Allozyme evidence for extensive and ancient radiations in Australian Onychophora

D. A. Briscoe*, N. N. Tait

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

29 Citations (Scopus)


Allozyme electrophoresis has been employed to examine genetic differentiation among eight described species, and representatives of an additional 15 taxa, of Australian peripatopsid Onychophora. The data reveal extremely high genetic differentiation among the described species and among the other taxa, each of which warrants specific recognition. Rapid protein evolution cannot account for the large genetic distances and it is proposed that these are a consequence of ancient divergence times. A method is presented for extracting phylogenetic information from allozyme data sets which are not amenable to conventional analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-102
Number of pages12
JournalZoological Journal of the Linnean Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 1995


  • peripatopsidae
  • Australian fauna
  • species radiations
  • genetic distances


Dive into the research topics of 'Allozyme evidence for extensive and ancient radiations in Australian Onychophora'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this