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Abstract

Complete mitochondrial genome of the spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula White, 1845 (Hemiptera: Fulgoridae).

Abstract

The spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula White, 1845 (Hemiptera: Fulgoridae), is an invasive pest that attacks forest as well as agricultural trees. We sequenced the 15,798-bp long complete mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) of this species; it consists of a typical set of genes (13 protein-coding genes, 2 rRNA genes, and 22 tRNA genes) and one major non-coding A + T-rich region. The orientation and gene order of the L. delicatula mitogenome are identical to that of the ancestral type found in majority of the insects. Bayesian inference (BI) and maximum-likelihood (ML) phylogeny placed the L. delicatula examined in our study, together with other geographical samples of the species in a group with the highest nodal support, forming the subfamily Aphaeninae to which L. delicatula belongs.