Tangled Trees
Phylogeny, Cospeciation, and Coevolution

Roderic D. M. Page, editor

Available from November 2002 from:

University of Chicago Press


This web page contains links to information related to chapters in this book, such as software and data. It will also contain corrections, and updates to material cited as "in press" or "in review".

About the book

From the back cover:
In recent years, the use of molecular data to build phylogenetic trees and sophisticated computer-aided techniques to analyze them have led to a revolution in the study of cospeciation. Tangled Trees provides an up-to-date review and synthesis of current knowledge about phylogeny, cospeciation, and coevolution. The opening chapters present various methodological and theoretical approaches, ranging from the well-known parsimony approach to "jungles" and Bayesian statistical models. Then a series of empirical chapters discusses detailed studies of cospeciation involving vertebrate hosts and their parasites, including nematodes, viruses, and lice. Tangled Trees will be welcomed by researchers in a wide variety of fields, from parasitology and ecology to systematics and evolutionary biology.



  1. Introduction Roderic D. M. Page
  2. Parsimony analysis of coevolving species associations Fredrik Ronquist
  3. Lizards, Malaria, and Jungles in the Caribbean Michael Charleston and Susan L. Perkins
  4. A Statistical Perspective for Reconstructing the History of Host-Parasite Associations John P. Huelsenbeck, Bruce Rannala, and Bret Larget
  5. Population Genetics and Cospeciation: From Process to Pattern Bruce Rannala and Yannis Michalakis
  6. New evidence for hystricognath rodent monophyly from the phylogeny of their pinworms J.-P. Hugot
  7. Cospeciation and horizontal transmission rates in the murine leukaemia-related retroviruses Joanne Martin, Peter Kabat, and Michael Tristem
  8. Cophylogeny between pocket gophers and chewing lice Mark S. Hafner, James W. Demastes, Theresa A. Spradling, and David L. Reed
  9. The Effects of Spatial and Temporal Scale on analyses of cophylogeny James W. Demastes, Theresa A. Spradling, and Mark S. Hafner
  10. Have mammals and their chewing lice diversified in parallel? Jason Taylor and Andy Purvis
  11. Coevolutionary history of ecological replicates: Comparing phylogenies of wing and body lice to Columbiform hosts Kevin P. Johnson and Dale H. Clayton
  12. Drowning on arrival, missing the boat and x-events: how likely are sorting events? Adrian M. Paterson, Ricardo L. Palma, Russell D. Gray
  13. The ecological basis of coevolutionary history Dale H. Clayton, Sarah Al-Tamimi and Kevin P. Johnson


New Scientist vol 176 issue 2371 - 30 November 2002, page 51 "..succeeds brilliantly and will doubtless be highly influential in shaping research in the field."

Diana Percy in Invertebrate Systematics vol 17(2) (download as PDF).


Related material and updates

Chapter Links
1 Page  
2 Ronquist TreeFitter program can be obtained from author's web site.
3 Charleston and Perkins TreeMap 2.0ß program is now available
4Huelsenbeck et al.  
5 Rannala et al.  
6 Hugot Data set for pinworms in TreeBASE (Matrix M794)
7 Martin et al.  
8 Hafner et al. Pocket-Gopher-Lice Poets
9 Demastes et al. The numbers were omitted from the table in Appendix 9.1 (p. 238-239). To see the numbers click here.
10 Taylor and Purvis Data set for Trichodectid lice in TreeBASE (Matrix M870)
11 Johnson and Clayton


12 Paterson et al. Appendix 2 (RTF)
Appendix 3 (RTF)
13 Clayton et al.

The paper cited as Johnson et al. in review a has been published as

Johnson, K. P., Adams, R.J., Clayton, D.H. (2002) The phylogeny of the louse genus Brueelia does not reflect host phylogeny. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 77:233-247. [Abstract]