The phylogeny of Odonata: An update

Monday, November 17, 2014: 8:48 AM
Portland Ballroom 251 (Oregon Convention Center)
Haley Cahill Wightman , Biology Department, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Anton Suvorov , Department of Biology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Seth M. Bybee , Department of Biology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
As a favorite among the public and scientists alike, much research has been done on the phylogenetics of Odonata, especially over the last decade. However, there are still major gaps in our knowledge of the order’s phylogeny, particularly among Zygoptera. A summary of the current knowledge of the phylogeny of Odonata is given. Current work on a supermatrix (10 genes, ribosomal and protein coding, from both the nucleus and mitochondrion both for  ~1100 unique species) to generate a comprehensive odonate phylogeny is presented.  The pros and cons of such an approach are addressed.  Our results demonstrate a highly supported Zygoptera and broad support for the newly erected zygopteran families. We also examine the evolution of color across the group.  Future directions for the application of phylogeny to resolve the systematics and evolution of Odonata are put forward.