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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

    Fleas, the most notorious insect ectoparasites of human, dogs, cats, birds, etc., have recently been traced to its basal and primitive ancestors during the Middle Jurassic. Compared with extant fleas, these la...

    Authors: Taiping Gao, Chungkun Shih, Alexandr P Rasnitsyn, Xing Xu, Shuo Wang and Dong Ren

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:168

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    The genetic diversity of the human microbiome holds great potential for shedding light on the history of our ancestors. Helicobacter pylori is the most prominent example as its analysis allowed a fine-scale resol...

    Authors: Karsten Henne, Jing Li, Mark Stoneking, Olga Kessler, Hildegard Schilling, Anne Sonanini, Georg Conrads and Hans-Peter Horz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:190

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    Specific host-parasite systems often embody a particular co-distribution phenomenon, in which the parasite’s phylogeographic pattern is dependent on its host. In practice, however, both congruent and incongrue...

    Authors: Gonghua Lin, Fang Zhao, Hongjian Chen, Xiaogong Deng, Jianping Su and Tongzuo Zhang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:180

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    Aquaporins (AQPs) and aquaglyceroporins (AQGPs) belong to the superfamily of Major Intrinsic Proteins (MIPs) and are involved in the transport of water and neutral solutes across the membranes. MIP channels pl...

    Authors: Ravi Kumar Verma, Neel Duti Prabh and Ramasubbu Sankararamakrishnan

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:173

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    Discordance among individual molecular age estimates, or between molecular age estimates and the fossil record, is observed in many clades across the Tree of Life. This discordance is attributed to a variety o...

    Authors: Alex Dornburg, Jeffrey P Townsend, Matt Friedman and Thomas J Near

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:169

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    Bacteria of the order Rickettsiales (Alphaproteobacteria) are obligate intracellular parasites that infect species from virtually every major eukaryotic lineage. Several rickettsial genera harbor species that are...

    Authors: Yan-Jun Kang, Xiu-Nian Diao, Gao-Yu Zhao, Ming-Hui Chen, Yanwen Xiong, Mang Shi, Wei-Ming Fu, Yu-Jiang Guo, Bao Pan, Xiao-Ping Chen, Edward C Holmes, Joseph J Gillespie, Stephen J Dumler and Yong-Zhen Zhang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:167

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    To predict further invasions of pests it is important to understand what factors contribute to the genetic structure of their populations. Cosmopolitan pest species are ideal for studying how different agroeco...

    Authors: Irina Ovčarenko, Despoina Evripidis Kapantaidaki, Leena Lindström, Nathalie Gauthier, Anastasia Tsagkarakou, Karelyn Emily Knott and Irene Vänninen

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:165

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    Early methods for estimating divergence times from gene sequence data relied on the assumption of a molecular clock. More sophisticated methods were created to model rate variation and used auto-correlation of...

    Authors: Mathieu Fourment and Edward C Holmes

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:163

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Skipper butterflies (Hesperiidae) are a relatively well-studied family of Lepidoptera. However, a combination of DNA barcodes, morphology, and natural history data has revealed several cryptic species complexe...

    Authors: Claudia Bertrand, Daniel H Janzen, Winnie Hallwachs, John M Burns, Joel F Gibson, Shadi Shokralla and Mehrdad Hajibabaei

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:153

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    Recent molecular hypotheses suggest that some traditional suprageneric taxa of Characiformes require revision, as they may not constitute monophyletic groups. This is the case for the Bryconidae. Various studi...

    Authors: Kelly T Abe, Tatiane C Mariguela, Gleisy S Avelino, Fausto Foresti and Claudio Oliveira

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:152

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    The origin and colonisation history after the Quaternary ice ages remain largely unresolved for many plant lineages, mainly owing to a lack of fine-scale studies. Here, we present a molecular phylogeny and a p...

    Authors: Isabel M Liberal, Monique Burrus, Claire Suchet, Christophe Thébaud and Pablo Vargas

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:146

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Lethal amanitas (Amanita section Phalloideae) are a group of wild, fatal mushrooms causing many poisoning cases worldwide. However, the diversity and evolutionary history of these lethal mushrooms remain poorly k...

    Authors: Qing Cai, Rodham E Tulloss, Li P Tang, Bau Tolgor, Ping Zhang, Zuo H Chen and Zhu L Yang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:143

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Haldane’s Rule, the tendency for the heterogametic sex to show reduced fertility in hybrid crosses, can obscure the signal of gene flow in mtDNA between species where females are heterogametic. Therefore, it i...

    Authors: Fiona C Gowen, James M Maley, Carla Cicero, A Townsend Peterson, Brant C Faircloth, T Caleb Warr and John E McCormack

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:135

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  14. Content type: Methodology article

    The reconstruction of the phylogenetic tree topology of four taxa is, still nowadays, one of the main challenges in phylogenetics. Its difficulties lie in considering not too restrictive evolutionary models, a...

    Authors: Esther Ibáñez-Marcelo and Marta Casanellas

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:132

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Rhesus macaques living in western Sichuan, China, have been separated into several isolated populations due to habitat fragmentation. Previous studies based on the neutral or nearly neutral markers (mitochondr...

