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Systematics and evolution of the Australian Dacini (Diptera: Tephritidae)

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Starkie, M. (2021) Systematics and evolution of the Australian Dacini (Diptera: Tephritidae). PhD thesis, QUT, 395 pages.


Article Link: https://eprints.qut.edu.au/207990/


This thesis investigates the drivers of fruit fly speciation in Australia. Utilising genetic and fossil data, a dated phylogeny was produced and used to investigate trait evolution across the tribe. Morphological data was evaluated for its utility in phylogenetic reconstructions and found to have limited signal. Biogeographic analysis showed flies entered Australia from PNG, and into the Western Pacific from both PNG and Australia. Additionally, the study documented new fruit fly species, new distributions, and new lure records. The results help refine the taxonomy and systematics of the tribe and support future work in pest management.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Keywords:Biogeography, Phylogenetics, Australia, Systematics, Tephritidae, Taxonomy, Pacific, Fruit flies
Subjects:Science > Entomology
Science > Biology > Genetics
Science > Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects
Plant pests and diseases
Live Archive:23 Mar 2021 01:40
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:46

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