Agelenids of the World

Systematics and Taxonomy of Agelenidae, a Worldwide distributed Spider Family

Phylogenetic position of the spider subfamily Coelotinae (Araneae) inferred from nuclear rDNA gene sequences

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2005
Authors:K. - R. Bi, Zhou, K. - Y., Song, D. - X.
Journal:Acta Zoologica Sinica
Date Published:2005
ISBN Number:0001-7302
Keywords:Coelotinae (Araneae)., Coelotinae [Molecular genetics / Nuclear rDNA gene sequences /, Evolution, Genetics, Phylogenetic significance] [Phylogeny / / Molecular genetic evidence]., Systematics

The phylogenetic position of the subfamily Coelotinae, which belongs to Amaurobiidae currently but Agelenidae formerly, has remained controversial. The sequences of 28S and 18S rDNA fragments were obtained from six species of spiders representing Ageleninae, Amaurobiinae, Coelotinae and Clubionidae. Neighbor-joining (NJ), maximum parsimony (MP), maximum- likelihood (ML) and Bayesian (BI) analyses generated identical tree topologies. All trees from the 28S rDNA data derived from neighbor-joining, maximum parsimony, maximum-likelihood and Bayesian analyses support the Coelotinae as the sister group of the Ageleninae, and strongly support the Coelotinae + Ageleninae are the sister group of the Amaurobiinae. The topology in the trees inferred from 18S data is similar to those of 28S rDNA but with lower boostrap support. The results indicate that Coelotinae is probably a subfamily of the family Agelenidae. In addition, the close relationship between Asiacoelotes and Draconarius of the subfamily Coelotinae, Agelena and Alloagelena of the subfamily Ageleninae is strongly supported by the results of analyses of the 28S rDNA sequences. This indicates that the sequence could be used as a molecular marker in the study of phylogenetic relationships among the genera of spiders.

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