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Type: Journal article
Title: A revised phylogeny of macropathine cave crickets (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae) uncovers a paraphyletic Australian fauna
Author: Beasley-Hall, P.
Tierney, S.
Weinstein, P.
Austin, A.
Citation: Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 2018; 126:153-161
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 1055-7903
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Perry G. Beasley-Hall, Simon M. Tierney, Phillip Weinstein, Andrew D. Austin
Abstract: Australian cave crickets are members of the subfamily Macropathinae (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae). The subfamily is thought to have originated prior to the tectonic separation of the supercontinent Gondwana based on distributions of extant lineages and molecular phylogenetic evidence, although the Australian fauna have been underrepresented in previous studies. The current study augments existing multigene data (using 12S, 16S, and 28S rRNA genes) to investigate the placement of the Australian representatives within the Macropathinae and to assess divergence dates of select clades. Results suggest that the endemic Tasmanian genus Parvotettix is the sister lineage to the remaining members of the subfamily, an outcome that presents a paraphyletic Australian fauna in contrast to previous studies. All other Australian taxa represented in this study (Micropathus and Novotettix) emerged as a sister group to the New Zealand and South American macropathine lineages. Estimation of phylogenetic divergence ages among the aforementioned clades were calibrated using two methods, in absence of suitable fossil records: (i) tectonic events depicting the fragmentation of Gondwanan landmasses that invoke vicariant scenarios of present day geographic distributions; and (ii) molecular evolutionary rates. Geological calibrations place the median age of the most recent common ancestor of extant macropathines at ∼125 to ∼165 Ma, whereas analyses derived from molecular substitution rates suggest a considerably younger origin of ∼32 Ma. This phylogenetic study represents the most rigorous taxonomic sampling of the Australian cave cricket fauna to date and stresses the influence of lineage representation on biogeographic inference.
Keywords: Animals; Gryllidae; Bayes Theorem; Phylogeny; Time Factors; Australia; New Zealand; Genetic Variation; Caves
Rights: © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0030086227
DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2018.04.024
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