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Flies in the ointment: a morphological and molecular comparison of Lucilia cuprina and Lucilia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in South Africa.
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PMID:  19019139     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Complementary nuclear (28S rRNA) and mitochondrial (COI) genes were sequenced from blowflies that phenotypically resembled Lucilia cuprina (W.), Lucilia sericata (Meigen) or exhibited characters of both species. The aim was to test a long-held hypothesis that these species hybridize under natural conditions in South Africa (Ullyett, 1945). Blowflies were obtained predominantly from the Cape Town metropolitan area, but reference samples were acquired for L. sericata from Pretoria. Several L. cuprina-like flies were shown to possess a conflicting combination of nuclear and mitochondrial genes that has also been seen in Hawaiian specimens. Homoplasy, sampling of pseudogenes, hybridization and incomplete lineage sorting are discussed as possible hypotheses for the pattern and the latter is concluded to represent the most likely explanation.
R Tourle; D A Downie; M H Villet
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-11-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical and veterinary entomology     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1365-2915     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. Vet. Entomol.     Publication Date:  2009 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-02-25     Completed Date:  2009-05-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8708682     Medline TA:  Med Vet Entomol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  6-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Diptera / anatomy & histology*,  genetics*
Electron Transport Complex IV / genetics
Genes, Mitochondrial
RNA, Ribosomal, 28S / genetics
South Africa
Reg. No./Substance:
0/RNA, Ribosomal, 28S; EC Transport Complex IV

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