Morphological and Molecular Identification of Three Genera of the Family Heptageniidae (Ephemeroptera) from Ava Sheen Branch/ Greater Zab Tributary, North of Iraq

  • Shelan Mustafa Khudhur Department of Environmental Science and Health, College of Science, Salahaddin University-Erbil
  • Yahya Ahmed Shekha Department of Environmental Science and Health, College of Science, Salahaddin University-Erbil
Keywords: Molecular, morphology, Heptageniidae and Iraq

Abstract

The aquatic Heptageniidae family of Ava-sheen branch (Greater Zab Tributary) in Duhok Governorate/ Iraq was studied. Samples were collected using Surber stream sampler to study their diagnostic morphological characteristics and molecular phylogenetic profile using a nuclear gene 16s ribosomal RNA. The morphological and molecular identification supported that the three species, Epeorus longimanus, Heptagenia elegantula and Ephemerella cornutus belong to Heptageniidae family, while the molecular results also confirmed the monophyletic origin of these three genera.

Published
2020-05-28
How to Cite
Khudhur, S. M., & Shekha, Y. A. (2020). Morphological and Molecular Identification of Three Genera of the Family Heptageniidae (Ephemeroptera) from Ava Sheen Branch/ Greater Zab Tributary, North of Iraq. Iraqi Journal of Science, 61(5), 952-960. https://doi.org/10.24996/ijs.2020.61.5.2
Section
Biology