Kim T. Mitter

Kim T. Mitter
University of Maryland, College Park | UMD, UMCP, University of Maryland College Park · Department of Entomology

Ph.D.

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Classic morphological studies of the oldest, so-called nonditrysian lineages of Lepidoptera yielded a well-resolved phylogeny, supported by the stepwise origin of the traits characterizing the clade Ditrysia, which contains over 98% of extant lepidopterans. Subsequent polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based molecular studies have robustly supported m...
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Major progress has been made recently toward resolving the phylogeny of Noctuoidea, the largest superfamily of Lepidoptera. However, numerous questions and weakly supported nodes remain. In this paper we independently check and extend the main findings of multiple recent authors by performing maximum-likelihood analyses of 5–19 genes (6.7–18.6 kb)...
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Butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) comprise significant portions of the world’s natural history collections, but a standardized tissue preservation protocol for molecular research is largely lacking. Lepidoptera have traditionally been spread on mounting boards to display wing patterns and colors, which are often important for species identificati...
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The Gelechioidea (>18 000 species), one of the largest superfamilies of Lepidoptera, are a major element of terrestrial ecosystems and include important pests and biological model species. Despite much recent progress, our understanding of the classification, phylogeny and evolution of Gelechioidea remains limited. Building on recent molecular stud...
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Within the insect order Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies), the so-called nonditrysian superfamilies are mostly species-poor but highly divergent, offering numerous synapomorphies and strong morphological evidence for deep divergences. Uncertainties remain, however, and tests of the widely accepted morphological framework using other evidence are...
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The Tineoidea are the earliest-originating extant superfamily of the enormous clade Ditrysia, whose 152 000+ species make up 98% of the insect order Lepidoptera. Though more diverse than all non-ditrysian superfamilies put together (3719 vs 2604 species), the tineoids are not especially species-rich among ditrysian superfamilies. Their phylogenetic...
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Recent molecular phylogenetic studies of the insect order Lepidoptera have robustly resolved family-level divergences within most superfamilies, and most divergences among the relatively species-poor early-arising superfamilies. In sharp contrast, relationships among the superfamilies of more advanced moths and butterflies that comprise the mega-di...
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Background Higher-level relationships within the Lepidoptera, and particularly within the species-rich subclade Ditrysia, are generally not well understood, although recent studies have yielded progress. We present the most comprehensive molecular analysis of lepidopteran phylogeny to date, focusing on relationships among superfamilies. Methodolog...
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Bootstrap results based on analysis of taxon-depleted nt123_degen1 data sets. (PDF)
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Synopsis of genes sequenced. (PDF)
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Maximum likelihood tree in phylogram format, with bootstrap values, based on analysis of the nt123_degen1 data set for 483 taxa and 19 genes. A condensed cladogram version is shown in Figure 2. Terminal taxa are labeled by their generic names. Higher-level classification names are also included. The 63 tineoid test taxa are each identified by three...
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List of taxon subsets used to generate (by deletion) new data sets with reduced numbers of taxa. (DOC)
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Maximum likelihood tree in phylogram format, with bootstrap values, based on analysis of the nt123 data set for 483 taxa and 19 genes. Terminal taxa are labeled by their generic name. Higher-level classification names are also included. (PDF)
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Bootstrap results based on analysis of taxon-depleted nt123 data sets. (PDF)
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List of specimens sampled, Leptree voucher identification numbers, and gene information, including GenBank numbers. (XLS)
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Nexus-formatted tree file that encodes the topology (with branch lengths) of highest likelihood recovered in our analysis of the nt123 data set for 483 taxa and 19 genes with mask characters already excluded. The species codenames are identified by their complete genus-species names in Table S3. (TRE)
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Absolute number of unambiguous nucleotides (bp) per gene in each taxon, plus summary statistics. (PDF)
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Nexus-formatted tree file that encodes the topology (with branch lengths) of highest likelihood recovered in our analysis of the nt123_degen1 data set for 483 taxa and 19 genes with mask characters already excluded. The species codenames are identified by their complete genus-species names in Table S3. (TRE)
Data
Nexus-formatted data set that includes nucleotide sequence data (nt123) for 483 taxa and 19 genes with the ambiguously aligned characters already excluded (14658 characters total). Sets of characters are defined and listed immediately after the data matrix. This data set can be degenerated using the degen1 script available at http://www.phylotools....
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Nexus-formatted data set that includes nucleotide sequence data (nt123_degen1) for 483 taxa and 19 genes with the ambiguously aligned characters already excluded (14658 characters total). This data set was degenerated using a degen1 script and the nt123 data set. The most current degen1 script is available at http://www.phylotools.com. The species...
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The Afrotropical butterfly subfamily Pseudopontiinae (Pieridae) was traditionally thought to comprise one species, with two subspecies (Pseudopontia paradoxa paradoxa Felder & Felder and Pseudopontia paradoxa australis Dixey) differing in a single detail of a hindwing vein. The two subspecies also differ in their known geographic distributions (mai...

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