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Some recent publications about DNA barcoding


Darwin’s butterflies? Spectacular species radiation in the Caribbean

In one of the first taxonomic revisions of Neotropical butterflies that uses DNA barcoding, Andrei Sourakov (University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History) and Evgeny Zakharov (University of Guelph, Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding) uncovered a spectacular degree of evolutionary divergence within the satyrine butterfly genus Calisto.

The study, “Darwin’s butterflies”? DNA barcoding and the radiation of the endemic Caribbean butterfly genus Calisto” was published in the open-access journal Comparative Cytogenetics.

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Why are there so many bird species in the tropics?

For this study, an international team of scientists used currently available large-scale datasets of avian DNA barcodes to compare diversification patterns at a continental scale in different biogeographic regions, an endeavour which extends the use of barcodes beyond species identification and taxonomy.

Their analysis suggests that avian species are older in the southern Neotropics than in the Nearctic, as evidenced by average genetic distances between pairs of closely related species, the distribution of these distances, and the proportion of very recently diverged pairs of species. This result supports the conclusion that Pleistocene glacial cycles had more pronounced effects in the Nearctic (particularly in boreal North America) than in the Neotropics, isolating populations and promoting vicariant speciation.

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Special FISH-BOL issue of Mitochondrial DNA

The October 2011 issue of Mitochondrial DNA is dedicated to the Fish Barcode of Life campaign (FISH-BOL). The issue includes a five-year progress report on the campaign and an updated “Collaborators’ Protocol” as well as research papers on a variety of fish barcoding projects:


(Listed alphabetically by author)

Axel, B. G. K., & Peter, H. (2011). Pseudo-endemism and cryptic diversity in Lepidoptera – case studies from the Alps and the Abruzzi. Journal on Protected Mountain Areas Research, Early online 11-18.

Baird, D. J., Pascoe, T. J., Zhou, X., & Hajibabaei, M. (2011). Building freshwater macroinvertebrate DNA-barcode libraries from reference collection material: formalin preservation vs specimen age. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 30(1), 125-130.

Baird, D. J., & Sweeney, B. W. (2011). Applying DNA barcoding in benthology: the state of the science. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 30(1), 122-124.

Bi, Y. H., & Chen, X. W. (2011). Mitochondrial genome of the American shad Alosa sapidissima. Mitochondrial DNA, Online Early(0).

Boyer, S. L., Howe, A. A., Juergens, N. W., & Hove, M. C. (2011). A DNA-barcoding approach to identifying juvenile freshwater mussels (Bivalvia:Unionidae) recovered from naturally infested fishes. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 30(1), 182-194.

Clare, E. L., Barber, B. R., Sweeney, B. W., Hebert, P. D. N., & Fenton, M. B. (2011). Eating local: influences of habitat on the diet of little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus). Molecular Ecology, Online Early.

de Groot, G. A., During, H. J., Maas, J. W., Schneider, H., Vogel, J. C., & Erkens, R. H. J. (2011). Use of rbcL and trnL-F as a Two-Locus DNA Barcode for Identification of NW-European Ferns: An Ecological Perspective. PLoS ONE, 6(1), e16371.

deWaard, J. R., Hebert, P. D. N., & Humble, L. M. (2011). A Comprehensive DNA Barcode Library for the Looper Moths (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) of British Columbia, Canada. PLoS ONE, 6(3), e18290.

DeWalt, R. E. (2011). DNA barcoding: a taxonomic point of view. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 30(1), 174-181.

Geraci, C. J., Al-Saffar, M. A., & Zhou, X. (2011). DNA barcoding facilitates description of unknown faunas: a case study on Trichoptera in the headwaters of the Tigris River, Iraq. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 30(1), 163-173.

Handy, S. M., Deeds, J., Ivanova, N. V., Hebert, P. D. N., Hanner, R., Ormos, A., et al. (2011). A single-laboratory validated method for the generation of DNA barcodes for the identification of fish for regulatory compliance. Journal of AOAC International., 94(1), 1-10.

