Neotropical Entomology

, Volume 48, Issue 2, pp 332–339 | Cite as

Phylogeography Approach of Diloboderus abderus (Coleoptera: Melolonthidae) in the Southern Cone of America

  • I ValmorbidaEmail author
  • J A Arnemann
  • M A Cherman
  • C B Bevilacqua
  • C R Perini
  • G A Ugalde
  • J V C Guedes
Pest Management


Diloboderus abderus (Sturm, 1826) (Coleoptera: Melolonthidae) is a serious soil pest of corn, wheat, oat, and natural and cultivated pastures in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and southern Brazil. Despite its economic importance, the genetic diversity and population structure of D. abderus remain unknown. We sequenced a fragment of the mitochondrial gene cytochrome oxidase I region (COI), of six populations of D. abderus from the Southern Cone of America. The mtDNA marker revealed a high haplotype diversity, high pairwise FST values, and significant genetic variations among populations. No correlation was found between genetic and geographical distances, yet the most common haplotype (Dab01) was present in four out of the six populations. Analysis of molecular variance showed that most of the variation was within populations of D. abderus. Tajima’s D and Fu’s FS tests indicated no evidence that D. abderus populations are under recent expansion. Our results indicate that genetic-based traits will likely remain localized or spread slowly, and management strategies need to be undertaken on a small scale.


Dynastinae Pampa biome population genetics soil pest white grub 



We thank Isac Aires de Castro, Alberto Rohrig, Eduardo Bassan Bortoluzi, Luis Eduardo Curioletti, Andrés A. Risso, and Enrique Castiglioni for assisting with the sample collection. We also thank Ashley Dean for revising the English and CAPES for granting a scholarship to the first author. CBB was co-financed by the Brazilian Government (CAPES scholar, proceeding PNPD20132610 – 42002010008P0–UFSM/Engenharia Agrícola).

Author Contribution Statement

IV, JAA, and JVCG conceived and designed the analysis; IV, GAU, and CRP executed the experimental work; IV, JAA, and CBB performed the analysis; IV, JAA, MAC, and CRP drafted the manuscript; IV, JAA, JVCG, and MAC critically revised the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept of Crop ProtectionFederal Univ of Santa MariaSanta MariaBrasil
  2. 2.Dept of ZoologyFederal Univ of ParanáCuritibaBrasil

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