Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 149–154 | Cite as

The mitochondrial genome of Octostruma stenognatha and its phylogenetic implications

  • P. R. StröherEmail author
  • E. Zarza
  • W. L. E. Tsai
  • J. E. McCormack
  • R. M. Feitosa
  • M. R. Pie
Research Article


New sequencing technologies are providing a large-scale proliferation of sequence data, including complete mitochondrial genomes as a side effect of target capture methods. In this study, we use massively parallel sequencing to provide the nearly complete mitochondrial genome of the ant Octostruma stenognatha. The annotation of the genome revealed an interesting pattern that agrees with a recent deep reorganization in the systematics within the Formicidae family. This is the first mitogenome for the genus in a lineage, where the scarcity of mitochondrial information has restricted our understanding of its evolutionary history. This is a valuable example of the power and velocity with which products from new sequencing technologies can increase our capacity to understand evolutionary biology, especially in non-model species.


Mitogenome Ultraconserved elements Formicidae Ants 



We thank Rogério R. Silva for providing the specimen used in this project. We also thank Michael Branstetter for sharing his specific laboratory protocol and two anonymous reviewers for constructive criticism of our manuscript. This study was funded by a grant from Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (486843/2012-2) to MRP.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. R. Ströher
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • E. Zarza
    • 3
  • W. L. E. Tsai
    • 3
  • J. E. McCormack
    • 3
  • R. M. Feitosa
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. R. Pie
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de ZoologiaUniversidade Federal do ParanáCuritibaBrazil
  2. 2.Programa de Pós-Graduação em EntomologiaUniversidade Federal do ParanáCuritibaBrazil
  3. 3.Moore Laboratory of ZoologyOccidental CollegeLos AngelesUSA

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