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Article << Previous     |     Next >>   Contents Vol 27(6)

A preliminary molecular analysis of phylogenetic and biogeographic relationships of New Zealand Thomisidae (Araneae) using a multi-locus approach

Philip J. Sirvid A C E , Nicole E. Moore B , Geoffrey K. Chambers C and Kelly Prendergast D

A Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, PO Box 467, Wellington 6140, New Zealand.
B ESR, Institute of Environmental Science & Research, National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Disease, PO Box 40158, Upper Hutt 5140, New Zealand.
C School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand.
D Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, Victoria University, PO Box 7060, Wellington 6242, New Zealand.
E Corresponding author. Email: Phils@tepapa.govt.nz

Invertebrate Systematics 27(6) 655-672 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/IS13025
Submitted: 23 May 2013  Accepted: 8 October 2013   Published: 20 December 2013

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We tested competing theories on the origins of the New Zealand fauna using thomisid spiders as a model group. These theories can be broadly described as old and vicariant versus young and recent (dispersal). To test these theories, a phylogenetic analysis was undertaken based on cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) and 28S rRNA sequence data, with smaller datasets (histone H3, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) dehydrogenase subunit 1 and a combined dataset) used to improve resolution of internal branches. The monophyly of New Zealand thomisid subfamilies and of individual taxa were also assessed using these data. Our data supports the separation of New Zealand clades from their Australian counterparts. Evidence of recent dispersal to New Zealand by Australian stephanopines combined with our proposed maximum divergence date of 5.3 mya indicates that the New Zealand thomisids are a younger lineage than previously suspected. Several other gene targets (internal transcribed spacer units 1 and 2, wingless and 18S rRNA) were examined but did not generate sufficient reliable data to contribute to the analysis. Corrected p-distance values for COI indicate that Sidymella angularis, a widely distributed and morphologically variable stephanopine species, is a single taxon. Three undescribed endemic species exhibited molecular and morphological distinctiveness from previously described New Zealand thomisids.

Additional keywords: 28S, Australia, COI, Diaea, DNA, H3, ND1, phylogenetics, Sidymella, Stephanopinae, Thomisinae.


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