A Cladistic Analysis of Austrophlebioides and Related Genera (Leptophlebiidae: Atalophlebiinae)

  • Faye Christidis


Phylogenetic relationships among the Australian genera and species of the Meridialaris lineage were investigated using a eladistic analysis of 35 morphological characters, to test the monophyly of this group and determine possible placement of undescribed taxa. The monophyly of a clade containing the three Australian genera of the Meridialaris lineage, Austrophlebioides Campbell and Suter, Kirrara Harker and Tillyardophlebia Dean, was strongly supported. Several undescribed species formed a monophyletic group with Austrophlebioides pusillus (Harker), suggesting the placement of these species in Austrophlebioides. The placement of several other undescribed taxa, not easily accommodated in currently recognised genera, is discussed. The outcomes from the parsimony analysis of the Australian genera agree in part with Pescador and Peters’(1980) phylogeny.


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  • Faye Christidis
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  1. 1.Department of Zoology and Tropical EcologyJames Cook UniversityTownsvilleAustralia

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