Author(s): Dyer NA, Lawton SP, Ravel S, Choi KS, Lehane MJ,
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Abstract Relationships of 13 species of the genus Glossina (tsetse flies) were inferred from mitochondrial (cytochrome oxidase 1, NADH dehydrogenase 2 and 16S) and nuclear (internal transcribed spacer 1 of rDNA) sequences. The resulting phylogeny confirms the monophyly of the morphologically defined fusca, morsitans and palpalis subgenera. Genetic distances between palpalis and morsitans subspecies suggest that their status needs revision. In particular, cytochrome oxidase 1 sequences showed large geographical differences within G. palpalis palpalis, suggesting the existence of cryptic species within this subspecies. The morphology of palpalis group female genital plates was examined, and individuals were found varying outside the ranges specified by the standard identification keys, making definitive morphological classification impossible. A diagnostic PCR to distinguish G. palpalis palpalis, G. tachinoides and G. palpalis gambiensis based on length differences of internal transcribed spacer 1 sequences is presented.
This article was published in Mol Phylogenet Evol
and referenced in Advancements in Genetic Engineering