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Phylogeny of Ephemeroptera (mayflies) based on molecular evidence
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (2005)
  • T. Heath Ogden, Utah Valley University
This study represents the Wrst molecular phylogeny for the Order Ephemeroptera. The analyses included 31 of the 37 families, representing »24% of the genera. Fifteen families were supported as being monophyletic, Wve families were supported as nonmonophyletic, and 11 families were only represented by one species, and monophyly was not testable. The suborders Furcatergalia and Carapacea were supported as monophyletic while Setisura and Pisciforma were not supported as monophyletic. The superfamilies Ephemerelloidea and Caenoidea were supported as monophyletic while Baetoidea, Siphlonuroidea, Ephemeroidea, and Heptagenioidea were not. Baetidae was recovered as sister to the remaining clades. The mayXy gill to wing origin hypothesis was not supported nor refuted by these data. Mandibular tusks were supported as having at least one loss in Behningiidae and, together with the burrowing lifestyle, possibly two origins. The Wshlike body form was supported as plesiomorphic for mayXies with multiple secondary losses. Topological sensitivity analysis was used as a tool to examine patterns concerning the stability of relationships across a parameter landscape, providing additional information that may not have been acquired otherwise.
  • Ephemeroptera; MayXies; Molecular phylogeny; Evolution of Xight; Origin of wings; Pterygota; Mandibular tusks; Sensitivity analysis; Direct optimization
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T. Heath Ogden. "Phylogeny of Ephemeroptera (mayflies) based on molecular evidence" Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution Vol. 37 Iss. 3 (2005)
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