Altitudinal genetic and morphometric variation among populations of Culex theileri Theobald (Diptera: Culicidae) from northeastern Turkey

Berna Demirci, Yoosook Lee, Gregory C Lanzaro, Bulent Alten

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Abstract

Enviromental conditions, including such important climatic variables as temperature and precipitation, change with altitude; thus, elevation plays a significant role in determining population and community structure in a variety of organisms. Using single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and geometric morphometrics, nine populations of Culex theileri Theobald occurring in different ecological subregions at altitudes between 808-2,130 m in northeastern Turkey were compared. The wing size and shape data indicate that there are significant phenotypic differences among them, while Cx theileri populations are not genetically differentiated in the northeast part of Turkey. The size and shape variation analysis of wings showed that there is a positive correlation between wing (body) size/shape and altitude.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-209
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Vector Ecology
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Altitudinal variation
  • Culex theileri
  • Geometric morphometrics
  • SNPs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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