Historic DNA for taxonomy and conservation: A case-study of a century-old Hawaiian hawkmoth type (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae)

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10141/622165
Title:
Historic DNA for taxonomy and conservation: A case-study of a century-old Hawaiian hawkmoth type (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae)
Authors:
Hundsdoerfer, AK; Kitching, IJ ( 0000-0003-4738-5967 )
Abstract:
Analysing historic DNA from museum specimens offers the unique opportunity to study the molecular systematics and phylogenetics of rare and possibly extinct taxa. In the Hawaiian fauna, the hawkmoth, Hyles calida calida, occurs on several of the main islands and is quite frequent, whereas Hyles c. hawaiiensis is restricted to the Island of Hawaii where it appears to be very rare. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequences shows that Hyles c. hawaiiensis differs from the nominotypical subspecies by an average p-distance of 2.8%, which is of a similar order of magnitude to that found between other species of Hyles, suggesting that Hyles c. hawaiiensis should perhaps be awarded species status, although more data are required for a formal taxonomic revision. Given the rarity of this taxon, these analyses should be undertaken urgently so that conservation measures can be implemented before it becomes extinct.
Citation:
Hundsdoerfer AK, Kitching IJ (2017) Historic DNA for taxonomy and conservation: A case-study of a century-old Hawaiian hawkmoth type (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae). PLoS ONE 12(3): e0173255. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0173255
Publisher:
Public Library of Science
Journal:
PLoS ONE
Issue date:
8-Mar-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10141/622165
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0173255
Submitted date:
2017-03-09
Type:
Journal Article
Item Description:
Copyright: © 2017 Hundsdoerfer, Kitching. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Subject Terms:
Sphingidae; Conservation; Hawaii; Phylogenetics
ISSN:
1932-6203
Appears in Collections:
Life sciences

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dc.contributor.authorHundsdoerfer, AKen
dc.contributor.authorKitching, IJen
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-17T09:47:09Z-
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dc.date.issued2017-03-08en_US
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dc.identifier.citationHundsdoerfer AK, Kitching IJ (2017) Historic DNA for taxonomy and conservation: A case-study of a century-old Hawaiian hawkmoth type (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae). PLoS ONE 12(3): e0173255. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0173255en
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0173255en_US
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dc.description.abstractAnalysing historic DNA from museum specimens offers the unique opportunity to study the molecular systematics and phylogenetics of rare and possibly extinct taxa. In the Hawaiian fauna, the hawkmoth, Hyles calida calida, occurs on several of the main islands and is quite frequent, whereas Hyles c. hawaiiensis is restricted to the Island of Hawaii where it appears to be very rare. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequences shows that Hyles c. hawaiiensis differs from the nominotypical subspecies by an average p-distance of 2.8%, which is of a similar order of magnitude to that found between other species of Hyles, suggesting that Hyles c. hawaiiensis should perhaps be awarded species status, although more data are required for a formal taxonomic revision. Given the rarity of this taxon, these analyses should be undertaken urgently so that conservation measures can be implemented before it becomes extinct.en_US
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dc.subjectSphingidae; Conservation; Hawaii; Phylogeneticsen_US
dc.titleHistoric DNA for taxonomy and conservation: A case-study of a century-old Hawaiian hawkmoth type (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae)en_US
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dc.identifier.journalPLoS ONEen_US
dc.identifier.volume12en_US
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dc.identifier.startpagee0173255 - e0173255 (10)en_US
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dc.subject.nhmSphingidae; Conservation; Hawaii; Phylogenetics-
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