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Systematics and evolution of the African butterfly genus Mylothris (Lepidoptera, Pieridae)

Warren-Gash, Haydon ; Aduse-Poku, Kwaku ; Murillo-Ramos, Leidys LU and Wahlberg, Niklas LU (2020) In Nota Lepidopterologica 43(1). p.1-14
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We study the systematics and evolutionary history of the Afrotropical butterfly genus Mylothris (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) based on six gene regions (COI, EF1a, GAPDH, MDH, RpS5 and wingless). We find that the genus can be placed into five species groups, termed the jacksoni, elodina, rhodope, agathina and hilara groups. Within these species groups, we find that many species show very little genetic differentiation based on the markers we sequenced, suggesting they have undergone rapid and recent speciation. Based on secondary calibrations, we estimate the age of the crown group of Mylothris to be about 16 million years old, but that many of the species level divergences have happened in the Pleistocene. We infer that the clade has its... (More)

We study the systematics and evolutionary history of the Afrotropical butterfly genus Mylothris (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) based on six gene regions (COI, EF1a, GAPDH, MDH, RpS5 and wingless). We find that the genus can be placed into five species groups, termed the jacksoni, elodina, rhodope, agathina and hilara groups. Within these species groups, we find that many species show very little genetic differentiation based on the markers we sequenced, suggesting they have undergone rapid and recent speciation. Based on secondary calibrations, we estimate the age of the crown group of Mylothris to be about 16 million years old, but that many of the species level divergences have happened in the Pleistocene. We infer that the clade has its origin in the forests of the Eastern part of Central Africa, and has spread out from there to other regions of Africa.

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  author       = {Warren-Gash, Haydon and Aduse-Poku, Kwaku and Murillo-Ramos, Leidys and Wahlberg, Niklas},
  issn         = {0342-7536},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {1--14},
  publisher    = {Soc. Europaea Lepidopterologica},
  series       = {Nota Lepidopterologica},
  title        = {Systematics and evolution of the African butterfly genus Mylothris (Lepidoptera, Pieridae)},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/nl.43.46354},
  doi          = {10.3897/nl.43.46354},
  volume       = {43},
  year         = {2020},
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