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Published: 2019-12-16
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A DNA-based description of a new carpenter moth species (Lepidoptera: Cossidae) from Morocco

Altai State University, Lenina pr. 61, 656049, Barnaul, Russia. Tomsk State University, Lenina pr. 36, 634050, Tomsk, Russia.
Department of Karyosystematics, Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya nab. 1, 199034, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Altai State University, Lenina pr. 61, 656049, Barnaul, Russia.
“Taxon” Research Resource Center, Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya nab. 1, 199034, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Research Resource Center for Molecular and Cell Technologies, St. Petersburg State University, Universitetskaya nab. 7/9, 199034, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Lepidoptera Cossus COI DNA-barcoding species identification taxonomy


We used a combination of morphological data (genitalia structure) and a molecular marker (a 658bp fragment of the COI gene) to demonstrate that carpenter moth populations from central and southern Morocco, previously identified as Cossus cossus (Linnaeus, 1758) based on external morphology, represent a new species, described herein as C. romantsovi Yakovlev & Shapoval, sp. n. The genetic divergence of the new species with respect to other members of genus Cossus is significant and includes at least 23 fixed nucleotide substitutions in the 658 bp of the COI barcode.



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