Complete mitochondrial genome of an enigmatic dragonfly, Epiophlebia superstes (Odonata, Epiophlebiidae)

Jo Fan Wang, Ming Yu Chen, Shu Miaw Chaw, Yuta Morii, Mayumi Yoshimura, Teiji Sota, Chung Ping Lin*

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This study reported the 15,435 bp-long complete mitochondrial genome of the relict Epiophlebia superstes (Odonata, Epiophlebiidae), an enigmatic dragonfly of the paraphyletic Anisozygoptera possessing characteristics similar to members of both extant odonate suborders, the Zygoptera and the Anisoptera. This mitogenome comprises the common set of 37 genes and an A + T-rich control region, and has a gene arrangement identical to those of all available odonates. The genome contains three non-coding inter-genic spacers (s1-s3), which occurs in all of other known odonates, but it lacks the inter-genic spacer s5 typically found in the Anisoptera. This result suggests that E. superstes possesses a mitogenmic organization more closely related to that of the Zygoptera than that of the Anizoptera.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)718-719
Number of pages2
JournalMitochondrial DNA
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sept 3


  • Anisoptera
  • Anisozygoptera
  • Zygoptera
  • inter-genic spacer
  • living fossil
  • synapomorphy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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