Morphological characterization and mt DNA barcode of a tiger moth species, Asota ficus (Fabricius, 1775) (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea: Erebidae: Aganainae) from India

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Aparna Sureshchandra Kalawate
K.P. Dinesh
A. Shabnam


The members of the genus Asota are widely distributed from Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Malayan regions to the Australian region containing 55 described species. Asota ficus (Fabricius, 1775) is one among the nine species of the genus described from India having a wide range of distribution. The present study includes the first mitochondrial DNA barcode generated from India for A. ficus with a valid voucher describing external morphological characters together with the male and female genitalia. Discussions pertain to the utility of DNA barcodes for studies on moths in India with a comment on the identity of other sequences showing shallow genetic divergence with our sequences.

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Aparna Sureshchandra Kalawate, Zoological Survey of IndiaWestern Regional CentreVidhya Nagar



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