i5K: Copidosoma floridanum
Source: Michael Strand
Contact: Michael Strand
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Copidosoma floridanum is the best studied insect that undergoes polyembryonic development. Its development is highly novel and has also evolved a caste (social) system by novel mechanism.
Particularly unique is this species produces >2000 clonal progeny per egg that are genetically identical. This unique feature of development provides an enormous quantity of DNA for full genome sequencing that derives from a single male (haploid) egg. The technical advantage this provides is unrivaled by any other parasitic hymenopteran.
The species is in continuous culture such that material is immediately available. The species is important to agriculture as the wasp is used in biological control. The species is also phylogenitically well placed for comparison to other species like Nasonia and the honeybee.