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1 January 2012 Genetic Variation in Coptotermes gestroi (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) Populations from Hainan, Taiwan, and the Philippines
Zhiqiang Li, Bingrong Liu, Wenhui Zeng, Junhong Zhong
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Abstract

The Asian subterranean termite, Coptotermes gestroi (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae), is an important structural pest in southeast Asia, and it has invaded many regions of the world. Based on the combination of partial mitochondrial sequences of COII and 16S rRNA, phylogenetic analysis and genetic variation of C. gestroi populations from Hainan Island, Taiwan, and its native range were analyzed. The results showed that C. gestroi population from Hainan Island were closely related to those from Taiwan and the Philippines in southeast Asia. Analysis of molecular variance (AMOVA) revealed that most of the genetic variation resided among geographical populations (82.8%), and Hainan, Taiwan, and the Philippines populations may form a single geographical group. The results suggested that C. gestroi has successfully on Hainan Island, and the Hainan population was likely introduced from the Philippines by humans.

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Zhiqiang Li, Bingrong Liu, Wenhui Zeng, and Junhong Zhong "Genetic Variation in Coptotermes gestroi (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) Populations from Hainan, Taiwan, and the Philippines," Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology 28(1), 57-65, (1 January 2012). https://doi.org/10.3954/1523-5475-28.1.57
Accepted: 29 November 2012; Published: 1 January 2012
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16S rRNA
COII
Coptotermes gestroi
genetic variation
Hainan Island
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