deciphering their diversity and evolutionary history

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Asiloid Flies
deciphering their diversity and evolutionary history

Sample of Asiloid Flies

Asilidae phylogeny

The phylogenetic relationships of taxa within the monophyletic Asilidae are still relatively poorly known as it is a speciose clade of more than 7,500 species. The Asilidae attracted much attention from dipterists and many revisionary projects and ecological studies were undertaken. Despite this interest, only very recently have advances in understanding the major evolutionary events during the phylogenetic history of the Asilidae been made.

Please follow this link in order to see hypotheses of the evolutionary relationships within Asilidae. An updated version of this older site will soon be available here.