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Phylogenetics and taxonomy of Ventrops – the largest genus of Afrotropical Rhinophoridae (Diptera)

Pierfilippo Cerretti A B D and Thomas Pape C

A Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie ‘Charles Darwin’, Università di Roma ‘La Sapienza’, Viale dell’Università 32, I-00185 Roma, Italy.
B Centro Nazionale per lo Studio e la Conservazione della Biodiversità Forestale ‘Bosco Fontana’ – Corpo Forestale dello Stato, Via Carlo Ederle 16/a, I-37100 Verona, Italy.
C Natural History Museum of Denmark, Zoological Museum, Department of Entomology, Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark.
D Corresponding author. Email: pierfilippocerretti@yahoo.it

Invertebrate Systematics 26(3) 274-292 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/IS12001
Submitted: 17 January 2012  Accepted: 15 March 2012   Published: 21 September 2012

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Three new species of the Afrotropical genus Ventrops Crosskey, 1977 (V. aethiopicus, sp. nov., V. freidbergi, sp. nov. and V. stuckenbergi, sp. nov.) are described, and all seven known species are included in a morphology-based phylogenetic analysis both to provide a rigorous argumentation for the generic affiliation of the newly described species, and to provide a first explicit hypothesis of phylogenetic relationships between the included species. Also, by including exemplar species from several genera of the Rhinophoridae as outgroups, this analysis is the first explicitly phylogenetic definition of the genus Ventrops within a broader systematic context. The seven species of Ventrops are arranged in three species groups (milichioides-group, hannemariae-group and aethiopicus-group).


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