The phylogenetic relationships of flies in the superfamily Empidoidea (Insecta : Diptera)

The University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (Impact Factor: 3.92). 07/2007; 43(3):701-13. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2007.02.029
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We conducted a molecular phylogenetic study of the Empidoidea, a diverse group of 10,000 species of true flies, with two major goals: to reconstruct a taxonomically complete and robustly supported phylogeny for the group and to use this information to assess several competing classifications for the clade. We amassed 3900+ nucleotides of coding data from the carbamoylphosphate synthase domain of the rudimentary locus (CAD) and 1200+ nucleotides from the large nuclear ribosomal subunit (28S) from 72 and 71 species, respectively, representing several orthorrhaphan and cyclorrhaphan families and all previously recognized empidoidean subfamilies. Independent and combined phylogenetic analyses of these data were conducted using parsimony, maximum likelihood, and Bayesian criteria. The combined matrix included 61 taxa for which both CAD and 28S sequences were obtained. Analyses of CAD first and second codon positions alone and when concatenated with 28S sequences yielded trees with similar and largely stable topologies. Analyses of 28S data alone supported many clades although resolution is limited by low sequence divergence. The following major empidoid clades were recovered with convincing support in a majority of analyses: Atelestidae, Empidoidea exclusive of Atelestidae, Hybotidae sensu lato, Dolichopodidae+Microphorinae (including Parathallassius), and Empididae sensu lato (including Brachystomatinae, Ceratomerinae, Clinocerinae, Empidinae, Hemerodromiinae, Oreogetoninae, and Trichopezinae). The branching arrangement among these four major clades was Atelestidae, Hybotidae, Dolichopodidae/Microphorinae, Empididae. Previously recognized subclades recovered with robust support included Hybotinae, Brachystomatinae, Tachydromiinae, Clinocerinae (in part), Hemerodromiinae, Empidinae, and Empidiini.

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    • "Laboratory protocols follow previous published studies of Diptera and Empidoidea (Wiegmann et al., 2011; Moulton and Wiegmann, 2007). Total genomic nucleic acids were extracted from whole specimens preserved in 95% ethanol and stored at À80 °C. "

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    • "The characters uniting Syrphoidea + Schizophora are monotype ommatidia, dorsal arista and lever-like phallapodeme (Wada 1991; Cumming et al. 1995). By contrast, molecular data suggest Syrphoidea are paraphyletic and the Pipunculidae are sister to the Schizophora (Collins & Wiegmann 2002; Moulton & Wiegmann 2007; Wiegmann et al. 2011). "
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    • "Genital morphology is still the main decisive diagnostic character used in the morphological identification and subsequent classification. Studies carried out over the last few decades indicate the family Hybotidae is to be monophyletic (Chvala 1983, Collins and Wiegmann 2002, Sinclair and Cumming 2006, Moulton and Wiegmann 2007). The family includes ca. "
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