Phylogeny of "Philoceanus complex" seabird lice (Phthiraptera : Ischnocera) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences

Page, R. , Cruickshank, R.H., Dickens, M., Furness, R.W., Kennedy, M. , Palma, R.L. and Smith, V.S. (2004) Phylogeny of "Philoceanus complex" seabird lice (Phthiraptera : Ischnocera) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 30(3), pp. 633-652. (doi:10.1016/S1055-7903(03)00227-6)

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Abstract

The Philoceanus complex is a large assemblage of lice that parasitise procellariiform seabirds (petrels, albatrosses, and their relatives). We obtained mitochondrial 12S rRNA and cytochrome oxidase I DNA sequences from 39 species from diverse hosts and localities. Resolution of deeper relationships between genera was limited, however there is evidence for two major clades, one hosted by albatrosses, the other by petrels. Based on our results, the genera hosted by albatrosses are excellent candidates for detailed analysis of cospeciation. Our results also suggest that a previous estimate of a 5-fold difference in the relative rate of sequence evolution in lice and their avian hosts is an artefact of limited taxonomic sampling.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Page, Professor Roderic and Kennedy, Professor Malcolm and Furness, Professor Robert
Authors: Page, R., Cruickshank, R.H., Dickens, M., Furness, R.W., Kennedy, M., Palma, R.L., and Smith, V.S.
Subjects:Q Science > QL Zoology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
Journal Name:Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1055-7903

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
213131Cospeciation and relative rates of evolution in lice and birds: a molecular approachRoderic PageNatural Environment Research Council (NERC)GR3/11075RI BIODIVERSITY ANIMAL HEALTH & COMPMED