Evolutionary divergence among lineages of the ocean sunfish family, Molidae (Tetraodontiformes)

  title={Evolutionary divergence among lineages of the ocean sunfish family, Molidae (Tetraodontiformes)},
  author={Anna L. Bass and Heidi Dewar and Tierney M. Thys and J. Todd Streelman and Stephen A. Karl},
  journal={Marine Biology},
Ocean sunfish, family Molidae, are enigmatic members of the epipelagic fauna of all tropical and temperate oceans. A study, begun in 1998, initially focused on the population genetics of Mola mola Linnaeus 1758 immediately indicated high levels of genetic divergence in the d-loop and cytochrome b mitochondrial genes. This preliminary effort was expanded to include Masturus lanceolatus Liénard 1840, Ranzania laevis Pennant 1776, and representative sequences of other Tetraodontiformes. Analysis… 

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