Phylogeny of the tribe Cyclocephalini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae): a combined analysis of morphology and molecular loci
Clark, Daniel R. (2010). Phylogeny of the tribe Cyclocephalini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae): a combined analysis of morphology and molecular loci. -- In Proceedings: 6th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 89-90
Phylogenetics provides information about evolutionary relationships and is an essential tool in understanding broad patterns within groups. The scarab beetle tribe Cyclocephalini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae) includes 15 genera and approximately 500 species that are distributed primarily in the New World. Species in the group are important pollinators of aroids, palms, and lilies; some are agricultural pests; and a few have become invasive when introduced to new areas. This group as a whole has only been examined alpha taxonomically. While individual species of economic importance have been studied, the monophyly of the tribe and relationships of genera have not been addressed. Using molecular and morphological methods, my research will be the first to examine the phylogeny for this tribe of beetles.
Paper presented to the 6th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, April 23, 2010.
Research completed at the Department of Biological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences