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Phylogenetic relationships among the genera of subfamily Chloropinae Rondani 1856 in the world (Diptera: Chloropidae)

Grant number: 12/12843-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2012
Effective date (End): November 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:Dalton de Souza Amorim
Grantee:Paula Raile Riccardi
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):12/22907-5 - Phylogenetic relationships among the genera of subfamily Chloropinae Rondani 1856 in the world (Diptera: Chloropidae), BE.EP.DR


The family Chloropidae currently comprises 202 genera, divided in four subfamilies. The most diverse subfamily is Oscinellinae, with 109 of the genera. Siphonellopsinae is the least diverse with only four genera, followed by Rhodesiellinae with 14 genera. The subfamily Chloropinae, focus of this research project, comprises 75 genera and 995 described species, distributed in all biogeographical areas. The oldest known fossil record is from Eocene/Oligocene. One of the most characteristic morphological trait of Chloropinae is the costal vein never reaching M1+2. Most larvae of this subfamily are associated with monocots, but great variation in the feeding habits, as predation and fungi association has been reported. The evolution of various characters of this group of flies related to their biology, such as food habit, would be better understood under a phylogenetic framework. Although Chloropinae is regarded as a monophyletic group, the phylogenetic relationships among its members are poorly understood and several of its genera might be paraphyletic. The lack of broad phylogenetic investigations of Chloropinae has hampered revision of its higher level classification in recent decades. Moreover, there is the need of a key for all chrloropine genera, because previous studies primarily focused on regional faunas. This main goal of this project is to conduct a cladistic analysis for all genera of Chloropinae. The results will allow for the detection of non-monophyletic genera, guide of classificatory improvements of Chloropinae, followed by the elaboration of a comprehensive identification key for all genera comprised in this subfamily.

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RICCARDI, PAULA RAILE; AMORIM, DALTON DE SOUZA. Phylogenetic relationships and classification of the Chloropinae of the world (Diptera: Chloropidae). ZOOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY, v. 190, n. 3, p. 889-941, NOV 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
RICCARDI, PAULA RAILE; ISMAY, JOHN WALAND. First record of Psilacrum Becker 1912 (Chloropidae, Diptera) from Brazil, with the description of a new species. Zootaxa, v. 4329, n. 5, p. 497-500, OCT 9 2017. Web of Science Citations: 0.
RICCARDI, PAULA RAILE; AMORIM, DALTON DE SOUZA. Revision of the Neotropical genus Coroichlorops Paganelli 2002 (Diptera: Chloropidae). Zootaxa, v. 4093, n. 3, p. 435-443, MAR 23 2016. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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