Molecular identification of the prey range of the invasive Asian paper wasp

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dc.contributor.author Ward, Darren en
dc.contributor.author Ramón-Laca, A en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-23T02:49:25Z en
dc.date.issued 2013-11 en
dc.identifier.citation Ecology and Evolution 3(13):4408-4414 Nov 2013 en
dc.identifier.issn 2045-7758 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35292 en
dc.description.abstract The prey range of the invasive Asian paper wasp, Polistes chinensis antennalis, was studied using molecular diagnostics. Nests of paper wasps were collected from urban residential and salt marsh habitats, larvae were removed and dissected, and DNA in the gut of the paper wasp larvae was amplified and sequenced with cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI). Seventy percent of samples (211/299) yielded medium-to high-quality sequences, and prey identification was achieved using BLAST searches in BOLD. A total of 42 taxa were identified from 211 samples. Lepidoptera were the majority of prey, with 39 taxa from 91% of samples. Diptera was a relatively small component of prey (three taxa, 19 samples). Conclusive species-level identification of prey was possible for 67% of samples, and genus-level identification, for another 12% of samples. The composition of prey taken was different between the two habitats, with 2.5× more native prey species being taken in salt marsh compared with urban habitats. The results greatly extend the prey range of this invasive species. The technique is a more effective and efficient approach than relying on the collection of "prey balls", or morphological identification of prey, for the study of paper wasps. en
dc.publisher Wiley en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Ecology and Evolution en
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dc.title Molecular identification of the prey range of the invasive Asian paper wasp en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1002/ece3.826 en
pubs.issue 13 en
pubs.begin-page 4408 en
pubs.volume 3 en
dc.description.version VoR - Version of Record en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The authors en
dc.identifier.pmid 24340182 en
pubs.end-page 4414 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 418139 en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id Biological Sciences en
dc.identifier.eissn 2045-7758 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-08-23 en
pubs.dimensions-id 24340182 en


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