Skipper genome sheds light on unique phenotypic traits and phylogeny

  title={Skipper genome sheds light on unique phenotypic traits and phylogeny},
  author={Q. Cong and D. Borek and Z. Otwinowski and N. Grishin},
  journal={BMC Genomics},
  • Q. Cong, D. Borek, +1 author N. Grishin
  • Published 2015
  • Medicine, Biology
  • BMC Genomics
  • BackgroundButterflies and moths are emerging as model organisms in genetics and evolutionary studies. The family Hesperiidae (skippers) was traditionally viewed as a sister to other butterflies based on its moth-like morphology and darting flight habits with fast wing beats. However, DNA studies suggest that the family Papilionidae (swallowtails) may be the sister to other butterflies including skippers. The moth-like features and the controversial position of skippers in Lepidoptera phylogeny… CONTINUE READING
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