Hausmann, A., Haszprunar, G., & Hebert, P. D. N. (2011). DNA Barcoding the Geometrid Fauna of Bavaria (Lepidoptera): Successes, Surprises, and Questions. PLoS ONE, 6(2), e17134.

Hollingsworth, P. M., Graham, S. W., & Little, D. P. (2011). Choosing and Using a Plant DNA Barcode. PLoS ONE, 6(5), e19254.

Jeffery, N. W., Elias-Gutierrez, M., & Adamowicz, S. J. (2011). Species diversity and phylogeographical affinities of the branchiopoda (crustacea) of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. PLoS One, 6(5), e18364.

Jinbo, U., Kato, T., & Ito, M. (2011). Current progress in DNA barcoding and future implications for entomology. Entomological Science, 14(2), 107-124.

Jones, M., Ghoorah, A., & Blaxter, M. (2011). jMOTU and Taxonerator: Turning DNA Barcode Sequences into Annotated Operational Taxonomic Units. PLoS ONE, 6(4), e19259.

Kelly, L. J., Hollingsworth, P. M., Coppins, B. J., Ellis, C. J., Harrold, P., Tosh, J., et al. (2011). DNA barcoding of lichenized fungi demonstrates high identification success in a floristic context. New Phytologist, Early Online, Null.

Nazari, V., Larsen, T. B., Lees, D. C., Brattström, O., Bouyer, T., Van de Poel, G., et al. (2011). Phylogenetic systematics of Colotis and associated genera (Lepidoptera: Pieridae): evolutionary and taxonomic implications. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 49(3), 204-215.

Park, D.-S., Foottit, R., Maw, E., & Hebert, P. D. N. (2011). Barcoding Bugs: DNA-Based Identification of the True Bugs (Insecta: Hemiptera: Heteroptera). PLoS ONE, 6(4), e18749.

Rasmussen-Hellberg, R., Naaum, A., Handy, S. M., Hanner, R., Yancy, H., Deeds, J., et al. (2011). Interlaboratory Evaluation of a Real-time Multiplex Polymerase Chain reaction method for Identification of Salmon and Trout Species in Commercial Products. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 59, 879-884.

Robideau, G. P., De Cock, A. W., Coffey, M. D., Voglmayr, H., Brouwer, H., Bala, K., et al. (2011). DNA barcoding of oomycetes with cytochrome c oxidase subunit I and internal transcribed spacer. Molecular Ecology Resources, Early Online.

Rougerie, R., Smith, M. A., Fernandez-Triana, J., Lopez-Vaamonde, C., Ratnasingham, S., & Hebert, P. D. (2011). Molecular analysis of parasitoid linkages (MAPL): gut contents of adult parasitoid wasps reveal larval host. Mol Ecol, 20(1), 179-186.

Stur, E., & Spies, M. (2011). Description of Chaetocladius longivirgatus sp. n., with a review of C. suecicus (Kieffer) (Diptera: Chironomidae)”. Zootaxa, 2762, 37-48.

Sweeney, B. W., Battle, J. M., Jackson, J. K., & Dapkey, T. (2011). Can DNA barcodes of stream macroinvertebrates improve descriptions of community structure and water quality? Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 30(1), 195-216.

Xiao, W. L., Motley, T. J., Unachukwu, U. J., Lau, C. B., Jiang, B., Hong, F., et al. (2011). Chemical and Genetic Assessment of Variability in Commercial Radix Astragali (Astragalus spp.) by Ion Trap LC-MS and Nuclear Ribosomal DNA Barcoding Sequence Analyses. J Agric Food Chem, 59(5), 1548-1556.

Zhou, X., Robinson, J. L., Geraci, C. J., Parker, C. R., Flint, O. S., Etnier, D. A., et al. (2011). Accelerated construction of a regional DNA-barcode reference library: caddisflies (Trichoptera) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 30(1), 131-162.

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