The Systematic Position of Strepsiptera (Insecta)

  title={The Systematic Position of Strepsiptera (Insecta)},
  author={R. Kinzelbach},
  journal={American Entomologist},
  • R. Kinzelbach
  • Published 1990
  • Biology
  • American Entomologist
  • The Strepsiptera are considered to be a monophyletic order. They show plesiomorphic characters already lost in most of the other holometabolous insects and many very peculiar autapomorphies related to their specialized endoparasitism. A series of non morphological arguments supports this point of view. Clear synapomorphies to other insect orders are absent; possibly the opisthomotorism and the resulting special structure of the metendosternite may be synapomorphies of the Coleoptera. The… CONTINUE READING
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