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1 September 2008 Phylogenetic Relationships Of Two Endemic Genera From East Asia: Trichocoleopsis and Neotrichocolea (Hepaticae)
Yang Liu, Yu Jia, Wei Wang, Zhi-Duan Chen, E. Christine Davis, Yin-Long Qiu
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Trichocoleopsis S. Okamura and Neotrichocolea S. Hatt. are two water saccate liverwort genera endemic to East Asia whose systematic positions have been controversial. To address their phylogenetic positions and relationships within liverworts, two data sets were analyzed using maximum parsimony and maximum likelihood methods: (1) four genes (psbA, rps4, 26S, and nad5) of 57 taxa, and (2) nine genes (chloroplast small subunit [SSU], large subunit [LSU], atpB, rbcL, psbA, and rps4; nuclear ribosomal 18S and 26S; mitochondrial nad5) of 24 taxa. All of our analyses suggested the sister relationship between Trichocoleopsis and Neotrichocolea, which is also supported by morphological characters, such as a lobed leaf with ciliate margins, water sacs, coelocaules, and interior capsule wall cells with thin walls. Traditional classifications usually considered Trichocoleopsis and Neotrichocolea as members of Lepidolaenaceae or Trichocoleaceae, whereas our results strongly suggested that the TrichocoleopsisNeotrichocolea clade allied with Ptilidiaceae, which is supported by the similar ciliate and lobed leaves. However, considering many differences between them, such as in the perianth, sporeling type, water sacs, and rhizoids, we support a family rank for the Neotrichocoleaceae, containing Trichocoleopsis and Neotrichocolea, as previously suggested by Inoue in 1974.

Yang Liu, Yu Jia, Wei Wang, Zhi-Duan Chen, E. Christine Davis, and Yin-Long Qiu "Phylogenetic Relationships Of Two Endemic Genera From East Asia: Trichocoleopsis and Neotrichocolea (Hepaticae)," Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 95(3), 459-470, (1 September 2008). https://doi.org/10.3417/2006071
Published: 1 September 2008
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