Wang, S., Girardello, M. & Zhang, W. (2023) Potential and progress of studying mountain biodiversity by means of butterfly genetics and genomics.Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Online early, . DOI:10.1016/j.jgg.2023.06.001 (IF2021 5,723; Q2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Mountains are rich in biodiversity, and butterflies are species-rich and have a good ecological and evolutionary research foundation. This review addresses the potential and progress of studying mountain biodiversity using butterflies as a model. We discuss the uniqueness of mountain ecosystems, factors influencing the distribution of mountain butterflies, representative genetic and evolutionary models in butterfly research, and evolutionary studies of mountain biodiversity involving butterfly genetics and genomics. Finally, we demonstrate the necessity of studying mountain butterflies and propose future perspectives. This review provides insights for studying the biodiversity of mountain butterflies as well as a summary of research methods for reference.