors: D Katharine Coykendall, Shannon B Johnson, Stephen A Karl, Richard A Lutz and Robert C Vrijenhoek

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:96

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  37. Studies on genome size variation in animals are rarely done at lower taxonomic levels, e.g., slightly above/below the species level. Yet, such variation might provide important clues on the tempo and mode of g...

    Authors: Claus-Peter Stelzer, Simone Riss and Peter Stadler

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:90

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  38. Social Amoebae or Dictyostelia are eukaryotic microbes with a unique life cycle consisting of both uni- and multicellular stages. They have long fascinated molecular, developmental and evolutionary biologists,...

    Authors: Maria Romeralo, James C Cavender, John C Landolt, Steven L Stephenson and Sandra L Baldauf

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:84

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  39. Colobine monkeys constitute a diverse group of primates with major radiations in Africa and Asia. However, phylogenetic relationships among genera are under debate, and recent molecular studies with incomplete...

    Authors: Christian Roos, Dietmar Zinner, Laura S Kubatko, Christiane Schwarz, Mouyu Yang, Dirk Meyer, Stephen D Nash, Jinchuan Xing, Mark A Batzer, Markus Brameier, Fabian H Leendertz, Thomas Ziegler, Dyah Perwitasari-Farajallah, Tilo Nadler, Lutz Walter and Martin Osterholz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:77

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  40. Dogs were an important element in many native American cultures at the time Europeans arrived. Although previous ancient DNA studies revealed the existence of unique native American mitochondrial sequences, th...

    Authors: Santiago Castroviejo-Fisher, Pontus Skoglund, Raúl Valadez, Carles Vilà and Jennifer A Leonard

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:73

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  41. Studies on allele length polymorphism designate several glacial refugia for Norway spruce (Picea abies) in the South Carpathian Mountains, but infer only limited expansion from these refugia after the last glacia...

    Authors: Enikő K Magyari, Ágnes Major, Miklós Bálint, Judit Nédli, Mihály Braun, István Rácz and Laura Parducci

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:66

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  42. Previous DNA-based phylogenetic studies of the Delphinidae family suggest it has undergone rapid diversification, as characterised by unresolved and poorly supported taxonomic relationships (polytomies) for so...

    Authors: Julia T Vilstrup, Simon YW Ho, Andrew D Foote, Phillip A Morin, Danielle Kreb, Michael Krützen, Guido J Parra, Kelly M Robertson, Renaud de Stephanis, Philippe Verborgh, Eske Willerslev, Ludovic Orlando and M Thomas P Gilbert

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:65

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  43. Hainan Island is located around the conjunction of East Asia and Southeast Asia, and during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) was connected with the mainland. This provided an opportunity for the colonization of ...

    Authors: Min-Sheng Peng, Jun-Dong He, Hai-Xin Liu and Ya-Ping Zhang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:46

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  44. Mycorrhizal fungi form intimate associations with their host plants that constitute their carbon resource and habitat. Alnus spp. (Betulaceae) are known to host an exceptional species-poor and specialized ectomyc...

    Authors: Juliette Rochet, Pierre-Arthur Moreau, Sophie Manzi and Monique Gardes

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:40

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