    Authors: Yong-Fang Yao, Qiu-Xia Dai, Jing Li, Qing-Yong Ni, Ming-Wang Zhang and Huai-Liang Xu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:130

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The origin and early radiation of archosaurs and closely related taxa (Archosauriformes) during the Triassic was a critical event in the evolutionary history of tetrapods. This radiation led to the dinosaur-do...

    Authors: Richard J Butler, Corwin Sullivan, Martín D Ezcurra, Jun Liu, Agustina Lecuona and Roland B Sookias

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:128

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The Kalligrammatidae are distinctive, large, conspicuous, lacewings found in Eurasia from the Middle Jurassic to mid Early Cretaceous. Because of incomplete and often inadequate fossil preservation, an absence...

    Authors: Qiang Yang, Yongjie Wang, Conrad C Labandeira, Chungkun Shih and Dong Ren

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:126

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Predatory marine gastropods of the genus Conus exhibit substantial variation in venom composition both within and among species. Apart from mechanisms associated with extensive turnover of gene families and rapid...

    Authors: Dan Chang and Thomas F Duda Jr

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:123

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Considered a biodiversity hotspot, the Canary Islands have been the key subjects of numerous evolutionary studies concerning a large variety of organisms. The genus Cheirolophus (Asteraceae) represents one of the...

    Authors: Daniel Vitales, Teresa Garnatje, Jaume Pellicer, Joan Vallès, Arnoldo Santos-Guerra and Isabel Sanmartín

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:118

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Despite its high number of endemic deciduous broad-leaved species in China’s warm-temperate zone, far less attention has been paid to phylogeographic studies in this region. In this work, the phylogeographic h...

    Authors: Zi-Zhen Fu, Yong-Hua Li, Kai-Ming Zhang and Yong Li

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:114

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Biogeographers seek to understand the influences of global climate shifts and geologic changes to the landscape on the ecology and evolution of organisms. Across both longer and shorter timeframes, the western...

    Authors: Derek D Houston, Dennis K Shiozawa, Brian Tilston Smith and Brett R Riddle

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:111

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    Complete mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) genome analyses have greatly improved the phylogeny and phylogeography of human mtDNA. Human mitochondrial DNA haplogroup U6 has been considered as a molecular signal of a Pa...

    Authors: Bernard Secher, Rosa Fregel, José M Larruga, Vicente M Cabrera, Phillip Endicott, José J Pestano and Ana M González

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:109

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The aquatic flowering-plant family Hydatellaceae has a classic Gondwanan distribution, as it is found in Australia, India and New Zealand. To shed light on the biogeographic history of this apparently ancient ...

    Authors: William J D Iles, Christopher Lee, Dmitry D Sokoloff, Margarita V Remizowa, Shrirang R Yadav, Matthew D Barrett, Russell L Barrett, Terry D Macfarlane, Paula J Rudall and Sean W Graham

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:102

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Most previous studies of morphological and molecular data have consistently supported the monophyly of the true water bugs (Hemiptera: Nepomorpha). An exception is a recent study by Hua et al. (BMC Evol Biol 9...

    Authors: Teng Li, Jimeng Hua, April M Wright, Ying Cui, Qiang Xie, Wenjun Bu and David M Hillis

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:99

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  25. Content type: Research article

    The Malili Lakes system in central Sulawesi (Indonesia) is a hotspot of freshwater biodiversity in the Wallacea, characterized by endemic species flocks like the sailfin silversides (Teleostei: Atherinomorpha:...

    Authors: Björn Stelbrink, Isabella Stöger, Renny K Hadiaty, Ulrich K Schliewen and Fabian Herder

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:94

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Army ants are dominant invertebrate predators in tropical and subtropical terrestrial ecosystems. Their close relatives within the dorylomorph group of ants are also highly specialized predators, although much...

    Authors: Seán G Brady, Brian L Fisher, Ted R Schultz and Philip S Ward

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:93

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The Indo-Pacific region has the largest number of seagrass species worldwide and this region is considered as the origin of the Hydrocharitaceae. Halophila ovalis and its closely-related species belonging to the ...

    Authors: Vy X Nguyen, Matsapume Detcharoen, Piyalap Tuntiprapas, U Soe-Htun, Japar B Sidik, Muta Z Harah, Anchana Prathep and Jutta Papenbrock

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:92

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Recent work has shown that Fusarium species and genotypes most commonly associated with human infections, particularly of the cornea (mycotic keratitis), are the same as those most commonly isolated from plumbing...

    Authors: Dylan PG Short, Kerry O’Donnell and David M Geiser

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:91

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  29. Content type: Methodology article

    Determining the presence or absence of gene flow between populations is the target of some statistical methods in population genetics. Until recently, these methods either avoided the use of recombining genes,...

    Authors: Miguel Navascués, Delphine Legrand, Cécile Campagne, Marie-Louise Cariou and Frantz Depaulis

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:89

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The pantropical genus Bauhinia, along with the northern temperate Cercis and several tropical genera, bear bilobate, bifoliolate, or sometimes unifoliolate leaves, which constitute the tribe Cercideae as sister t...

