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Evaluating alternative hypotheses for the early evolution and diversification of ants
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The largest ant molecular phylogenetic data set published to date is generated, containing ≈6 kb of DNA sequence from 162 species representing all 20 ant subfamilies and 10 aculeate outgroup families, and casts strong doubt on the existence of a poneroid clade as currently defined. Expand
The evolution of myrmicine ants: phylogeny and biogeography of a hyperdiverse ant clade (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
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A robust phylogeny is recovered that reveals six major clades of Myrmicinae, here treated as newly defined tribes and occurring as a pectinate series: Myrmicini, Pogonomyrmecini trib.n. Expand
Phylogeny and biogeography of dolichoderine ants: effects of data partitioning and relict taxa on historical inference.
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The evolutionary history of a major clade of ants, the subfamily Dolichoderinae, is investigated, indicating that crown-group dolichoderines arose about 65 million years ago, although this was preceded by a substantial period (30 million years) of stem group evolution. Expand
DNA barcoding for effective biodiversity assessment of a hyperdiverse arthropod group: the ants of Madagascar
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It is demonstrated how DNA barcoding helps address the failure of current inventory methods to rapidly respond to pressing biodiversity needs, specifically in the assessment of richness and turnover across landscapes with hyperdiverse taxa. Expand
The rise of army ants and their relatives: diversification of specialized predatory doryline ants
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The phylogenetic analyses provide only weak support for army ant monophyly and call into question a previous hypothesis that army ants underwent a fundamental split into New World and Old World lineages, which provides a basic framework for comparative biological analyses. Expand
Aligning Conservation Priorities Across Taxa in Madagascar with High-Resolution Planning Tools
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It is shown, in an analysis of wide taxonomic and geographic breadth and high spatial resolution, that multitaxonomic rather than single-taxon approaches are critical for identifying areas likely to promote the persistence of most species. Expand
The role of ants in conservation monitoring: If, when, and how
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It is found that when integrated with management goals, monitoring ants can provide information over the short-term on topics such as the status of invasive or keystone species, as well as over longer time frames, for instance the impact of climate change. Expand
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
Patterns of species change in anthropogenically disturbed forests of Madagascar
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This review of the responses of species to anthropogenic disturbance in Madagascar stresses the urgency of applied studies that assess species’ ecology, behaviour and health across disturbance gradients, including purely anthropogenic landscapes. Expand
A Revision of Malagasy Species of Anochetus Mayr and Odontomachus Latreille (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
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This study provides an example of collaborative taxonomy, where morphology is combined with DNA barcoding, that allows formalized alpha-taxonomy at a speed, detail, precision, and scale unattainable by employing morphology alone. Expand
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