A DNA barcode library of the beetle reference collection (Insecta: Coleoptera) in the National Science Museum, Korea

Sang Woo Jung, Hong Ki Min, Yoon Ho Kim, Hyoung An Choi, Soo Young Lee, Yeon Jae Bae, Woon Kee Paek

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Coleoptera is a group of insects that are most diverse among insect resources. Although used as indicator species and applied in developing new drugs, it is difficult to identify them quickly. Since the development of a method using mitochondrial DNA information for identification, studies have been conducted in Korea to swiftly and accurately identify species. The National Science Museum of Korea (NSMK) has been collecting and morphologically identifying domestic reference insects since 2013, and building a database of DNA barcodes with digital images. The NSMK completed construction of a database of digital images and DNA barcodes of 60 beetle species in the Korean National Research Information System. A total of 179 specimens and 60 species were used for the analysis, and the averages of intraspecific and interspecific variations were 0.70±0.45% and 26.34±6.01%, respectively, with variation rates ranging from 0% to 1.45% and 9.83% to 56.23%, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-244
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 1



  • Coleoptera
  • DNA barcode
  • identification
  • Korea
  • reference insect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Insect Science
  • Plant Science

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