Phylogeny and host relationships of the Australian gall-inducing fly Fergusonina Malloch (Diptera: Fergusoninidae)
Fergusoninidae is a monogeneric family of mainly Australian flies. In a unique obligate mutualism with a nematode, these flies induce galls on plants in the family Myrtaceae, and have been recorded on seven genera of host plants, most commonly on the eucalypts. Most host plants are associated with multiple species of Fergusonina, usually galling different sites on the plant. Despite the abundance and diversity of Fergusoninidae and its tight association with...[Show more]
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