Molecular phylogenetic analysis of the Amiota taurusata species group within the Chinese species, with descriptions of two new species.
Bottom Line: A mitochondrial gene, cytochrome c oxidase I ( COI), can be used to discriminate between species of the taurusata group.Two new species are described from South China: A. protuberantis Shao et Chen, sp. nov. and A. shennongi Shao et Chen, sp. nov.A key to all the species of the taurusata group based on morphological characters is provided.
Affiliation: Department of Entomology, South China Agricultural University, Tianhe, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510642, China firstname.lastname@example.org.Show MeSH
Mentions: The Bayesian tree for ND2 lent good support for the monophyly of the taurusata group with respect to the outgroups (posterior probabilities (PP) = 0.99) (Figure 3). Samples from different geographical areas of A. protuberantis, A. asymmetrica, and A. spinifemorata clustered as a monophyletic lineage, while samples of A. femorata were rendered paraphyletic with respect to A. protuberantis. A. spinifemorata first diverged in the taurusata group and was then followed by A. asymmetrica. The other four species grouped into a robust supported group (PP = 1.00). A. shennongisp. nov. and A. aquilotaurusata showed a sibling relationship (PP = 1.00) in agreement with their high similarity in morphological characters. Samples of A. femorata diverged into two highly supported clusters. One consisted of A. femorata (HN, SC1, SX, and XZ) (PP = 0.98); the other consisted of A. femorata (SC2 and YN1–2) (PP = 1.00) and clustered with A. protuberantissp. nov. (PP = 1.00).
Affiliation: Department of Entomology, South China Agricultural University, Tianhe, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510642, China email@example.com.