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Table 1 Number of best BLAST hits between the genes of sequenced genomes for aculeate hymenopterans

From: Transcriptome analyses of primitively eusocial wasps reveal novel insights into the evolution of sociality and the origin of alternative phenotypes

Species P. canadensis A. mellifera S. invicta C. floridanus H. saltator N. vitri-pennis
P. canadensis 22,460 (100%) 7,040 (31.3%) 5,548 (24.7%) 6,501 (28.9%) 5,880 (26.2%) 4,416 (19.7%)
A. mellifera 5,764 (52.1%) 11,062 (100%) 7,093 (71.4%) 8,197 (74.1%) 6,769 (61.2%) 5,366 (48.5%)
S. invicta 4,662 (28.2%) 6,293 (38.0%) 16,522 (100%) 8,864 (53.6%) 8,341 (50.5%) 4,935 (29.9%)
C. floridanus 5,422 (31.8%) 7,129 (68.6%) 11,741 (68.6%) 17,064 (100%) 12,492 (73.2%) 5,552 (32.5%)
H. saltator 4,913 (26.5%) 6,798 (36.6%) 10,591 (57.0%) 9,247 (49.8%) 18,564 (100%) 5,667 (30.5%)
N. vitripennis 3,861 (20.5%) 5,377 (28.6%) 6,144 (32.6%) 6,600 (35.0%) 5,725 (30.4%) 18,822 (100%)
  1. Absolute number (and percentage of genes) shared between each pair of species are given. Annotations used for each species are: Official Gene Set (OGS)1.2 for the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis, OGS3.3 for the ant Harpegnathos saltator, OGS3.3 for the ant Camponotus floridanus, OGS2.2.3 for the ant Solenopsis invicta, pre-release of OGS2.0 for the honeybee Apis mellifera, and the longest ORFs (putative coding genes only - that is, excluding 3,824 potential long non-coding RNAs) for Polistes canadensis from our RNAseq datasets. Rows represent the source species, which are compared with the test species in the columns. For instance, of the 11,062 genes found in A. mellifera, 5,764 have significant hits with genes found in P. canadensis, corresponding to 52.1% of the total 11,062 genes. P. canadensis shares 25 to 31% of genes with the other aculeate hymenopterans, but only 19.7% with the parasitoid N. vitripennis. Notably, P. canadensis does not share more genes with the ants than the bee, in agreement with our maximum-likelihood phylogenetic analysis (Figure 3a).