Mitochondrial genome of a flashwing demoiselle, Vestalis melania from the Philippine Archipelago

Ming Yu Chen, Shu Miaw Chaw, Jo Fan Wang, Reagan Joseph T. Villanueva, Olga M. Nuñeza, Chung Ping Lin*

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This study determined the first complete mitochondrial genome of a demoiselle, Vestalis melania (Odonata, Zygoptera, Calopterygidae) using long-range PCR and a primer walking approach. This mitogenome is 16,685 bp long and contains the entire set of 37 genes and an A + T-rich control region typically found in insects. Presently, this mitogenome is the largest mitogenome of all available odonates, mainly because of its long A + T-rich region (2036 bp). The gene arrangement of the V. melania mitogenome is identical to that of other known odonates. The inter-genic spacer s5 shared by the Anisoptera is absent in V. melania, which supports the view that the absence of the s5 spacer is a synapomorphy of the Zygoptera.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)720-721
Number of pages2
JournalMitochondrial DNA
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sept 3


  • Calopterygidae
  • Odonata
  • Zygoptera
  • damselfly
  • inter-genic spacer
  • synapomorphy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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