Phylogenetic Relationships of the Leptophlebiidae of New Zealand (Ephemeroptera)

  • D. R. Towns
  • William L. Peters

Abstract

The leptophlebiid mayfly fauna of New Zealand at present consists of three named genera, of which two are clearly polyphyletic. Analysis of these elements and addition of undescribed genera indicate the presence of at least 14 genera. The genera can be divided into five lineages which exhibit varying degrees of radiation within New Zealand and which show evolutionary progression in a number of character states. Four genera appear to be most closely related to genera in New Caledonia, two to generic groups in Chile, and the remainder to other genera in New Zealand, except for one genus for which the nearest known relatives are in New Guinea.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. R. Towns
    • 1
    • 2
  • William L. Peters
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Aquatic EntomologyFlorida A&M UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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