Journal of Molecular Evolution

, Volume 56, Issue 4, pp 464–472

Mitochondrial Genomics of Ostariophysan Fishes: Perspectives on Phylogeny and Biogeography

  • Kenji Saitoh
  • Masaki Miya
  • Jun G. Inoue
  • Naoya B. Ishiguro
  • Mutsumi Nishida

Abstract

Ostariophysi is the second largest superorder within Teleostei. It contains five orders: Gonorynchiformes, Cypriniformes, Characiformes, Siluriformes, and Gymnotiformes. Resolving the higher-level relationships among ostariophysan and related fishes will aid in resolving basal teleostean divergence and provide basis to historical biogeographic analysis of major freshwater fish groups. In this study, we report the complete mitochondrial (mt) DNA sequences for eleven ostariophysan fishes and the results of phylogenetic analyses including these species plus four other ostariophysan and nine non-ostariophysan teleostean fishes. Maximum likelihood and maximum parsimony analyses reconfirmed clupeiforms as the closest relatives of ostariophysans. However, gonorynchiforms were closer to clupeiforms than to otophysans (ostariophysan groups excluding gonorynchiforms), thus raising a question over the current definition of Ostariophysi. The lack of clarity in otocephalan (ostariophysans + clupeiforms) basal relationships implies that such divergence took place over a short period of time. The monophyly of cypriniforms, characiphysans (characiforms, siluriforms, and gymnotiforms), and orders or superorders outside the ostariophysans examined here were conceivably reconstructed. The phylogenetic hypothesis suggests a Pangean origin of otophysans. Within characiphysans, gymnotiforms and siluriforms have independent evolutionary origins and evolutionary histories comparable to or older than that of characiforms. This helps to explain the present geographic distribution of characiphysans.

Teleost phylogeny Regional bootstrap Zoogeography Freshwater fish diversity 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenji Saitoh
    • 1
  • Masaki Miya
    • 2
  • Jun G. Inoue
    • 3
  • Naoya B. Ishiguro
    • 3
  • Mutsumi Nishida
    • 3
  1. 1., Tohoku National Fisheries Research Institute, Shinhama, Shiogama 985-0001, Japan
  2. 2., Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba, Chuo, Chiba 260-8682, Japan
  3. 3.Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Nakano, Tokyo 164-8639, Japan

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