Table 1

Insect orders evaluated for sequencing priority

Insect order

Genome size

GenBank records

Species diversity

Human impact

Composite score


Thysanura

Odonata

Orthoptera

Phasmida

Blattaria

Heteroptera

Homoptera

Coleoptera

Hymenoptera

Lepidoptera

Diptera


Insect orders are listed according to the phylogenetic tree shown in Figure 1 and show relative genome size (weighted mean, with size corresponding to the area of the circle). Also shown are the number of protein records in GenBank, number of worldwide species, and human impact estimate (see text for further details). In each case the proportion of the circle that is black indicates the number relative to the order with the highest value for each measure (the highest ranking order being shown with a filled circle). The last column shows a composite ranking of orders assuming that equal weight is given to each of these criteria.

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