New molecular phylogeny for SE Asian hipposiderids

As many of us have found, the Hipposideridae can be a complicated, if not irritating family to work with, and the molecular phylogeny from Susan Murray and colleagues just published in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution reveals the extent of paraphyly and polyphyly within many currently recognized Hipposideros species. Analysis of mitochondrial and nuclear sequence data did however provide strong support for monophyly of Hipposideros and the four major clades recovered were generally concordant with Hill’s classification scheme of species groups.

Susan W. Murray, Polly Campbell, Tigga Kingston, Akbar Zubaid, Charles M. Francis, Thomas H. Kunz (2012). Molecular phylogeny of hipposiderid bats from Southeast Asia and evidence of cryptic diversity. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 62: 597-611

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