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A new molecular phylogeny offers hope for a stable family level classification of the Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera)

Auteurs : Zahiri (Reza), Kitching (Ian J.), Lafontaine (Donald J.), Mutanen (Marko), Kaila (Lauri), Holloway (J. D.) et Wahlberg (Niklas)


Année de publication : 2011
Publication : Zoologica Scripta
Volume : 40
Fascicule : 2
Pagination : 158-173


Résumé :

To examine the higher level phylogeny and evolutionary affinities of the megadiverse superfamily Noctuoidea, an extensive molecular systematic study was undertaken with special emphasis on Noctuidae, the most controversial group in Noctuoidea and arguably the entire Lepidoptera. DNA sequence data for one mitochondrial gene (cytochrome oxidase subunit I) and seven nuclear genes (Elongation Factor-1α, wingless, Ribosomal protein S5, Isocitrate dehydrogenase, Cytosolic malate dehydrogenase, Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase and Carbamoylphosphate synthase domain protein) were analysed for 152 taxa of principally type genera/species for family group taxa. Data matrices (6407 bp total) were analysed by parsimony with equal weighting and model-based evolutionary methods (maximum likelihood), which revealed a new high-level phylogenetic hypothesis comprising six major, well-supported lineages that we here interpret as families: Oenosandridae, Notodontidae, Erebidae, Nolidae, Euteliidae and Noctuidae.