The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

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Dr. Ximo Mengual

Head of the Section Diptera
Tel: +49 228 9122-292
Fax: +49 228 9122-212
Mail: x.mengual [at]



Research interests

My research focuses on the systematics and taxonomy of true flies (Diptera) with specific emphasis on the world-wide family Syrphidae, commonly known as Flower flies or Hoverflies. Syrphid species are very important pollinators and play a crucial ecological and economic role as recyclers of dead plant and animal matter, pests of ornamental plants, and biocontrol agents of plant pests. Flower flies have been also used as bio-indicators of environmental health, and to demonstrate the effects of climate change on pollinators.

Additionally, I am interested on the ecology and the larval feeding modes of flower flies to explore possible evolutionary scenarios for these extremely diverse flies. The phylogenetic relationships of this group of flies and their placement within Muscomorpha are two other main goals of my research.

I am also interested on the usefulness of the so-called DNA taxonomy and on biodiversity research related to Diptera. Phylogenetics and phylogenomics are also of my interest, and I am working with molecular techniques using Next-Generation Sequencing to develop baits for Anchored Hybrid Enrichment. Together with the zmb, we have recently sequenced several transcriptomes and one syrphid genome for further phylogenomic studies. Furthermore, I like also to discuss about theoretical problems and new methods in phylogenetic systematics and phylogenomics.


Asociación española de Entomología, Willi Hennig Society, Entomological Society of Washington

Further information

Address: Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Leibniz-Institut für Biodiversität der Tiere. Adenauerallee 160, D-53113  Bonn, Germany.

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