Question: Phylogenetic Tree -- The Scale Bar?
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7.1 years ago by
yatung180
US/sunnyvale/UCSF
yatung180 wrote:

Hello everyone~

I am now using MEGA5 to construct my phylogenetic tree.

After the construction of the phylogenetice tree, there is a scale bar at the bottom of the graph.

I think this bar may refer to the sequence identities or te substitution rate of those sequences, but I am not sure.

Does anyone knows what the scale bar represents in the phylogenetic tree?

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7.1 years ago by
Niek De Klein2.5k
Netherlands
Niek De Klein2.5k wrote:

From this and this I would say the scale bar probably indicates number of amino acid changes per site (that's what it showed in those two papers). However, from the manual it seems that the bar can be either show distance or time scale. To quote:

Show Distance Scale. This allows you to show or hide the scale bar
distance, to enter the unit used and to choose its length and the interval between tick marks.

Show Time Scale: This presents the option of showing or hiding the divergence time in the
scale bar, and to enter the units used. You also can determine the interval between two major
ticks and two minor ticks. To activate this option the divergence time for a node or the
evolutionary rate must be given.

If you can show a picture of what your phylogenetic tree looks like, or at least give some numbers it is showing, it is easier to infer what the bar shows.

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7.1 years ago by
yatung180
US/sunnyvale/UCSF
yatung180 wrote:

My phylogenetic tree looks like this:

http://www.freeimagehosting.net/newuploads/gx6qv.jpg

I find that your information is really useful for me Thanks a lot!

ADD COMMENTlink modified 7.1 years ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 80k • written 7.1 years ago by yatung180
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By the looks of that I'm very sure it indicates the number of amino acid changes per site.

Unrelated to your question: For next time, when adding information it is better to edit your question and add it there than putting it in an answer.

ADD REPLYlink modified 7.1 years ago • written 7.1 years ago by Niek De Klein2.5k

Thanks for your advice! I will follow your suggestion next time^^

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