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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

    Antarctica is surrounded by the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC), the largest and strongest current in the world. Despite its potential importance for shaping biogeographical patterns, the distribution and ...

    Authors: Luisa F. Dueñas, Dianne M. Tracey, Andrew J. Crawford, Thomas Wilke, Phil Alderslade and Juan A. Sánchez

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:2

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    Sphingomyelinase D is the main toxin present in the venom of Loxosceles spiders. Several isoforms present in these venoms can be structurally classified in two groups. Class I Sphingomyelinase D contains a single...

    Authors: Aurélio Pedroso, Sergio Russo Matioli, Mario Tyago Murakami, Giselle Pidde-Queiroz and Denise V. Tambourgi

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:290

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:58

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    The main cattle breed in Korea is the brown Hanwoo, which has been under artificial selection within a national breeding program for several decades. Varieties of the Hanwoo known as Jeju Black and Chikso were...

    Authors: Eva M. Strucken, Seung H. Lee, Gul W. Jang, Laercio R. Porto-Neto and Cedric Gondro

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:284

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    Sclerolinum (Annelida: Siboglinidae) is a genus of small, wiry deep-sea tubeworms that depend on an endosymbiosis with chemosynthetic bacteria for their nutrition, notable for their ab...

    Authors: Magdalena N. Georgieva, Helena Wiklund, James B. Bell, Mari H. Eilertsen, Rachel A. Mills, Crispin T. S. Little and Adrian G. Glover

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:280

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    Ultraconserved elements (UCEs) have been successfully used in phylogenomics for a variety of taxa, but their power in phylogenetic inference has yet to be extensively compared with that of traditional Sanger s...

    Authors: Bonnie B. Blaimer, Seán G. Brady, Ted R. Schultz, Michael W. Lloyd, Brian L. Fisher and Philip S. Ward

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:271

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    Cats have been transported as human commensals worldwide giving rise to many feral populations. In Australia, feral cats have caused decline and extinction of native mammals, but their time of introduction and...

    Authors: K. Koch, D. Algar, J. B. Searle, M. Pfenninger and K. Schwenk

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:262

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Teleosts constitute more than 99 % of living actinopterygian fishes and fossil teleosts have been studied for about two centuries. However, a general consensus on the definition of Teleostei and the relationsh...

    Authors: Emilia Sferco, Adriana López-Arbarello and Ana María Báez

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:268

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The class Chlorophyceae (Chlorophyta) includes morphologically and ecologically diverse green algae. Most of the documented species belong to the clade formed by the Chlamydomonadales (also called Volvocales) ...

    Authors: Claude Lemieux, Antony T. Vincent, Aurélie Labarre, Christian Otis and Monique Turmel

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:264

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Geological events in the latter Cenozoic have influenced the distribution, abundance and genetic structure of tree populations in temperate and tropical North America. The biogeographical history of temperate ...

    Authors: Yalma L. Vargas-Rodriguez, William J. Platt, Lowell E. Urbatsch and David W. Foltz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:257

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is one of only six bird species with an almost world-wide distribution. We aimed at clarifying its phylogeographic structure and elucidating its taxonomic status (as it is currently...

    Authors: Flavio Monti, Olivier Duriez, Véronique Arnal, Jean-Marie Dominici, Andrea Sforzi, Leonida Fusani, David Grémillet and Claudine Montgelard

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:255

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    Recent genetic studies have suggested that the colonization of East Asia by modern humans was more complex than a single origin from the South, and that a genetic contribution via a Northern route was probably...

    Authors: Da Di, Alicia Sanchez-Mazas and Mathias Currat

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:240

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Phylogeography is an important tool that can be used to reveal cryptic biodiversity and to better understand the processes that promote lineage diversification. We studied the phylogeographic history of the Ar...

    Authors: Sean B. Reilly, Ammon Corl and David B. Wake

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:241

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Population structure and genetic diversity of marine organisms in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean exhibited complex patterns. Saccharina japonica is a commercially and ecologically important kelp species widely di...

