[Taxacom] What will done with paraphyletic Mecoptera?

Kenneth Kinman kinman at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 14 18:10:40 CDT 2018


      Order Mecoptera was declared paraphyletic (with respect to Siphonaptera) as early as 2002, and evidence has been piling up ever since of the sister group relationship of Family Boreidae to Order Siphonaptera. Even a similarity in their jumping mechanism has been discovered.  And yet there has been little movement in abandoning an Order Mecoptera.
       So what is likely to happen.  Will the Family Boreidae be transferred to Order Siphonaptera?  And even if so, Order Mecoptera would likely still be paraphyletic with respect to that larger Siphonaptera.  Or will Siphonaptera become part of Mecoptera?  And yet some have even suggested Order Diptera evolved from Order Mecoptera, so will Mecoptera instead be split up?
                     ------------Ken


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