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Do taxonomic divisions reflect genetic differentiation? A comparison of morphological and genetic data in Coenonympha tullia (Müller), Satyrinae

Dennis, Roger L.H.; Joyce, Domino A.; Dennis, Roger L. H.; Joyce, Domino; Bryant, Simon R.; Shreeve, Tim G.; Pullin, Andrew S.; Ready, Jonathan S.

Authors

Roger L.H. Dennis

Roger L. H. Dennis

Simon R. Bryant

Tim G. Shreeve

Andrew S. Pullin

Jonathan S. Ready



Abstract

Historically, morphological variation has been used to classify many species (and subspecies) of Lepidop tera. However, some of this variation may be unsuitable for inferring the recent evolutionary history of populations. Genetic data provide an alternative. We examine the morphological and genetic variation within and between British subspecies of Coenonympha tullia (Müller 1764) to test the hypothesis that neutral genetic variation corresponds to morphological variation. We find that most morphological and genetic variation occurs within populations and that those populations designated as subspecies based on morphological characters are not necessarily most closely related for mitochondrial DNA or nuclear DNA (amplified fragment length polymorphisms and allozymes). Thus, the notion that wing spot variation reflects population isolation and therefore genetic differentiation does not hold. The present study highlights the need for genetic data where taxonomy may be based on environmentally plastic or locally adapted characters because such characters will not reflect the true population genetic history. © 2009 The Linnean Society of London, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2009, 97, 314-327. © 2009 The Linnean Society of London.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2009
Journal BIOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY
Print ISSN 0024-4066
Electronic ISSN 1095-8312
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 97
Issue 2
Pages 314-327
APA6 Citation Joyce, D. A., Dennis, R. L. H., Bryant, S. R., Shreeve, T. G., Pullin, A. S., & Ready, J. S. (2009). Do taxonomic divisions reflect genetic differentiation? A comparison of morphological and genetic data in Coenonympha tullia (Müller), Satyrinae. Biological journal of the Linnean Society, 97(2), 314-327. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2009.01213.x
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8312.2009.01213.x
Keywords Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Publisher URL https://academic.oup.com/biolinnean/article/97/2/314/2448093
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