OnLine Journal of Biological Sciences

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) Versus GenBank Molecular Identification of a Dragonfly from the UAE in Comparison to the Morphological Identification

Noora Almansoori, Mohamed Rizk Enan and Mohammad Ali Al-Deeb

DOI : 10.3844/ojbsci.2019.237.244

OnLine Journal of Biological Sciences

Volume 19, Issue 4

Pages 237-244


Dragonflies are insects in the order Odonata. They inhabit freshwater ecosystems and are found in the UAE. To date, few checklists have been published for the local dragonflies and the used identification keys are not comprehensive of Arabia. The aim of this study was to provide a molecular identification of a dragonfly based on the mitochondrial Cytochrome c Oxidase subunit I (COI) gene using the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) database and the Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) in comparison with the morphology. The insect’s DNA was extracted and the PCR was performed on the target gene. The insect was identified initially as Anax imperator based on the NCBI database and as Anax parthenope based on the BOLD. However, the morphological identification was in agreement with the one produced by the BOLD. The results of this study is a demonstration of how, in some cases, the DNA-based identification does not provide a conclusive species designation and that a morphology-based identification is needed.


© 2019 Noora Almansoori, Mohamed Rizk Enan and Mohammad Ali Al-Deeb. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.