Journal article

Parthenogenesis in the Aspidiotus nerii complex (Hemiptera : Diaspididae): A single origin of a worldwide, polyphagous lineage associated with Cardinium bacteria

LM Provencher, GE Morse, AR Weeks, BB Normark

ANNALS OF THE ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2005

Abstract

Aspidiotus nerii Bouché, the oleander scale, is a nearly cosmopolitan pest that attacks >100 families of woody plants. A. nerii has long been suspected of comprising multiple cryptic parthenogenetic and sexual species. We amplified and sequenced a 760-bp fragment of cytochrome oxidase 1 and 2 (COI-COII) from 59 individuals representing four laboratory stocks and 16 wild populations from four biogeographic regions (United States, several Mediterranean countries, South Africa, and New Zealand), along with three outgroup species. We also used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to assay 92 individuals representing five laboratory stocks and seven wild populations for the presence of the intracellul..

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