Zhen-fang Shao, Tong Li, Jian-jun Jiang, Jin-ming Lu, Hong-wei Chen
Journal of Insect Science 14 (33), 1-13, (1 May 2014) https://doi.org/10.1673/031.014.33
KEYWORDS: cryptic species, drosophilid, East Asia, mtDNA, taxonomy
The relationships among six species of the Amiota taurusata Takada, Beppu, & Toda (Diptera: Drosophilidae) species group were investigated based on DNA sequence data of the mitochondrial NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 (ND2) gene, using three species of the genus Amiota as outgroups. A mitochondrial gene, cytochrome c oxidase I (COI), can be used to discriminate between species of the taurusata group. Two new species are described from South China: A. protuberantis Shao et Chen, sp. nov. and A. shennongi Shao et Chen, sp. nov. A key to all the species of the taurusata group based on morphological characters is provided.