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Gillespie, Emily [1], Kron, Kathleen [2].

Phylogeny and historical biogeography of the small, intercontinentally disjunct genera Epigaea and Rhodothamnus.

Within the tribe Phyllodoceae (Ericaceae: Ericoideae), a strongly-supported clade comprised of Epigaea and Rhodothamnus occurs. Epigaea includes three species: Epigaea repens occurs in Eastern North America, E. gaultherioides occurs in the Caucusus, and E. asiatica occurs primarily in Japan. Rhodothamnus includes two species, R. sessilifolius and R.chamaecistus, which are found in the Alps and Caucasus. A phylogeny was generated within the context of the broader Phyllodoceae using Bayesian,Maximum Likelihood and Maximum Parsimony analyses. An examination of the historical biogeography of the group was conducted using multiple approaches,including a newly available program, RASP (Reconstruct Ancestral State inPhylogenies) using the Bayesian phylogeny.

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1 - Wake Forest University, 226 Winston Hall, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, 27109, USA
2 - Wake Forest University, Department of Biology, Reynolda Station, P.O. Box 7325, Winston-Salem, NC, 27109, USA

Historical Biogeography

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Topics
Session: 05
Location: Lindell A/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Monday, July 11th, 2011
Time: 9:15 AM
Number: 05004
Abstract ID:552

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