Systematics and biogeography of the Gondwanan Orthocladiinae (Diptera: Chironomidae)

Krosch, M. N., Baker, A. M., Mather, P. B. and Cranston, P. S. (2011) Systematics and biogeography of the Gondwanan Orthocladiinae (Diptera: Chironomidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 59 2: 458-468. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.03.003

Author Krosch, M. N.
Baker, A. M.
Mather, P. B.
Cranston, P. S.
Title Systematics and biogeography of the Gondwanan Orthocladiinae (Diptera: Chironomidae)
Journal name Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1055-7903
Publication date 2011-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.03.003
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 59
Issue 2
Start page 458
End page 468
Total pages 11
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Restrictions to effective dispersal and gene flow caused by the fragmentation of ancient supercontinents are considered to have driven diversification and speciation on disjunct landmasses globally. Investigating the role that these processes have played in the development of diversity within and among taxa is crucial to understanding the origins and evolution of regional biotas. Within the chironomid (non-biting midge) subfamily Orthocladiinae (Diptera: Chironomidae), a group of genera that are distributed across the austral continents (Australia, New Zealand, South America) have been proposed to represent a relict Gondwanan clade. We used a molecular approach to resolve relationships among taxa with the aim to determine the relative roles that vicariance and dispersal may have played in the evolution of this group. Continental biotas did not form monophyletic groups, in accordance with expectations given existing morphological evidence. Patterns of phylogenetic relationships among taxa did not accord with expected patterns based on the geological sequence of break-up of the Gondwanan supercontinent. Likewise, divergence time estimates, particularly for New Zealand taxa, largely post-dated continental fragmentation and implied instead that several transoceanic dispersal events may have occurred post-vicariance. Passive dispersal of gravid female chironomid adults is the most likely mechanism for transoceanic movement, potentially facilitated by West Wind Drift or anti-cyclone fronts. Estimated timings of divergence among Australian and South American Botryocladius, on the other hand, were congruent with the proposed ages of separation of the two continents from Antarctica. Taken together, these data suggest that a complex relationship between both vicariance and dispersal may explain the evolution of this group. The sampling regime we implemented here was the most intensive yet performed for austral members of the Orthocladiinae and unsurprisingly revealed several novel taxa that will require formal description.
Keyword Continental drift
Lars Brundin
West Wind Drift
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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