Data from: Archipelago-wide survey of Philippine forest dragons (Agamidae: Gonocephalus): multilocus phylogeny uncovers unprecedented levels of genetic diversity in a biodiversity hotspot
Welton, Luke J. et al. (2016), Data from: Archipelago-wide survey of Philippine forest dragons (Agamidae: Gonocephalus): multilocus phylogeny uncovers unprecedented levels of genetic diversity in a biodiversity hotspot, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.1225k
We utilize robust geographical genetic sampling, a multilocus dataset, and coalescent-based species delimitation statistics to provide the first phylogenetic inferences of relationships of Philippine Gonocephalus, combined with estimates of putative species diversity in this virtually unknown island radiation. Our results reveal startling levels of undocumented diversity, genetically partitioned at a number of geographic levels across the archipelago. In this paper we present the first survey of genetic lineage diversity, coupled with an archipelago-wide elucidation of geographic structure in a unique archipelago-endemic radiation. Philippine Gonocephalus have previously escaped the attention of biogeographers, due to taxonomic confusion associated with low numbers of preserved specimens in museum collections. With new vouchered material and genetic sampling from a comprehensive, archipelago-wide vertebrate biodiversity inventory, our findings join many recent studies highlighting the unprecedented faunal diversity in one of the world’s most unique biodiversity conservation hotspots.
National Science Foundation, Award: EF-033492, DEB 0743491, EF-1241885, DEB 0804115