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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 34, No. 5, 2013, pp. 109-119
Bioline Code: zr13083
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 34, No. 5, 2013, pp. 109-119

 en The first mitochondrial genome for the butterfly family Riodinidae ( Abisara fylloides check for this species in other resources ) and its systematic implications
ZHAO, Fang; HUANG, Dun-Yuan; SUN, Xiao-Yan; SHI, Qing-Hui; HAO, Jia-Sheng; ZHANG, Lan-Lan & YANG, Qun


The Riodinidae is one of the lepidopteran butterfly families. This study describes the complete mitochondrial genome of the butterfly species Abisara fylloides check for this species in other resources , the first mitochondrial genome of the Riodinidae family. The results show that the entire mitochondrial genome of A. fylloides is 15 301 bp in length, and contains 13 protein-coding genes, 2 ribosomal RNA genes, 22 transfer RNA genes and a 423 bp A+T-rich region. The gene content, orientation and order are identical to the majority of other lepidopteran insects. Phylogenetic reconstruction was conducted using the concatenated 13 protein-coding gene (PCG) sequences of 19 available butterfly species covering all the five butterfly families (Papilionidae, Nymphalidae, Peridae, Lycaenidae and Riodinidae). Both maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference analyses highly supported the monophyly of Lycaenidae+Riodinidae, which was standing as the sister of Nymphalidae. In addition, we propose that the riodinids be categorized into the family Lycaenidae as a subfamilial taxon.

Abisara fylloides; Mitochondrial genome; Riodinidae; Systematic implication

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