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Type: Journal article
Title: Simultaneous molecular and morphological analysis of Braconid relationships (Insecta : Hymenoptera : Braconidae) indicates independent mt-tRNA gene inversions within a single wasp family
Author: Dowton, M.
Belshaw, R.
Austin, A.
Quicke, D.
Citation: Journal of Molecular Evolution, 2002; 54(2):210-226
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 0022-2844
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Mark Dowton, Robert Belshaw, Andrew D. Austin, Donald L.J. Quicke
Abstract: We investigated the phylogeny of the Braconidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) with a much expanded data set compared with that of previous attempts, employing 16S and 28S rDNA gene fragments, together with a suite of morphological characters, from 74 ingroup taxa. Most notably, parsimony analyses under a range of models recovered the Aphidiinae as sister group to the cyclostomes and the Ichneutinae as sister group to the microgastroids. The cyclostomes were recovered as a natural group only if certain, putatively misplaced genera (Mesostoa, Aspilodemon) were excluded from them. Further, mapping of rearrangement characters onto this phylogeny of the Braconidae indicated parallel inversions of the mt-tRNAD gene, with the two instances of inversion distinguishable by the presence or absence of an additional tRNA gene (tRNAH). This is the first report of a parallel inversion of a mt-tRNA gene and makes the Braconidae the first metazoan family to display both parallel inversions and translocations.
Keywords: 16S rDNA; 28S rDNA; Morphology; Braconid wasp; Ectoparasitism; Endoparasitism; tRNA gene rearrangement
Rights: © Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2002
RMID: 0020020831
DOI: 10.1007/s00239-001-0003-3
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