Molecular systematics and evolution of the Ptinidae (Coleoptera: Bostrichoidea) and related families: an update
In all analyses, the Ptinidae, the Anobiidae, and the Bostrichidae are strongly supported as monophyletic. In the total evidence approach, the Bostrichidae is basal while in the bayesian tree the Ptinidae is basal and paraphyletic without including the Anobiidae and Bostrichidae. Proposed subfamily and tribal classifications are usually not monophyletic when tested. Our studies are on-going in order to determine the most accurate relationships within the Bostrichoidea to further clarify the evolution of the group and to eventually propose a stable and natural classification.
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