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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. The avian Order Passeriformes is an enormously species-rich group, which comprises almost 60% of all living bird species. This diverse order is believed to have originated before the break-up of Gondwana in th...

    Authors: Per GP Ericson, Seraina Klopfstein, Martin Irestedt, Jacqueline MT Nguyen and Johan AA Nylander

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:8

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  2. Aciliini presently includes 69 species of medium-sized water beetles distributed on all continents except Antarctica. The pattern of distribution with several genera confined to different continents of the Sou...

    Authors: Rasa Bukontaite, Kelly B Miller and Johannes Bergsten

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:5

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  3. In island archipelagos, where islands have experienced repeated periods of fragmentation and connection through cyclic changes in sea level, complex among-island distributions might reflect historical distribu...

    Authors: Sean Stankowski and Michael S Johnson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:2

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  4. Numerous studies have investigated cospeciation between parasites and their hosts, but there have been few studies concerning parasitoids and insect hosts. The high diversity and host specialization observed in A...

    Authors: Jun Deng, Fang Yu, Hai-Bin Li, Marco Gebiola, Yves Desdevises, San-An Wu and Yan-Zhou Zhang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:275

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  5. The advent of molecular biology techniques and constant increase in availability of genetic material have triggered the development of many phylogenetic tree inference methods. However, several reticulate evol...

    Authors: Mehdi Layeghifard, Pedro R Peres-Neto and Vladimir Makarenkov

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:274

    Content type: Methodology article

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  6. Interspecific divergence along a benthic to pelagic habitat axis is ubiquitous in freshwater fishes inhabiting lentic environments. In this study, we examined the influence of this habitat axis on the macroevo...

    Authors: Phillip R Hollingsworth Jr, Andrew M Simons, James A Fordyce and C Darrin Hulsey

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:272

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  7. Tall fescue and meadow fescue are important as temperate pasture grasses, forming mutualistic associations with asexual Neotyphodium endophytes. The most frequently identified endophyte of Continental allohexaplo...

    Authors: Piyumi N Ekanayake, Maia Rabinovich, Kathryn M Guthridge, German C Spangenberg, John W Forster and Timothy I Sawbridge

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:270

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  8. Amblyomma cajennense F. is one of the best known and studied ticks in the New World because of its very wide distribution, its economical importance as pest of domestic ungulates, and its association with a varie...

    Authors: Lorenza Beati, Santiago Nava, Erica J Burkman, Darci M Barros-Battesti, Marcelo B Labruna, Alberto A Guglielmone, Abraham G Cáceres, Carmen M Guzmán-Cornejo, Renato León, Lance A Durden and João LH Faccini

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:267

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  9. Proterochersis robusta from the Late Triassic (Middle Norian) of Germany is the oldest known fossil turtle (i.e. amniote with a fully formed turtle shell), but little is known about its anatomy. A newly prepared,...

    Authors: Walter G Joyce, Rainer R Schoch and Tyler R Lyson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:266

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  10. The Pleistocene climatic oscillations are considered as a major driving force of intraspecific divergence and speciation. During Ice Ages, populations isolated in allopatric glacial refugia can experience diff...

    Authors: Thomas Lecocq, Simon Dellicour, Denis Michez, Patrick Lhomme, Maryse Vanderplanck, Irena Valterová, Jean-Yves Rasplus and Pierre Rasmont

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:263

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  11. The Bacillus subtilis-group and the Bacillus cereus-group are two well-studied groups of species in the genus Bacillus. Bacteria in this genus can produce a highly resistant cell type, the spore, which is encased...

    Authors: Hong Qin and Adam Driks

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:261

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  12. Within the complex metazoan phylogeny, the relationships of the three lophophorate lineages, ectoprocts, brachiopods and phoronids, are particularly elusive. To shed further light on this issue, we present phy...

    Authors: Maximilian P Nesnidal, Martin Helmkampf, Achim Meyer, Alexander Witek, Iris Bruchhaus, Ingo Ebersberger, Thomas Hankeln, Bernhard Lieb, Torsten H Struck and Bernhard Hausdorf

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:253

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  13. China is characterized by complex topographic structure and dramatic palaeoclimatic changes, making species biogeography studies particularly interesting. Previous researchers have also demonstrated multiple s...

    Authors: Guanjun Lu, Aiqing Lin, Jinhong Luo, Dimitri V Blondel, Kelly A Meiklejohn, Keping Sun and Jiang Feng

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:241

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  14. Molecular phylogenetic analyses have revealed that Hexapoda and Crustacea form a common clade (the Pancrustacea), which is now widely accepted among zoologists; however, the origin of Hexapoda remains unresolv...

