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Morphological phylogeny of the Australian genera of the bee fly subfamily Bombyliinae (Diptera: Bombyliidae) with description of four new genera
Bombyliinae, one of the largest subfamilies of Bombyliidae, including 74 genera assigned to four tribes is distributed on all continents except Antarctica. Their larvae are parasitoids, and adults are important pollinators. The Australian Bombyliinae currently has 16 described genera and 76 described species. The purpose of this study is to establish the phylogeny of the Australian members of the subfamily Bombyliinae using morphological characters in order to establish the boundaries and relationships of the genera. One maximum parsimony tree was generated from 83 morphological characters scored for 50 species, representing all recognized genera and some unplaced species that we considered may represent new genera. Phylogenetic analysis recovered the relationships between the recognised Australian genera of Bombyliinae, and clarified generic limits. The group comprises five main clades, with the genus Pilosia being sister to the remaining Bombyliinae. On the basis of this analysis, four new genera and eleven new species are described, two new junior synonyms are identified and new combinations are proposed...
IS17039 Accepted 27 July 2017
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