Phylogenetics and Systematics

My research revolves around generating molecular phylogenetic hypotheses at the species and higher level of Gesneriaceae. We have recently completed a phylogenetic framework (Möller et al 2009, 2011) and established a new formal classification for the family (Weber et al 2013).

I am also interested in testing systematic treatments of study groups and bring classifications up-to-date in line with phylogeny. This has resulted in the re-definition of several genera, such as Hemiboea, Oreocharis and Petrocodon, and the split into five genera, and the abandonment of the genus name, Chirita. Most recently, for the Afro-Malagasy Gesneriaceae of subtribe Streptocarpinae, basically the genus Streptocarpus, an infrageneric system was proposed.

Current Projects:

relationships and generic limits of Gesneriaceae  (with Prof John L. Clark, University of Alabama; Prof Anton Weber, University of Vienna)

Phylogeny, biogeography and dating of Gesneriaceae (with Javier Luna-Castro, Dr James Richardson, RBGE; Dr Richard Milne, University of Edinburgh; Dr John L Clark, University of Alabama)

generic delimitations and taxonomic revisions in subtribe Loxocarpinae (with Dr Carmen Puglisi, RBGE; Dr David Middleton, Singapore Botanic Garden; Dr Richard Milne, University of Edinburgh)

taxonomic revisions in Afro-Malagasy Streptocarpus (with Dr Kanae Nishii Tokyo Gakugei University; Prof Dirk Uwe Bellstedt, University of Stellenbosch)

taxonomic revision of Gesneriaceae of Sri Lanka (with Subhani Ranasinghe, RBGE; Dr Richard Milne, University of Edinburgh)

phylogeny and character evolution in Oreocharis (with Dr Wen-Hong Chen, Dr Yu-Min Shui, Kunming Institute of Botany)

delineation of Raphiocarpus (with Dr Yu-Min Shui, Dr Wen-Hong Chen, Kunming Institute of Botany)

taxonomy and biogeography of Corallodiscus (with Ping Zhou, Prof Li Jie, XTBG; Prof Lian-Ming Gao, Kunming Institute of Botany)

Previous Projects:

conservation biology of Paraisometrum mileense W.T.Wang [now Oreocharis mileensis (W.T.Wang) Mich.Möller & A.Weber] (with Dr Wen-Hong Chen, Dr Hong Wang, Kunming Institute of Botany)

tribal relationships in Old World Gesneriaceae (with Prof Anton Weber & Prof Michael Kiehn, University of Vienna; Dr Michelle Hollingsworth, Alexandra Clark, RBGE)

phylogenetic relationships of monotypic and small genera in Gesneriaceae from China (with Prof Wei Yi-Gang, Guangxi Institute of Botany)


Publications (chronologically):

Nishii K, M Hughes, M Briggs, E Haston, F Christie, MJ deVilliers, T Hanekom, WG Roos, DU Bellstedt, M MÖLLER. Streptocarpus redefined to include all Afro-Malagasy Gesneriaceae: Molecular phylogenies prove congruent with geography and cytology and uncovers remarkable morphological homoplasies. TAXON accepted.

Middleton DJ, K Nishii, C Puglisi, L Forrest, M Möller (2015). Chayamaritia (Gesneriaceae: Didymocarpoideae), a new genus from Southeast Asia. Plant Systematics and Evolution, in press.

Chen WH, M MÖLLER, YM Shui, H Wang, JB Yang, GY Li (2014). Three new species of Petrocodon (Gesneriaceae), endemic to the limestone areas of Southwest China, and preliminary insights into the diversification patterns of the genus. Systematic Botany 39(1):316-330.

Chen WH, YM Shui, M MÖLLER (2014). Two new combinations in Oreocharis (Gesneriaceae) from China. Candollea 69(2):179-182.

Middleton DJ, H Atkins, HT Luu, K Nishii, M MÖLLER (2014). Billolivia, a new genus of Gesneriaceae from Vietnam with five new species. Phytotaxa 161(4):241-269.

MÖLLER M, WH Chen, YM Shui, H Atkins, DJ Middleton (2014). A new genus of Gesneriaceae in China and the transfer of Briggsia species to other genera. Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore 66(2): 195-205.

Chen WH, YM Shui, M MÖLLER, ZY Yu (2013). Oreocharis jinpingensis (Gesneriaceae), a new species from the Xilong Mountains in southwest China. Annales Botanici Fennici 50: 312-316.

Middleton DJ, A Weber, TL Yao, S Sontag, M MÖLLER (2013). The current status of the species hitherto assigned to Henckelia (Gesneriaceae). Edinburgh Journal of Botany 70(3):385-404.

MÖLLER M, JL Clark (2013). The state of molecular phylogenetic work in the family Gesneriaceae: a review. Selbyana 31(2): 95-125.

