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Diversity of Odiniidae (Diptera: Schizophora)in the Neotropical Region, with emphasis in Southeast Brazil

Grant number: 16/21333-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2017
Effective date (End): April 30, 2018
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal Investigator:Dalton de Souza Amorim
Grantee:Heloísa Fernandes Flores
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Odiniidae (Diptera: Schizophora) is a family of flies of worldwide distribution, with 65 described species in 15 genera. These flies belong to Opomyzoidea superfamily, a group that has received little attention from taxonomists in Brazil, creating gaps in the knowledge of Acalyptratae diversity. There are still many species to be described and even generic taxa in the family, particularly from the Neotropical region, including Brazil. The study of family diversity should allow, in addition to advances in taxonomic knowledge of the group, an understanding of family basic plan for various body structures. Many specimens have been collected and deposited in entomological collections in Brazil and abroad, and are available for study. With the study of this material, this project aims to raise the knowledge of the diversity of Odiniidae in the Neotropical reagion, emphasizing the Brazilian fauna and, more specifically, the fauna of southeastern Brazil. The material of Odiniidae available for study will be identified up to the specific level and possible new species will be described, with photographs and illustrations of the head, thorax, wing, habitus, male and female terminalia. In addition, six species of Odiniidae with occurrence to the southeast of Brazil - one of Lopesiodinia, one of Neotraginops, two of Paratraginops and two of Schildomyia will be redescribed. The results of this project will be presented as Undergraduate Thesis and, as a result, will familiarize the student with the Odiniidae morphology and taxonomy and the general problems of homology and position of this family in Opomyzoidea. (AU)