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Phylogenomic methods outperform traditional multi-locus approaches in resolving deep evolutionary history: a case study of formicine ants
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This comparative study highlights both the promise and limitations of UCEs for insect phylogenomics, and will prove useful to the growing number of evolutionary biologists considering the transition from Sanger to next-generation sequencing approaches. Expand
A revised phylogenetic classification of the ant subfamily Formicinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), with resurrection of the genera Colobopsis and Dinomyrmex.
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The classification of the ant subfamily Formicinae is revised to reflect findings from a recent molecular phylogenetic study and complementary morphological investigations to ensure monophyly of this large, cosmopolitan genus. Expand
Sequence Capture and Phylogenetic Utility of Genomic Ultraconserved Elements Obtained from Pinned Insect Specimens
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The promise of the UCE approach for large-scale projects in insect phylogenomics using museum specimens is discussed, with breakpoints in the data indicating a decrease of the initial detrimental effect of specimen age on pre- and post-library DNA concentration and UCE contig length starting around 21–39 years after preservation. Expand
Acrobat ants go global--origin, evolution and systematics of the genus Crematogaster (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
  • B. Blaimer
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Molecular phylogenetics and evolution
  • 1 November 2012
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It is suggested that Crematogaster ants possess exceptional dispersal and colonization abilities, and the need for detailed investigations of traits that have contributed to the global evolutionary success of these ants is emphasized. Expand
A subgeneric revision of Crematogaster and discussion of regional species-groups (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
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An improvement of the previous subgeneric classification and recognize two subgenera based upon a concurrent molecular study of the global diversity of these ants, Orthocrema and Crematogaster sensu stricto, based upon the worker caste. Expand
How do cuticular hydrocarbons evolve? Physiological constraints and climatic and biotic selection pressures act on a complex functional trait
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This study is, to its knowledge, the first to show systematic impacts of physiological, climatic and biotic factors on quantitative CHC composition across a global, multi-species dataset, and demonstrate how they jointly shape CHC profiles. Expand
Paleotropical Diversification Dominates the Evolution of the Hyperdiverse Ant Tribe Crematogastrini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
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A genus-level phylogeny for Crematogastrini provides insights into the diversification and evolution of one of the most diverse clades of ants, and the division of the tribe into well-supported genus-group lineages sets the stage for more detailed species-level investigations. Expand
Phylogenomics, biogeography and diversification of obligate mealybug-tending ants in the genus Acropyga.
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Ancestral state reconstructions indicate that Old World Acropyga species have diversified mainly in close association with xenococcines from the genus Eumyrmococcus, although present-day associations also involve other mealybug genera. Expand
Taxonomy and species-groups of the subgenus Crematogaster ( Orthocrema) in the Malagasy region (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)
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The species-level taxonomy of the subgenus Crematogaster (Orthocrema) in the Malagasy region is evaluated with both morphological data from worker and queen ants and genetic data from three nuclear markers, which support the existence of six Orthocrema species. Expand
The impact of GC bias on phylogenetic accuracy using targeted enrichment phylogenomic data.
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It is reported the first evidence that GC biased gene conversion may contribute to topological incongruence in studies based on ultraconserved elements. Expand
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