Journal article

The utility of DNA markers in classical taxonomy: Using cytochrome oxidase I markers to differentiate Australian Cladopelma (Diptera : Chironomidae) midges

ME Carew, V Pettigrove, AA Hoffmann

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

Abstract

There is growing debate about the role DNA methods can play in species identification and whether DNA-based methods can become the predominant means to describe species. DNA methods already have the potential to assist in traditional taxonomy and form the basis of routine species identification once species boundaries are clear. We show how DNA methods helped in separating three "species" of the midge, Cladopelma Kieffer. The "species" were initially identified in surveys from Melbourne, Australia, by using cytochrome oxidase I (COI) polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment-length polymorphism markers. The DNA markers and further sequence analysis of COI assisted in identifying unique ..

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