Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 100 (2016) 160–169 Contents lists available at ScienceDirect Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution journal homepage: www.elsevier.com/locate/ympev a,b a,⇑ Jeffrey W. Streicher , John J. Wiens Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0088, USA Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD, UK ar ti c l e i nf o ab stra ct Article history: Snakes are a diverse and important group of vertebrates. However, relationships among the major groups Received 12 October 2015 of snakes have remained highly uncertain, with recent studies hypothesizing very different (and typically Revised 25 March 2016 weakly supported) relationships. Here, we address family-level snake relationships with new phyloge- Accepted 11 April 2016 nomic data from 3776 nuclear loci from ultraconserved elements (1.40 million aligned base pairs, 52% Available online 12 April 2016 missing data overall) sampled from 29 snake species that together represent almost all families, a dataset 100 times larger than used in previous studies. We found relatively strong support from species-tree Keywords: analyses (NJst) for most relationships, including three largely novel clades: (1) a clade uniting the boas, Phylogenomics pythons and their relatives, (2) a clade placing cylindrophiids and uropeltids
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Published: Jul 1, 2016
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