New status, species, distribution records and phylogeny for Australian mandibulate Chironomidae (Diptera)

Peter S. Cranston*, Don H.D. Edward, Lyn G. Cook

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    Abstract

    All life-history stages of the Australian Podonominae (Chironomidae) genus Archaeochlus Brundin are revised, providing evidence for recognition of a separate clade, named here as Austrochlus Cranston. Based on molecular and morphological evidence, the clade contains two additional species: Austrochlus parabrundini Cranston, Edward and Cook sp. n. is described from Western Australia where its granite outcrop seepage habitat and geographical range is almost identical to that of the type species Austrochlus brundini Cranston, Edward and Colless (n. comb); Austrochlus centralaustralis Cranston, Edward and Cook sp. n. is described from ephemeral seepage/flows in the MacDonnell and James Ranges of central Australia. Molecular studies reported here confirm species distinctions, relationships to African taxa, and basal relationships within the Chironomidae. Modelled distributions provide evidence for range restriction by seasonal rainfall patterns.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)357-366
    Number of pages10
    JournalAustralian Journal of Entomology
    Volume41
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2002

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