Phylogenetic Analysis on the Edge: The Application of Cladistic Techniques at the Population Level

  • Robert DeSalle
  • Alfried P. Vogler


The potential of cladistic techniques in examining phylogeny at or below the population level is examined. Four methodologies for the reconstruction of relationships between populations (qualitative Hennigian analysisgene frequencies in a maximum parsimony framework population aggregation analysis and individuals as terminals) are summarized and their theoretical backgrounds explained. Each technique is placed into the context of Hennigian phylogenetic systematics and used to examine population level patterns in two groups of insects (Hawaiian Drosophila and Cicindela dorsalis). The “line of death” at the boundary of tokogeny and phylogeny is assessed in light of these techniques and the suggestion that phylogenetic analysis is not possible below this line is discussed.


Character State Cladistic Analysis Phylogenetic Species Phylogenetic Systematic Gene Genealogy 
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