Systematics and evolution of Nepenthes

Clarke, Charles, Schlauer, Jan, Moran, Jonathan A., and Robinson, Alastair (2018) Systematics and evolution of Nepenthes. In: Ellison, Aaron M., and Adamec, Lubomír, (eds.) Carnivorous Plants: physiology, ecology, and evolution. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, USA, pp. 58-69.

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Nepenthesis one of the largest genera of carnivorous plants, comprising at least 160 species. These species produce highly modified pitchers that have evolved to target a greater variety of nutritional sources, including specific arthropod taxa, leaf litter, and mammal feces, than any other group of carnivorous plants (Clarke and Moran 2016). The physical environment and plant–animal interactions are key drivers of diversification within and among species, which challenges taxonomists who continue to seek effective means of applying species concepts and accurately classifying the members of the genus. In recent years, ecologists and evolutionary biologists have made significant progress in detecting drivers of diversification in Nepenthes. Advances in genetic sequencing methods are yielding new insights into recent evolutionary events within the genus. In this chapter, we review current trends and practices in the descriptive taxonomy of Nepenthes and provide recommendations to improve future work in this field. We also present an over-view of evolution within the genus, focusing on the contribution of genetic analyses to our current understanding of the major groups of species within the genus.

Item ID: 52086
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-19-877984-1
Keywords: nepenthes, evolution, carnivorous plants, taxonomy, plant-animal interaction, classification, systematics
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2018 00:25
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3104 Evolutionary biology > 310411 Plant and fungus systematics and taxonomy @ 80%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3104 Evolutionary biology > 310410 Phylogeny and comparative analysis @ 20%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960803 Documentation of Undescribed Flora and Fauna @ 20%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 80%
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