Molecular Systematics of the Subfamily Phasiinae (Diptera: Tachinidae)
Blaschke, J. D.  2013.  M.S. Thesis.

The subfamily Phasiinae (Diptera: Tachinidae) is composed of obligate endoparasitoid flies that attack Heteroptera, many of which are important agricultural pests. To lay a foundation for future studies in phasiine life history and their potential for use as biological control agents, the phylogenetic relationships within Phasiinae were explored with nucleotide sequences of two genes, CAD and LGL. A total of 63 taxa for CAD and 73 taxa for LGL were included in the analyses, representing 58 genera. Maximum likelihood inference methods were employed to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships in separate analyses of each gene and in a combined dataset. Phylogenetic reconstructions generally supported recent morphological classifications based on oviposition strategies and postabdomen characters. All tribes in Phasiinae were recovered as monophyletic or could become so with minor changes to current classification schemes. Tachinidae was recovered as a monophyletic family, and the monophyly of the subfamilies Tachininae, Exoristinae, and Phasiinae was resolved with varying levels of statistical support. Dexiinae was paraphyletic. Significant results include the following proposed taxonomic revisions: 1) removing Litophasia from Catharosiini, 2) transferring Euclytia, Eliozeta, Ectophasia, and Clytiomya from Phasiini to Gymnosomatini, 3) including Strongygaster and Rondaniooestrus in Phasiinae, 4) placing Rondaniooestrus and Opesia in Strongygastrini, 5) creating a new tribe for Xysta: Xystiini, 6) placing Hermya at the base of Strongygastrini in its own tribe, Hermyini, rather than in Cylindromyiini, and 7) including Litophasia, Euthera, and Epigrimyia in Dexiinae.