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Clarifying The Taxonomy Of The Taygetis Virgilia Species Complex

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Clarifying The Taxonomy Of The Taygetis Virgilia Species Complex
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19th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
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Milo, Brittany
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English
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Butterflies and moths are one of the most numerous and diverse groups of species on our planet, yet much of their biology and evolution remains unknown. My research contributes to the study of butterfly evolution, and more specifically on the genus Taygetis, a diverse group of large Neotropical butterflies with about 30 species. I studied specimens of one of the largest and most variable species, Taygetis virgilia. I attempted to clarify how many different species are in this group based on a study of geographical distribution, genitalic structures, DNA sequences, and wing pattern. First, I photographed and compared wing patterns of specimens and grouped them by similarities. Next, I dissected the abdomen and used a stereomicroscope with drawing tube to draw and compare the structure of the genitalia of the male specimens. Additionally, I performed DNA extraction, amplification and PCR to obtain COI DNA sequences for each specimen. The research that I conducted will help determine how many species are present in the complex and how to quickly and reliably identify these species based on wing pattern, enabling curators in museums to curate their collections and gather data about the distribution of these species, and field researchers to study them. ( en )
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Research authors: Brittany Milo, Dr. Keith R. Willmott - University of Florida
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University Scholars Program
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Faculty Mentor: Butterflies and moths are one of the most numerous and diverse groups of species on our planet, yet much of their biology and evolution remains unknown. My research contributes to the study of butterfly evolution, and more specifically on the genus Taygetis, a diverse group of large Neotropical butterflies with about 30 species. I studied specimens of one of the largest and most variable species, Taygetis virgilia. I attempted to clarify how many different species are in this group based on a study of geographical distribution, genitalic structures, DNA sequences, and wing pattern. First, I photographed and compared wing patterns of specimens and grouped them by similarities. Next, I dissected the abdomen and used a stereomicroscope with drawing tube to draw and compare the structure of the genitalia of the male specimens. Additionally, I performed DNA extraction, amplification and PCR to obtain COI DNA sequences for each specimen. The research that I conducted will help determine how many species are present in the complex and how to quickly and reliably identify these species based on wing pattern, enabling curators in museums to curate their collections and gather data about the distribution of these species, and field researchers to study them. - Center for Undergraduate Research, University Scholars Program

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