SPECTRE is a software package containing tools to model and visualize reticulate evolution utilizing phylogenetic trees. The SPECTRE package includes phylogenetic (1) data structures, such as Networks, Splits, Distances, Quartets, and Trees. (2) mathematical data structures, such as matrix algebra, tuples, and basic statistics. (3) Loading and saving phylogenetics file formats, such as Nexus and Phylip. (4) graphical and command-line user interfaces. (5) Utilities.


Evolutionary biology;Phylogenetics;Molecular interactions, pathways and networks


  • Operation: Phylogenetic tree analysis

  • Software interface: Command-line user interface

  • Language: Java

  • License: GNU General Public License v3

  • Cost: Free

  • Version name: 1.1.5

  • Credit: None declared

  • Input: Nexus and Phylip

  • Output: Nexus and Phylip

  • Contact: Sarah Bastkowski sarah.bastkowski@earlham.ac.uk, Daniel Mapleson daniel.mapleson@earlham.ac.uk

  • Collection: -

  • Maturity: -


  • SPECTRE: a suite of phylogenetic tools for reticulate evolution.
  • Bastkowski S, Mapleson D, Spillner A, Wu T, Balvociute M, Moulton V. SPECTRE: a suite of phylogenetic tools for reticulate evolution. Bioinformatics. 2018 Mar 15;34(6):1056-1057. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btx740. PMID: 29186450; PMCID: PMC5860355.
  • https://doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btx740
  • PMID: 29186450
  • PMC: PMC5860355

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