, Volume 51, Issue 12, pp 1110–1115

Consensus phylogeny ofDictyostelium

  • W. F. Loomis
  • D. W. Smith
Multi-author Reviews


The evolutionary relationship ofDictyostelium discoideum to the yeasts, fungi, plants, and animals is considered on the basis of physiological, morphological and molecular characteristics. Previous analyses of five proteins indicated thatDictyostelium diverged after the yeasts but before the metazoan radiation. However, analyses of the small ribosomal subunit RNA indicated divergence prior to the yeasts. We have extended the molecular phylogenetic analyses to six more proteins and find consistent evidence for a more recent common ancestor with metazoans than yeast. A consensus phylogeny generated from these new results by both distance matrix and parsimony analyses establishesDictyostelum's place in evolution between the yeastsSaccharomyces cerevisiae andSchizzosaccharomyces pombe and the wormCaenorhabditis elegans.

Key words

Distance matrices parsimony primary sequence comparisons protist evolution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. F. Loomis
    • 1
  • D. W. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Molecular Genetics, Department of BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA

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