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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Systematic revision, phylogeny and host plant associations of the Australian endemic genus Mcateella Drake (Hemiptera : Heteroptera : Piesmatidae)

Michael A. Elias A B and Gerasimos Cassis A

A Evolution & Ecology Research Centre, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia.

B Corresponding author. Email: m.elias@unsw.edu.au

Invertebrate Systematics 26(1) 83-114 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/IS11043
Submitted: 27 October 2011  Accepted: 20 January 2012   Published: 19 June 2012

Abstract

A systematic revision of Mcateella is given including the description of seven new species: M. austera, sp. nov., M. coolgardie, sp. nov., M. esperancensis, sp. nov., M. exocarposa, sp. nov., M. kwoki, sp. nov., M. reidi, sp. nov. and M. schuhi, sp. nov. The following species are redescribed: M. elongata Hacker M. gibber Drake, M. interioris Hacker and M. splendida Drake. Mcateella is defined as a monophyletic group on the basis of clavate guard setae and the stridulatory apparatus. Phylogenetic analysis of the Piesmatidae recognised Eopiesma as the sister-taxon relative to the remaining extant Piesmatidae. The ingroup relationships of Mcateella contained one polytomy. Miespa was found to be the sister taxon to Mcateella, positing a transantarctic relationship. Host plant analysis indicates that Mcateella are not all Acacia specialists as stated in the literature but feed on a wide range of angiosperms.

Additional keywords: biogeography, coevolution, new species, taxonomy.


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