    Authors: Qi Wang, Zhuqiu Song, Yunfa Chen, Si Shen and Zhenyu Li

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:88

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Mangroves are key components of coastal ecosystems in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. However, the patterns and mechanisms of modern distribution of mangroves are still not well understood. Histori...

    Authors: Eugenia YY Lo, Norman C Duke and Mei Sun

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:83

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  32. Content type: Methodology article

    Partitioning involves estimating independent models of molecular evolution for different subsets of sites in a sequence alignment, and has been shown to improve phylogenetic inference. Current methods for esti...

    Authors: Robert Lanfear, Brett Calcott, David Kainer, Christoph Mayer and Alexandros Stamatakis

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:82

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Manchurochelys manchoukuoensis is an emblematic turtle from the Cretaceous Yixian Formation of Liaoning, China, a geological rock unit that is famous for yielding perfectly preserved skeletons of fossil vertebrat...

    Authors: Chang-Fu Zhou, Márton Rabi and Walter G Joyce

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:77

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the demographic history of a population is critical to conservation and to our broader understanding of evolutionary processes. For many tropical large mammals, however, this aim is confounded by...

    Authors: Ross Barnett, Nobuyuki Yamaguchi, Beth Shapiro, Simon YW Ho, Ian Barnes, Richard Sabin, Lars Werdelin, Jacques Cuisin and Greger Larson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:70

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Hybridization, the interbreeding of diagnosably divergent species, is a major focus in evolutionary studies. Eels, both from North America and Europe migrate through the Atlantic to mate in a vast, overlapping...

    Authors: Sébastien Wielgoss, Aude Gilabert, Axel Meyer and Thierry Wirth

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:61

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Across heterogeneous environments selection and gene flow interact to influence the rate and extent of adaptive trait evolution. This complex relationship is further influenced by the rarely considered role of...

    Authors: Lizelle J Odendaal, David S Jacobs and Jacqueline M Bishop

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:60

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Numerous studies have investigated cospeciation (or cophylogeny) in various host-symbiont systems, and different patterns were inferred, from strict cospeciation where symbiont phylogeny mirrors host phylogeny...

    Authors: Laure Bellec, Camille Clerissi, Roseline Edern, Elodie Foulon, Nathalie Simon, Nigel Grimsley and Yves Desdevises

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:59

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Despite considerable progress in systematics, a comprehensive scenario of the evolution of phenotypic characters in the mega-diverse Holometabola based on a solid phylogenetic hypothesis was still missing. We ...

    Authors: Ralph S Peters, Karen Meusemann, Malte Petersen, Christoph Mayer, Jeanne Wilbrandt, Tanja Ziesmann, Alexander Donath, Karl M Kjer, Ulrike Aspöck, Horst Aspöck, Andre Aberer, Alexandros Stamatakis, Frank Friedrich, Frank Hünefeld, Oliver Niehuis, Rolf G Beutel…

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:52

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Because of their fragmented nature, inselberg species are interesting biological models for studying the genetic consequences of disjoint populations. Inselbergs are commonly compared with oceanic islands, as ...

    Authors: Fábio Pinheiro, Salvatore Cozzolino, David Draper, Fábio de Barros, Leonardo P Félix, Michael F Fay and Clarisse Palma-Silva

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:49

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The phylogenetic relationships of many taxa remain poorly known because of a lack of appropriate data and/or analyses. Despite substantial recent advances, amphibian phylogeny remains poorly resolved in many i...

    Authors: Karen Siu-Ting, David J Gower, Davide Pisani, Roman Kassahun, Fikirte Gebresenbet, Michele Menegon, Abebe A Mengistu, Samy A Saber, Rafael de Sá, Mark Wilkinson and Simon P Loader

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:44

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Interactions with pollinators are proposed to be one of the major drivers of diversity in angiosperms. Specialised interactions with pollinators can lead to specialised floral traits, which collectively are kn...

    Authors: Alicia Toon, Lyn G Cook and Michael D Crisp

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:43

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The formation of the East African Rift System has decisively influenced the distribution and evolution of tropical Africa’s biota by altering climate conditions, by creating basins for large long-lived lakes, ...

    Authors: Roland Schultheiß, Bert Van Bocxlaer, Frank Riedel, Thomas von Rintelen and Christian Albrecht

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:42

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  43. Content type: Research article

    In East Asia, an increasing number of studies on temperate forest tree species find evidence for migration and gene exchange across the East China Sea (ECS) land bridge up until the last glacial maximum (LGM)....

    Authors: Xin-Shuai Qi, Na Yuan, Hans Peter Comes, Shota Sakaguchi and Ying-Xiong Qiu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:41

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Modern flamingos (Phoenicopteridae) occupy a highly specialized ecology unique among birds and represent a potentially powerful model system for informing the mechanisms by which a lineage of birds adapts and ...

    Authors: Chris R Torres, Lisa M Ogawa, Mark AF Gillingham, Brittney Ferrari and Marcel van Tuinen

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:36

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