Phylogenetic position of African Vitrinidae: Old family groups unraveled

Pfarrer, Beat; Rowson, Ben; Tattersfield, Peter; Neubert, Eike (2021). Phylogenetic position of African Vitrinidae: Old family groups unraveled. Journal of zoological systematics and evolutionary research, 59(6), pp. 1190-1208. Wiley 10.1111/jzs.12502

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A phylogenetic investigation of genera and species of the semislug family Vitrinidae
from Europe, East Africa, Arabia, and Macaronesia is presented. Two mitochondrial
markers (COI & 16S) and a set of nuclear markers (H3 & ITS2) were used in maximum
likelihood (ML) and Bayesian inference (BI) analyses. The synopsis of DNA sequence
data and anatomical data provide a first insight into the phylogenetic relationships of
these groups. The existence of major groups comprising European, Macaronesian, and
Arabian-African genera is proven, however, their relationship remains unresolved. The sister-group relationship between the Macaronesian radiation and a newly discovered East African genus Sanettivitrina nov. gen., perhaps a relic of this radiation, is demonstrated. The separation of the remaining East African Vitrinidae into two clades as
hypothesized by earlier authors, viz. Arabivitrina Thiele, 1931 and Calidivitrina Pilsbry,
1919 could not be confirmed. The hitherto used generic definitions based on genital
morphology are not able to explain the existence of at least five lineages in East
Africa. Apparently, Arabivitrina and Calidivitrina morphotypes experienced several
parallel losses of genital organ appendices.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE)
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE) > Terrestrial Ecology

UniBE Contributor:

Neubert, Eike

Subjects:

500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)

ISSN:

0947-5745

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Eike Neubert

Date Deposited:

02 Dec 2021 10:08

Last Modified:

08 Feb 2022 11:40

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/jzs.12502

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/161740

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/161740

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