Testing species limits in the highly variable scarab Cyclocephalasexpunctata (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae)

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Moore, Matthew Robert
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2010-04-23
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Members of the speciose genus Cyclocephala (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae) exhibit intraspecific variation of elytral patterns and genital morphology, creating diagnostic difficulties that confound study of the group. This study aims to comprehensively describe and explain the maintenance of intraspecific variation in C. sexpunctataand C. brevisusing morphological, molecular and phylogeographic techniques. The mitochondrial gene CO1 was successfully amplified from C. sexpunctataspecimens. Preliminary analyses of data on elytral and pronotal patterns indicate that populations of C. sexpunctatafrom Panama and Guatemala have different frequency distributions of pattern classes. Variation in these populations is distributed along altitudinal clines.

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Paper presented to the 6th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, April 23, 2010.
Research completed at Department of Biological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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Moore, Matthew Robert (2010). Testing species limits in the highly variable scarab Cyclocephalasexpunctata (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). -- In Proceedings: 6th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 149-150
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Wichita State University. Graduate School
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