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. 2006 Apr;85(1):31-8.
doi: 10.1007/BF02728967.

Molecular Phylogeny of Silk-Producing Insects Based on 16S Ribosomal RNA and Cytochrome Oxidase Subunit I Genes

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Molecular Phylogeny of Silk-Producing Insects Based on 16S Ribosomal RNA and Cytochrome Oxidase Subunit I Genes

B Mahendran et al. J Genet. .
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Abstract

We have examined the molecular-phylogenetic relationships between nonmulberry and mulberry silkworm species that belong to the families Saturniidae, Bombycidae and Lasiocampidae using 16S ribosomal RNA (16S rRNA) and cytochrome oxidase subunit I (coxI) gene sequences. Aligned nucleotide sequences of 16S rRNA and coxI from 14 silk-producing species were used for construction of phylogenetic trees by maximum likelihood and maximum parsimony methods. The tree topology on the basis of 16S rRNA supports monophyly for members of Saturniidae and Bombycidae. Weighted parsimony analysis weighted towards transversions relative to transitions (ts, tv4) for coxI resulted in more robust bootstrap support over unweighted parsimony and favours the 16S rRNA tree topology. Combined analysis reflected clear biogeographic pattern, and agrees with morphological and cytological data.

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