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A Phylogenetic Framework for the Tachinid Fly Tribe Blondeliini (Diptera: Tachinidae: Exoristinae)
Biological Sciences Faculty Publications
  • Z. L. Burington, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • John O. Stireman, III, Wright State University - Main Campus
Document Type
Presentation
Publication Date
9-30-2016
Abstract

Much of the great Neotropical species richness of the parasitoid fly family Tachinidae (Diptera) is found within the exoristine tribe Blondeliini. This species diversity is particularly concentrated within a number of genera, including the piercer-possessing genera of the “Blondelia genus group”. Unfortunately, the blondeliines are plagued with a history of taxonomic inflation, poor descriptions, and confusing morphology, thus making it unclear whether these intriguing oviposition structures are homologous or convergent. We therefore present a molecular phylogeny for the Blondeliini using three informative nuclear genes, which resolves the relationships between the key centers of diversity in the tribe and the monophyly of the Blondelia group. This framework will serve as a baseline for future taxonomic work within the tribe.

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Presented at the XXV International Congress of Entomology, September 25-30, 2016 in Orlando, FL.

DOI
10.1603/ICE.2016.114590
Citation Information
Z. L. Burington and John O. Stireman. "A Phylogenetic Framework for the Tachinid Fly Tribe Blondeliini (Diptera: Tachinidae: Exoristinae)" (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/john_stireman/96/