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dc.contributor.author Sutton, Timothy L.
dc.contributor.author DeGabriel, Jane L.
dc.contributor.author Riegler, Markus
dc.contributor.author Cook, James M.
dc.coverage.spatial Australia
dc.coverage.spatial North Queensland
dc.coverage.spatial Townsville
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-05T15:57:32Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-05T15:57:32Z
dc.date.issued 2017-01-11
dc.identifier doi:10.5061/dryad.54527
dc.identifier.citation Sutton TL, DeGabriel JL, Riegler M, Cook JM (2017) Local coexistence and genetic isolation of three pollinator species on the same fig tree species. Heredity 118(6): 486-490.
dc.identifier.issn 0018-067X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10255/dryad.132695
dc.description Molecular tools increasingly reveal cryptic lineages and species that were previously unnoticed by traditional taxonomy. The discovery of cryptic species in sympatry prompts the question of how they coexist in the apparent absence of ecological divergence. However, this assumes first that the molecular taxonomy used to identify cryptic lineages delimits species boundaries accurately. This issue is important, because many diversity studies rely heavily or solely on data from mitochondrial DNA sequences for species delimitation, and several factors may lead to poor identification of species boundaries. We used a multilocus population genetics approach to show that three mtDNA-defined cryptic lineages of the fig wasp Pleistodontes imperialis Saunders, which pollinate Port Jackson figs (Ficus rubiginosa) in north-eastern Australia, represent reproductively isolated species. These species coexist locally, with about 13% of figs (where mating occurs) containing wasps from two or three species. However, there was no evidence for gene flow between them. Confirmed cases of coexisting cryptic species provide excellent opportunities for future studies of the ecological and evolutionary forces shaping both species coexistence and fig/pollinator coevolution.
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.54527/1
dc.relation.isreferencedby doi:10.1038/hdy.2016.125
dc.subject cryptic species
dc.subject fig wasp
dc.subject microsatellite
dc.title Data from: Local coexistence and genetic isolation of three pollinator species on the same fig tree species
dc.type Article
dwc.ScientificName Pleistodontes imperialis
dc.contributor.correspondingAuthor Sutton, Timothy
prism.publicationName Heredity

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Description Microsatellite genotype data for 139 Pleistodontes imperialis fig wasps collected from Townsville, Australia. The dataset consists of allele lengths for 78 P. imperialis sp. 2 females, 39 P. imperialis sp. 3 females and 22 P. imperialis sp. 4 females at 8 microsatellite loci.
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