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Genome. 2008 Oct;51(10):800-8. doi: 10.1139/G08-066.

Mitochondrial genome organization and phylogeny of two vespid wasps.

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  • 1Australian National Insect Collection and CSIRO Entomology, Black Mountain Laboratories, P.O. Box 1700, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia.


We sequenced the entire mitochondrial genome of Abispa ephippium (Hymenoptera: Vespoidea: Vespidae: Eumeninae) and most of the mitochondrial genome of Polistes humilis synoecus (Hymenoptera: Vespoidea: Vespidae: Polistinae). The arrangement of genes differed between the two genomes and also differed slightly from that inferred to be ancestral for the Hymenoptera. The genome organization for both vespids is different from that of all other mitochondrial genomes previously reported. A number of tRNA gene rearrangements were identified that represent potential synapomorphies for a subset of the Vespidae. Analysis of all available hymenopteran mitochondrial genome sequences recovered an uncontroversial phylogeny, one consistent with analyses of other types of data.

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