Phylogenetic relationships between parthenogens and their sexual relatives : the possible routes to parthenogenesis in animals

  title={Phylogenetic relationships between parthenogens and their sexual relatives : the possible routes to parthenogenesis in animals},
  author={J. C. Simon and François Delmotte and Claude Rispe and Teri Crease},
In theory, parthenogenetic lineages have low evolutionary potential because they inexorably accumulate deleterious mutations and do not generate much genotypic diversity. As a result, most parthenogenetic taxa occupy the terminal nodes of phylogenetic trees. The rate and mode of development of parthenogenesis are important factors to consider when assessing its costs and benefits since they determine both the level of genetic diversity and the ecological adaptability of the resulting lineages… CONTINUE READING
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