Panorpidae includes three genera, the largest of which is Panorpa with 250+ species. Phylogenetic relationships among panorpid genera and species are poorly understood, though a number of species groups have been proposed. Here we specifically test the monophyly of panorpid genera and species groups using DNA sequence data from multiple genes representing a wide diversity of panorpid species. These data suggest that Panorpa is paraphyletic, though some of the species groups appear to be monophyletic. Wing coloration patterns are mapped on the topology and suggest some evolutionary conservation of banding patterns across panorpid phylogeny.
Species 1: Mecoptera Panorpidae Panorpa
Keywords: molecular phylogeny
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