Phylogenetic Revision of Acanthiophilus (Diptera: Tephritidae), with a Description of Three New Species and a Discussion of Zoogeography

@inproceedings{Morgulis2015PhylogeneticRO,
  title={Phylogenetic Revision of Acanthiophilus (Diptera: Tephritidae), with a Description of Three New Species and a Discussion of Zoogeography},
  author={Elizabeth Morgulis and Amnon Freidberg and Netta Dorchin},
  year={2015}
}
ABSTRACT Acanthiophilus Becker (Diptera: Tephritidae) is a fruit fly genus currently with 10 species, all of which restricted to flowerheads of plants in the family Asteraceae. Most species in the genus are limited to the Afrotropical Region, but Acanthiophilus helianthi (Rossi) is also widespread in the Palearctic Region, where it is considered to be a major pest of safflower. No information on the life history of any of the species other than A. helianthi has been available so far, and the… Expand
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