Molecular association and morphological characterisation of Himalopsyche larval types (Trichoptera, Rhyacophilidae)

  • Himalopsyche Banks, 1940 (Trichoptera, Rhyacophilidae) is a genus of caddisflies inhabiting mountain and alpine environments in Central and East Asia and the Nearctic. Of 53 known species, only five species have been described previously in the aquatic larval stage. We perform life stage association using three strategies (GMYC, PTP, and reciprocal monophyly) based on fragments of two molecular markers: the nuclear CAD, and the mitochondrial COI gene. A total of 525 individuals from across the range of Himalopsyche (Himalayas, Hengduan Shan, Tian Shan, South East Asia, Japan, and western North America) was analysed and 32 operational taxonomic units (OTUs) in our dataset delimited. Four distinct larval types of Himalopsyche are uncovered, and these are defined as the phryganea type, japonica type, tibetana type, and gigantea type and a comparative morphological characterisation of the larval types is presented. The larval types differ in a number of traits, most prominently in their gill configuration, as well as in other features such as setal configuration of the pronotum and presence/absence of accessory hooks of the anal prolegs.

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Author:Anna Emilia Hjalmarsson, Wolfram GrafORCiDGND, Sonja Charlotte Jähnig, Simon Vitecek, Steffen U. PaulsORCiDGND
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Parent Title (English):ZooKeys
Publisher:Pensoft Publishers
Place of publication:Sofia, Bulgaria
Contributor(s):R. Holzenthal
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2018
Date of first Publication:2018/07/09
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/09/06
Tag:Caddisfly; GMYC; Hengduan Mountains; Himalaya; PTP; life stage association
Page Number:30
First Page:79
Last Page:108
Copyright Anna E. Hjalmarsson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Institutes:Angeschlossene und kooperierende Institutionen / Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft
Biowissenschaften / Institut für Ökologie, Evolution und Diversität
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0