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DNA barcoding and morphology reveal two common species in one: Pimpla molesta stat. rev. separated from P. croceipes (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae)

Author(s): Anu Veijalainen | Gavin Broad | Niklas Wahlberg | John Longino | Ilari Sääksjärvi

Journal: ZooKeys
ISSN 1313-2989

Volume: 124;
Start page: 59;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: cryptic species | integrative taxonomy | Neotropics | parasitoid wasp | Pimplinae

Correct species identification is the basis of ecological studies. Nevertheless, morphological examination alone may not be enough to tell species apart. Here, our integrated molecular and morphological studies demonstrate that the relatively widespread and common neotropical parasitoid wasp Pimpla croceipes Cresson, 1874 (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Pimplinae) actually consists of two distinct species. The name Pimpla molesta (Smith, 1879) stat. rev. is available for the second species. The two species were identified by DNA barcoding and minor differences in morphology and colouration. Our results support the previous notions that DNA barcoding can complement morphological identification and aid the discovery of cryptic species complexes.

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