Phylogenetic relationships within the subfamily Lithocolletinae (Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae) in the Afrotropical region

Pilot project
Jurate De Prins (RMCA)
JEMU partner: 
Jeroen Van Houdt, Floris C. Breman
Project summary: 
The family Gracillariidae is chosen as a model system. With 283 species present in the Afrotropical region, it is one of the most species-rich families of Lepidoptera in Africa. Although the faunistics, alpha taxonomy and autecology of these micromoths are reasonably well understood in the Holarctic region, very little is known in the Afrotropics where a vast number of species probably remains undescribed.
Lab work progress: 
Completed. Optimization of DNA extraction completed. DNA quality and quantity determined with different techniques
Data analysis: 
Starting date: 
Project status: 

Peer-reviewed paper
Lopez Vaamonde, C., Breman, F.C., Lees, D.C., Van Houdt, J. Van & De Prins, J. (2012). Analysis of tissue dependent DNA yield for optimal sampling of micromoths in large-scale biodiversity surveys. European Journal of Entomology, 109: 1-6.
[IF 2010: 0.945]

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