    Authors: Jie Zhang, Jian-Ting Yao, Zhong-Min Sun, Gang Fu, Dmitry A. Galanin, Chikako Nagasato, Taizo Motomura, Zi-Min Hu and De-Lin Duan

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:237

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The Commerson’s leaf-nosed bat, Hipposideros commersoni sensu stricto, is endemic to Madagascar and is relatively common in the western portion of the island, where it is found in areas, including forested zones,...

    Authors: Andrinajoro R. Rakotoarivelo, Sandi Willows-Munro, M. Corrie Schoeman, Jennifer M. Lamb and Steven M. Goodman

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:235

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  15. Content type: Research article

    How species ranges form in landscapes is a matter of long-standing evolutionary interest. However, little is known about how natural phenotypic variations of ecologically important traits contribute to species...

    Authors: Yoshihiro Matsuoka, Shigeo Takumi and Taihachi Kawahara

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:213

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The plastid maturase MatK has been implicated as a possible model for the evolutionary “missing link” between prokaryotic and eukaryotic splicing machinery. This evolutionary implication has sparked investigat...

    Authors: Michelle M. Barthet, Keenan Moukarzel, Kayla N. Smith, Jaimin Patel and Khidir W. Hilu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:210

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Divergent selection can be a major driver of ecological speciation. In insects of medical importance, understanding the speciation process is both of academic interest and public health importance. In the West...

    Authors: Bruno Gomes, Craig S. Wilding, David Weetman, Carla A. Sousa, Maria T. Novo, Harry M. Savage, António P. G. Almeida, João Pinto and Martin J. Donnelly

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:197

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Butterflies of the subtribe Mycalesina have radiated successfully in almost all habitat types in Africa, Madagascar, the Indian subcontinent, Indo-China and Australasia. Studies aimed at understanding the reas...

    Authors: Kwaku Aduse-Poku, Oskar Brattström, Ullasa Kodandaramaiah, David C. Lees, Paul M. Brakefield and Niklas Wahlberg

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:167

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Squaliform sharks represent approximately 27 % of extant shark diversity, comprising more than 130 species with a predominantly deep-dwelling lifestyle. Many Squaliform species are highly specialized, includin...

    Authors: Nicolas Straube, Chenhong Li, Julien M. Claes, Shannon Corrigan and Gavin J. P. Naylor

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:162

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  20. Content type: Research Article

    The populations of Soldanella (Primulaceae) of the southern Apennines (Italy) are unique within the genus for their distribution and ecology. Their highly fragmented distribution range, with three main metapopula...

    Authors: Alessandro Bellino, Leonardo Bellino, Daniela Baldantoni and Antonio Saracino

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:158

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  21. Content type: Methodology Article

    The use of transcriptomic and genomic datasets for phylogenetic reconstruction has become increasingly common as researchers attempt to resolve recalcitrant nodes with increasing amounts of data. The large siz...

    Authors: Stephen A Smith, Michael J Moore, Joseph W Brown and Ya Yang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:150

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  22. Content type: Research Article

    The European mink (Mustela lutreola, L. 1761) is a critically endangered mustelid, which inhabits several main river drainages in Europe. Here, we assess the genetic variation of existing populations of this spec...

    Authors: Maria Teresa Cabria, Elena G. Gonzalez, Benjamin J. Gomez-Moliner, Johan R. Michaux, Dimitry Skumatov, Andreas Kranz, Pascal Fournier, Santiago Palazon and Rafael Zardoya

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:141

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Influenza A/H3N2 has been circulating in humans since 1968, causing considerable morbidity and mortality. Although H3N2 incidence is highly seasonal, how such seasonality contributes to global phylogeographic ...

    Authors: Daniel Zinder, Trevor Bedford, Edward B Baskerville, Robert J Woods, Manojit Roy and Mercedes Pascual

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:272

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    Snails species belonging to the genus Bulinus (Planorbidae) serve as intermediate host for flukes belonging to the genus Schistosoma (Digenea, Platyhelminthes). Despite its importance in the transmission of these...

