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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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Phylogeny after Lawrence and Newton 1982, Caterino et al. 2005, and Beutel and Leschen 2005.
Unless otherwise stated, the generic classifcation used throughout the staphylinoids in the ToL follows Newton and Thayer (2005).
Betz, O., M. K. Thayer & A. F. Newton. 2003. Comparative morphology and evolutionary pathways of the mouthparts in spore-feeding Staphylinoidea (Coleoptera). Acta Zoologica 84 (3): 179-238.
Beutel, R. G. and Leschen, R. A. B. 2005. Phylogenetic analysis of Staphyliniformia (Coleoptera) based on characters of larvae and adults. Systematic Entomology DOI:10.1111/j.1365-3113.2005.00293.x
Caterino, M. S., T. Hunt, and A. P. Vogler. 2005. On the constitution and phylogeny of Staphyliniformia (Insecta:Coleoptera). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 34: 655 -672. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2004.11.012
Lawrence, J. F. and A. F. Newton. 1982. Evolution and classification of beetles. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 13: 261-290.
Newton, A. F., Jr. 1984. Mycophagy in Staphylinoidea (Coleoptera). Pages 302-353 in: Q. Wheeler and M. Blackwell (editors), Fungus/Insect Relationships. Perspectives in Ecology and Evolution. Columbia University Press, New York.
Newton, A. F., Jr. 1985. South temperate Staphylinoidea (Coleoptera): their potential for biogeographic analysis of austral disjunctions. Pages 180-220 in: G. E. Ball (editor), Taxonomy, phylogeny, and zoogeography of beetles and ants. A volume dedicated to the memory of Philip Jackson Darlington, Jr., 1904-1983. W. Junk, The Hague, Series Entomologia 33.
Newton, A. F., Jr. 1990. Larvae of Staphyliniformia (Coleoptera): where do we stand? Coleopterists Bulletin 44: 205-210.
Newton, A. F., Jr. & M. K. Thayer. 1992. Current classification and family-group names in Staphyliniformia (Coleoptera). Fieldiana: Zoology (N. S.) 67: 1-92.
Newton, A. F. & M. K. Thayer. 2005 Catalog of higher taxa, genera, and subgenera of Staphyliniformia. Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History. URL: http://www.fieldmuseum.org/peet_staph/db_1a.html
Information on the Internet
- PEET Austral Staphylinidae. Systematics and Historical Biogeography. The Field Museum
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