Molecular Characterization of Eye Pigmentation-Related ABC Transporter Genes in the Ladybird Beetle Harmonia axyridis Reveals Striking Gene Duplication of the white Gene.

Many species of ladybird beetles (Coccinellidae) possess vivid body colors. These colors and patterns show diversity between coccinellid species, or even within species. However, the molecular underpinnings of these striking body colors are scarcely understood. One of the candidate pigmentation molecules responsible for ladybird body color is ommochrome… (More)