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Morphology-based phylogeny of the coastal rove-beetle subgenera EmplenotaCasey and TriocharaBernhauer of the genus AleocharaGravenhorst (Coleoptera Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae)

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A morphology-based cladistic analysis was conducted of the coastal rove-beetle subgenera EmplenotaCasey and TriocharaBernhauer of the genus AleocharaGravenhorst. We used 36 adult characters from the all ten Emplenotaand three Triocharaspecies, and two outgroups, resulting in a single tree. The topology within the Emplenotaclade shows a clear pattern of species diversification that correlates well with the biogeographical distribution of this taxon. The Emplenotaclade was phylogenetically divided into three, consisting of a Nearctic clade forming a sister group relationship with the Eastern Palearctic clade, and a basal Western Palearctic evolutionary grade. In contrast, the geographical origin of Triochararemains unclear due to a paucity of information and difficulties in interpreting the distributional data.

Affiliations: 1: aEntomological Laboratory, Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences, Kyushu University, Hakozaki 6-10-1, Fukuoka, 812-8581 Japan; 2: b The Kyushu University Museum, Hakozaki 6-10-1, Fukuoka, 812-8581 Japan


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