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ZHU Li-Xin, WU Xiao-Bing. Phylogenetic evaluation of the taxonomic status of Papilio maackii and P. syfanius (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). Zoological Research, 2011, 32(3): 248-254. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2011.03248
Citation: ZHU Li-Xin, WU Xiao-Bing. Phylogenetic evaluation of the taxonomic status of Papilio maackii and P. syfanius (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). Zoological Research, 2011, 32(3): 248-254. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2011.03248

Phylogenetic evaluation of the taxonomic status of Papilio maackii and P. syfanius (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae)

doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2011.03248
Funds:  National Natural Science Foundation of China (30870359); Anhui Scholar Special Fund in Science and Technology (KJ2009B015)
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    ZHU Li-Xin

  • Corresponding author: WU Xiao-Bing
  • Received Date: 2010-11-01
  • Rev Recd Date: 2011-04-18
  • Publish Date: 2011-06-22
  • The taxonomic status of Papilio maackii and P. syfanius has long been disputed. We conducted a molecular phylogenetic study to evaluate the taxonomic status of P. maackii and P. syfanius. A total of twenty-four P. maackii individuals from six localities and sixteenP. syfanius individuals from two localities were analyzed. We sequenced the partial region of the CO-I gene (about 579bp) and partial CO-II gene sequence (about 655bp) of the two species. The Kimura-2-Parameter distances among P. maackii and P. syfanius ranged from 0 to 0.6%. Fifteen haplotypes were obtained based on the combined data set. The results strongly supported that all P. maackii individuals and all P. syfanius individuals formed a large clade, and could not be divided into separated clades. This research indicated that the two species have only very recently undergone speciation.
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