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Taxonomic position and phylogeny of the genus Vargasiella (Orchidaceae, Vandoideae) based on molecular and morphological evidence.

Szlachetko DL, Górniak M, Kolanowska M, Mytnik-Ejsmont J, Kowalkowska AK, Rutkowski P, Koliński T - PLoS ONE (2014)

Bottom Line: The outcomes from the morphological studies indicated significant differences between Vargasiella, Warrea and Warreopsis.Vargasiella seems to be an outshoot of the main branch of evolution of the Zygopetaleae.The molecular analysis and morphological data suggest that Vargasiella and Warrea could have evolved from a common ancestor.

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Affiliation: Department of Plant Taxonomy and Nature Conservation, The University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland.

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Since the description of the Neotropical genus Vargasiella in 1952, its taxonomic position has remained unclear, mainly due to a lack of sufficient data. In this study, the taxonomic position of Vargasiella was revised based on the outcomes of macro- and micromorphological studies, analyses of selected molecular markers and ecological methods of niche distribution modeling. The phylogenetic relationships were inferred using three DNA markers: matK, trnL-F and ITS sequences. The morphological studies included the analysis of macromorphological features of herbarium specimens as well as micromorphological examination of preserved flowers. The ecological niche modeling was applied to identify the distribution of the suitable niches of the studied taxa. The relationships between Vargasiella and most similar taxa remain unresolved based on the molecular analysis. The outcomes from the morphological studies indicated significant differences between Vargasiella, Warrea and Warreopsis. Moreover, a niche shift in response to changing climate after the last glacial maximum is observed in Vargasiella, while no substantial changes in the occupied habitats were identified in the other related taxa. The clocktree of the Zygopetaleae estimated from the matK gene indicated that the most recent common ancestors of Vargasiella, Warrea and Warreopsis originated in the Miocene, while the divergence time for Vargasiella and Warrea was assessed at approximately 5.4 Ma ago. Vargasiella seems to be an outshoot of the main branch of evolution of the Zygopetaleae. It is noteworthy that the Vargasiella-Warrea dichotomy could have taken place later than the divergence of Warreopsis from the mutual lineage. The molecular analysis and morphological data suggest that Vargasiella and Warrea could have evolved from a common ancestor. Accumulation of morphological differences and acceleration of the evolution of Vargasiella were more intensive than in other Warreinae and this could probably be synchronized with adaptation to different climatic conditions.

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Distribution of the suitable habitats of Vargasiella (A), Warrea costaricensis (B), Warrea warreana (C), Warreopsis pardina (D) and Warreopsis parviflora (E) during LGM.
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pone-0098472-g010: Distribution of the suitable habitats of Vargasiella (A), Warrea costaricensis (B), Warrea warreana (C), Warreopsis pardina (D) and Warreopsis parviflora (E) during LGM.

Mentions: The most suitable habitats for Vargasiella during the last glacial maximum (LGM) were probably distributed in the montane regions from the southern part of the Colombian Central Cordillera to the Bolivian Cordillera Real (Fig. 10A). Some potentially available but less suitable niches were probably also located around Pico da Neblina on the border between Venezuela and Brazil as well as near the Brazilian Mato Grosso do Sul. All the identified areas correspond, during LGM, to rock deserts and semi-deserts characterized by low vegetation cover [36].


Taxonomic position and phylogeny of the genus Vargasiella (Orchidaceae, Vandoideae) based on molecular and morphological evidence.

Szlachetko DL, Górniak M, Kolanowska M, Mytnik-Ejsmont J, Kowalkowska AK, Rutkowski P, Koliński T - PLoS ONE (2014)

Distribution of the suitable habitats of Vargasiella (A), Warrea costaricensis (B), Warrea warreana (C), Warreopsis pardina (D) and Warreopsis parviflora (E) during LGM.
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pone-0098472-g010: Distribution of the suitable habitats of Vargasiella (A), Warrea costaricensis (B), Warrea warreana (C), Warreopsis pardina (D) and Warreopsis parviflora (E) during LGM.
Mentions: The most suitable habitats for Vargasiella during the last glacial maximum (LGM) were probably distributed in the montane regions from the southern part of the Colombian Central Cordillera to the Bolivian Cordillera Real (Fig. 10A). Some potentially available but less suitable niches were probably also located around Pico da Neblina on the border between Venezuela and Brazil as well as near the Brazilian Mato Grosso do Sul. All the identified areas correspond, during LGM, to rock deserts and semi-deserts characterized by low vegetation cover [36].

Bottom Line: The outcomes from the morphological studies indicated significant differences between Vargasiella, Warrea and Warreopsis.Vargasiella seems to be an outshoot of the main branch of evolution of the Zygopetaleae.The molecular analysis and morphological data suggest that Vargasiella and Warrea could have evolved from a common ancestor.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Plant Taxonomy and Nature Conservation, The University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland.

ABSTRACT
Since the description of the Neotropical genus Vargasiella in 1952, its taxonomic position has remained unclear, mainly due to a lack of sufficient data. In this study, the taxonomic position of Vargasiella was revised based on the outcomes of macro- and micromorphological studies, analyses of selected molecular markers and ecological methods of niche distribution modeling. The phylogenetic relationships were inferred using three DNA markers: matK, trnL-F and ITS sequences. The morphological studies included the analysis of macromorphological features of herbarium specimens as well as micromorphological examination of preserved flowers. The ecological niche modeling was applied to identify the distribution of the suitable niches of the studied taxa. The relationships between Vargasiella and most similar taxa remain unresolved based on the molecular analysis. The outcomes from the morphological studies indicated significant differences between Vargasiella, Warrea and Warreopsis. Moreover, a niche shift in response to changing climate after the last glacial maximum is observed in Vargasiella, while no substantial changes in the occupied habitats were identified in the other related taxa. The clocktree of the Zygopetaleae estimated from the matK gene indicated that the most recent common ancestors of Vargasiella, Warrea and Warreopsis originated in the Miocene, while the divergence time for Vargasiella and Warrea was assessed at approximately 5.4 Ma ago. Vargasiella seems to be an outshoot of the main branch of evolution of the Zygopetaleae. It is noteworthy that the Vargasiella-Warrea dichotomy could have taken place later than the divergence of Warreopsis from the mutual lineage. The molecular analysis and morphological data suggest that Vargasiella and Warrea could have evolved from a common ancestor. Accumulation of morphological differences and acceleration of the evolution of Vargasiella were more intensive than in other Warreinae and this could probably be synchronized with adaptation to different climatic conditions.

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