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The Opiliones tree of life : shedding light on harvestmen relationships through transcriptomics [Royal Society Open Science]

Keywords : Eupnoi, Dyspnoi, Cyphophthalmi, Laniatores, phylogenomics Arachnida

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Opiliones are iconic arachnids with a Palaeozoic origin and a diversity that reflects ancient biogeographic patterns dating back at least to the times of Pangea. Owing to interest in harvestman diversity, evolution and biogeography, their relationships have been thoroughly studied using morphology and PCR-based Sanger approaches to infer their systematic relationships. More recently, two studies utilized transcriptomics-based phylogenomics to explore their basal relationships and diversification, but sampling was limiting for understanding deep evolutionary patterns, as they lacked good taxon representation at the family level. Here, we analysed a set of the 14 existing transcriptomes with 40 additional ones generated for this study, representing approximately 80% of the extant familial diversity in Opiliones.(...)

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