    Authors: Rima Zein-Eddine, Félicité Flore Djuikwo-Teukeng, Mustafa Al-Jawhari, Bruno Senghor, Tine Huyse and Gilles Dreyfuss

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:271

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Estimating divergence times in phylogenies using a molecular clock depends on accurate modeling of nucleotide substitution rates in DNA sequences. Rate heterogeneity among lineages is likely to affect estimate...

    Authors: Michael D Crisp, Nate B Hardy and Lyn G Cook

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:263

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Rodents of the genus Mus represent one of the most valuable biological models for biomedical and evolutionary research. Out of the four currently recognized subgenera, Nannomys (African pygmy mice, including the ...

    Authors: Josef Bryja, Ondřej Mikula, Radim Šumbera, Yonas Meheretu, Tatiana Aghová, Leonid A Lavrenchenko, Vladimír Mazoch, Nicholas Oguge, Judith S Mbau, Kiros Welegerima, Nicaise Amundala, Marc Colyn, Herwig Leirs and Erik Verheyen

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:256

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Fossil lobopodians, including animals proposed to have close affinity to modern onychophorans, are crucial to understanding the evolution of the panarthropod body plan and the phylum-level relationships betwee...

    Authors: Duncan JE Murdock, Sarah E Gabbott, Georg Mayer and Mark A Purnell

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:222

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The Central and Southern European mountain ranges represent important biodiversity hotspots and show high levels of endemism. In the land snail genus Orcula Held, 1837 nine species are distributed in the Alps and...

    Authors: Josef Harl, Barna Páll-Gergely, Sandra Kirchner, Helmut Sattmann, Michael Duda, Luise Kruckenhauser and Elisabeth Haring

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:223

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Wild relatives in the genus Arabidopsis are recognized as useful model systems to study traits and evolutionary processes in outcrossing species, which are often difficult or even impossible to investigate in the...

    Authors: Nora Hohmann, Roswitha Schmickl, Tzen-Yuh Chiang, Magdalena Lučanová, Filip Kolář, Karol Marhold and Marcus A Koch

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:224

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The margins of a species’ range might be located at the margins of a species’ niche, and in such cases, can be highly vulnerable to climate changes. They, however, may also undergo significant evolutionary cha...

    Authors: Makiko Mimura, Misako Mishima, Martin Lascoux and Tetsukazu Yahara

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:209

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Rhynchocypris oxycephalus is a cold water fish with a wide geographic distribution including the relatively warm temperate regions of southern China. It also occurs in second- and third-step geomorphic areas in C...

    Authors: Dan Yu, Ming Chen, Qiongying Tang, Xiaojuan Li and Huanzhang Liu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:225

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The current taxonomy of the African giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is primarily based on pelage pattern and geographic distribution, and nine subspecies are currently recognized. Although genetic studies have b...

    Authors: Friederike Bock, Julian Fennessy, Tobias Bidon, Andy Tutchings, Andri Marais, Francois Deacon and Axel Janke

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:219

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  33. Content type: Research article

    As attested by the fossil record, Cretaceous environmental changes have significantly impacted the diversification dynamics of several groups of organisms. A major biome turnover that occurred during this peri...

    Authors: Gael J Kergoat, Patrice Bouchard, Anne-Laure Clamens, Jessica L Abbate, Hervé Jourdan, Roula Jabbour-Zahab, Gwenaelle Genson, Laurent Soldati and Fabien L Condamine

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:220

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    Vetulicolians are one of the most problematic and controversial Cambrian fossil groups, having been considered as arthropods, chordates, kinorhynchs, or their own phylum. Mounting evidence suggests that vetuli...

    Authors: Diego C García-Bellido, Michael S Y Lee, Gregory D Edgecombe, James B Jago, James G Gehling and John R Paterson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:214

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Annual Nothobranchius fishes are distributed in East and Southern Africa and inhabit ephemeral pools filled during the monsoon season. Nothobranchius show extreme life-history adaptations: embryos survive by ente...