    Authors: Go Sasaki, Keisuke Ishiwata, Ryuichiro Machida, Takashi Miyata and Zhi-Hui Su

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:236

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  15. The genus Uropsilus comprises a group of terrestrial, montane mammals endemic to the Hengduan and adjacent mountains. These animals are the most primitive living talpids. The taxonomy has been primarily based on ...

    Authors: Tao Wan, Kai He and Xue-Long Jiang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:232

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  16. Humans and insect herbivores are competing for the same food crops and have been for thousands of years. Despite considerable advances in crop pest management, losses due to insects remain considerable. The gl...

    Authors: Laura M Boykin, Charles D Bell, Gregory Evans, Ian Small and Paul J De Barro

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:228

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  17. Climatic and sea-level fluctuations throughout the last Pleistocene glacial cycle (~130-0 ka) profoundly influenced present-day distributions and genetic diversity of Northern Hemisphere biotas by forcing rang...

    Authors: Justin C Bagley, Michael Sandel, Joseph Travis, María de Lourdes Lozano-Vilano and Jerald B Johnson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:223

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  18. The West Liao River valley in Northeast China is an ecologically diverse region, populated in prehistory by human populations with a wide range of cultures and modes of subsistence. To help understand the huma...

    Authors: Yinqiu Cui, Hongjie Li, Chao Ning, Ye Zhang, Lu Chen, Xin Zhao, Erika Hagelberg and Hui Zhou

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:216

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  19. The Solanaceae is a plant family of great economic importance. Despite a wealth of phylogenetic work on individual clades and a deep knowledge of particular cultivated species such as tomato and potato, a robu...

    Authors: Tiina Särkinen, Lynn Bohs, Richard G Olmstead and Sandra Knapp

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:214

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  20. Recurring dengue outbreaks occur in cyclical pattern in most endemic countries. The recurrences of dengue virus (DENV) infection predispose the population to increased risk of contracting the severe forms of d...

    Authors: Boon-Teong Teoh, Sing-Sin Sam, Kim-Kee Tan, Jefree Johari, Meng-Hooi Shu, Mohammed Bashar Danlami, Juraina Abd-Jamil, NorAziyah MatRahim, Nor Muhammad Mahadi and Sazaly AbuBakar

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:213

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  21. Lepidosauria (lizards, snakes, tuatara) is a globally distributed and ecologically important group of over 9,000 reptile species. The earliest fossil records are currently restricted to the Late Triassic and o...

    Authors: Marc EH Jones, Cajsa Lisa Anderson, Christy A Hipsley, Johannes Müller, Susan E Evans and Rainer R Schoch

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:208

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  22. Subterranean faunal radiations can result in complex patterns of morphological divergence involving both convergent or parallel phenotypic evolution and cryptic species diversity. Salamanders of the genus Eurycea

    Authors: Nathan F Bendik, Jesse M Meik, Andrew G Gluesenkamp, Corey E Roelke and Paul T Chippindale

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:201

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  23. Intraspecific genetic variation of African fauna has been significantly affected by pronounced climatic fluctuations in Plio-Pleistocene, but, with the exception of large mammals, very limited empirical data o...

    Authors: Veronika Bartáková, Martin Reichard, Karel Janko, Matej Polačik, Radim Blažek, Kathrin Reichwald, Alessandro Cellerino and Josef Bryja

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:196

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  24. The geographic distribution of evolutionary lineages and the patterns of gene flow upon secondary contact provide insight into the process of divergence and speciation. We explore the evolutionary history of t...

    Authors: Borja Milá, Yann Surget-Groba, Benoît Heulin, Alberto Gosá and Patrick S Fitze

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:192

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  25. The tropical Andes and Amazon are among the richest regions of endemism for mammals, and each has given rise to extensive in situ radiations. Various animal lineages have radiated ex situ after colonizing one of ...

    Authors: Nathan S Upham, Reed Ojala-Barbour, Jorge Brito M, Paúl M Velazco and Bruce D Patterson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:191

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  26. Opsins have been found in the majority of animals and their most apparent functions are related to vision and light-guided behaviour. As an increasing number of sequences have become available it has become cl...

    Authors: Bo Joakim Eriksson, David Fredman, Gerhard Steiner and Axel Schmid

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:186

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  27. The glacial and interglacial cycles that characterized the Quaternary greatly affected the distribution and genetic diversity of plants. In the Neotropics, few phylogeographic studies have focused on coastal s...

    Authors: Geraldo Mäder, Jéferson N Fregonezi, Aline P Lorenz-Lemke, Sandro L Bonatto and Loreta B Freitas

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:178

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  28. Brown trout Salmo trutta have been described in terms of five major mtDNA lineages, four of which correspond to major ocean basins, and one, according to some authors, to a distinct taxon, marbled trout Salmo mar...

