Extreme head morphology in Plastotephritinae (Diptera, Platystomatidae), with a proposition of classification of head structures in acalyptrate Diptera.

Whittington, A. E., 2006. Extreme head morphology in Plastotephritinae (Diptera, Platystomatidae), with a proposition of classification of head structures in acalyptrate Diptera. Instrumenta Biodiversitatis, 7, pp. 1-23.

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Abstract

Modification of the head capsule in flies is known from several families of Diptera. In nearly all instances the accompanying agonistic behaviour suggests sexual selection for increased morphological change. This paper examines and explores the variety of head modifications found in the Plastotephritinae (Diptera, Platystomatidae) and, in the absence of biological observations regarding sexual behaviour and oviposition, suggests that similar agonistic, territorial behaviour and sexual selection is likely in Plastotephritinae. In addition, a system of classification of head modifications is proposed to aid future discussion and later (possibly phylogenetic) analysis, listing 9 (+ 1 intermediate) categories of head modification in Plastotephritinae and 4 further categories in other dipterous families.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1662-0437
Uncontrolled Keywords:Platystomatidae; Plastotephritinae; head modification; agonistic behaviour; sexual selection; morphology
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:29346
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:13 Jun 2017 10:09
Last Modified:13 Jun 2017 10:09

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