Ecological parallelism and cryptic species in the genus Ophiothrix derived from mitochondrial DNA sequences.

@article{Baric1999EcologicalPA,
  title={Ecological parallelism and cryptic species in the genus Ophiothrix derived from mitochondrial DNA sequences.},
  author={Sanja Baric and Christian Sturmbauer},
  journal={Molecular phylogenetics and evolution},
  year={1999},
  volume={11 1},
  pages={157-62}
}
We addressed the long-standing problem of species assignment of two nominal species of the genus Ophiothrix (Echinodermata, Ophiuroidea) by phylogenetic analysis of a segment of the mitochondrial 16S rDNA. Our phylogeny identified two distinct mitochondrial lineages that do not correspond to the present species assignments. Individuals of the endemic Mediterranean species O. quinquemaculata were clustered with individuals of O. fragilis in both mitochondrial lineages. We thus suggest that these… CONTINUE READING
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