Hostname: page-component-797576ffbb-jhnrh Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2023-12-05T07:36:55.873Z Has data issue: false Feature Flags: { "corePageComponentGetUserInfoFromSharedSession": true, "coreDisableEcommerce": false, "useRatesEcommerce": true } hasContentIssue false

Molecular phylogeny of Diploschistes inferred from ITS sequence data

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 March 2007

María P. Martín
Real Jardín Botánico, C.S.I.C., Madrid, Spain.
Scott LaGreca
Farlow Herbarium, 20 Divinity Avenue, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA.
H. Thorsten Lumbsch
Botanisches Institut, Universität Essen, D-45117 Essen, Germany


The phylogeny of the genus Diploschistes was investigated using nucleotide sequences of the nuclear ITS rDNA region (ITS1, ITS2 and 5.8S rDNA). Sequences of 22 Diploschistes species were aligned to those of six other species of Thelotremataceae, Graphis scripta and Aspicilia cinerea, with the last used as an outgroup. The alignment was analysed cladistically using maximum parsimony. In the most parsimonious trees, Diploschistes is monophyletic, with D. ocellatus being a sister group to the remaining Diploschistes spp. (= Diploschistes s. str.). A previous cladistic analysis of morphological data suggested an evolutionary trend within the genus from perithecioid to urceolate ascomata. The present ITS data suggest the opposite: perithecioid ascomata are apparently an apomorphic character within the genus, with the actinostomus group forming a derived monophyletic clade. However, the topology within Diploschistes s. str. Lacks strong bootstrap support.

Research Article
Copyright © British Lichen Society 2003

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)