, Volume 67, Issue 4, pp 777–787 | Cite as

Population genetic structure of Simulium degrangei (Diptera: Simuliidae) from Western Carpathians

  • Ladislav JedličkaEmail author
  • Matúš KúdelaEmail author
  • Tomáš Szemes
  • Peter Celec
Full Paper Section Cellular and Molecular Biology


Simulium degrangei Dorier & Grenier, 1960 was recorded in southern and central Europe and in the Crimea and Caucasus. Its distribution pattern is scattered. The variability of the mtDNA gene encoding cytochrome oxidase I was studied in populations of S. degrangei from the Western Carpathians in Slovakia and in the northern Hellenides of Greece. In the analyzed samples, 21 haplotypes were recorded, of which twenty were private and occurred in only one mountain range, but one haplotype was found in all three studied populations from the Western Carpathians. Both haplotypes from the Hellenides were private, but these were not isolated and they fit into the haplotype network of the Western Carpathians. Statistics of genetic variability, different designs of analysis of molecular variation with non-significant differences and the pair-wise genetic distances support the hypothesis that there are no differences between the analyzed populations. Similarly, using nested clade phylogeographical analysis, no genetic-geographical structure was found.

Key words

Simulium degrangei Dorier & Grenier cytochrome oxidase I Western Carpathians Hellenides genetic variability 



cytochrome oxidase I




nested clade phylogeographical analysis


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural SciencesComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia
  2. 2.Department of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Natural SciencesComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia
  3. 3.Institute of Molecular BioMedicine, Faculty of Natural SciencesComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia

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