The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Africa

Abstract of Publication

Barraclough, T.G., and S. Nee. 2001. Phylogenetics and speciation. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 16 (7): 391-399.   -->

Species-level phylogenies derived from molecular data provide an indirect record of the speciation events that have led to extant species. This offers enormous potential for investigating the general causes and rates of speciation within clades. To make the most of this potential, we should ideally sample all the species in a higher group, such as a genus, ensure that those species reflect evolutionary entities within the group, and rule out the effects of other processes, such as extinction, as explanations for observed patterns. We discuss recent practical and theoretical advances in this area and outline how future work should benefit from incorporating data from genealogical and phylogeographical scales.




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