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Molecular phylogeny of grunts (Teleostei, Haemulidae), with an emphasis on the ecology, evolution, and speciation history of new world species.

Tavera JJ, Acero P A, Balart EF, Bernardi G - BMC Evol. Biol. (2012)

Bottom Line: The genus Pomadasys was shown to be polyphyletic and Haemulon, Anisotremus, and Plectorhinchus were found to be paraphyletic.Four of seven presumed geminate pairs were indeed found to be sister species, however our data did not support a contemporaneous divergence.This study also illustrates how life history habitat influences speciation and evolutionary trajectories.

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Affiliation: Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, SC, La Paz, BCS, México, USA. tavera.jose@gmail.com

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Background: The fish family Haemulidae is divided in two subfamilies, Haemulinae and Plectorhynchinae (sweetlips), including approximately 17 genera and 145 species. The family has a broad geographic distribution that encompasses contrasting ecological habitats resulting in a unique potential for evolutionary hypotheses testing. In the present work we have examined the phylogenetic relationships of the family using selected representatives of additional Percomorpha based on Bayesian and Maximum likelihood methods by means of three mitochondrial genes. We also developed a phylogenetic hypothesis of the New World species based on five molecular markers (three mitochondrial and two nuclear) as a framework to evaluate the evolutionary history, the ecological diversification and speciation patterns of this group.

Results: Mitochondrial genes and different reconstruction methods consistently recovered a monophyletic Haemulidae with the Sillaginidae as its sister clade (although with low support values). Previous studies proposed different relationships that were not recovered in this analysis. We also present a robust molecular phylogeny of Haemulinae based on the combined data of two nuclear and three mitochondrial genes. All topologies support the monophyly of both sub-families (Haemulinae, Plectorhinchinae). The genus Pomadasys was shown to be polyphyletic and Haemulon, Anisotremus, and Plectorhinchus were found to be paraphyletic. Four of seven presumed geminate pairs were indeed found to be sister species, however our data did not support a contemporaneous divergence. Analyses also revealed that differential use of habitat might have played an important role in the speciation dynamics of this group of fishes, in particular among New World species where extensive sample coverage was available.

Conclusions: This study provides a new hypothesis for the sister clade of Hamulidae and a robust phylogeny of the latter. The presence of para- and polyphyletic genera underscores the need for a taxonomic reassessment within the family. A scarce sampling of the Old World Pomadasys species prevents us to definitively point to a New World origin of the sub-familiy Hamulinae, however our data suggest that this is likely to be the case. This study also illustrates how life history habitat influences speciation and evolutionary trajectories.

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Alternative phylogenetic hypotheses between Haemulidae and other percomorph families.A. Bayesian tree of Dettai and Lecointre, 2005; B. Bayesian tree of Chen et al., 2007; C. Parsimony tree of Smith and Craig, 2007; D. Parsimony super-tree of Li et al., 2009.
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Figure 1: Alternative phylogenetic hypotheses between Haemulidae and other percomorph families.A. Bayesian tree of Dettai and Lecointre, 2005; B. Bayesian tree of Chen et al., 2007; C. Parsimony tree of Smith and Craig, 2007; D. Parsimony super-tree of Li et al., 2009.

Mentions: Systematic and evolutionary history of haemulids has received little attention. The relationship between Haemulidae and other families, as well as its placement among percomorph fishes have varied through time according to different authors (Figure 1). Several attempts to include broad percomorph taxon sampling were done early on [16,17], however few of the characters found among percomorphs and their relatives were confirmed as uniquely derived [18].


Molecular phylogeny of grunts (Teleostei, Haemulidae), with an emphasis on the ecology, evolution, and speciation history of new world species.

Tavera JJ, Acero P A, Balart EF, Bernardi G - BMC Evol. Biol. (2012)

Alternative phylogenetic hypotheses between Haemulidae and other percomorph families.A. Bayesian tree of Dettai and Lecointre, 2005; B. Bayesian tree of Chen et al., 2007; C. Parsimony tree of Smith and Craig, 2007; D. Parsimony super-tree of Li et al., 2009.
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Figure 1: Alternative phylogenetic hypotheses between Haemulidae and other percomorph families.A. Bayesian tree of Dettai and Lecointre, 2005; B. Bayesian tree of Chen et al., 2007; C. Parsimony tree of Smith and Craig, 2007; D. Parsimony super-tree of Li et al., 2009.
Mentions: Systematic and evolutionary history of haemulids has received little attention. The relationship between Haemulidae and other families, as well as its placement among percomorph fishes have varied through time according to different authors (Figure 1). Several attempts to include broad percomorph taxon sampling were done early on [16,17], however few of the characters found among percomorphs and their relatives were confirmed as uniquely derived [18].

Bottom Line: The genus Pomadasys was shown to be polyphyletic and Haemulon, Anisotremus, and Plectorhinchus were found to be paraphyletic.Four of seven presumed geminate pairs were indeed found to be sister species, however our data did not support a contemporaneous divergence.This study also illustrates how life history habitat influences speciation and evolutionary trajectories.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, SC, La Paz, BCS, México, USA. tavera.jose@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

Background: The fish family Haemulidae is divided in two subfamilies, Haemulinae and Plectorhynchinae (sweetlips), including approximately 17 genera and 145 species. The family has a broad geographic distribution that encompasses contrasting ecological habitats resulting in a unique potential for evolutionary hypotheses testing. In the present work we have examined the phylogenetic relationships of the family using selected representatives of additional Percomorpha based on Bayesian and Maximum likelihood methods by means of three mitochondrial genes. We also developed a phylogenetic hypothesis of the New World species based on five molecular markers (three mitochondrial and two nuclear) as a framework to evaluate the evolutionary history, the ecological diversification and speciation patterns of this group.

Results: Mitochondrial genes and different reconstruction methods consistently recovered a monophyletic Haemulidae with the Sillaginidae as its sister clade (although with low support values). Previous studies proposed different relationships that were not recovered in this analysis. We also present a robust molecular phylogeny of Haemulinae based on the combined data of two nuclear and three mitochondrial genes. All topologies support the monophyly of both sub-families (Haemulinae, Plectorhinchinae). The genus Pomadasys was shown to be polyphyletic and Haemulon, Anisotremus, and Plectorhinchus were found to be paraphyletic. Four of seven presumed geminate pairs were indeed found to be sister species, however our data did not support a contemporaneous divergence. Analyses also revealed that differential use of habitat might have played an important role in the speciation dynamics of this group of fishes, in particular among New World species where extensive sample coverage was available.

Conclusions: This study provides a new hypothesis for the sister clade of Hamulidae and a robust phylogeny of the latter. The presence of para- and polyphyletic genera underscores the need for a taxonomic reassessment within the family. A scarce sampling of the Old World Pomadasys species prevents us to definitively point to a New World origin of the sub-familiy Hamulinae, however our data suggest that this is likely to be the case. This study also illustrates how life history habitat influences speciation and evolutionary trajectories.

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