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Larval Characteristics and Generic Placement of Endemic Hawaiian Hemerobiids (Neuroptera)

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Title: Larval Characteristics and Generic Placement of Endemic Hawaiian Hemerobiids (Neuroptera)
Authors: Tauber, Catherine A.
Krakauer, Alan H.
Issue Date: Oct 1997
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Tauber CA, Krakauer AH. 1997. Larval characteristics and generic placement of endemic Hawaiian Hemerobiids (Neuroptera). Pac Sci 51(4): 413-423.
Abstract: The brown lacewings (Neuroptera: Hemerobiidae) have undergone a
spectacular radiation on the Hawaiian Archipelago; currently 23 endemic micromine
species are recognized, 19 of which were described by Perkins and four by Zimmerman.
Recent systematics studies, using adult morphological characteristics, placed
these lacewings in the cosmopolitan genus Micromus. Two of the Hawaiian species
(Micromus vagus [from Hawai'i and Maui] and M. rubrinervis [from Hawai'i))
exhibit larval characteristics indicating a close relationship with Micromus. Both
species have more larval traits in common with Micromus than with other hemerobiid
genera. However, until larvae from the three other genera in Microminae become
available, it is not possible to designate whether any of these larval traits are
synapomorphic for Micromus. The results also indicate that phylogenetic analyses
of the Hemerobiidae should include all instars and that interspecific comparisons
should be made on equivalent semaphoronts.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 51, Number 4, 1997

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