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Molecular phylogenetics of Erebidae (Lepidoptera, Noctuoidea)

Published on Jan 1, 2011
Reza Zahiri11
Estimated H-index: 11
J E Remy , M A R Ko
As a step towards understanding the higher-level phylogeny and evolu- tionary affinities of quadrifid noctuoid moths, we have undertaken the first large-scale molecular phylogenetic analysis of the moth family Erebidae, including almost all subfamilies, as well as most tribes and subtribes. DNA sequence data for one mitochondrial gene (COI ) and seven nuclear genes (EF-1α, wingless, RpS5, IDH, MDH, GAPDH and CAD) were analysed for a total of 237 taxa, principally type genera of higher taxa. Data matrices (6407 bp in total) were analysed by parsimony with equal weighting and model-based evolutionary methods (maximum likelihood), which revealed a well-resolved skeleton phylogenetic hypothesis with 18 major lineages, which we treat here as subfamilies of Erebidae. We thus present a new phylogeny for Erebidae consisting of 18 moderate to strongly supported subfami- lies: Scoliopteryginae, Rivulinae, Anobinae, Hypeninae, Lymantriinae, Pangraptinae, Herminiinae, Aganainae, Arctiinae, Calpinae, Hypocalinae, Eulepidotinae, Toxocamp- inae, Tinoliinae, Scolecocampinae, Hypenodinae, Boletobiinae and Erebinae. Where possible, each monophyletic lineage is diagnosed by autapomorphic morphological character states, and within each subfamily, monophyletic tribes and subtribes can be circumscribed, most of which can also be diagnosed by morphological apomorphies. All additional taxa sampled fell within one of the four previously recognized quadrifid families (mostly into Erebidae), which are now found to include two unusual monobasic taxa from New Guinea: Cocytiinae (now in Erebidae: Erebinae) and Eucocytiinae (now in Noctuidae: Pantheinae).
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Published on Apr 29, 2011in Zootaxa 0.99
Michael Fibiger2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Wild Center)
This is the fourth part in a series of papers on the recently described family Micronoctuidae Fibiger, 2005. Part 4 includes the description of Tantaxinae, new subfamily, and Micronoctuinae, and 15 genera (13 new): Acusa, Tentasetae, Pseudobscura, Parens, Alienia, Tentaspina, Tentax, Flax, Medius, Sternitta, Dextella, Paradoxica, and Dorsum (all new). Two genera are redescribed: Micronola Amsel, 1935 and Micronoctua Fibiger, 1997. A total of 93 species are treated (81 new, one new subspecies; 12...
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Published on Mar 1, 2011in Zoologica Scripta 2.61
Reza Zahiri11
Estimated H-index: 11
(UTU: University of Turku),
Ian J. Kitching34
Estimated H-index: 34
+ 4 AuthorsNiklas Wahlberg43
Estimated H-index: 43
(UTU: University of Turku)
Zahiri, R., Kitching, I. J., Lafontaine, J. D., Mutanen, M., Kaila, L., Holloway, J. D. & Wahlberg, N. (2010). A new molecular phylogeny offers hope for a stable family level classification of the Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera). —Zoologica Scripta, 40, 158–173. To examine the higher level phylogeny and evolutionary affinities of the megadiverse superfamily Noctuoidea, an extensive molecular systematic study was undertaken with special emphasis on Noctuidae, the most controversial group in Noctuoidea a...
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Published on Sep 22, 2010
Marko Mutanen24
Estimated H-index: 24
(University of Oulu),
Niklas Wahlberg43
Estimated H-index: 43
(UTU: University of Turku),
Lauri Kaila23
Estimated H-index: 23
(AMNH: American Museum of Natural History)
Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) represent one of the most diverse animals groups. Yet, the phylogeny of advanced ditrysian Lepidoptera, accounting for about 99 per cent of lepidopteran species, has remained largely unresolved. We report a rigorous and comprehensive analysis of lepidopteran affinities. We performed phylogenetic analyses of 350 taxa representing nearly 90 per cent of lepidopteran families. We found Ditrysia to be a monophyletic taxon with the clade Tischerioidea + Palaephatoid...
