## Molecular phylogeny of Malagasy reed frogs, Heterixalus, and the relative performance of bioacoustics and color-patterns for resolving their systematics

2007
##### Authors
Wollenberg, Katharina C.
Glaw, Frank
Vences, Miguel
Journal article
##### Published in
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution ; 45 (2007), 1. - pp. 14-22. - ISSN 1055-7903
##### Abstract
The members of the genus Heterixalus constitute one of the endemic frog radiations in Madagascar. Here we present a complete species-level phylogeny based on DNA sequences (4876 base pairs) of three nuclear and four mitochondrial markers to clarify the phylogenetic relationships among and within all known species of this genus, as well as the phylogenetic position of the monospecific Seychellean Tachycnemis seychellensis. Although the performance to resolve supported clades of Heterixalus species differed among the investigated gene fragments when analyzed separately, we could identify five well-supported species groups within Heterixalus in the combined analysis of all gene fragments. Our data strongly support a Heterixalus Tachycnemis clade, and indicate the probable monophyly of Heterixalus placed sister to Tachycnemis. However, the diversification of these lineages may have happened in a short interval of time, leading to an unstable placement of Tachycnemis in the single-gene fragment phylogenies. Referring to the hitherto existing classification of Heterixalus, which is predominantly based on chromatic and bioacoustic characters, we examined the relative performance of these data sets relative to our molecular phylogeny. A Bayesian tree reconstructed with a bioacoustic data set yielded a higher resemblance to the molecular phylogeny than a tree constructed using a chromatic data set, which supports the importance of bioacoustic characters for systematic analyses of these anurans.
##### Subject (DDC)
570 Biosciences, Biology
##### Cite This
ISO 690WOLLENBERG, Katharina C., Frank GLAW, Axel MEYER, Miguel VENCES, 2007. Molecular phylogeny of Malagasy reed frogs, Heterixalus, and the relative performance of bioacoustics and color-patterns for resolving their systematics. In: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 45(1), pp. 14-22. ISSN 1055-7903. Available under: doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2007.06.024
BibTex
@article{Wollenberg2007Molec-8738,
year={2007},
doi={10.1016/j.ympev.2007.06.024},
title={Molecular phylogeny of Malagasy reed frogs, Heterixalus, and the relative performance of bioacoustics and color-patterns for resolving their systematics},
number={1},
volume={45},
issn={1055-7903},
journal={Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution},
pages={14--22},
author={Wollenberg, Katharina C. and Glaw, Frank and Meyer, Axel and Vences, Miguel}
}

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