DNA barcoding reveals deep genetic divergences in Eisenia lucens (Waga, 1857) and supports Eisenia spelaea (Rosa, 1901) as a separate species (Clitellata: Megadrili)

Tímea Szederjesi, Tamás Felföldi, Virág Krízsik, Victor V. Pop, C. Csuzdi

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Abstract

The European montane earthworm species Eisenia lucens (Waga, 1857) and the Central European Eisenia spelaea (Rosa, 1901) are highly similar morphologically, the only remarkable difference is in the presence of bioluminescence in case of E. lucens. Because of the difficulties in distinguishing the two species, majority of the distribution data is uncertain, and the minimal morphological differences do not necessarily justify the separation of E. spelaea as an independent species. To clarify the taxonomy of the E. spelaea/E. lucens species pair, a molecular phylogenetic analysis was carried out with the use of cytochrome c oxidase I sequences. Our results showed high genetic separation between the two species which confirms the validity of E. spelaea. Moreover, two highly divergent cryptic clades were revealed within E. lucens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Soil Biology
Volume87
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2018

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DNA barcoding
Electron Transport Complex IV
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genetic variation
bioluminescence
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cytochrome-c oxidase
biogeography
taxonomy
phylogeny
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cytochrome
phylogenetics

Keywords

  • Cytochrome c oxidase I
  • DNA barcoding
  • Earthworms
  • Eisenia
  • Molecular phylogenetics

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  • Microbiology
  • Soil Science
  • Insect Science

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DNA barcoding reveals deep genetic divergences in Eisenia lucens (Waga, 1857) and supports Eisenia spelaea (Rosa, 1901) as a separate species (Clitellata : Megadrili). / Szederjesi, Tímea; Felföldi, Tamás; Krízsik, Virág; Pop, Victor V.; Csuzdi, C.

In: European Journal of Soil Biology, Vol. 87, 01.05.2018, p. 33-39.

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