DNA barcoding for identification of sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) in India

N. PRADEEP KUMAR, R. SRINIVASAN, P. JAMBULINGAM
  • Molecular Ecology Resources, January 2012, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2012.03117.x

DNA barcoding of sand flies

What is it about?

Morphological characterization of species of tiny sandflies very difficult and require experienced taxonomists. Hence a standard emerging DNA sequence based methodology for species identification (DNA Barcoding) was evaluated for the sand flies, the major vectors of Leishmaniasis. This methodology was found very useful for identification of different species among this group (Psychodidae) of medically important insects. Also DNA Barcoding methodology could identify 2 distinct species which were morphologically similar and hitherto was considered as a single species.

Why is it important?

The paper describes a simple and authentic methodology for taxonomic identification of sand fly species.

Perspectives

Dr. N Pradeep Kumar
ICMR-VCRC

The paper describes a novel and authentic methodology for taxonomic characterization of sand flies, important vectors of Leishmaniasis.

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