Chapter 16. Molecular Dimensions of Insect Taxonomy

  1. Robert G. Foottit2 and
  2. Peter H. Adler3
  1. Felix A. H. Sperling and
  2. Amanda D. Roe

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch16

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

How to Cite

Sperling, F. A. H. and Roe, A. D. (2009) Molecular Dimensions of Insect Taxonomy, in Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society (eds R. G. Foottit and P. H. Adler), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Environmental Health National Program (Biodiversity), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, K. W. Neatby Bldg., 960 Carling Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6, Canada

  2. 3

    Department of Entomology, Soils & Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Box 340315, 114 Long Hall, Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0315, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Biological Sciences, CW 405a Biological Sciences Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E9, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 6 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405151429

Online ISBN: 9781444308211



  • molecular dimensions of insect taxonomy;
  • challenges in taxonomy;
  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA);
  • species delimitation based on single genes - prone to error;
  • molecular methods in taxonomy relying on DNA sequences or sequence length variation;
  • direct nucleotide sequencing - dominant molecular method in insect taxonomy;
  • single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs);
  • mitochondrial DNA - to identify species and trace genealogical histories of populations


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Challenges in Taxonomy

  • Survey of Molecular Methods

  • Conclusions and Outlook for the Future

  • Acknowledgments

  • References