Australian Museum Journal Taxonomy, phylogeny and zoogeography of the subfamily Ceratomerinae of Australia (Diptera: Empidoidea)

Shortform:
Sinclair, 2003, Rec. Aust. Mus. 55(1): 1–44
Author(s):
Sinclair, Bradley J.
Year published:
2003
Title:
Taxonomy, phylogeny and zoogeography of the subfamily Ceratomerinae of Australia (Diptera: Empidoidea)
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
55
Issue:
1
Start page:
1
End page:
44
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.55.2003.1373
Language:
English
Date published:
16 April 2003
Cover date:
16 April 2003
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
INSECTA: DIPTERA; TAXONOMY; BIOGEOGRAPHY
Digitized:
16 April 2003
Available online:
16 April 2003
Reference number:
1373
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Complete work:
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Abstract

Nineteen endemic Australian species of the Gondwanan genus Ceratomerus Philippi are revised, including four described and 15 new species: C. albistylus Hardy, C. athertonius n.sp., C. attenuatus n.sp., C. barringtonensis n.sp., C. bickeli n.sp., C. bulbosus n.sp., C. campbelli (Paramonov), C. falcatus n.sp., C. globosus n.sp., C. hibernatus n.sp., C. inflexus Hardy, C. lobatus n.sp., C. maculatus n.sp., C. malleolus n.sp., C. macalpinei n.sp., C. ordinatus Hardy, C. oreas n.sp., C. orientalis n.sp., and C. victoriae n.sp. This is primarily an aquatic genus, restricted to cascading rocky rainforest streams of eastern Australia from the Tablelands near Cairns to Tasmania. Adults prey on flying aquatic insects and are collected on emergent rocks and riparian vegetation.

The Australian ceratomerine fauna comprises three species groups, with the C. campbelli group apparently most closely related to the C. paradoxus group of Chile. The C. ordinatus group appears closely related to species from New Zealand and Ecuador (high elevations). A key to all Australian species is included and zoogeography discussed.

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