A completely resolved phylogenetic tree of British spiders (Arachnida: Araneae)

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The recent accumulation of increasingly densely sampled phylogenetic analyses of spiders has greatly advanced our understanding of evolutionary relationships within this group. Here, this diverse literature is reviewed and combined with earlier morphological analyses in an attempt to reconstruct the first fully resolved phylogeny for the spider fauna of the British Isles. The resulting tree highlights parts of the group where data are still too limited for a confident assessment of relationships, proposes a number of deviations from previously suggested phylogenetic hypotheses, and can serve as a framework for evolutionary and ecological interpretations of the biology of British spiders, as well as a starting point for future studies on a larger geographical scale.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-51
JournalEcologica Montenegrina
Early online date12 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2021


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