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Chlamydonia Caterino 2006

Michael S. Caterino
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Containing group: Chlamydopsinae

Introduction

This genus was described recently, along with Kanakopsis and two species of Chlamydopsis, in a paper reporting Chlamydopsinae from New Caledonia for the first time (Caterino, 2006). Superficially its members appear similar to species in the genera Eucurtiopsis and Orectoscelis. However, they exhibit many structural differences that indicate that their similarities are probably convergent. Nearly all known specimens have been collected through the use of flight interception traps, so nothing is known about their habits or possible hosts.

Characteristics

The species of Chlamydonia are quite varied in appearance. Many species are strongly punctured and otherwise sculptured, while others are completely smooth. Some are very setose, while others are smooth. What they all share are series of frontal tubercles on the head, usually organized in two parallel series, paired pronotal tubercles (usually two pairs), and a doubled epipleural marginal stria, with the second appearing as an arc above the metafemoral apex (when the legs are held in the resting position.)

The trichomes generally form some kind of elongate disc, with setae along the rounded edge. The length and orientation of this disc vary greatly, as do the setae along its edge. In many species the setae are short and even, while in others they may be greatly elongated, projecting upward or outward from the body.

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

The species level relationships within Chlamydonia were analyzed by Caterino (2006) in the paper featuring the species decriptions. The basal split in the genus is defined by the differing appearance of a median fovea on the inner surface of the trichome. While relationships depicted above are well supported for a few small groups of species, there is significant phylogenetic work still to be done in the genus. In particular, most species are known only from one sex (in most cases males), so it has not been possible to study genitalic characters in sufficient detail to include any in the analysis.

References

Caterino, M. S. 2006. Chlamydopsinae from New Caledonia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 52:2764.

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Scientific Name Chlamydonia erectopilosa
Specimen Condition Dead Specimen
Identified By Michael S. Caterino
Collection Museum National de Histoire Naturelle, Paris
Type Holotype
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Scientific Name Chlamydonia sinuata
Specimen Condition Dead Specimen
Identified By Michael S. Caterino
Collection Michael S. Caterino Collection
Type Paratype
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Scientific Name Chlamydonia sol
Specimen Condition Dead Specimen
Identified By Michael S. Caterino
Type Paratype
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Caterino, Michael S. 2007. Chlamydonia Caterino 2006. Version 15 July 2007 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Chlamydonia/107420/2007.07.15 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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