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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. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:145

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    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...

    Authors: Mizuki Sasaki, Yasuko Akiyama-Oda and Hiroki Oda

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:142

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  3. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:139

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  4. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:123

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:204

  5. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:95

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  6. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:88

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  7. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:71

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  8. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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…

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:70

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  9. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:34

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Armillaria is a globally distributed mushroom-forming genus composed primarily of plant pathogens. Species in this genus are prolific producers of rhizomorphs, or vegetative structures...

    Authors: Rachel A. Koch, Andrew W. Wilson, Olivier Séné, Terry W. Henkel and M. Catherine Aime

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:33

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  11. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:31

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  12. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:30

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  13. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:27

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Copepods play a critical role in marine ecosystems but have been poorly investigated in phylogenetic studies. Morphological evidence supports the monophyly of copepods, whereas interordinal relationships conti...

    Authors: Seong-il Eyun

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:23

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  15. Content type: Research article

    A large-scale systematical investigation of the influence of Pleistocene climate oscillation on mangrove population dynamics could enrich our knowledge about the evolutionary history during times of historical...

    Authors: Yuchen Yang, Jianfang Li, Shuhuan Yang, Xinnian Li, Lu Fang, Cairong Zhong, Norman C. Duke, Renchao Zhou and Suhua Shi

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:22

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The neurotransmitter L-Glutamate (L-Glu) acting at ionotropic L-Glu receptors (iGluR) conveys fast excitatory signal transmission in the nervous systems of all animals. iGluR-dependent neurotransmission is a k...

    Authors: Justin B. Greer, Sawsan Khuri and Lynne A. Fieber

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:11

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The current distribution of genetic diversity is the result of a vast array of microevolutionary processes, including short-term demographic and ecological mechanisms and long-term allopatric isolation in resp...

    Authors: Gabriele Senczuk, Paolo Colangelo, Emanuela De Simone, Gaetano Aloise and Riccardo Castiglia

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:6

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Although recent studies have greatly advanced understanding of deep molluscan phylogeny, placement of some taxa remains uncertain as different datasets support competing class-relationships. Traditionally, mor...

    Authors: I. Stöger, K. M. Kocot, A. J. Poustka, N. G. Wilson, D. Ivanov, K. M. Halanych and M. Schrödl

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:274

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Bombus morio and B. pauloensis are sympatric widespread bumblebee species that occupy two major Brazilian biomes, the Atlantic forest and the savannas of the Cerrado. Differences in di...

    Authors: Elaine Françoso, Alexandre Rizzo Zuntini, Ana Carolina Carnaval and Maria Cristina Arias

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:267

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Niviventer is a genus of white-bellied rats that are among the most common rodents in the Indo-Sundaic region. The taxonomy of the genus has undergone extensive revisions and remains c...

    Authors: Bin Zhang, Kai He, Tao Wan, Peng Chen, Guozheng Sun, Shaoying Liu, Truong Son Nguyen, Liangkong Lin and Xuelong Jiang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:261

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Species delimitation in closely related plant taxa can be challenging because (i) reproductive barriers are not always congruent with morphological differentiation, (ii) use of plastid sequences might lead to ...

    Authors: Kasso Daïnou, Céline Blanc-Jolivet, Bernd Degen, Priscilla Kimani, Dyana Ndiade-Bourobou, Armel S. L. Donkpegan, Félicien Tosso, Esra Kaymak, Nils Bourland, Jean-Louis Doucet and Olivier J. Hardy

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:259

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Dung beetles (subfamily Scarabaeinae) are popular model organisms in ecology and developmental biology, and for the last two decades they have experienced a systematics renaissance with the adoption of modern ...

    Authors: Sergei Tarasov and Dimitar Dimitrov

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:257

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The merozoite surface protein 7 (MSP7) is a Plasmodium protein which is involved in parasite invasion; the gene encoding it belongs to a multigene family. It has been proposed that MSP7 paralogues seem to be func...

    Authors: Diego Garzón-Ospina, Johanna Forero-Rodríguez and Manuel A. Patarroyo

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:256

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  24. Content type: Research article

    In contrast to the Western Palearctic and Nearctic biogeographic regions, the phylogeography of Eastern-Palearctic terrestrial vertebrates has received relatively little attention. In East Asia, tectonic event...

    Authors: Christophe Dufresnes, Spartak N. Litvinchuk, Amaël Borzée, Yikweon Jang, Jia-Tang Li, Ikuo Miura, Nicolas Perrin and Matthias Stöck

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:253

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Dictyostelia are a well-studied group of organisms with colonial multicellularity, which are members of the mostly unicellular Amoebozoa. A phylogeny based on SSU rDNA data subdivided all Dictyostelia into fou...

    Authors: Reema Singh, Christina Schilde and Pauline Schaap

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:251

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  26. Content type: Methodology article

    Global Plants, a collaborative between JSTOR and some 300 herbaria, now contains about 2.48 million high-resolution images of plant specimens, a number that continues to grow, and collections that are digitizi...

    Authors: Jakob Unger, Dorit Merhof and Susanne Renner

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:248

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Cypriniformes (minnows, carps, loaches, and suckers) is the largest group of freshwater fishes in the world (~4300 described species). Despite much attention, previous attempts to elucidate relationships using...

    Authors: Carla C. Stout, Milton Tan, Alan R. Lemmon, Emily Moriarty Lemmon and Jonathan W. Armbruster

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:244

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Although resurrecting ancestral proteins is a powerful tool for understanding the molecular-functional evolution of gene families, nearly all studies have examined proteins functioning in relatively stable bio...

    Authors: Charles Pugh, Oralia Kolaczkowski, Austin Manny, Bryan Korithoski and Bryan Kolaczkowski

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:241

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Dioscorea is a widely distributed and highly diversified genus in tropical regions where it is represented by ten main clades, one of which diversified exclusively in Africa. In southe...

