A Molecular Analysis of the Afrotropical Baetidae

Jean-Luc Gattolliat, Michael T. Monaghan, Michel Sartori, Jean-Marc Elouard, Helen Barber-James, Pascale Derleth, Olivier Glaizot, Ferdy de Moor and Alfried P. Vogler

in International Advances in the Ecology, Zoogeography, and Systematics of Mayflies and Stoneflies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780520098688
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943803 | DOI:
A Molecular Analysis of the Afrotropical Baetidae

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This chapter describes the result of the molecular analysis of the Baetidae family of mayflies in Africa. It explains that the first comprehensive molecular phylogeny of the Afrotropical Baetidae as reconstructed using nuclear and mitochondrial gene sequences from 65 taxa. The molecular reconstruction indicates that Afrotropical Baetidae require a global revision at a generic as well as suprageneric level. The chapter suggests that the major complexes of genera present in Africa are either paraphyletic or polyphyletic, and that the division of the Afrotropical Baetidae into two subfamilies is probably too simplified.

Keywords: Baetidae; mayflies; Africa; molecular analysis; gene sequences; molecular reconstruction; Afrotropical Baetidae

Chapter.  4994 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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