Phylogenetic analysis based on multiple gene sequences revealing cryptic biodiversity in Simulium multistriatum group (Diptera: Simuliidae) in Thailand
Article first published online: 12 DEC 2011
© 2011 The Entomological Society of Japan
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 202–213, April 2012
How to Cite
PRAMUAL, P. and NANORK, P. (2012), Phylogenetic analysis based on multiple gene sequences revealing cryptic biodiversity in Simulium multistriatum group (Diptera: Simuliidae) in Thailand. Entomological Science, 15: 202–213. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-8298.2011.00491.x
- Issue published online: 28 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 12 DEC 2011
- Received 9 May 2011; accepted 21 August 2011.
- black fly;
- DNA barcode;
- species complex
Phylogenetic relationships among four species of the Simulium multistriatum group (Diptera: Simuliidae) in Thailand were examined based on two mitochondrial genes (COI, COII) and one nuclear gene (18S/ITS1). Simulium takense was found to be genetically divergent (>20.3% for COI) from the other species, consistent with their distinctive morphology. Simulium chainarongi and S. chaliowae were monophyletic but were included in paraphyletic S. fenestratum. Simulium fenestratum was divided into three distinct lineages with high levels of genetic divergence. This suggests that S. fenestratum is a species complex. Neither morphological nor cytological examinations revealed evidence of sibling species. The clades derived from phylogenetic analyses were found to be correlated with the ecological conditions of larval habitat. Therefore, ecological adaptation may have played a role in black fly diversification and evolution. These results suggest the use of integrated, multidisciplinary approaches for fully understanding black fly biodiversity and systematics.