Dinsdale, A.; Cook, L.; Riginos, C.; Buckley, Y.M. & De Barro, P. (2010).
Refined Global Analysis of Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Aleyrodoidea: Aleyrodidae) Mitochondrial Cytochrome Oxidase 1 to Identify Species Level Genetic Boundaries.
Annals of the Entomological Society of America 103: 196-208.
What constitutes a species has long been controversial when it comes to organisms that lack an obvious difference for their characterisation. Accurate classifications are important for both conservation of species, or for the control and monitoring of invasive species. The greater the accuracy of our classifications means we can approach decisions relating to species of concern in a more informed way.
In this paper we examine the species bounds of Bemisia tabaci from a genetic viewpoint, as current classifications have not resolved this complex sufficiently enough to determine just how many species there may be under the current general heading of B. tabaci. This paper is the most robust and accurate to date with regard to the quality of the genetic sequences used, from which we propose classification of the B. tabaci complex be considered as 24 distinct species. This has also allowed us to construct consensus sequences for each of these to allow unknown individuals to be assigned to one of these known species groups.