Dr. Masaki Miya
Curator and Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Zoology
General Interests: We have pursued the ray-finned fish relationships at various taxonomic levels using whole mitochondrial genome sequences from a large number of species. For that purpose, we have organized a research group called Mitochondrial Genomics of Fishes, which comprises about 30 individuals from faculties at various universities in different countries (Japan, Korea, and USA), museums, aquariums, and fisheries institutes as well as many postdocs and graduate students from different universities. Our published papers have covered entire diversity of the ray-finned fishes at the ordinal level (Inoue et al. 2003a, b, 2004; Miya et al. 2003; Saitoh et al. 2003; Ishiguro et al. 2003), of which Saitoh et al. (2003) paid a particular attention to the cypriniform phylogeny. It appears that resolution of higher-level relationships of cypriniforms requires longer sequences than we thought because no one has ever been able to propose an explicit framework of their phylogeny based on the strictly homologous data sets, such as those from mitogenomes. We envisage that extensive taxon sampling from all type genera and subsequent efforts for sequencing their mitogenomes will provide a big picture of the cypriniform phylogenies.
Taxa: Recent species of all families