Phylogeography of trapdoor spiders of the genus aname: Using genes and genomes to reveal biogeographic and evolutionary history

Karl Frederick Gruber Gonzalez

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Past climatic and geological events significantly influenced the diversity and distribution of modern taxa. Here I aimed to understand what processes shaped species diversity in Western Australia (WA) over the past 12 MY. Focusing on trapdoor spiders (Mygalomorphae: Nemesiidae: Aname) I found various lineages that experienced multiple distributional shifts between arid and mesic bioregions. Within Aname I identified one species, Aname mellosa, which exhibited contrasting phylogenetic patterns between mitochondrial and nuclear genes. In-depth analyses using RADseq data identified two genetically divergent lineages within this species, with independent biogeographic origins, hinting at the complex evolutionary history followed by this group.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Didham, Raphael, Supervisor
  • Huey, Joel, Supervisor
  • Harvey, Mark, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date19 Feb 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018


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