Rapid Rate of Control-Region Evolution in Pacific Butterflyfishes (Chaetodontidae)

  title={Rapid Rate of Control-Region Evolution in Pacific Butterflyfishes (Chaetodontidae)},
  author={W. Owen McMillan and Stephen R Palumbi},
  journal={Journal of Molecular Evolution},
Sequence differences in the tRNA-proline (tRNApro) end of the mitochondrial control-region of three species of Pacific butterflyfishes accumulated 33–43 times more rapidly than did changes within the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene (cytb). Rapid evolution in this region was accompanied by strong transition/transversion bias and large variation in the probability of a DNA substitution among sites. These substitution constraints placed an absolute ceiling on the magnitude of sequence divergence… CONTINUE READING
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