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Early Evolution of Clupeocephala

Morphology - Molecules - Methods

Time: 11. October 2018, 9:20 a.m.

Place: Zoologisches Institut mit Phyletischem Museum, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany.

Background: Together with elopomorphs and osteoglossomorphs the Clupeocephala comprise the teleosts, i.e. one of the most successfull vertebrate groups on our planet with more than 30,000 species. The interrelationships of clupeocephalans were controversially interpreted during the last decades and molecular studies generated even more contradicting hypotheses. Today genomic approaches present impressing data for phylogenetic relationships, but often morphological data conflicts these results. How can we explain these data? How did clupeocephalans evolve and diversivy? Which methods will help us to solve these questions? 

After a four year project on the phylogeny of basal clupeocephalans funded by the VolkswagenStiftung an international symposium was delineating the present state of the art. Researchers targeting clupeocephalan phylogeny with various methods illustrated different approaches, progresses and remaining problems.



Gloria Arratia (Kansas University, USA)

A 250 million years history and the diversification of Teleostei and its major clades


Chenghong Li (Ocean University, Shanghai)

Resolving the phylogenetic interrelationships among the clupeiforms using cross-species target gene enrichment


Nalani Schnell (Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, France)

The relevance of ontogeny and morphology in the age of genomics - morphology and phylogeny of Stomiiformes


Sébastien Lavoué (Taipei, Taiwan)

A global biogeographical perspective on the intercontinental distribution of the Ostariophysi, the largest freshwater fish group


Francesco Santini (Associazione Italiana per Studio Biodiversitá, Italy)

Macroevolutionary approaches to fish evolution combining molecular phylogenies, comparative methods and the fossil record: examples from Clupeocephala


Nicolas Straube (Zoologische Staatssammlung München, Germany)

Phylogenomics in fish - examples, challenges and results


Timo Moritz (Deutsches Meeresmuseum, Stralsund, Germany)

Phylogeny of basal clupeocephalans - review of the project and future perspectives



funded by: Logo Volkswagenstiftung