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a fruit fly
taxon links Monophyly Uncertain[down<--]Tephritoidea Interpreting the tree
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This tree diagram shows the relationships between several groups of organisms.

The root of the current tree connects the organisms featured in this tree to their containing group and the rest of the Tree of Life. The basal branching point in the tree represents the ancestor of the other groups in the tree. This ancestor diversified over time into several descendent subgroups, which are represented as internal nodes and terminal taxa to the right.

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You can click on the root to travel down the Tree of Life all the way to the root of all Life, and you can click on the names of descendent subgroups to travel up the Tree of Life all the way to individual species.

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Tree adapted from Korneyev 2000; Norrbom 2004; Seguraa et al. 2006.
Containing group: Tephritoidea


Korneyev V.A. 2000. Phylogenetic relationships among higher groups of Tephritidae. In: Fruit Flies (Tephritidae): Phylogeny and Evolution of Behaviour (eds M Aluja & A Norrbom), pp. 73–112. CRC Press, Boca Raton, USA.

Norrbom, A.L. (editor). 2004. Tephritidae phylogeny. Tephritidae on the Diptera Site (not peer-reviewed material). http://www.sel.barc.usda.gov/Diptera/tephriti/TephPhyl.htm, accessed on 25 Mar. 2008.

Seguraa, M.D., C. Callejasa, M.P. Fernándeza and M.D. Ochandoa. 2006. New contributions towards the understanding of the phylogenetic relationships among economically important fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae). Bull. Entomol. Research. 96:279-288

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a fruit fly
Scientific Name Paracantha
Comments a fruit fly
Copyright © 1996
Scientific Name Bactrocera cucurbitae
Comments melon fly
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Life Cycle Stage Adult
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