    Authors: Alexander Dorn, Zuzana Musilová, Matthias Platzer, Kathrin Reichwald and Alessandro Cellerino

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:210

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Glaciations were recurrent throughout the Quaternary and potentially shaped species genetic structure worldwide by affecting population dynamics. Here, we implemented a multi-model inference approach to recove...

    Authors: Rosane G Collevatti, Matheus S Lima-Ribeiro, Levi Carina Terribile, Ludymila B S Guedes, Fernanda F Rosa and Mariana P C Telles

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:213

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Although the genetic heritage of aboriginal Siberians is mostly of eastern Asian ancestry, a substantial western Eurasian component is observed in the majority of northern Asian populations. Traces of at least...

    Authors: Miroslava Derenko, Boris Malyarchuk, Galina Denisova, Maria Perkova, Andrey Litvinov, Tomasz Grzybowski, Irina Dambueva, Katarzyna Skonieczna, Urszula Rogalla, Iosif Tsybovsky and Ilya Zakharov

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:217

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the evolutionary history of morphologically cryptic species complexes is difficult, and made even more challenging when geographic distributions have been modified by human-mediated dispersal. Th...

    Authors: Enric Planas, Erin E Saupe, Matheus S Lima-Ribeiro, A Townsend Peterson and Carles Ribera

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:195

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Mountain landscapes are topographically complex, creating discontinuous `islands’ of alpine and sub-alpine habitat with a dynamic history. Changing climatic conditions drive their expansion and contraction, le...

    Authors: Rachel A Slatyer, Michael A Nash, Adam D Miller, Yoshinori Endo, Kate DL Umbers and Ary A Hoffmann

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:204

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The green algae represent one of the most successful groups of photosynthetic eukaryotes, but compared to their land plant relatives, surprisingly little is known about their evolutionary history. This is in g...

    Authors: Claude Lemieux, Christian Otis and Monique Turmel

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:211

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  41. Content type: Research article

    With more than 100000 living species, mollusks are the second most diverse metazoan phylum. The current taxonomic classification of mollusks recognizes eight classes (Neomeniomorpha, Chaetodermomorpha, Polypla...

    Authors: David Osca, Iker Irisarri, Christiane Todt, Cristina Grande and Rafael Zardoya

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:197

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Partulid tree snails are endemic to Pacific high islands and have experienced extraordinary rates of extinction in recent decades. Although they collectively range across a 10,000 km swath of Oceania, half of ...

    Authors: Taehwan Lee, Jingchun Li, Celia KC Churchill and Diarmaid Ó Foighil

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:202

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Symbiotic relationships have contributed to major evolutionary innovations, the maintenance of fundamental ecosystem functions, and the generation and maintenance of biodiversity. However, the exact nature of ...

    Authors: Clive T Darwell, Sarah al-Beidh and James M Cook

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:189

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Calisto is the largest butterfly genus in the West Indies but its systematics, historical biogeography and the causes of its diversification have not been previously rigorously evaluated. Several studies attempti...

    Authors: Pável Matos-Maraví, Rayner Núñez Águila, Carlos Peña, Jacqueline Y Miller, Andrei Sourakov and Niklas Wahlberg

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:199

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  45. Content type: Research article

    New Caledonia harbours a highly diverse and endemic flora, and 13 (out of the 19 worldwide) species of Araucaria are endemic to this territory. Their phylogenetic relationships remain largely unresolved. Using nu...

    Authors: Myriam Gaudeul, Martin F Gardner, Philip Thomas, Richard A Ennos and Pete M Hollingsworth

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:171

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The evolutionary history of the Old World monkey tribe Papionini comprising the genera Macaca, Mandrillus, Cercocebus, Lophocebus, Theropithecus, Rungwecebus and Papio is still matter of debate. Although the Afri...

    Authors: Rasmus Liedigk, Christian Roos, Markus Brameier and Dietmar Zinner

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:176

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Species thermal requirements are one of the principal determinants of their ecology and biogeography, although our understanding of the interplay between these factors is limited by the paucity of integrative ...

    Authors: Amparo Hidalgo-Galiana, David Sánchez-Fernández, David T Bilton, Alexandra Cieslak and Ignacio Ribera

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:187

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