Morphometric and molecular studies on the populations of the damselflies Chalcolestes viridis and C. parvidens (Odonata, Lestidae)

Hajnalka Anna Gyulavári, Tamás Felföldi, Theodor Benken, László József Szabó, Margit Miskolczi, C. Cserháti, Valér Horvai, K. Márialigeti, György Dévai

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Abstract

Morphometric and genetic differences were analysed for two closely related damselflies, Chalcolestes viridis and C. parvidens. A total of 305 male individuals were collected from six European countries (Austria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary and Portugal). Measurements from a total of 28 populations of C. viridis and C. parvidens and several intermediate forms were collected to determine if they can be definitely distinguished using simple morphometric characters. DNA sequences from two independent loci (nuclear ribosomal ITS region and mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I gene) were analysed to test whether these taxa represent separate monophyletic groups as well as to compare the genetic distance with those found between well-accepted European Lestes species. Discriminant analysis revealed that C. viridis and C. parvidens are differentiated in morphometric space. Individuals with intermediate anal appendage traits overlapped with both C. viridis and C. parvidens which raised the possibility that they are merely subspecies of a single species. However, genetic analysis of both investigated DNA regions showed that the two Chalcolestes taxa did not share haplotypes, indicating their status as true species. Furthermore, they formed a monophyletic group separated from the investigated Lestes species, supporting the recognition of the genus Chalcolestes. The two Chalcolestes species are very closely related compared with European Lestes species, suggesting that their divergence occurred relatively recently.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-339
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Odonatology
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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Lestidae
Lestes
damselfly
Zygoptera
Odonata
Croatia
appendages
Austria
Hungary
discriminant analysis
cytochrome-c oxidase
Greece
Portugal
genetic distance
genetic techniques and protocols
haplotypes
Germany
nucleotide sequences
DNA
loci

Keywords

  • Chalcolestes parvidens
  • Chalcolestes viridis
  • Damselfly
  • Mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I gene
  • Morphometric differentiation
  • Nuclear ribosomal its region
  • Zygoptera

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Morphometric and molecular studies on the populations of the damselflies Chalcolestes viridis and C. parvidens (Odonata, Lestidae). / Gyulavári, Hajnalka Anna; Felföldi, Tamás; Benken, Theodor; Szabó, László József; Miskolczi, Margit; Cserháti, C.; Horvai, Valér; Márialigeti, K.; Dévai, György.

In: International Journal of Odonatology, Vol. 14, No. 4, 12.2011, p. 329-339.

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Gyulavári, Hajnalka Anna ; Felföldi, Tamás ; Benken, Theodor ; Szabó, László József ; Miskolczi, Margit ; Cserháti, C. ; Horvai, Valér ; Márialigeti, K. ; Dévai, György. / Morphometric and molecular studies on the populations of the damselflies Chalcolestes viridis and C. parvidens (Odonata, Lestidae). In: International Journal of Odonatology. 2011 ; Vol. 14, No. 4. pp. 329-339.
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