Intraspecific variability of natural populations of Phlebotomus sergenti, the main vector of Leishmania tropica

V. Dvorak, J. Votypka, A. M. Aytekin, B. Alten, P. Volf
2011 Journal of Vector Ecology  
An intraspeci c study of Phlebotomus sergenti was performed on populations from Turkey, Syria, Israel, and Uzbekistan by four di erent approaches: geometric morphometrics, RAPD analysis, internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2) sequencing (nuclear marker), and cytochrome B sequencing (mitochondrial marker). In RAPD analysis, distinct clades were formed in accordance with the geographical origin of the specimens. ere was no distinct grouping according to place of origin within the Turkish samples
more » ... m various localities in south-eastern Anatolia, which suggests a gene ow between populations separated spatially by the Amanos mountains, a mountain range of a considerable altitude. e results of ITS2 rDNA sequencing complied with the previously published intraspeci c division of P. sergenti into two branches, northeastern and southwestern. However, mtDNA haplotypes formed three lineages with specimens from Turkey and Israel, sharing a common clade. A previously postulated hypothesis about a complex of sibling species within P. sergenti is therefore questionable. Cytochrome B seems to be a more discriminative marker for intraspeci c variability assessment. Journal of Vector Ecology 36 (Supplement 1): S49-S57. 2011.
doi:10.1111/j.1948-7134.2011.00111.x pmid:21366780 fatcat:chwgewc4bzedvncvsxceisvj7y