DNA barcoding of some Indian species of hawk moths based on COI gene (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae)
Devinder Singh and Navneet Kaur
In the current study, we analysed a partial sequence of 580 bp (approx) of COI gene for seven species belonging to family sphingidae. The study was conducted in the northern India mainly in the districts of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand during the period of April, 2015 to December, 2016 the studied sequences have been added to the current database at GenBank NCBI. The database analysis showed mean K2P divergence of 0.59% at intraspecific level, 6.3% at interspecific and 12.2% at intergeneric level. A range of 0.0% to 2.7% was observed during the intraspecific study alongwith the range of 3.6% to 8.2% in the interspecific study, thereby indicating a hierarchal increase in K2P mean divergence across different taxonomic levels.