The origins of species richness in the Hymenoptera: insights from a family-level supertree

  title={The origins of species richness in the Hymenoptera: insights from a family-level supertree},
  author={Robert B Davis and Sandra L. Baldauf and Peter J Mayhew},
  journal={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
  pages={109 - 109}
BackgroundThe order Hymenoptera (bees, ants, wasps, sawflies) contains about eight percent of all described species, but no analytical studies have addressed the origins of this richness at family-level or above. To investigate which major subtaxa experienced significant shifts in diversification, we assembled a family-level phylogeny of the Hymenoptera using supertree methods. We used sister-group species-richness comparisons to infer the phylogenetic position of shifts in diversification… 

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