Species Delimitation

Assess putative species in phylogenetic trees

Species Delimitation Plugin

The Species Delimitation Plugin an exploratory tool that allows you to assess putative species in phylogenetic trees. The plugin summarises measures of phylogenetic support and diagnosability of species defined as user-selected collections of taxa on user-supplied trees. Plugin by Brad Masters, Vicky Fan and Howard Ross.

By Brad Masters et al.

Quick Start

Install the plugin by downloading the gplugin file and dragging it in to Geneious or use the plugin manager in Geneious (under Tools - Plugins in the menu).

Once installed, a Species Delimitation section is added to the controls to the right of the Tree view. To define a group of taxa, select a node or tip and click on Add Selection. Groups of taxa can then be compared using the options that appear just below the Add Selection button. After defining two or more groups, click on the Save SpDelim Results button and a new Species Delimitation view will be added to the document which shows a table of all groups.


1.4.5 (10 Mar 2017) – Download

Fixed typo that led to crashes if an error occurred during results table creation


Masters, B. C., V. Fan, and H. A. Ross. 2011. Species Delimitation - a Geneious plugin for the exploration of species boundaries. Molecular Ecology Resources 11:154-157.


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