Urban Barcode Research Project Team Interspecific vs. Intraspecific Variation
Program:
Urban Barcode Research Project
Year:
2017-18
Research Topic:
Biodiversity & trade
Taxonomic Group Studied:
Animals

Project:

Relationship between interspecific and intraspecific nucleotide variation
Students:
Edith Cano, Ashley Zhao
Institution:
American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn
Mentors:
David Kizirian

Abstract:

Species models are not widely agreed upon. Due to the availability of gene sequences, there have recently been more discoveries that reveal there may be more species than previously thought in various taxa. DNA barcodes are an effective way to distinguish between various species, but interspecific genetic distance is not always consistent across species. Intraspecific distance isn’t consistent either. We would like to explore this variation utilizing data from GenBank of sister species at the Isthmus of Panama. We would use published COI sequences of sister species from the Acar subgenus, and compare the genetic distance between and within two species.

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