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Title: Complete mitochondrial genomes and phylogenetic relationships of the genera Nephila and Trichonephila (Araneae, Araneoidea)
Authors: Hoi Sen Yong
Sze Looi Song
Kah Ooi Chua
I. Wayan Suana
Praphathip Eamsobhana
Ji Tan
Phaik Eem Lim
Kok Gan Chan
Siriraj Hospital
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
Institute of Biological Sciences
Universiti Malaya
Shantou University
Mataram University
Keywords: Multidisciplinary
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2021
Citation: Scientific Reports. Vol.11, No.1 (2021)
Abstract: Spiders of the genera Nephila and Trichonephila are large orb-weaving spiders. In view of the lack of study on the mitogenome of these genera, and the conflicting systematic status, we sequenced (by next generation sequencing) and annotated the complete mitogenomes of N. pilipes, T. antipodiana and T. vitiana (previously N. vitiana) to determine their features and phylogenetic relationship. Most of the tRNAs have aberrant clover-leaf secondary structure. Based on 13 protein-coding genes (PCGs) and 15 mitochondrial genes (13 PCGs and two rRNA genes), Nephila and Trichonephila form a clade distinctly separated from the other araneid subfamilies/genera. T. antipodiana forms a lineage with T. vitiana in the subclade containing also T. clavata, while N. pilipes forms a sister clade to Trichonephila. The taxon vitiana is therefore a member of the genus Trichonephila and not Nephila as currently recognized. Studies on the mitogenomes of other Nephila and Trichonephila species and related taxa are needed to provide a potentially more robust phylogeny and systematics.
ISSN: 20452322
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2021

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