Historical biogeography highlights the role of Miocene landscape changes on the diversification of a clade of Amazonian tree frogs

Diego A. Ortiz, Conrad J. Hoskin, Fernanda P. Werneck, Alexandre Réjaud, Sophie Manzi, Santiago R. Ron, Antoine Fouquet

Producción científica: Contribución a una revistaArtículorevisión exhaustiva

7 Citas (Scopus)


The diversification processes underlying why Amazonia hosts the most species-rich vertebrate fauna on earth remain poorly understood. We studied the spatio-temporal diversification of a tree frog clade distributed throughout Amazonia (Anura: Hylidae: Osteocephalus, Tepuihyla, and Dryaderces) and tested the hypothesis that Miocene mega wetlands located in western and central Amazonia impacted connectivity among major biogeographic areas during extensive periods. We assessed the group’s diversity through DNA-based (16S rRNA) species delimitation to identify Operational Taxonomic Units (OTUs) from 557 individuals. We then selected one terminal for each OTU (n = 50) and assembled a mitogenomic matrix (~14,100 bp; complete for 17 terminals) to reconstruct a Bayesian, time-calibrated phylogeny encompassing nearly all described species. Ancestral area reconstruction indicates that each genus was restricted to one of the major Amazonian biogeographic areas (western Amazonia, Guiana Shield and Brazilian Shield, respectively) between ~10 and 20 Mya, suggesting that they diverged and diversified in isolation during this period around the Pebas mega wetland. After 10 Mya and the transition to the modern configuration of the Amazon River watershed, most speciation within each genus continued to occur within each area. In Osteocephalus, only three species expanded widely across Amazonia (< 6 Mya), and all were pond-breeders. Species with other breeding modes remained mostly restricted to narrow ranges. The spectacular radiation of Osteocephalus was probably driven by climatic stability, habitat diversity and the acquisition of new reproductive modes along the Andean foothills and western Amazonia. Our findings add evidence to the importance of major hydrological changes during the Miocene on biotic diversification in Amazonia.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)395-414
Número de páginas20
PublicaciónOrganisms Diversity and Evolution
EstadoPublicada - 14 nov. 2022

Nota bibliográfica

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s).


Profundice en los temas de investigación de 'Historical biogeography highlights the role of Miocene landscape changes on the diversification of a clade of Amazonian tree frogs'. En conjunto forman una huella única.

Citar esto