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Molecular phylogeny of the Cobitoidea (Teleostei: Cypriniformes) revisited: position of enigmatic loach Ellopostoma resolved with six nuclear genes

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Molecular variation in six nuclear genes provides substantive phylogenetic evidence for the recognition of a new cypriniform family, the Ellopostomatidae, to include the enigmatic Southern Asia loach genus Ellopostoma. The current six loach families form a monophyletic group, with the Nemacheilidae as the sister group to Ellopostomatidae; Vaillantellidae forms the sister group to all families exclusive of Botiidae. While the superfamily Cobitoidea includes eight families, the monophyly of this large clade within the Cypriniformes remains a vexing problem despite extensive molecular analyses and is in need of further investigation.

Keywords: Cobitoidea; Cypriniformes; Ellopostoma; loaches; nuclear gene phylogeny

Document Type: Regular Paper

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2009.02398.x

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biology, Prince of Songkla University, P.O. Box 3, Ko Hong, Songkhla 90112, Thailand 2: Department of Biology, Saint Louis University, 3507 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, U.S.A.

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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