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BIG4 - Diptera



Quick facts

Project title: 
Origin and diversification of hoverflies: a revision of the genera Asarkina and Allobaccha
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Syrphidae, commonly called hover or flower flies, is one of the most diverse families of Diptera very attractive for citizen-scientists. Phylogenetic relationships among its main subfamilies and genera are still not totally understood; especially large genera such as Allobaccha Curran and Asarkina Macquart. This project aims to review both genera in order to describe the new species using new publishing tools, as well as to study their phylogenetic placement among other Syrphidae with the development of a workflow for Ultra-Conserved Elements or Anchored Hybrid Enrichment technique.


Contact person

Head of the Section Diptera
+49 228 9122-292
+49 228 9122-212
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