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Biogeographic and genomic analysis of Atlantic montane butterflies: Actinote e Pampasatyrus

Grant number: 18/11591-3
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 17, 2018
Effective date (End): February 27, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics
Principal Investigator:Karina Lucas da Silva-Brandão
Grantee:Luiza de Moraes Magaldi
Supervisor abroad: Fabien Condamine
Home Institution: Instituto de Biologia (IB). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Université Montpellier 2, France  
Associated to the scholarship:15/24663-4 - Biogeographic and diversification patterns of the butterflies from highlands of Southeastern Brazil, BP.DR


Montane areas are ideal environments to study the processes that shape the distribution of species and lead to speciation. This study proposes the use of two genera of butterflies to understand and test biogeographic hypotheses on the highlands of Brazil's coastal rainforest in Atlantic Forest. Thereby, a comparison will be done between two clades of Nymphalidae butterflies that inhabit distinct environments in this montane region: campos de altitude (Pampasatyrus) and forest edges or clearings (Actinote). Our main hypothesis is that these two groups are expected to show distinct genetic signatures associated with different biogeographic processes in the two physiognomies to which they are associated. Additionally, we will explore how ecological differences between two species of Actinote butterflies co-distributed (but not exclusively) along the Atlantic Forest impact their patterns of genetic diversity using a genomic population approach (GBS). Also, they can be used to infer the molecular divergence between A. alalia and A. mantiqueira, this species was described recently (Freitas et al., 2018) separating populations from south Brazil (A. alalia) and the populations of southeast Brazil (A. mantiqueira). Therefore, the proposed population genomic study will search for putative under-selection regions among the sister species and will be the first to construct the complete genome library of Actinote species.