Rudy Jocqué (RMCA)
Jeroen Van Houdt, Floris C. Breman
The project aims at the barcoding of specimens of the widely distributed Afrotropical species Pardosa injucunda which is suspected to contain several cryptic species. The collections of MRAC contain a large number of specimens with a wide variation of preservation history and are thus the ideal starting point to verify the feasibility of DNA extraction from ethanol collections with different age and at the same time to examine the assumed polyspecificity of the morphospecies.
Lab work progress:
Completed: Pardosa specific COI primers have been developed and sequences have been obtained from multiple geographical regions
Completed: DNA analysis revealed distinct lineages within Pardosa injucunda, possibly cryptic species.