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Article << Previous     |     Next >>   Contents Vol 28(4)

Barcoding of mygalomorph spiders (Araneae : Mygalomorphae) in the Pilbara bioregion of Western Australia reveals a highly diverse biota

Mark A. Castalanelli A H, Roy Teale A B D, Michael G. Rix A C, W. Jason Kennington D and Mark S. Harvey A D E F G

A Department of Terrestrial Zoology, Western Australian Museum, 49 Kew Street, Welshpool, WA 6106, Australia.
B Biota Environmental Sciences Pty Ltd, PO Box 155, Leederville, WA 6903, Australia.
C Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia.
D Centre for Evolutionary Biology, School of Animal Biology, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia.
E Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024, USA.
F Department of Entomology, California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA.
G School of Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA 6009, Australia.
H Corresponding author. Email: mark.castalanelli@museum.wa.gov.au

Invertebrate Systematics 28(4) 375-385 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/IS13058
Submitted: 11 November 2013  Accepted: 23 April 2014   Published: 12 September 2014

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The Pilbara bioregion of Western Australia is an area that contains vast mineral deposits and unique ecosystems. To ensure that mineral deposits are mined with minimal impact on the natural environment, impact assessment surveys are required to determine what fauna and flora species are located within proposed development areas, in particular, by determining the distributions of short-range endemic species (SREs). One infraorder of Arachnida, the Mygalomorphae (trapdoor spiders and their kin), are frequently identified as SREs. These identifications are traditionally performed using morphological techniques; however, only males can be reliably identified to species. Furthermore, the majority of species have not been formally described and males comprise only ~5% of specimens collected. To assess mygalomorph diversity and the distribution of species in the Pilbara, we employed a molecular barcoding approach. Sequence data from the mitochondrial DNA cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene were obtained from 1134 specimens, and analysed using Bayesian methods. Only a fraction of the total mygalomorph fauna of the Pilbara has been documented, and using a species boundary cut-off of 9.5% sequence divergence, we report an increase in species richness of 191%. Barcoding provides a rapid, objective method to help quantify mygalomorph species identifications and their distributions, and these data, in turn, provide crucial information that regulatory authorities can use to assess the environmental impacts of large-scale developments.

Additional keywords: Actinopodidae, Barychelidae, Ctenizidae, Dipluridae, Idiopidae, mitochondrial DNA, Nemesiidae, speciation, Theraphosidae.


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