Systematics and Phylogeny of Fulgoridae Latreille, 1807 (Insecta: Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha) from Malaysian Borneo

Ahmad Irfan, Abdul Razak (2021) Systematics and Phylogeny of Fulgoridae Latreille, 1807 (Insecta: Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha) from Malaysian Borneo. Masters thesis, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

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The Fulgoridae Latreille, 1807 (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha) or lanternflies is a family of charismatic bugs that are known for their unique structure and striking colouration. Borneo being one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots is known for its species richness residing in the tropical rainforests, including the Fulgoridae. The classification of Fulgoridae is not yet settled, and the monophyly of the family is still questioned especially on the position of genus Zanna and subfamily Dichopterinae. This is in part contributed by the lack of representatives from Emeljanov’s putative subfamilies being Cladodipterinae, Dichopterinae, Lyncidinae, and Strongylodematinae in previous studies. This study aimed to rectify the phylogeny of this group based on 134 morphological characters across 28 species from Malaysian Borneo. The status of Dichopterinae has never been analysed within the monophyletic Fulgoridae before and is presented here for the first time. This study was based on voucher specimens from major repositories in Sarawak and Sabah, as well as new collections sampled in Sarawak. Results from neighbor-joining (NJ), maximum parsimony (MP) and Bayesian inference (BI) recovered the family as monophyletic including subfamily Dichopterinae and genus Zanna. There is a need to revise classification on the subfamily Aphaeninae as it was consistently not recovered as monophyletic in all three analyses. Fulgoridae also lacks a comprehensive systematic description. Descriptions were provided for four new taxa including the 21 previously described species from the family. Despite not being recognised as a bioindicator, Fulgoridae can be associated to forest which consists of old and large trees.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Thesis (MSc.) - Universiti Malaysia Sarawak , 2021.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dichopterinae, Fulgoridae, phylogeny, systematic, Zanna.
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2021 14:22
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2023 07:48

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