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Molecular phylogeny of the Aplodactylidae (Perciformes : Cirrhitoidea), a group of Southern Hemisphere marine fishes


Burridge, CP, Molecular phylogeny of the Aplodactylidae (Perciformes : Cirrhitoidea), a group of Southern Hemisphere marine fishes, Journal of Natural History, 34, (11) pp. 2173-2185. ISSN 0022-2933 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/002229300750022394


Aplodactylids are temperate marine nearshore fish of New Zealand, southern Australia, several south-west Pacific islands, and western South America. The molecular phylogeny of the five aplodactylid species was reconstructed from mitochondrial DNA sequences. The observed relationships and levels of genetic variation supports the most recent review of the Aplodactylidae in which the monotypic Crinodus is synonymized with Aplodactylus, the only genus presently recognized. Phylogenetic relationships indicate that the Aplodactylidae originated in the approximate region of Australia and New Zealand, with the majority of radiation occurring prior to this family achieving representation in South America. The disjunct trans-Pacific distribution of this family was the result of chance dispersal rather than vicariance accompanying Gondwana fragmentation. Such dispersal was most likely undertaken during the larval phase, mediated by the West Wind Drift current. © 2000 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Burridge, CP (Associate Professor Christopher Burridge)
ID Code:20828
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-04

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