|Title||Genetic variation in the mitochondrial 16S ribosomal RNA gene of Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae).|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Krakowetz CN, Lindsay LR, Chilton NB|
|Keywords||Genetic variation, Ixodes scapularis, Mitochondrial 16S rRNA gene, Phylogeography, Population genetics, Secondary structure|
There is considerable genetic variation in the mt 16S rRNA gene of I. scapularis. There is some evidence to support the hypothesis that some lineages of I. scapularis in the Atlantic and Central Provinces of Canada may be derived from colonizing individuals originating in the Northeast of the United States, whereas those in the Prairie Provinces may be derived from individuals originating in the Midwest of the United States. However, additional genetic markers are needed to test hypotheses concerning the geographical origins of I. scapularis in Canada.