Gryllotalpidae


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Gryllotalpidae

[′gril·ō′tal·pə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
A family of North American insects in the order Orthoptera which live in sand or mud; they eat the roots of seedlings growing in moist, light soils.
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Here we present the first preliminary molecular analysis of relationships among a sample of living members of the Gryllotalpidae.
These specimens represent at least 10 species from four of the six genera of the Gryllotalpidae, as well as a representative from the sister taxon Gryllidae, which was used to root the tree.
In this study using 16S mitochondrial gene partial nucleotide sequence data, we explored the evolutionary relationships among different species of molecrickets representing four genera of the family Gryllotalpidae.
The earliest members of the Gryllotalpidae are known from fossils of the Jurassic period (Sharov 1971, Walker & Masaki 1989), and the family is hypothesized to have diverged as a clade during the Triassic period, based on a molecular analysis of the Ensifera that was calibrated from the fossil record (Panaram 2007).