What is FLYTREE?

 Ectinorhynchus Macquart, 1850The FLYTREE project is an international research collaboration funded by the US National Science Foundation, to elaborate and discover the details of the relationships and diversity amongst the flies (insect order, Diptera) with the ultimate goal of providing a newly resolved phylogeny for this major branch of the Tree of Life.

With over 158,000 described species, flies are among the most diverse groups of living organisms on the planet. This diversity transcends simple species numbers and is demonstrated in the great breadth of morphological, ecological, and behavioral variation found in the group.

Flies have a deep evolutionary history that extends back to the Permian Period, over 250 million years ago.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith