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Phylogeny, Oviposition, Stick Insect
Phasmids, commonly known as stick bugs, are unique and interesting creatures, both phenotypically and genotypically. Their cryptic abilities are what draws most people to them, but their oviposition techniques, or how they disperse eggs, has become a new source of interest. While most phasmids are known to flick or drop their eggs from the canopy, there are several other techniques including inserting the eggs into the soil or gluing them to a substrate. New world phasmids have not been thoroughly studied, especially in understanding which technique was ancestral. The purpose of this paper was to construct a phylogenetic tree to determine the ancestral state of these genera and determine if these techniques could serve as traits to delineate subgroups.
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McGregor, Ellie; Linde, Jackson; and Whiting, Michael F., "Ancestral State Reconstruction of Oviposition Techniques in New World Stick Insects" (2022). Library/Life Sciences Undergraduate Poster Competition 2022. 59.
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