Molecular phylogenetics and evolution of Holacanthus angelfishes (Pomacanthidae)

Alva-Campbell, Yvette, Floeter, Sergio R., Robertson, D. Ross, Bellwood, David R., and Bernardi, Giacomo (2010) Molecular phylogenetics and evolution of Holacanthus angelfishes (Pomacanthidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 56 (1). pp. 456-461.

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The angelfish genus Holacanthus includes seven species in the tropical Eastern Pacific and Atlantic. In this study we performed an analysis on all species, the closely related regal angelfish, and the Cortez angelfish, using four mitochondrial and one nuclear marker. Our results support a monophyletic Holacanthus. The Indo-Pacific regal angelfish, Pygoplytes diacanthus, was found to be the closest relative to Holacanthus. We found a split into two clades with divergences that were consistent with the rise of the Isthmus of Panama. An internally calibrated molecular clock thus placed the origin of Holacanthus to not, vert, 10.2-7.6 million years ago.

Item ID: 12017
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-9513
Keywords: Holacanthus; angelfishes; geminate species; Pomacanthus; Pygoplites
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Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2010 03:57
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 75%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060399 Evolutionary Biology not elsewhere classified @ 25%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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