Genomic insights into micro- and macro-evolutionary processes in Odonata

Maren Wellenreuther*, Rachael Y. Dudaniec, Lesley T. Lancaster

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Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) present an unparalleled insect system for investigating biodiversity impacts of environmental change because of their ease of sampling, occupation of environmental gradients, and rapid movement dynamics. In addition,
due to their ancient phylogenetic position, research into this order provides fundamental insights into key evolutionary processes
such as the evolution of flight, vision, and sexual behavior. The chapter investigates how emerging genomics-based studies have
provided novel insights into micro- and macro-evolutionary processes, namely: 1) movement dynamics; 2) local adaptation; and
3) species boundaries. It covers how genomic studies are starting to reveal the micro- and macro-evolutionary processes that
underpin form and function in this order. It concludes that future work needs to taxonomically and geographically broaden the
species investigated to capture the full extent of diversity in this order, and to enable comparative work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDragonflies and Damselflies
Subtitle of host publicationModel Organisms for Ecological and Evolutionary Research
EditorsAlexander Cordoba-Aguilar, Christopher D. Beatty, Jason T. Bried
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780192898623
Publication statusPublished - 2023




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