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Study of the fungus gnats (Diptera: Mycetophilidae) in the Natural History Museum collection

Grant number: 14/08447-7
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2014
Effective date (End): August 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:Dalton de Souza Amorim
Grantee:Sarah Siqueira de Oliveira
Supervisor abroad: Erica Jane Avery McAlister
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Research place: Natural History Museum, London, England  
Associated to the scholarship:12/51577-3 - Mycetophilidae (Diptera) with amphinotic distribution: taxonomy, phylogeny, and biogeography, BP.PD


The family Mycetophilidae encompasses 233 genera and about 4.500 species known from all biogeographical regions. The Neotropical fauna of the family includes 1120 described species and is possibly the richest in the world, still with a huge hidden diversity. The family has been divided in the subfamilies Sciophilinae, Gnoristinae, Mycomyiinae, Leiinae, Manotinae, Allactoneurinae, Mycetophilinae. The subfamilies Sciophilinae, Gnoristinae, and Leiinae include taxa demonstrated to have austral distribution, i.e. disjunct between Australia, New Zealand, and temperate areas of South America-technically referred to as amphinotic taxa. Knowledge on the relationships between and within these genera, however, is still incipient. As well, these groups would be especially useful for a biogeographical understanding of the biological evolution of the southern end of the global-something still to be done. The Mycetophilidae collection at the Natural History Museum (NHM) is one of the largest in the world, with material from different biogeographical regions, types, non types, and a huge amount of unidentified material. Therefore, this project aims to sort and photograph the Mycetophilidae collection at the NHM, to study in detail the types of the species of genera known from the core geographical area of this study, especially the sciophilines, gnoristines, and leiines genera. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
AMORIM, DALTON DE SOUZA; BROWN, V, BRIAN; BOSCOLO, DANILO; ALE-ROCHA, ROSALY; MOISES ALVAREZ-GARCIA, DEIVYS; BALBI, MARIA ISABEL P. A.; BARBOSA, ALAN DE MARCO; CAPELLARI, RENATO SOARES; BARROS DE CARVALHO, CLAUDIO JOSE; COURI, MARCIA SOUTO; et al. ertical stratification of insect abundance and species richness in an Amazonian tropical fores. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 12, n. 1, . (17/16305-6, 12/51577-3, 14/08447-7)
OLIVEIRA, SARAH SIQUEIRA. On Afrotropical Mohelia Matile (Diptera, Mycetophilidae): new species and phylogenetic comments. Zootaxa, v. 3947, n. 2, p. 251-263, . (14/08447-7, 12/51577-3)

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