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Zookeys. 2018 Feb 8;(736):79-118. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.736.20739. eCollection 2018.

Systematics of Phyllocnistis leaf-mining moths (Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae) feeding on dogwood (Cornus spp.) in Northeast Asia, with the description of three new species.

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Sukachev Institute of Forest SB RAS, Akademgorodok 50/28, 660036, Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
Siberian Federal University, 79 Svobodny pr., 660041, Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
INRA, UR0633 Zoologie Forestière, F-45075 Orléans, France.
Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Lungadige Porta Vittoria 9, I37129, Verona, Italy.
Entomological Laboratory, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka, 599-8531, Japan.
Entomological Laboratory, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University, 6-10-1 Hakozaki, 812-8581, Fukuoka, Japan.
Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, University of Hawaii, 3050 Maile Way, 96822, Honolulu, United States of America.
Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, PO Box 9557, NL-2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands.
Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, Kyoto Prefectural University, 606-8522, Kyoto, Japan.
Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory for Biology and Control of Plant Diseases and Insect Pests, Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha 410128, Hunan, China.
Department of Entomology, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, Guangdong, China.
Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l'Insecte, CNRS UMR 7261, Université François-Rabelais de Tours, UFR Sciences et Techniques, 37200 Tours, France.


During an ongoing DNA-barcoding campaign of the leaf-mining moths that feed on woody plants in Northeast Asia, four lineages of the genus Phyllocnistis (Gracillariidae, Phyllocnistinae) were discovered on dogwood (Cornus spp): P. cornella Ermolaev, 1987 on C. controversa Hemsl. (Japan: Hokkaido) and three new species - one feeding on C. controversa, C. florida L. and C. macrophylla Wall. in Japan (Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu), a second species on C. macrophylla in China (Yunnan) and a third on Siberian dogwood Cornus alba L. in Russia (Siberia). All these species showed differences in morphology, in the barcode region of the cytochrome c oxidase I gene and in two nuclear genes (histone H3 and 28S ribosomal RNA). No correlation was found between the deep mitochondrial splits observed and the Wolbachia infection pattern. Based on both morphological and molecular evidence, the three recently discovered lineages are described here as new species: P. indistincta Kobayashi & Triberti, sp. n. (Japan), P. saepta Kirichenko, Ohshima & Huang, sp. n. (China) and P. verae Kirichenko, Triberti & Lopez-Vaamonde, sp. n. (Russia). In addition, the authors re-describe the adult morphology of P. cornella, provide the first record of this species from Japan and highlight the diagnostic characters that allow these Cornus-feeding Phyllocnistis species to be distinguished.


China; Cornus; DNA barcoding; Japan; Phyllocnistis; Russia; Wolbachia; new species; nuclear genes

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