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Type: Article
Published: 2019-07-15
Page range: 189–192
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A Preliminary Phylogeny of Rhyacophilidae with Reference to Fansipangana and the Monophyly of Rhyacophila

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
Brigham Young University, Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Provo, UT 84602, USA Smithsonian Institution, Data Science Lab, Washington, D.C. 20002, USA
Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity, Berlin, Germany
Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Senckenberganlage 25, D-60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Institute for Insect Biotechnology, Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32, D-35392 Gießen, Germany


The phylogeny of Rhyacophilidae was explored with 28S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) and Cytochrome Oxidase Subunit I (COI) mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). Eighty one rhyacophilids were included in the analysis. We found that although Rhyacophilidae was recovered as monophyletic, intrafamilial relationships are not well-resolved using this dataset. Bootstrap support was poor for intrageneric relationships and additional data will be required to present a more robust hypothesis. The recovered phylogeny places Fansipangana as the sister taxon of the rest of Rhyacophilidae. We found that Himalopsyche was nested inside the genus Rhyacophila with the verrula group sister to Himalopsyche and remaining Rhyacophila. These results and possible relationships should be tested with a more extensive data set.