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Biodiversity of the Muscidae (Diptera) from Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, with taxonomic issues revealed or resolved by DNA barcoding

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dc.contributor.supervisor Savage, Jade (Bishop's University, Biological Sciences) Galloway, Terry (Entomology) en_US
dc.contributor.author Renaud, Anais Krystel
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-05T16:34:01Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-05T16:34:01Z
dc.date.issued 2012-01-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/5029
dc.description.abstract A 2007 survey of muscid flies from Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, yielded 155 species. The diversity of this contemporary assemblage was compared to that of an historical (pre-1965) assemblage. Few differences were found between assemblages for material collected by net sweeping and most non-overlapping species between time periods were rare in samples and/or collected by different methods. DNA barcoding was used as a tool to assist with the identification of Muscidae specimens. Performance of the cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 gene (COI) in the discrimination of muscid species was assessed and correspondence levels of 98.6% were established between species limits recovered by DNA barcode clusters and morphology. I conclude that the great majority of species limits currently accepted in the literature are adequate for Muscidae and that DNA barcoding is a useful identification tool for this family. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Insects en_US
dc.subject Arctic en_US
dc.title Biodiversity of the Muscidae (Diptera) from Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, with taxonomic issues revealed or resolved by DNA barcoding en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.degree.discipline Entomology en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Piercey-Normore, Michele (Biological Sciences) Smith, Marjorie (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Science (M.Sc.) en_US
dc.description.note February 2012 en_US


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