| ||In the past decade, DNA barcoding has gone from a peripheral technique to a mainstream approach for characterising species and recognising potentially new taxa. Papers in this special issue cover a significant spectrum of research involving the DNA barcoding of a range of invertebrate groups for numerous purposes, including the recognition of cryptic species.
The first seven papers focus on DNA barcoding of terrestrial arthropods, primarily insects; the following papers deal with the barcoding of invasive insects, forensically important species, Antarctic invertebrates, marine groups, and subterranean groundwater invertebrates; and the last paper focusses on methods for optimising the PCR and sequencing of long-term alcohol-preserved museum material. The idea for this special issue was conceived during the Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference held in Adelaide, Australia, from 28 November to 3 December 2011.
Please note this issue will be freely available online until July 2013
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