Population Diversity of Odontotermes formosanus (Shiraki) (Termitidae, Macrotermitinae) from Different Geographic Locations in Anhui Province, China


  • Yun Qiu Yang State Key Laboratory of Tea Plant Biology and Utilization, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei, China
  • Long Jun Pu College of Life Science, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei, China;Peking-Tsinghua Joint Center for Life Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Qian Wang Institute Pasteur of Shanghai, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China
  • Zhong Wang Institute of Termites Control of Bengbu, Bengbu, China
  • Zheng Ping Pang Institute of Termites Control of Wujin, Changzhou, China
  • Yan Hua Long College of Life Science, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei, China




genetic diversity, genetic variation, inter-simple sequence repeat, Odontotermes formosanus


Genetic differentiation, genetic exchange, and influence of natural geographic barrier on the genetic structure of 20 geo-populations of Odontotermes formosanus sampled from different regions in Anhui province, China were detected using ISSR. Seventy-nine polymorphic loci were detected with nine ISSR primers, and the percentage of polymorphic bands was 87.78%. The average number of alleles per locus was 1.8778 ± 0.3294, and the effective number of alleles was 1.4741 ± 0.3438. The Nei′s gene diversity and Shannon information index were 0.2832 ± 0.1696 and 0.4307 ± 0.2274, respectively. All the populations were divided into two groups through UPGMA clustering analysis based on Nei’s genetic distance. One group comprised geo-populations A, C, and J, and the other group consisted of the remaining clusters. Mantel test results revealed no significant correlation between genetic similarity and geographical distance, as well as between elevation. High levels of genetic diversity, genetic mutation, and genetic differentiation were also detected among the geo-populations of O. formosanus. This study revealed the gene flow and possible migration paths of O. formosanus, which are necessary for continuous monitoring and prevention of this species.


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Yang, Y. Q., Pu, L. J., Wang, Q., Wang, Z., Pang, Z. P., & Long, Y. H. (2018). Population Diversity of Odontotermes formosanus (Shiraki) (Termitidae, Macrotermitinae) from Different Geographic Locations in Anhui Province, China. Sociobiology, 65(3), 497–505. https://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v65i3.1146



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