The results of a computerized cladistic analysis of the Nearctic checkered beetle genus Aulicus Spinola (Coleoptera: Cleridae: Clerinae) are presented. Seventeen adult morphological characters (7 multistate, 10 binary) were used to investigate the cladistic relationships of the fifteen valid species of Aulicus. Two Nearctic species of the genus Trichodes Herbst were used as outgroup taxa. Cladistic analysis with the parsimony computer program NONA yielded three equally parsimonious trees, each with thirteen nodes supported by unambiguous character optimizations, and having length 64, consistency index 50, and retention index 52. The strict consensus of these three trees has eleven resolved nodes.
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Vol. 109 • No. 3