Extensive introgression in a malaria vector species complex revealed by phylogenomics

M. C. Fontaine, J. B. Pease, A. Steele, R. M. Waterhouse, D. E. Neafsey, I. V. Sharakhov, X. Jiang, A. B. Hall, F. Catteruccia, E. Kakani, S. N. Mitchell, Y.-c. Wu, H. A. Smith, R. R. Love, M. K. Lawniczak, M. A. Slotman, S. J. Emrich, M. W. Hahn, N. J. Besansky

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Introgressive hybridization is now recognized as a widespread phenomenon, but its role in evolution remains contested. Here we use newly available reference genome assemblies to investigate phylogenetic relationships and introgression in a medically important group of Afrotropical mosquito sibling species. We have identified the correct species branching order to resolve a contentious phylogeny and show that lineages leading to the principal vectors of human malaria were among the first to split. Pervasive autosomal introgression between these malaria vectors means that only a small fraction of the genome, mainly on the X chromosome, has not crossed species boundaries. Our results suggest that traits enhancing vectorial capacity may be gained through interspecific gene flow, including between nonsister species.
Originele taal-2English
Aantal pagina's7
Nummer van het tijdschrift6217
StatusPublished - 2-jan-2015
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    Fontaine, M. (Contributor), Pease, J. B. (Contributor), Steele, A. (Contributor), Waterhouse, R. M. (Contributor), Neafsey, D. E. (Contributor), Sharakhov, I. V. (Contributor), Jiang, X. (Contributor), Hall, A. B. (Contributor), Catteruccia, F. (Contributor), Kakani, E. (Contributor), Mitchell, S. N. (Contributor), Wu, Y. (Contributor), Smith, H. A. (Contributor), Rebecca Love (Contributor), Lawniczak, M. K. (Contributor), Slotman, M. A. (Contributor), Emrich, S. J. (Contributor), Hahn, M. W. (Contributor) & Besansky, N. J. (Contributor), University of Groningen, 3-okt-2015


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