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Deep mitochondrial divergence within a Heliconius butterfly species is not explained by cryptic speciation or endosymbiotic bacteria

Astrid G Muñoz*, Simon W Baxter, Mauricio Linares and Chris D Jiggins

BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11:358  doi:10.1186/1471-2148-11-358

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Regarding the screening of Heliconius for endosymbionts

Jeremy Kipling   (2012-05-30 15:25)  Retired/independent

The authors state in the discussion that "this is the first published study in which the presence of endosymbionts is tested in Heliconius" and in the abstract that these were "the first tests for the presence of endosymbiontic [sic] bacteria in Heliconius." I wanted to correct this by referring to the 1995 paper by Werren, Windsor, and Guo here in which they screened three H. erato and one H. melpomene (see Table 2). Obviously a very small sample size, but still worth mentioning.

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