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There are only a small number of molecular markers currently proven to be useful for phylogenetic inference within the flowering plants. We demonstrate that the 5' end of the 26S ribosomal DNA (ca. 1100 bp) is of great value for investigating generic to subfamilial relationships. We analyzed DNA sequences from 31 species of the Ranunculaceae and four(More)
Partial sequences (approximately 850 bp) of the mitochondrial 16S ribosomal RNA gene were determined for 21 members of the fruit fly genus Rhagoletis and 6 related tephritid taxa by sequencing DNA amplified by the polymerase chain reaction. Sequences were highly A + T rich, with an average G + C content of 19.2%. Sequence divergence ranged from 0 to 11.7%(More)
The melon fruit fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett) (Diptera: Tephritidae), is widespread agricultural pest, and it is known to have the potential to establish invasive populations in various tropical and subtropical areas. Despite the economic risk associated with a putative stable presence of this fly, the population genetics of this pest have(More)
Question: Environmental disturbance can disrupt habitat choice as an ecological barrier to hybridization between host-specific parasites that mate on their host. Is environment-independent mate choice a sufficient barrier to prevent hybridization when ecological isolation breaks down? Hypothesis: Males and females will not discriminate between conspecific(More)
Speciation in animals is almost always envisioned as the split of an existing lineage into an ancestral and a derived species. An alternative speciation route is homoploid hybrid speciation in which two ancestral taxa give rise to a third, derived, species by hybridization without a change in chromosome number. Although theoretically possible it has been(More)
Discriminant function and cluster analyses were performed on 19 morphometric variables of the aculeus, wing and mesonotum to determine whether populations of Anastrepha fraterculus (Wiedemann) from different parts of Mexico could be distinguished from populations from South America. Samples were collected from seven localities across Mexico, two from(More)
We analyzed sequence data from 925 base pairs within the mitochondrial 16S ribosomal DNA from 34 tephritid species and two outgroup taxa. DNA sequences were amplified by the polymerase chain reaction and sequenced by the dideoxy chain-termination method. Patterns of nucleotide composition and substitution were assessed based on sequence comparison.(More)
The predominantly Afrotropical fruit fly genus Ceratitis contains many species of agricultural importance. Consequently, quarantine of Ceratitis species is a major concern for governmental regulatory agencies. Although diagnostic keys exist for identification of all described Ceratitis species, these tools are based on adult characters. Flies intercepted at(More)
Microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variability data were used to study outbreaks of Mediterranean fruit fly in California in the years 1992-94 and 1997-99. A total of 359 flies caught in monitoring traps during these years were examined at three polymorphic mtDNA restriction sites and two microsatellite loci. Composite genotypes obtained through(More)
A 2.99 kb mtDNA fragment containing two variable restriction endonuclease sites (EcoRV and XbaI) was subcloned and sequenced from the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata). This fragment represents approximately one-fifth of the entire mitochondrial sequence. The sequence was aligned with the comparable region from Drosophila yakuba and Anopheles(More)