Chapter 17. DNA Barcodes and Insect Biodiversity

  1. Robert G. Foottit2 and
  2. Peter H. Adler3
  1. Robin M. Floyd,
  2. John J. Wilson and
  3. Paul D. N. Hebert

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch17

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

How to Cite

Floyd, R. M., Wilson, J. J. and Hebert, P. D. N. (2009) DNA Barcodes and Insect Biodiversity, in Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society (eds R. G. Foottit and P. H. Adler), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch17

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. Biodiversity Institute of Ontario and Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1, Canada

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405151429

Online ISBN: 9781444308211



  • DNA barcodes and insect biodiversity;
  • ‘operational taxonomic units’ (OTUs);
  • DNA barcoding - use of short standardized genomic segments as markers for species identification;
  • sequence-based approach to identification - digital nature of DNA sequence;
  • applications of barcoding;
  • concept of DNA barcoding - controversial in taxonomic community;
  • Mayflies (Ephemeroptera) - insect order whose larval stages develop in freshwater habitats


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Species Concepts and Recognition

  • DNA Barcoding

  • Applications of Barcoding

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • References