A potential invasion route of Cactoblastis cactorum within the Caribbean region matches historical hurricane trajectories

Authors
Andraca Gómez, Guadalupe; Ordano, Mariano Andrés; Boege, Karina; Domínguez, César A.; Piñero, Daniel; Pérez Ishiwara, Rubén; Pérez Camacho, Jacqueline; Cañizares, Maikel; Fornoni, Juan
Publication Year
2015
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
The cactus moth, Cactoblastis cactorum mainly distributed throughout central and northeastern Argentina was intentionally introduced in the Caribbean region in 1957 as a biological control agent of cacti species of the genus Opuntia. This moth invaded during the last 20–30 years the North American continent, threatening the major center of biodiversity of native Opuntia species. Although human induced and natural dispersal have been invocated to explain its expansion in the non-native distribution range, there is still no evidence to support natural dispersal. In particular, hurricanes are one of the major environmental factors affecting species dispersal in the region. In this study we used mitochondrial DNA to examine whether the spatial distribution of haplotype variation of C. cactorum is at least partially explained by hurricane trajectories within the Caribbean region. DNA sequences for the mitochondrial gene cytochrome oxidase I were obtained for a sample of 110 individuals from the Antillean islands. This information was combined with existing sequences in the GenBank for the same gene for the Caribbean and Florida (N = 132 sequences). Genetic diversity descriptors, a haplotypic network, a spatial analyses of molecular variance and a landscape genetic analysis of migration conditioned by hurricane tracks were conducted to test our hypothesis. Our results revealed a significant spatial grouping of haplotypes consistent with the more frequent hurricane trajectories in the Caribbean region. Significant isolation by distance conditioned by hurricane tracks was detected. Populations of Florida were genetically closer to those of Cuba than to the rest of the population sampled. Within the region, Cuba appears as a reservoir of genetic diversity increasing the risk of invasion to Mexico and the US. Despite commercial transportation of Opuntia promoted dispersal to Florida, our results support the hypothesis that natural disturbances such as hurricanes played a role dispersing this invasive insect. Future conservation programs of North American Opuntia species requires taking into account hurricane mediated dispersal events and permanent whole regional monitoring and international control policies to prevent future range expansions of C. cactorum.
Fil: Andraca Gómez, Guadalupe. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; México
Fil: Ordano, Mariano Andrés. Fundación Miguel Lillo; Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina
Fil: Boege, Karina. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; México
Fil: Domínguez, César A.. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; México
Fil: Piñero, Daniel. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; México
Fil: Pérez Ishiwara, Rubén. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; México
Fil: Pérez Camacho, Jacqueline. Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente. Instituto de Ecología y Sistemática; Cuba
Fil: Cañizares, Maikel. Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente. Instituto de Ecología y Sistemática; Cuba
Fil: Fornoni, Juan. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; México
Subject
Cytochrome oxidase I
Biological invasions
Cactus moth
Cactoblastis cactorum
Dispersal
Phylogeography
Ecología
Ciencias Biológicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Otras Ciencias Agrícolas
Otras Ciencias Agrícolas
CIENCIAS AGRÍCOLAS
Access level
Restricted access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/12758