Viviana Andrea Confalonieri

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The 15 species in the weevil genus Galapaganus Lanteri 1992 (Entiminae: Curculionidae: Coleoptera) are distributed on coastal Perú and Ecuador and include 10 flightless species endemic to the Galápagos islands. These beetles thus provide a promising system through which to investigate the patterns and processes of evolution on Darwin's archipelago.(More)
Obligate avian brood parasites can be host specialists or host generalists. In turn, individual females within generalist brood parasites may themselves be host specialists or generalists. The shiny cowbird Molothrus bonariensis is an extreme generalist, but little is known about individual female host fidelity. We examined variation in mitochondrial(More)
At present, Trichinella spiralis is the only species of this genus reported from South America. Herein, we detail a molecular analysis of a new encapsulated isolate of muscle larvae of Trichinella, found in a mountain lion (Puma concolor) coming from the Patagonia, Argentina. We studied three DNA regions previously probed to be useful for the identification(More)
Until a few years ago, Trichinella spiralis was the only taxon of the genus Trichinella detected in both domestic and wild animals of South America. Recently, a new genotype, named Trichinella T12, was identified in cougars (Puma concolor) from Argentina, on the basis of molecular studies using mitochondrial and nuclear ribosomal markers. In the present(More)
A phylogeographic approach was conducted to assess the geographic structure and genetic variation in populations of the boll weevil Anthonomus grandis, which is the most harmful insect pest of cotton in the Americas. COI and COII mitochondrial gene sequences were analyzed to test a former hypothesis on the origin of the boll weevil in Argentina, Brazil and(More)
The highland region or Northwestern Argentina (NWA) is one of the southernmost areas of native maize cultivation and constitutes an expansion of the peruvian Andes sphere of influence. To examine the genetic diversity and racial affiliations of the landraces cultivated in this area, 18 microsatellite markers were used to characterize 147 individuals from 6(More)
Twenty-four males ofCylindrotettix obscurus and ten ofC. santarosae (Leptysminae, Acrididae) from Rio Claro, Brazil, were cytologically analysed. Both species are 2n = 23 ♂ (22+XO), all chromosomes being telocentric except for 4 acrocentric pairs ofC. obscurus. Two different B-chromosomes were found inC. obscurus: (1) a small, mitotically unstable(More)
Anastrepha fraterculus is an important pest of commercial fruits in South America. The variability observed for morphological and behavioural traits as well as genetic markers suggests that A. fraterculus represents a complex of synmorphic species rather than a single biological species. We studied the correlation between geographical distribution and(More)
In this study we have analysed and compared the genomic composition, meiotic behaviour, and meiotic affinities of Zea perennis and Zea mays ssp. mays. To do so we studied the parental taxa and the interspecific hybrid Zea perennis × Zea mays ssp. mays, using classical cytogenetic methods, as well as GISH and FISH. GISH enabled us to recognize the genomic(More)
We report a phylogeographic study of Chaetophractus villosus populations in Argentina. Control Region (CR) sequences (484 bp) were obtained for 76 C. villosus from 20 locations across the species whole distribution range. Seventeen new haplotypes were identified. The highest genetic variation and the earliest fossils were found in the Pampean Region, thus(More)