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Molecular Systematics of Fishes - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124175402, 9780080536910

Molecular Systematics of Fishes

1st Edition

Editors: Thomas Kocher Carol Stepien
eBook ISBN: 9780080536910
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 23rd June 1997
Page Count: 314
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Sequenced biological macromolecules have revitalized systematic studies of evolutionary history. Molecular Systematics of Fishes is the first authoritative overview of the theory and application of these sequencing data to fishes. This volume explores the phylogeny of fishes at multiple taxonomic levels, uses methods of analysis of molecular data that apply both within and between fish populations, and employs molecule-based phylogenies to address broader questions of evolution. Targeted readers include ichthyologists, marine scientists, and all students, faculty, and researchers interested in fish evolution and ecology and vertebrate systematics.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the phylogeny and evolutionary biology of fishes
  • Contains phylogenies of fishes at multiple taxonomic levels
  • Applies molecule-based phylogenies to broader questions of evolution
  • Includes methods for critique of analysis of molecular data

Table of Contents

C. Stepien, R.H. Rosenblatt and T.D. Kocher, Overview of the Classification and Phylogeny of Fishes: Morphology Versus Molecules. T.D. Kocher and K.L. Carleton, Evolution of Molecules in Fishes: Characters and Clocks. I. Kornfield and A. Parker, Molecular Systematics of a Rapidly Evolving Species Flock: The Mbuna of Lake Malawi and the Search for Phylogenetic Signal. H. Sultmann and W.E. Mayer, Reconstruction of Cichlid Fish Phylogeny Using Nuclear Dna Markers. J.L. Nielsen, M.C. Fountain, And J.M. Wright, Biogeographic Analysis of Pacific Trout (Oncorhynchus Mykiss) in California and Mexico Based on Mtdna and Nuclear Microsatellites. E.O. Wiley and R.H. Hagen, Mitochondrial Dna Sequence Variation Among the Sand Darters (Percidae: Teleostei). C. Stumbauer, E. Verheyen, L. Ruber, And A. Meyer, Phylogeographic Patterns in Populations of Cichlid Fishes from Rocky Habitats in Lake Tanganyika. E. Bermingham, S.S. Mccafferty, And A.P. Martin, Fish Biogeography and Molecular Clocks: Perspectives from the Panamanian Isthmus. J.E. Faber and C.A. Stepien, The Utility of Mitochondrial Dna Control Region Sequences for Analyzing Phylogenetic Relationships Among Populations, Species, And Genera of the Percidae. R.B. Phillips and T.H. Oakley, Phylogenetic Relationships Among the Salmoninae Based on Nuclear and Mitochondrial Dna Sequences. A. Parker, Combining Molecular and Morphological Data in Fish Systematics: Examples from the Cyprindodontiformes. G. Bernardi, Molecular Phylogeny of the Fundilidae (Teleotei, Cyprinodontiformes) Based on the Cytochrome B Gene. G.J.P. Naylor, A.P. Martin, E. Matisson, And W.M. Brown, The Inter-Relationship of Lamniform Sharks: Testing Phylogenetic Hypotheses with Sequence Data. G. Orti, The Radiation of Characiform Fishes: Evidence from Mitochondrial and Nuclear Dna Sequences. C.A. Stepien, Relationships Among Families, Tribes, And Genera in the Suborder Blennioidei, Based on Mt 12s Rna Sequences. J. Klein, D. Klein, F. Figueroa, And C. O'huigin, Major Histocompatibility Complex Genes in the Study of Fish Phylogeny. C. Lydeard and K.J. Roe, The Phylogenetic Utility of the Mitochondrial Cytochome B Gene for Inferring Relationships Among Actinopterygian Fishes.


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About the Editors

Thomas Kocher

Affiliations and Expertise

University of New Hampshire, Durham, U.S.A.

Carol Stepien

Affiliations and Expertise

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.


"The editors have done an admirable job of and have put together a 17-chapter volume written by 38 prominent researchers that spans an array of molecular techniques and analytical approaches. Each of the chapters is written in a readable fashion that is of utility to those who use molecular approaches in their research as well as those who seek only to understand how the techniques can be used to address specific questions in systematic biology. The book is well illustrated with approximately 130 figures that aid in clarifying everything from the phylogenetic relationships among the organisms being studied to more subtle concepts related to the analysis of the molecular data themselves... all chapters provide a unique look at different kinds of molecular datasets and how they can be analyzed to address questions that should be of interest not only to those who study fishes but to any biologist engaged in systematic or evolutionary hypothesis testing. The book is without question a worthy acquisition for most individuals engaged in systematic hypothesis testing using molecular data." --COPEIA

"This volume is a useful summary of the state of molecular phylogenies in fishes and it does suggest areas such as the infraspecific level where molecules may come into their own." --ZOOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY

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