Phylogenetic position of the mangrove dolichopodid fly genera Ngirhaphium Evenhuis & Grootaert 2002 and Physopyga Grootaert & Meuffels 1989

Category: 
Pilot project
Acronym: 
PhylDOL
Coordinator: 
Patrick Grootaert (RBINS)
JEMU partner: 
Massimiliano Virgilio & Nathalie Smitz
Project summary: 
The systematic position of the mangrove dolichopodid fly genera Ngirhaphium Evenhuis & Grootaert 2002 and Physopyga Grootaert & Meuffels 1989 is not clear. Both genera are strongly related and have been classified within the Rhaphiinae mainly on a morphological basis. At the moment only 1 specimen of Ngirhaphium has been sequenced for six genes but its phylogenetic position within the Dolichopodidae could not be resolved (Lim et al., 2010). German et al. (2011) sequenced 9 species of Rhaphiinae but the position of Ngirhaphium could not be resolved in their phylogenies. In this project, 7 species of both Ngirhaphium (5 species) and Physopyga (2 species) will be sequenced and used to make a more comprehensive dataset and to study the phylogeny of the Dolichopodidae, particularly the phylogenetic positions of Ngirhaphium and Physopyga.
Collaborations: 
Prof. Rudolf Meier, Evolutionary Biology Laboratory, NUS, Singapore Drs. Abdullah Samoh, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai campus, Kho Hong, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand
Lab work progress: 
completed
Data analysis: 
completed
Starting date: 
2015
Project status: 
In progress
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith