Phylogeography of the piranha genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus: implications for the diversification of the Neotropical ichthyofauna.

  title={Phylogeography of the piranha genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus: implications for the diversification of the Neotropical ichthyofauna.},
  author={Nicolas Hubert and Fabrice Duponchelle and Jes{\'u}s N{\'u}{\~n}ez and Carmen R. Garc{\'i}a-D{\'a}vila and Didier Paugy and J. E. Renno},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  volume={16 10},
The phylogenetic relationships within the piranhas were assessed using mitochondrial sequences with the aim of testing several hypotheses proposed to explain the origin of Neotropical diversity (palaeogeography, hydrogeology and museum hypotheses). Sequences of the ribosomal 16S gene (510 bp) and control region (980 bp) were obtained from 15 localities throughout the main South American rivers for 21 of the 28 extant piranha species. The results indicate that the genus Serrasalmus is… CONTINUE READING
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