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What does population structure analysis reveal about the Pterostylis longifolia complex (Orchidaceae)?


Janes, J and Steane, DA and Vaillancourt, RE, What does population structure analysis reveal about the Pterostylis longifolia complex (Orchidaceae)?, Ecology and Evolution, 2, (11) pp. 2631-2644. ISSN 2045-7758 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1002/ece3.376


Morphologically similar groups of species are common and pose significant challenges for taxonomists. Differences in approaches to classifying unique species can result in some species being overlooked, whereas others are wrongly conserved. The genetic diversity and population structure of the Pterostylis longifolia complex (Orchidaceae) in Tasmania was investigated to determine if four species, and potential hybrids, could be distinguished through genomic AFLP and chloroplast restriction-fragment-length polymorphism (RFLP) markers. Analysis of molecular variance (AMOVA) results indicated that little genetic variation was present among taxa, whereas PCoA analyses revealed genetic variation at a regional scale irrespective of taxa. Population genetic structure analyses identified three clusters that correspond to regional genetic and single taxon-specific phenotypic variation. The results from this study suggest that "longifolia" species have persisted throughout the last glacial maximum in Tasmania and that the complex may be best treated as a single taxon with several morphotypes. These results could have serious evolutionary and conservation implications as taxonomic changes could result in the instatement of a single, widespread taxon in which rarer morphotypes are not protected.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:orchid, rare, endangered
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Genetics
Research Field:Genetics not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Janes, J (Ms Jaz Janes)
UTAS Author:Steane, DA (Dr Dorothy Steane)
UTAS Author:Vaillancourt, RE (Professor Rene Vaillancourt)
ID Code:80176
Year Published:2012
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP0557260)
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2012-10-24
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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