DeepFin is a research coordination network (RCN) of systematic ichthyologists and biologists with expertise in the analysis of fish biodiversity, seeking to integrate knowledge of morphology, paleontology, molecular biology, and bioinformatics. The ultimate goal of the RCN is to establish the phylogenetic tree of all fishes, to decipher their evolutionary relationships. This goal will be achieved by (i) building an open and diverse organization to provide leadership and foster collaborations for fish phylogenetic studies; (ii) developing cyberinfrastructure, a portal for fish phylogenetics (this site); and (iii) fostering education on fish biodiversity, fish evolution, and disseminating knowledge on the phylogenetic relationships of fishes. The RCN will coordinate activities in three main fronts: group meetings/workshops, website and database development, and student recruitment, training, and exchange. We are funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (USA).
New Tree of Life and a Revised Classification of Bony Fishes
ETOL researchers have produced the first comprehensive phylogeny of fishes based on DNA sequence data from 21 genes for 1416 species (representing 366 out of a total of 498 bony fish families). The molecular phylogeny is time-calibrated using 60 fossil calibration points and forms the basis for a revised classification. (Betancur-R et al 2013, PLoS Currents Tree of Life) Download pdf with complete topology, bootstrap values and new classification!!
Molecular Markers for Fish Phylogenetics
What gene should I use for my study? Go to the DeepFin wiki to find out! Or to contribute information (if you are a member) about your favorite marker...
Also see PHYLOMARKER online tool to search for more markers mining public data bases