    Authors: Olivier Maurin, A. Muthama Muasya, Pilar Catalan, Eugene Z. Shongwe, Juan Viruel, Paul Wilkin and Michelle van der Bank

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:238

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Understanding how past climatic oscillations have affected organismic evolution will help predict the impact that current climate change has on living organisms. The European turtle dove, Streptopelia turtur, is ...

    Authors: Luciano Calderón, Leonardo Campagna, Thomas Wilke, Hervé Lormee, Cyril Eraud, Jenny C. Dunn, Gregorio Rocha, Pavel Zehtindjiev, Dimitrios E. Bakaloudis, Benjamin Metzger, Jacopo G. Cecere, Melanie Marx and Petra Quillfeldt

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:237

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Turtles (Testudinata) are a successful lineage of vertebrates with about 350 extant species that inhabit all major oceans and landmasses with tropical to temperate climates. The rich fossil record of turtles d...

    Authors: Walter G. Joyce, Márton Rabi, James M. Clark and Xing Xu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:236

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The Equator and Easter Microplate regions of the eastern Pacific Ocean exhibit geomorphological and hydrological features that create barriers to dispersal for a number of animals associated with deep-sea hydr...

    Authors: Sook-Jin Jang, Eunji Park, Won-Kyung Lee, Shannon B. Johnson, Robert C. Vrijenhoek and Yong-Jin Won

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:235

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The majority of the subspecies of Daucus carota have not yet been discriminated clearly by various molecular or morphological methods and hence their phylogeny and classification remains unresolved. Recent studie...

    Authors: Carlos I. Arbizu, Shelby L. Ellison, Douglas Senalik, Philipp W. Simon and David M. Spooner

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:234

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  34. Content type: Research article

    In North America, the last ice age is the most recent event with severe consequences on boreal species’ ranges. Phylogeographic patterns of range expansion in trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides) suggested that ...

    Authors: Mathieu Latutrie, Yves Bergeron and Francine Tremblay

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:231

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Pigeons and doves (Columbiformes) are one of the oldest and most diverse extant lineages of birds. However, the nature and timing of the group’s evolutionary radiation remains poorly resolved, despite recent a...

    Authors: André E. R. Soares, Ben J. Novak, James Haile, Tim H. Heupink, Jon Fjeldså, M. Thomas P. Gilbert, Hendrik Poinar, George M. Church and Beth Shapiro

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:230

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  36. Content type: Research article

    During the Pleistocene, shifts of species distributions and their isolation in disjunct refugia led to varied outcomes in how taxa diversified. Some species diverged, others did not. Here, we begin to address ...

    Authors: Gaynor Dolman and Leo Joseph

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:226

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The southern African Oxalis radiation is extremely morphologically variable. Despite recent progress in the phylogenetics of the genus, there are few morphological synapomorphies supporting DNA-based clades. Leaf...

    Authors: Michelle Jooste, Léanne L. Dreyer and Kenneth C. Oberlander

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:225

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Adaptive divergence, which usually explains rapid diversification within island species, might involve the positive selection of genes. Anthocyanin biosynthetic pathway (ABP) genes are important for floral div...

    Authors: Bing-Hong Huang, Yi-Wen Chen, Chia-Lung Huang, Jian Gao and Pei-Chun Liao

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:191

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The disproportionate species richness of the world’s biodiversity hotspots could be explained by low extinction (the evolutionary “museum”) and/or high speciation (the “hot-bed”) models. We test these models u...

    Authors: M. D. Pirie, E. G. H. Oliver, A. Mugrabi de Kuppler, B. Gehrke, N. C. Le Maitre, M. Kandziora and D. U. Bellstedt

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:190

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Phylogeography and historical demography of the cyprinid fish Diptychus maculatus (subfamily Schizothoracinae) are evaluated across three river systems in the Northern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) and Tien Shan ...

    Authors: Guogang Li, Yongtao Tang, Renyi Zhang and Kai Zhao

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:186

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Co-dispersal of sperm-dependent hybrids and their sexual relatives is expected to result in consistent spatial patterns between assemblages of hybrids and genetic structure of parental species. However, local ...

    Authors: Roland Vergilino, Christelle Leung and Bernard Angers

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:183

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Cassava mosaic disease (CMD) in Madagascar is caused by a complex of at least six African cassava mosaic geminivirus (CMG) species. This provides a rare opportunity for a comparative study of the evolutionary ...

    Authors: Alexandre De Bruyn, Mireille Harimalala, Innocent Zinga, Batsirai M. Mabvakure, Murielle Hoareau, Virginie Ravigné, Matthew Walters, Bernard Reynaud, Arvind Varsani, Gordon W. Harkins, Darren P. Martin, Jean-Michel Lett and Pierre Lefeuvre

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:182

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  43. Content type: Research article

    On account of repeated exposure and submergence of the East China Sea (ECS) land bridge, sea level fluctuation played an important role in shaping the population structure of many temperate species across the ...

    Authors: Danli Zhang, Zhen Ye, Kazutaka Yamada, Yahui Zhen, Chenguang Zheng and Wenjun Bu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:174

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Anchored hybrid enrichment is a form of next-generation sequencing that uses oligonucleotide probes to target conserved regions of the genome flanked by less conserved regions in order to acquire data useful f...

    Authors: Andrew Donovan Young, Alan R. Lemmon, Jeffrey H. Skevington, Ximo Mengual, Gunilla Ståhls, Menno Reemer, Kurt Jordaens, Scott Kelso, Emily Moriarty Lemmon, Martin Hauser, Marc De Meyer, Bernhard Misof and Brian M. Wiegmann

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:143

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