Selected publications 2009

August 4th, 2010

Jim Liebherr recently published "Taxonomic revision of the Mecyclothorax beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) of Oahu: epithets as epitaphs for an endangered fauna?" in Systematic Entomology 34: 649-687 (2009). Among the new species was Mecyclothorax invictus, so named because it has persisted victorious in spite of urban development on Oahu. Within a week of receiving a reprint of the paper and after using the identification key in it, Dr. Paul Krushelnycky of UHawaii-Manoa wrote that he had collected a new species of Mecyclothorax from Palikea, a site previously unsampled for beetles of this genus. They will describe the new species soon, adding to what we know about Hawaiian native insect diversity. See Jim's publications on Hawaiian Carabidae, all of which are available as PDFs upon request.

Bryan Danforth, in collaboration with Denis Michez and Sebastien Patiny, recently published a paper entitled “Phylogeny of the bee family Melittidae (Hymenoptera: Anthophila) based on combined molecular and morphological data” in Systematic Entomology 34: 574-597 (2009). This paper establishes the phylogeny of the genera and tribes within the three melittid subfamilies. Our results provide a more stable classification for the melittid bees and provide new insights into the placement of some problematic taxa (Afrodasypoda and Promelitta). Denis Michez is adding more taxa to this data set and examining the patterns of host-plant preferences in a broader sample of melittid bees. See Bryan's publications, all of which are available as PDFs upon request.