Question: Why wont my newick file from MEGA open in FigTree?
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15 months ago by
rdmitche0 wrote:

I produced a phylogenetic tree in MEGA X using the Max Likelihood method and get a nice looking tree. I want to transfer the tree file over to FigTree to change the layout, colors, etc. Note: this has worked in the past with no problem.

Now, when I use the command in MEGA that says "convert data to newick file" it does it, but when I try to open that file in FigTree I get the error "missing closing ')' in tree"

I'm thinking MEGA isn't converting the data to a Newick file proper, but how do I check this or fix it? I've messed around with add additional ")" all over the place with no luck.

Is there another tree viewer like FigTree that is just as easy to use that might work? Thank you.

ADD COMMENTlink written 15 months ago by rdmitche0

Can you post the tree file?

Newick is not a super well defined format, so usually if something like FigTree is complaining, its for good reason.

ADD REPLYlink written 15 months ago by Joe18k

You can try pasting the text of your tree file into an online viewer (e.g., ETE Toolkit), but as Joe said, there is probably an issue with the format of the file, you should view it in a text editor.

ADD REPLYlink written 15 months ago by Dave Carlson420
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