Phylogenetic relationships among earwigs are poorly known. Current classification recognizes ~10 families distributed among 3 extant suborders: Forifculina, Hemimerina, and Arixeniina. The Forificulina includes the majority of extant earwig diversity, and the Hemimerina and Arixeniina include ectoparasites of giant rats and bats. Molecular sequence data were generated for a wide diversity of exemplar taxa to infer phylogenetic relationships at the subordinal and familial level. These data suggest a phylogenetic topology which is partially congruent with current classification, but which indicates some novel inter-familial relationships.
Species 1: Dermaptera (earwig)
Keywords: Insect phylogeny
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