The hoverfly genus Eristalinus (Diptera, Syrphidae) contains many widespread pollinators. The majority of the species of Eristalinus occur in the Afrotropics and their molecular systematics still needs to be investigated. This study presents the first complete and annotated mitochondrial genomes for five species of Eristalinus. They were obtained by high-throughput sequencing of total genomic DNA. The total length of the mitogenomes varied between 15 757 and 16 245 base pairs. Gene composition, positions, and orientation were shared across species, and were identical to those observed for other Diptera. Phylogenetic analyses (maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference) based on the 13 protein coding and both rRNA genes suggested that the subgenus Eristalinus was paraphyletic with respect to the subgenus Eristalodes. An analysis of the phylogenetic informativeness of all protein coding and rRNA genes suggested that NADH dehydrogenase subunit 5 (nad5), cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1, nad4, nad2, cytochrome b, and 16S rRNA genes are the most promising mitochondrial molecular markers to result in supported phylogenetic hypotheses of the genus. In addition to the five complete mitogenomes currently available for hoverflies, the five mitogenomes published here will be useful for broader molecular phylogenetic analyses among hoverflies.

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Sonet, G. (Gontran), De Smet, Y. (Yannick), Tang, M. (Min), Virgilio, M. (Massimiliano), Young, A.D. (Andrew Donovan), Skevington, J.H, … Jordaens, K. (Kurt). (2019). First mitochondrial genomes of five hoverfly species of the genus Eristalinus (Diptera: Syrphidae). Genome, 62(10), 677–687. doi:10.1139/gen-2019-0009