    Authors: Estelle Lerceteau-Köhler, Ulrich Schliewen, Theodora Kopun and Steven Weiss

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:176

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  29. Molecular phylogenetics has provided unprecedented resolution in the ruminant evolutionary tree. However, molecular age estimates using only one or a few (often misapplied) fossil calibration points have produ...

    Authors: Faysal Bibi

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:166

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  30. Pleistocene climatic oscillations have played a major role in structuring present-day biodiversity. The southern Mediterranean peninsulas have long been recognized as major glacial refugia, from where Northern...

    Authors: Daniele Salvi, D James Harris, Antigoni Kaliontzopoulou, Miguel A Carretero and Catarina Pinho

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:147

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  31. Grapes are one of the most economically important fruit crops. There are about 60 species in the genus Vitis. The phylogenetic relationships among these species are of keen interest for the conservation and use o...

    Authors: Yizhen Wan, Heidi R Schwaninger, Angela M Baldo, Joanne A Labate, Gan-Yuan Zhong and Charles J Simon

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:141

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  32. Elongation factor-1α (EF-1α) and elongation factor-like (EFL) proteins are functionally homologous to one another, and are core components of the eukaryotic translation machinery. The patchy distribution of th...

    Authors: Ryoma Kamikawa, Matthew W Brown, Yuki Nishimura, Yoshihiko Sako, Aaron A Heiss, Naoji Yubuki, Ryan Gawryluk, Alastair GB Simpson, Andrew J Roger, Tetsuo Hashimoto and Yuji Inagaki

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:131

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  33. C. gloeosporioides sensu lato is one of the most economically important post-harvest diseases affecting papaya production worldwide. There is currently no information concerning the genetic structure or demograph...

    Authors: Sephra N Rampersad, Daisy Perez-Brito, Claudia Torres-Calzada, Raul Tapia-Tussell and Christine VF Carrington

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:130

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  34. The infraorder Anomura has long captivated the attention of evolutionary biologists due to its impressive morphological diversity and ecological adaptations. To date, 2500 extant species have been described bu...

    Authors: Heather D Bracken-Grissom, Maren E Cannon, Patricia Cabezas, Rodney M Feldmann, Carrie E Schweitzer, Shane T Ahyong, Darryl L Felder, Rafael Lemaitre and Keith A Crandall

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:128

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  35. Sakha – an area connecting South and Northeast Siberia – is significant for understanding the history of peopling of Northeast Eurasia and the Americas. Previous studies have shown a genetic contiguity between...

    Authors: Sardana A Fedorova, Maere Reidla, Ene Metspalu, Mait Metspalu, Siiri Rootsi, Kristiina Tambets, Natalya Trofimova, Sergey I Zhadanov, Baharak Hooshiar Kashani, Anna Olivieri, Mikhail I Voevoda, Ludmila P Osipova, Fedor A Platonov, Mikhail I Tomsky, Elza K Khusnutdinova, Antonio Torroni…

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:127

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  36. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is an important infectious agent that causes widespread concern because billions of people are infected by at least 8 different HBV genotypes worldwide. However, reconstruction of the p...

    Authors: Yueming Jiang, Minxian Wang, Hongxiang Zheng, Wei R Wang, Li Jin and Yungang He

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:120

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  37. Species with strict ecological requirements may provide new insights into the forces that shaped the geographic variation of genetic diversity. The Pyrenean desman, Galemys pyrenaicus, is a small semi-aquatic mam...

    Authors: Javier Igea, Pere Aymerich, Angel Fernández-González, Jorge González-Esteban, Asunción Gómez, Rocío Alonso, Joaquim Gosálbez and Jose Castresana

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:115

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  38. Many boreo-temperate mammals have a Pleistocene fossil record throughout Eurasia and North America, but only few have a contemporary distribution that spans this large area. Examples of Holarctic-distributed c...

    Authors: Verena E Kutschera, Nicolas Lecomte, Axel Janke, Nuria Selva, Alexander A Sokolov, Timm Haun, Katharina Steyer, Carsten Nowak and Frank Hailer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:114

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  39. Phylogenetic studies, particularly those based on rDNA sequences from plant roots and basidiomata, have revealed a strikingly high genetic diversity in the Sebacinales. However, the factors determining this ge...

    Authors: Kai Riess, Franz Oberwinkler, Robert Bauer and Sigisfredo Garnica

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:102

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  40. Exceptionally preserved Palaeozoic faunas have yielded a plethora of trilobite-like arthropods, often referred to as lamellipedians. Among these, Artiopoda is supposed to contain taxa united by a distinctive a...

    Authors: Martin Stein, Graham E Budd, John S Peel and David AT Harper

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:99

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