Suhpalacsa dietrichiae, copyright Deane Lewis.

Belongs within: Myrmeleontiformia.

The Ascalaphidae, owlflies, are a group of long-winged lacewings with long, clubbed antennae.

Characters (from New 1984): Costal area of wings with numerous crossveins, pterostigmata well defined; ocelli absent; head not produced into rostrum; antennae clubbed, at least half length of forewing.

    |--AlbardiaFS01 [AlbardiinaeEWB18]
    |    `--A. furcataFS01
         |  i. s.: Venacsa New 1984N84
         |           `--*V. bicostalis New 1984N84
         |         Pilacmonotus New 1984N84
         |           `--*P. sabulosus (Walker 1853) [=Ascalaphus sabulosus, Suhpalacsa sabulosa]N84
         |         Megacmonotus New 1984N84
         |           |--*M. magnus (McLachlan 1871) [=Suhpalacsa magna, Acmonotus magnus]N84
         |           |--M. spectabilis (Gerstaecker 1885) [=Suhpalacsa spectabilis, Acmonotus spectabilis]N84
         |           |--M. vanderweelei New 1984N84
         |           `--M. wilsoni (McLachlan 1871) [=Suhpalacsa wilsoni, Acmonotus wilsoni]N84
         |         Pseudodisparomitus New 1984N84
         |           `--*P. australiensis New 1984N84
         |         Disparomitus horvarthi Weele 1908N84, HM55
         |         Parasuphalomitus New 1984N84
         |           |--*P. macinnesi New 1984N84
         |           `--P. houstoni New 1984N84
         |         Lobalacsa New 1984N84
         |           |--*L. norsemanensis New 1984N84
         |           `--L. collessi New 1984N84
         |         Angustacsa New 1984N84
         |           `--*A. lobata New 1984N84
         |         Pictacsa New 1984N84
         |           |--*P. trimaculata New 1984N84
         |           |--P. commoni New 1984N84
         |           `--P. cruciformis New 1984N84
         |         Forcepacsa New 1984N84
         |           `--*F. rieki New 1984N84
         |         Umbracsa New 1984N84
         |           `--*U. amarilla New 1984N84
         |         Dentalacsa New 1984N84
         |           `--*D. uptoni New 1983N84
         |         AscalaphusRD77
         |           |--A. barbarusL02
         |           |--A. italicusG20
         |           `--A. longicornis [=Libelloides longicornis]RD77
         |         LibelloidesWHW10
         |           |--L. macaroniusVM20
         |           `--L. rhomboideusWHW10
         |         UlulodesWHW10
         |           |--U. quadrimaculataEWB18
         |           `--U. quadripunctatusWHW10
         |    |--Encyoposis brevistigma Esben-Petersen 1931HM55
         |    `--Pseudencyoposis van der Weele 1909N84
         |         `--*P. bicornis van der Weele 1909N84
         `--Suhpalacsini [Acmonotini]N84
              |--Acmonotus McLachlan 1871N84
              |    `--*A. incusifer McLachlan 1871N84
              |--Suphalomitus van der Weele 1909N84
              |    |--*S. difformis (McLachlan 1871) [=Suphalasca (l. c. for Suhpalacsa) difformis]N84
              |    `--S. pygmaeus New 1984N84
              `--Suhpalacsa Lefebvre 1842 [=Suhpalasca (l. c.)]N84
                   |--*S. flavipes (Leach 1814) (see below for synonymy)N84
                   |--S. barrowensis New 1984N84
                   |--S. dietrichiae (Brauer 1869) [=Bubo dietrichiae, Suhpalasca (l. c.) dietrichiae]N84
                   |--S. fuscostriata New 1984N84
                   |--S. incospicua McLachlan 1871 (see below for synonymy)N84
                   |--S. lyriformis New 1984N84
                   |--S. nigrescens New 1984N84
                   |--S. pequena New 1984N84
                   |--S. sagittaria New 1984N84
                   |--S. sordidata Navás 1931N84
                   |--S. stigmata New 1984N84
                   |--S. striata New 1984N84
                   |--S. subtrahens (Walker 1853) (see below for synonymy)N84
                   |--S. trimaculata New 1984N84
                   `--S. umbrata New 1984N84
Ascalaphidae incertae sedis:
  Allocormodes intractabilis (Walker 1859) [=Ascalaphus intractabilis, Cormodes intractabilis]HM55
    |--H. aethiopicus Kimmins 1949HM55
    `--H. festivus (Rambur 1842) (see below for synonymy)HM55
  Phalascusa braueri Weele 1908HM55
  Cratopteryx robertosantosi Martins-Neto & Vulcano 1989RJ93
  Glyptobasis M’Lachlan 1871E00
  Eremoides bicristatusEWB18
  Bubopsis andromacheVM20
  Neadelphus protae MacLeod 1970P92

Helicomitus festivus (Rambur 1842) [=Bubo festivus, Ascalaphus festivus, Encyoposis festivus; incl. Suhpalacsa africanus McLachlan 1871, E. amicus McLachlan 1871, E. bilineata Kolbe 1897, E. flavostigma Kolbe 1897]HM55

*Suhpalacsa flavipes (Leach 1814) [=Ascalaphus flavipes, Bubo flavipes, Suhpalasca (l. c.) flavipes; incl. A. importunus Walker 1853, Suphalasca (l. c.) laeta Gerstaecker 1885]N84

Suhpalacsa incospicua McLachlan 1871 [=Suhpalasca (l. c.) inconspicua; incl. Suhpalacsa humeralis Navás 1914]N84

Suhpalacsa subtrahens (Walker 1853) [=Ascalaphus subtrahens, Suhpalasca (l. c.) subtrahens; incl. Suphalasca (l. c.) moesta Gerstaecker 1885]N84

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[WHW10] Winterton, S. L., N. B. Hardy & B. M. Wiegmann. 2010. On wings of lace: phylogeny and Bayesian divergence time estimates of Neuropterida (Insecta) based on morphological and molecular data. Systematic Entomology 35: 349–378.

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