An enigma no more: an integrated taxonomic revision of Aenigmetopia Malloch reveals novel phylogenetic placement and four new species (Diptera : Sarcophagidae : Miltogramminae)

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  • Nikolas P. Johnston
  • James F. Wallman
  • Krzysztof Szpila
  • Pape, Thomas

Aenigmetopia Malloch is the only endemic genus of miltogrammine flesh flies (Diptera : Sarcophagidae) in Australia and, until now it has been known from a single species, A. fergusoni Malloch. This study constitutes the first comprehensive taxonomic revision of Aenigmetopia. Four new species, Aenigmetopia amissa, sp. nov., A. corona, sp. nov., A. kryptos, sp. nov. and A. pagoni, sp. nov., are described through the integration of molecular and morphological data and characters for genus- and species-level diagnoses are given. Aenigmetopia is included in a molecular phylogenetic analysis for the first time and the genus emerges as the sister taxon to Metopia Meigen, in agreement with morphological evidence.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInvertebrate Systematics
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)519-534
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • DNA barcoding, flesh flies, phylogenetics, DIGGER WASP, HYMENOPTERA, SYSTEMATICS, DNA

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