Systematic Entomology

Cover image for Vol. 40 Issue 2

Edited By: Thomas J. Simonsen, Shaun L. Winterton, Christiane Weirauch and Peter S. Cranston (Reviews Editor)

Impact Factor: 2.553

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 7/90 (Entomology); 26/46 (Evolutionary Biology)

Online ISSN: 1365-3113

Associated Title(s): Agricultural and Forest Entomology, Ecological Entomology, Insect Conservation and Diversity, Insect Molecular Biology, Medical and Veterinary Entomology, Physiological Entomology

Virtual Issue - 8th International Congress of Dipterology in Postdam, Germany, in August 2014

Systematics papers concerning Diptera
The preparation of this virtual issue of Systematic Entomology is timed to coincide with the 8th International Congress of Dipterology in Postdam, Germany, in August 2014. From the origin of the journal we have received consistently interesting papers from the community of workers studying the Diptera. Initially these covered mainly morphological taxonomy, often concerning taxa in the medically important groups but including also agricultural pests and parasitoids. Papers concerning medical and veterinary pests continue, supplemented by those showing application of molecular population genetic techniques to resolve pest complexes such as Bactrocera and Simulium. In addition to analyses of ever-larger traditional and novel morphological across the order, Systematic Entomology has published increasing numbers of molecular phylogenetic studies covering large swathes of Diptera diversity, including studies of nuclear genes and whole mitochondrial genomes. Some studies have used dated fossils and novel analytical methods to assign a time-line to events in the evolution of Diptera, including some explicit tests of biogeographic hypotheses such as Gondwanan vicariance. Other dipterist authors have studied the evolution of particular syndromes, such as association with corpses (forensic dipterology) and with particular host plants such as monsteroids.

The papers made available in this virtual issue with free access are selected by Peter Cranston (Systematic Entomology editor 2004-2013) from amongst the many excellent manuscripts published during the past decade. Papers have been chosen for inclusion based on maximizing diversity of taxon coverage, methods, citations by others (from many to few or none) and personal interests to the editor. Geographic distribution of authors is intentionally biased towards global representation. Articles are listed from newest to older, with recent publications over-represented compared to older ones. The background image, prepared by Karina McInness, represents one hypothesis for the phylogeny of the Culicomorpha. It appears as a vignette for the chapter on Insect Systematics in Gullan & Cranston (in press, 2014) The Insects: An Outline of Entomology (5th edition), Wiley-Blackwell.

Signal through the noise? Phylogeny of the Tachinidae (Diptera) as inferred from morphological evidence.
Perfilipo Cerretti, Jim O’Hara, Monty Wood et al

Phylogenetic relationships of flesh flies in the subfamily Sarcophaginae based on three mtDNA fragments (Diptera: Sarcophagidae)
Trevor Stamper, Greg Dahlem, Clifford Cookman et al

The phylogenetic relationships among infraorders and superfamilies of Diptera based on morphological evidence.
Christine Lambkin, Brad Sinclair, Thomas Pape et al

Phylogenetic classification of the Drosophilidae Rondani (Diptera): the role of morphology in the postgenomic era.
Amir Yassin

Colocasiomyia(Diptera: Drosophilidae) revised phylogenetically, with a new species group having peculiar lifecycles on monsteroid (Araceae) host plants.
Rajendra Fartyal, Jian-Jun Gao, Masanori Toda et al

A dated molecular phylogeny for the Chironomidae (Diptera)
Peter Cranston, Nate Hardy, & Geoff Morse

Phylogeny of psychodid subfamilies (Diptera: Psychodidae) inferred from nuclear DNA sequences with a review of morphological evidence for relationships
Greg Curler & John (Kevin) Moulton

Mitochondrial and nuclear markers support the monophyly of Dolichopodidae and suggest a rapid origin of the subfamilies (Diptera: Empidoidea)
Gwynne Shimin Lim, Wei Song Hwang, Sujatha Narayanan Kutty et al.

Molecular phylogeny of the subfamily Exoristinae (Diptera, Tachinidae), with discussions on the evolutionary history of female oviposition strategy
Takuji Tachi & Hiroshi Shima

Molecular phylogeny of the Calyptratae (Diptera: Cyclorrhapha) with an emphasis on the superfamily Oestroidea and the position of Mystacinobiidae and McAlpine's fly
Sujatha Narayanan Kutty, Thomas Pape, Brian Wiegmann et al.

When molecules and morphology concur: the 'Gondwanan' midges (Diptera: Chironomidae)
Peter Cranston, Nate Hardy, & Geoff Morse

Phylogenetics and temporal diversification of the earliest true flies (Insecta: Diptera) based on multiple nuclear genes
Matt Bertone, Greg Courtney, & Brian Wiegmann

A mitochondrial genome phylogeny of Diptera: whole genome sequence data accurately resolve relationships over broad timescales with high precision
Stephen Cameron, Christine Lambkin, Stephen Barker, et al.