Species delimitation and biogeography of two fir species (Abies) in central China: cytoplasmic DNA variation
2011 (English)In: Heredity, ISSN 0018-067X, E-ISSN 1365-2540, Vol. 107, no 4, 362-370 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
It remains unclear how speciation history might contribute to species-specific variation and affect species delimitation. We examined concordance between cytoplasmic genetic variation and morphological taxonomy in two fir species, Abies chensiensis and A. fargesii, with overlapping distributions in central China. Range-wide genetic variation was investigated using mitochondrial (mt) and plastid (pt) DNA sequences, which contrast in their rates of gene flow. Four mtDNA haplotypes were recovered and showed no obvious species' bias in terms of relative frequency. In contrast, a high level of ptDNA variation was recorded in both species with 3 common ptDNA haplotypes shared between them and 21 rare ptDNA haplotypes specific to one or other species. We argue that the lack of concordance between morphological and molecular variation between the two fir species most likely reflects extensive ancestral polymorphism sharing for both forms of cytoplasmic DNA variation. It is feasible that a relatively fast mutation rate for ptDNA contributed to the production of many species-specific ptDNA haplotypes, which remained rare due to insufficient time passing for their spread and fixation in either species, despite high levels of intraspecific ptDNA gene flow. Our phylogeographic analyses further suggest that polymorphisms in both organelle genomes most likely originated during and following glacial intervals preceding the last glacial maximum, when species distributions became fragmented into several refugia and then expanded in range across central China.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 107, no 4, 362-370 p.
Abies chensiensis, A. fargesii, biogeography, gene flow, mutation rate, species delimitation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-86946DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2011.22ISI: 000295159600008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-86946DiVA: diva2:704982