Please wait a minute...
Zoological Research    2017, Vol. 38 Issue (6) : 449-458     DOI: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2017.078
Report |
Genome size of 14 species of fireflies (Insecta, Coleoptera, Lampyridae)
Gui-Chun Liu1,3, Zhi-Wei Dong1, Jin-Wu He1,2, Ruo-Ping Zhao1, Wen Wang1,3, Xue-Yan Li1*
1 State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming Yunnan 650223, China;
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
3 Center for Ecological and Environmental Sciences, Key Laboratory for Space Bioscience & Biotechnology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an Shaanxi 710072, China
Download: PDF(2543 KB)   RICH HTML
Export: BibTeX | EndNote | Reference Manager | ProCite | RefWorks     Supplementary material
Abstract  Eukaryotic genome size data are important both as the basis for comparative research into genome evolution and as estimators of the cost and difficulty of genome sequencing programs for non-model organisms. In this study, the genome size of 14 species of fireflies (Lampyridae) (two genera in Lampyrinae, three genera in Luciolinae, and one genus in subfamily incertae sedis) were estimated by propidium iodide (PI)-based flow cytometry. The haploid genome sizes of Lampyridae ranged from 0. 42 to 1. 31 pg, a 3. 1-fold span. Genome sizes of the fireflies varied within the tested subfamilies and genera. Lamprigera and Pyrocoelia species had large and small genome sizes, respectively. No correlation was found between genome size and morphological traits such as body length, body width, eye width, and antennal length. Our data provide additional information on genome size estimation of the firefly family Lampyridae. Furthermore, this study will help clarify the cost and difficulty of genome sequencing programs for non-model organisms and will help promote studies on firefly genome evolution.
Keywords Haploid genome size      Firefly      Flow cytometry      Evolution     
Fund:This work was supported by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31472035) and Yunnan Provincial Science and Technology Department (No. 2014FB179) to LXY
Corresponding Authors: Xue-Yan Li,   
E-mail this article
E-mail Alert
Articles by authors
Cite this article:   
Gui-Chun Liu, Zhi-Wei Dong, Jin-Wu He, Ruo-Ping Zhao, Wen Wang, Xue-Yan Li. Genome size of 14 species of fireflies (Insecta, Coleoptera, Lampyridae). Zoological Research, 2017, 38(6): 449-458.
URL:     OR
[1] Qiong-Ying TANG, Li-Xia SHI, Fei LIU, Dan YU, Huan-Zhang LIU. Evolution and phylogenetic application of the MC1R gene in the Cobitoidea (Teleostei: Cypriniformes)[J]. ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2016, 37(5): 281-289.
[2] Colin GROVES. Systematics of the Artiodactyla of China in the 21st century[J]. ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2016, 37(3): 119-125.
[3] Yun ZHANG. Why do we study animal toxins?[J]. ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2015, 36(4): 183-222.
[4] Hao GU, Eben GOODALE, Jin CHEN. Emerging directions in the study of the ecology and evolution of plant-animal mutualistic networks: a review[J]. ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2015, 36(2): 65-71.
[5] David M. IRWIN. Genomic organization and evolution of ruminant lysozyme c genes[J]. ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2015, 36(1): 1-17.
[6] Hong-Yi ZHENG, Ming-Xu ZHANG, Lin-Tao ZHANG, Xiao-Liang ZHANG, Wei PANG, Long-Bao LYU, Yong-Tang ZHENG. Flow cytometric characterizations of leukocyte subpopulations in the peripheral blood of northern pig-tailed macaques (Macaca leonina)[J]. ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2014, 35(6): 465-473.
[7] Li-Na LIU, Cheng-Ye WANG. Complete mitochondrial genome of yellow meal worm(Tenebrio molitor)[J]. ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2014, 35(6): 537-545.
[8] You-Hua CHEN. Ecological predictors of extinction risks of endemic mammals of China[J]. ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2014, 35(4): 346-349.
[9] Yan-Ni ZENG, Yong-Yi SHEN, Ya-Ping ZHANG. Genome-wide scan reveals the molecular mechanisms of functional differentiation of Myotis lucifugus and Pteropus vampyrus[J]. ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2013, 34(3): 221-227.
[10] Zhiheng GOU, Xiao WANG, Wen WANG. Evolution of neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid, glutamate and their receptors[J]. ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2012, 33(E5-6): 75-81.
[11] Liang ZHAO,Xingtao ZHANG,Xingkui TAO,Weiwei WANG,Ming LI. Preliminary analysis of the mitochondrial genome evolutionary pattern in primates[J]. ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2012, 33(E3-4): 47-56.
[12] CHEN Xing, SHEN Yong-Yi, ZHANG Ya-Ping. Review of mtDNA in molecular evolution studies[J]. ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2012, 33(6): 566-573.
[13] LIU Jia, KONG Qing-Peng. Energy metabolism pathway related genes and adaptive evolution of tumor cells[J]. ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2012, 33(6): 557-565.
[14] FENG Jin-Mei, SUN Jun, WEN Jian-Fan. Advances in the study of the nucleolus[J]. ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2012, 33(6): 549-556.
[15] LIU Qi-Long,HE Jun-Zhou,YANG Yan,WANG Ya-Qiang,GAO Lei,LI Yao-Tang,WANG Rui-Wu. Evolutionary stability analysis of asymmetric hawk-dove game considering the impact of common resource[J]. ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2012, 33(4): 373-380.
Full text