Phylocom: software for the analysis of phylogenetic community structure and trait evolution

Bioinformatics. 2008 Sep 15;24(18):2098-100. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btn358. Epub 2008 Aug 4.


Motivation: The increasing availability of phylogenetic and trait data for communities of co-occurring species has created a need for software that integrates ecological and evolutionary analyses. Capabilities: Phylocom calculates numerous metrics of phylogenetic community structure and trait similarity within communities. Hypothesis testing is implemented using several null models. Within the same framework, it measures phylogenetic signal and correlated evolution for species traits. A range of utility functions allow community and phylogenetic data manipulation, tree and trait generation, and integration into scientific workflows.

Availability: Open source at:

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms*
  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Evolution, Molecular*
  • Models, Genetic
  • Phylogeny*
  • Software*