Weber A, JL Clark, M MÖLLER (2013). A new formal classification of Gesneriaceae. Selbyana 31(2) 68-94.

Chen WH, M MÖLLER, MD Zhang, YM Shui (2012). Paraboea hekouensis and P. manhaoensis, two new species of Gesneriaceae from China. Annales Botanici Fennici 49:179-187.                                                                                                    

MÖLLER M, A Forrest, YG Wei, A Weber (2011). A molecular phylogenetic assessment of the advanced Asiatic and Malesian didymocarpoid Gesneriaceae with focus on non-monophyletic and monotypic genera. Plant Systematics and Evolution 292(3-4):223-248.

MÖLLER M, D Middleton, K Nishii, YG Wei, S Sontag, A Weber (2011). A new delineation for Oreocharis incorporating an additional ten genera of Chinese Gesneriaceae. Phytotaxa 23:1-36.

Puglisi C, DJ Middleton, P Triboun, M MÖLLER (2011). New insights into the relationships between Paraboea, Trisepalum,
and Phylloboea (Gesneriaceae) and their taxonomic consequences. Taxon, 60(6):1693-1702.

Puglisi C, YG Wei, K Nishii, M MÖLLER (2011). Oreocharis × heterandra (Gesneriaceae): a natural hybrid from the Shengtangshan Mountains, Guangxi, China. Phytotaxa 38:1-18.

Weber A, DJ Middleton, A Forrest, R Kiew, CL Lim, AR Rafidah, TL Yao, M MÖLLER (2011). Molecular systematics and remodelling of Chirita and associated genera (Gesneriaceae). Taxon 60:767-790.

Weber A, YG WEI, C Puglisi, F Wen, V Mayer, M MÖLLER (2011). A new definition of the genus Petrocodon (Gesneriaceae). Phytotaxa 23:49-67.

Weber A, YG Wei, S Sontag, M MÖLLER (2011). Inclusion of Metabriggsia into Hemiboea (Gesneriaceae). Phytotaxa 23:37-48.

Middleton DJ, C Puglisi, P Triboun, M MÖLLER (2010). Proposal to conserve Paraboea against Phylloboea and Trisepalum (Gesneriaceae). Taxon 59:1603.

Wei YG,  F Wen, WH Chen, YM Shui, M MÖLLER (2010). Litostigma, a new genus from China: a morphological link between basal and derived Didymocarpoid Gesneriaceae. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 67(1):161-184.

MÖLLER M, M Pfosser, CG Jang, V Mayer, A Clark, ML Hollingsworth, MHJ Barfuss, YZ Wang, M Kiehn, A Weber (2009). A preliminary phylogeny of the "Didymocarpoid Gesneriaceae" based on three molecular data sets: incongruence with available tribal classifications. American Journal of Botany 96(5):989-1010. 

Palee P, J Denduangboripant, V. Anusarnsunthorn, M MÖLLER (2006). Molecular phylogeny and character evolution of Didymocarpus (Gesneriaceae) in Thailand. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 63(2&3):231-251.

MacMaster G, M MÖLLER, M Hughes, TJ Edwards, DU Bellstedt. (2005) A new species of Streptocarpus (Gesneriaceae) endemic to Madagascar. Adansonia 27(1):131-136.

Wang CN, M MÖLLER, QCB Cronk (2004). Phylogenetic position of Titanotrichum oldhamii (Gesneriaceae) inferred from four different gene regions. Systematic Botany 29(2):407-418.

Mayer V, M MÖLLER, M Perret, A Weber, A. (2003). Phylogenetic position and generic differentiation of Epithemateae (Gesneriaceae) inferred from cpDNA sequence data. American Journal of Botany 90(2):319-327.

MÖLLER M, QCB Cronk (1999). New approaches to the taxonomy of Saintpaulia and Streptocarpus. In: S Andrews, AC Leslie, C Alexander (eds.) Taxonomy of Cultivated Plants. Proceedings of the Third International Symposium, pp. 253-264 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Smith JF, ME Kresge, M MÖLLER, QCB Cronk (1998). A cladistic analysis of ndhF sequences from representative species of Saintpaulia and Streptocarpus sections Streptocarpus and Streptocarpella (Gesneriaceae). Edinburgh Journal of Botany 55(1):1-11.

MÖLLER M, QCB Cronk (1997a). Origin and relationships of Saintpaulia (Gesneriaceae) based on ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequences. American Journal of Botany 84(8):956-965.

MÖLLER M, QCB Cronk (1997b). Phylogeny and disjunct distribution: evolution of Saintpaulia (Gesneriaceae) Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 264:1827-1836.

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New Classification of Gesneriaceae (2013)

New Classification of Gesneriaceae (2013)

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