OEB Seminar Series: Jessica L. Ware


Thursday, March 24, 2022, 3:30pm

Jessica L. Ware Jessica L. Ware
Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology
American Museum of Natural History

Odonata Evolution: dragonflies and damselflies through space and time

Abstract:  Dragonflies and damselflies, representing the insect order Odonata, are among the earliest flying insects with living (extant) representatives. However, unravelling details of their long evolutionary history, such as egg laying (oviposition) strategies, is impeded by unresolved phylogenetic relationships, an issue particularly prevalent in damselfly families and fossil lineages. Here we present the first transcriptome-based and AHE-based phylogenetic reconstructions of Odonata representing nearly all of the order’s families (except Austropetaliidae and Neopetaliidae). All damselfly families and most dragonfly families are recovered as monophyletic groups. Our Molecular clock estimates suggest that crown-Zygoptera (damselflies) and -Anisoptera (dragonflies) both arose during the late Triassic. Similarly, Dictyoptera analyses are resolved with AHE phylogenetic reconstruction.

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