Richard S Peigler

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Evolution and phylogenetic utility of the period gene are explored through sequence analysis of a relatively conserved 909-bp fragment in 26 lepidopteran species. Taxa range from tribes to superfamilies, primarily within the putative clade Macrolepidotera plus near outgroups, and include both strongly established and problematic groupings. Their divergence(More)
To extend initial characterizations of their phylogenetic utility, sequences from the nuclear genes for elongation factor-1 alpha (EF-1 alpha) and dopa decarboxylase (DDC) are tested for phylogenetic concordance with each other and with previous morphological evidence within the giant silk moth tribe Attacini (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). The sampling of DDC(More)
Integrated phylogenetic and developmental analyses should enhance our understanding of morphological evolution and thereby improve systematists' ability to utilize morphological characters, but case studies are few. The eggshell (chorion) of Lepidoptera (Insecta) has proven especially tractable experimentally for such analyses because its morphogenesis(More)
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