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Mitogenomic sequences effectively recover relationships within brush-footed butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)
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The most striking phylogenetic findings were that the subfamily Danainae not Libytheinae was sister of the remaining brush-footed butterflies and that, within Limenitidini, the genus Athyma was clearly polyphyletic.
Microbial Community Composition and Functional Capacity in a Terrestrial Ferruginous, Sulfate-Depleted Mud Volcano
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The results demonstrated that various community members were compartmentalized into stratified niches along geochemical gradients and form a metabolic network that cascades the carbon transformation from the upstream degradation of recalcitrant organic carbon with fermentative production of labile organic entities and methane to downstream methane oxidation and metal reduction near the surface.
Elucidating genetic signatures of native and introduced populations of the Cycad Blue, Chilades pandava to Taiwan: a threat both to Sago Palm and to native Cycas populations worldwide
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This study not only flags an important new invasive insect that needs to be monitored and controlled within the horticultural trade and for in situ cycad conservation, but also provides a clearly documented case of the transformation of a native tropical butterfly into a pest via introduced horticulture plants.
Phylogeny and Historical Biogeography of Asian Pterourus Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae): A Case of Intercontinental Dispersal from North America to East Asia
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Dating and biogeographic analysis allow us to infer an intercontinental dispersal of an American ancestor of Asian Pterourus in the early Miocene, which was coincident with historical paleo-land bridge connections, resulting in the present “East Asia-America” disjunction distribution.
Phylogenetic position of the enigmatic termite family Stylotermitidae (Insecta : Blattodea)
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The systematic position of Stylotermitidae calls for additional studies of their biology, including their developmental pathways and pheromone communication, which have the potential to change the understanding of termite evolution.
The Complete Mitochondrial Genome of the Near-Threatened Swallowtail, Agehana maraho (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae): Evaluating Sequence Variability and Suitable Markers for Conservation Genetic Studies
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The most distinctive structure of the Agehana mitogenome is the control region (CR), which represents the longest CR found so far in any lepidopteran, and it also represents the first known case of two units of macro repeats within a tandem region.
Tsukiyamaia, a new genus of the tribe Baorini (Lepidoptera, Hesperiidae, Hesperiinae)
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It is proposed that the genus Tsukiyamaia is closely related to the genus Polytremis, which has high species diversity in China and is important in clarifying phylogenetic relationship of Polytremeis and its allies.
Higher DNA insert fragment sizes improve mitogenomic assemblies from metagenomic pyrosequencing datasets: an example using Limenitidinae butterflies (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae)
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The results show that the datasets generated from longer DNA insert fragments result in better coverage and more complete mitogenomic sequences, and the phylogenetic analysis shows high support at nodes, revealing that Athyma butterflies do not represent a monophyletic group.
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