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Published on Jun 1, 2010in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 3.99
Niklas Wahlberg43
Estimated H-index: 43
(UTU: University of Turku),
Niina Snäll6
Estimated H-index: 6
(UTU: University of Turku)
+ 2 AuthorsToomas Tammaru32
Estimated H-index: 32
(UT: University of Tartu)
In order to facilitate the study of the evolution of female flightlessness among the geometrid subfamily Ennominae (Lepidoptera, Geometridae), we carried out a phylogenetic analysis based on a morphological data matrix, and DNA sequences. We used seven nuclear gene fragments, elongation factor 1a (EF-1a), wingless (wgl), isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH), glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH), ribosomal protein S5 (RpS5) and segments D1 and D2 of the 28S rRNA gene, and one mitochondrial ...
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Published on Mar 19, 2010in ZooKeys 1.14
Donald Lafontaine2
Estimated H-index: 2
Christian Schmidt2
Estimated H-index: 2
An annotated check list of the North American species of Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera) is presented, consisting of 3693 species. One-hundred and sixty-six taxonomic changes are proposed, consisting of 13 speciesgroup taxa accorded species status (stat. n. and stat. rev.), 2 revalidated genus-group taxa (stat. rev.), and 2 family-group taxa raised to subfamily. Sixty-nine species-group taxa are downgraded to junior synonyms or subspecies (stat. n., syn. rev., and syn. n.), and 6 genera relegated to sy...
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Published on Dec 22, 2009
Niklas Wahlberg43
Estimated H-index: 43
(UTU: University of Turku),
Julien Leneveu2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UTU: University of Turku)
+ 4 AuthorsAndrew V. Z. Brower36
Estimated H-index: 36
(MT: Middle Tennessee State University)
The butterfly family Nymphalidae contains some of the most important non-drosophilid insect model systems for evolutionary and ecological studies, yet the evolutionary history of the group has remained shrouded in mystery. We have inferred a robust phylogenetic hypothesis based on sequences of 10 genes and 235 morphological characters for exemplars of 400 of the 540 valid nymphalid genera representing all major lineages of the family. By dating the branching events, we infer that Nymphalidae ori...
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Published on May 27, 2009
Jerry A. Powell10
Estimated H-index: 10
Paul A. Opler25
Estimated H-index: 25
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Published on Jan 1, 2009in BMC Evolutionary Biology 3.04
Jerome C. Regier38
Estimated H-index: 38
(UMBI: University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute),
Andreas Zwick13
Estimated H-index: 13
(UMBI: University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute)
+ 17 AuthorsCynthia Sims Parr18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Smithsonian Institution)
Background In the mega-diverse insect order Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths; 165,000 described species), deeper relationships are little understood within the clade Ditrysia, to which 98% of the species belong. To begin addressing this problem, we tested the ability of five protein-coding nuclear genes (6.7 kb total), and character subsets therein, to resolve relationships among 123 species representing 27 (of 33) superfamilies and 55 (of 100) families of Ditrysia under maximum likelihood ana...
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Published on Oct 1, 2008in Systematic Biology 10.27
Alexandros Stamatakis45
Estimated H-index: 45
(LMU: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich),
Paul Hoover1
Estimated H-index: 1
(San Diego Supercomputer Center),
Jacques Rougemont27
Estimated H-index: 27
(EPFL: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
Despite recent advances achieved by application of high-performance computing methods and novel algorithmic techniques to maximum likelihood (ML)-based inference programs, the major computational bottleneck still consists in the computation of bootstrap support values. Conducting a probably insufficient number of 100 bootstrap (BS) analyses with current ML programs on large datasets—either with respect to the number of taxa or base pairs—can easily require a month of run time. Therefore, we have...
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