Genetic diversity and evolutionary age of parthenogenetic oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida)

Michael Heethoff
Theories on the evolution and maintenance of sex are challenged by the existence of ancient asexual lineages like bdelloid rotifers and darwinulid ostracods. Ancient asexual origin of several speciose taxa has also been proposed for oribatid mites (Acari). In the present work, I analysed genetic divergences in different parthenogenetic and sexual lineages of oribatid mites to estimate the age of these lineages and to evaluate if the evolution of oribatid mites was without recombination. Age...
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