Systematics of the Australian Bactrocera

Australia has approximately 100 Bactrocera species, many of which have close affinities with Bactrocera fauna of Papua New Guinea.  As for the entire genus Bactrocera, the relationships of the Australian species to each other, and to species or subgenera occurring in other counties, is still unclear.  This project carried out new collections, undertook novel morphological and molecular research, and create a comprehensive phylogeny for the Australian Bactrocera.  Melissa Starkie, the PhD candidate who carried out this project, is awaiting final word that the degree has been awarded and is busy writing up thesis papers.



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Other Team Members

Jane Royer, QDAF



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