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Searching for a leaf in a forest: A taxonomic and phylogenetic revision of leaf mining moths Phyllocnistis (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) in Australia.

Ying Luo (Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO & Australian National University); Scott Keogh (Australian National University); Andreas Zwick (Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO). Phyllocnistis is a genus of of leaf mining moths in the family Gracillariidae. Globally there are over 110 described species of Phyllocnistis. Previously, only 15 species of this genus were known from Australia. In …

Searching for a leaf in a forest: A taxonomic and phylogenetic revision of leaf mining moths Phyllocnistis (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) in Australia. Read More »

Museum genomics resolves cryptic species in the Australasian arbovirus vector mosquito Culex annulirostris Skuse, 1889 (Diptera: Culicidae).

Bryan D. Lessard (Australian Biological Resources Study, CSIRO Australian National Insect Collection), Juanita Rodriguez (CSIRO Australian National Insect Collection), Nigel Beebe (University of Queensland), Cameron Webb (Westmead Hospital), Nina Kurucz (NT Health, Public Health), David Yeates (CSIRO Australian National Insect Collection), Andreas Zwick (CSIRO Australian National Insect Collection) & Chris Hardy (CSIRO Land and Water). …

Museum genomics resolves cryptic species in the Australasian arbovirus vector mosquito Culex annulirostris Skuse, 1889 (Diptera: Culicidae). Read More »

Comparative Analysis of Whole Genome Sequencing and Target Capture of Ultra Conserved Elements for Phylogenetic Studies in Hymenoptera.

Juanita Rodriguez (CSIRO, Australian National Insect Collection); Olivia Evangelista (CSIRO, Australian National Insect Collection); Alicia Grealy (CSIRO, National Collections and Marine Infrastructure). In this study, we present a comparative analysis of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) and Target Capture of Ultra Conserved Elements (UCE), within the context of phylogenetic research. We utilized a set of aculeate …

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From phylogenomics to macroevolution: evolution across the adaptive landscape in a hyperdiverse beetle radiation.

Yun ‘Living’ Li (Australian National Insect Collection & Australian National University); Craig Moritz (Australian National University); Ian Brennan (Australian National University); Andreas Zwick (Australian National Insect Collection); James Nicholls (Australian National Insect Collection); Alicia Grealy (Australian National Herbarium); Adam Slipinski (Australian National Insect Collection). The extraordinary diversification of beetles on earth is a textbook example …

From phylogenomics to macroevolution: evolution across the adaptive landscape in a hyperdiverse beetle radiation. Read More »

Unravelling Ochrogaster lunifer, a cryptic species complex.

Nicole McMullen (The University of Queensland). Ochrogaster lunifer Herrich-Schäffer 1855, commonly known as the bag shelter moth, is a relatively ubiquitous and abundant Australian native moth species. The caterpillars’ behaviour of processioning in single file has meant that many Australians are familiar with them. Their nest, a silken ‘bag’, is used as a retreat during the …

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First assessment of cryptic species in the gall-inducing scale insect Apiomorpha calycina (Coccomorpha: Eriococcidae).

Torin R. O’Connell (The University of Queensland); Lyn G. Cook (The University of Queensland). Apiomorpha calycina is a member of the most species-rich, gall-inducing scale insect genus.  Females induce vase-shaped galls on eucalypts in Eucalyptus sections Bisectae, Latoangulatae and Dumaria.  The species was first described by Tepper in 1893 from specimens collected on Eucalyptus dumosa in South Australia, but its distribution is …

First assessment of cryptic species in the gall-inducing scale insect Apiomorpha calycina (Coccomorpha: Eriococcidae). Read More »

Is there cryptic species diversity in Apiomorpha strombylosa (Tepper)?

Chen-hsin Fan (The University of Queensland); Lyn G. Cook (The University of Queensland). Apiomorpha is the most species-rich genus of gall-inducing scale insect, and it is specific to Eucalyptus. It is also one of the most chromosomally diverse animal genera on the planet, with diploid karyotypes ranging from 2n=4 to about 192. Here, we test species boundaries …

Is there cryptic species diversity in Apiomorpha strombylosa (Tepper)? Read More »

Phylogenomics of South West Pacific nocturnal foraging bees.

Simon M. Tierney (Western Sydney University). The hyperactivity of foraging bees is typically associated with spring blossoms on bright sunny days, however, a diverse range of distantly related bee lineages are unusual in their habit of exclusively foraging in dim-light conditions between dusk and dawn. The successful colonisation of a novel photo-temporal niche, and subsequent speciation …

Phylogenomics of South West Pacific nocturnal foraging bees. Read More »

Newly discovered gall-inducing scale insects (Coccomorpha: Apiomorpha) on York gum (Eucalyptus loxophleba) in the Southwest Australian Floristic Region.

Karla M. Garcia (The University of Queensland); Lyn G. Cook (The University of Queensland). The lack of information on invertebrate fauna, to the point that about 80% have yet to be named and described, prevents them from being listed in conservation schedules. Many of these “dark taxa” are probably at risk of extinction due to the …

Newly discovered gall-inducing scale insects (Coccomorpha: Apiomorpha) on York gum (Eucalyptus loxophleba) in the Southwest Australian Floristic Region. Read More »

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