Table 3

Variability and homoplasy in each type of data

Clade

nucDNA variable characters

mtDNA variable characters

Ratio of variable characters

nucDNA: mtDNA

nucDNA

consistency index/retention index

mtDNA

consistency index/retention index


Balistid fish

341

337

1.01

0.5851/0.7298

0.4175/0.5380

Scarine fish

612

743

0.82

0.5579/0.7874

0.3805/0.6012

Hemiphractid frogs

441

1344

0.33

0.6427/0.8552

0.3065/0.4589

Hylid frogs

715

1442

0.50

0.2844/0.5646

0.1486/0.3135

Plethodon salamanders

1204

1400

0.86

0.6042/0.8132

0.3069/0.6329

Phrynosomatid lizards

1155

2258

0.51

0.5498/0.7490

0.3327/0.3284

Alcid birds

255

1559

0.16

0.6471/0.7918

0.4129/0.5823

Caprimulgid birds

790

522

1.51

0.4708/0.7560

0.2216/0.5078

Cotingid birds

440

493

0.89

0.5858/0.7162

0.2300/0.3154

Dicaeid birds

86

660

0.13

0.8043/0.9455

0.7067/0.3793

Emydid turtles

477

460

1.04

0.6581/0.8662

0.4591/0.7820

Cervid mammals

127

624

0.20

0.7414/0.9085

0.3097/0.4704

Murid rodents (Philippines)

640

628

1.02

0.4179/0.6474

0.1649/0.3342

Murid rodents (Sahul)

4226

1175

3.60

0.5094/0.7129

0.1666/0.2974


A summary of the number of variable characters that each data type (mtDNA, nucDNA) contributes to each combined analysis and the amount of homoplasy in each data set (lower values indicate more homoplasy; see Additional File 8 for additional details on each data set). The consistency index excludes uninformative characters. Outgroups were not included.

Fisher-Reid and Wiens BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:300   doi:10.1186/1471-2148-11-300

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