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Phylogeny of the tribe Tapinotaspidini, and revisions of genera Arhysoceble Moure, Trigonopedia Moure and Xanthopedia Michener & Moure (Hymenoptera, Apidae)

Grant number: 08/00499-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2008
Effective date (End): June 30, 2009
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal Investigator:Carlos Roberto Ferreira Brandão
Grantee:Antonio Jose Camillo de Aguiar
Host Institution: Museu de Zoologia (MZ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Bee diversity of Neotropical region is in large portion composed by species that collect oil on flowers. These species belong to three tribes: Centridini, Tapinotaspidini and Tetrapediini. Among these tribes, Tapinotaspidini represents the most diverse group in number of genera and in biological characteristics. The phylogeny of the tribe Tapinotaspidini is essential for the delimitation and diagnosis of its genera and the understanding of the evolution of biological characters. Previous phylogenetic analyses of the tribe using morphological characters did not provide a conclusive result. The main objective of the present project is to carry out a phylogenetic analysis of the tribe Tapinotaspidini using morphological and molecular data. Characters from internal and external morphology of adults and sequences of the genes 28S and elongation factor 1-alfa will be used for the phylogenetic analyses. Additional products of this project are the taxonomic revisions of the genera Arhysoceble, Trigonopedia e Xanthopedia and the biogeographic analyses of the South American open areas. The phylogenetic hypothesis obtained for the tribe will allow the discussion of the biogeographic pattern and the evolution of the biological characters as nesting habits, oil collecting behavior and parasites associated. (AU)

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ANTONIO J. C. AGUIAR; GABRIEL A. R. MELO. Notas sobre fontes de óleos florais do gênero Caenonomada (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Tapinotaspidini). Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, v. 53, n. 1, p. 154-156, . (08/00499-7)
AGUIAR, ANTONIO J. C.; MELO, GABRIEL A. R.; VASCONCELOS, THAIS N. C.; GONCALVES, RODRIGO B.; GIUGLIANO, LILIAN; MARTINS, ALINE C.. Biogeography and early diversification of Tapinotaspidini oil-bees support presence of Paleocene savannas in South America. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 143, . (08/00499-7)
AGUIAR, ANTONIO J. C.; MELO, GABRIEL A. R.. Notes on oil sources for the bee genus Caenonomada (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Tapinotaspidini). Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, v. 53, n. 1, p. 154-156, . (08/00499-7)

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