DNA barcoding of museum specimens of Lymantriidae preserved in the Royal Museum for Central Africa

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2010
Authors:Z. T. Nagy, Breman, F. C., Asta, U. Dall
Journal:Entomologica romanica
Keywords:Afrotropic, COI, DNA barcoding, Lymantriidae

Some preserved specimens of the lepidopteran collection of the Royal Museum for Central Africa were used in a pilot
DNA barcoding study. They differed in age, the applied preservation methods and collection sites. Thereby, short and standard DNA
barcode sequences were obtained, and species assignments based on neighbour-joining tree reconstruction were carried out and
compared with morphological identification. Our results show that the DNA barcoding approach is able to distinguish lymantriid
species on an efficient way. Furthermore, we show three examples where it also provides with novel information to taxonomic problems:
we found a possibly undescribed species of Leucoma, recovered the possible synonymy of Stracena promelaena and Stracena
flavescens, and found an unexpected genetic diversity of some Porthesaroa species.

Refereed Designation:Refereed
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