Deep Ancestral Introgression Shapes Evolutionary History of Dragonflies and Damselflies
Introgression is an important biological process affecting at least 10% of the extant species in the animal kingdom. Introgression significantly impacts inference of phylogenetic species relationships where a strictly binary tree model cannot adequately explain reticulate net-like species relationships. Here, we use phylogenomic approaches to understand patterns of introgression along the evolutionary history of a unique, nonmodel insect system: dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata). We demonstrate that introgression is a pervasive evolutionary force across various taxonomic levels within Odonata. In particular, we show that the morphologically "intermediate" species of Anisozygoptera (one of the three primary suborders within Odonata besides Zygoptera and Anisoptera), which retain phenotypic characteristics of the other two suborders, experienced high levels of introgression likely coming from zygopteran genomes. Additionally, we find evidence for multiple cases of deep inter-superfamilial ancestral introgression. [Gene flow; Odonata; phylogenomics; reticulate evolution.].
Suvorov, Anton; Scornavacca, Celine; Fujimoto, M Stanley; Bodily, Paul; Clement, Mark; Crandall, Keith A.; Whiting, Michael F.; Schrider, Daniel R.; and Bybee, Seth M., "Deep Ancestral Introgression Shapes Evolutionary History of Dragonflies and Damselflies" (2022). GW Authored Works. Paper 781.
Biostatistics and Bioinformatics