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Invertebrate Systematics publishes significant contributions and reviews on the systematics, phylogeny and biogeography of all invertebrate taxa. More

Editor-in-Chief: Andy Austin


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Volume 29 Number 1 2015

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Discordance between morphological species identification and mtDNA phylogeny in the flesh fly genus Ravinia (Diptera : Sarcophagidae) 
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Evan S. Wong, Gregory A. Dahlem, Trevor I. Stamper and Ronald W. DeBry
pp. 1-11

The agriculturally important flesh fly genus, Ravinia, enables us to study the intersection of evolutionary lineages and morphology. In particular, we determine if there is a disagreement between inferred genetic lineages and the morphology used to identify species, finding several discrepancies in Ravinia species. The findings from this study highlight the potential problems and the benefits that integrating molecular data can have in taxonomic studies.

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Morphology and DNA barcodes reveal the presence of the non-native land planarian Obama marmorata (Platyhelminthes : Geoplanidae) in Europe 
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Domingo Lago-Barcia, Fernando A. Fernández-Álvarez, Lisandro Negrete, Francisco Brusa, Cristina Damborenea, Cristina Grande and Carolina Noreña
pp. 12-22

The occurrence of Obama marmorata, from the Neotropical Region, is described as an introduced species in the Iberian Peninsula. DNA barcoding has also been successfully used as a tool for identifying this species as an alien species. Further studies are needed to elucidate its role as an introduced or an invasive species, its environmental requirements and its dispersal potential.


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Protosternini (Coleoptera : Hydrophilidae) corroborated as monophyletic and its larva described for the first time: a review of the myrmecophilous genus Sphaerocetum 
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Martin Fikáček, Munetoshi Maruyama, Takashi Komatsu, Christoph von Beeren, Dominik Vondráček and Andrew E. Z. Short
pp. 23-36

Our work summarises surprising discoveries about water scavenger beetles in mixed ant nests in Peninsular Malaysia. New species of Sphaerocetum, a genus belonging to a small isolated group called Protosternini, were collected, indicating that both adults and larvae are obligatory myrmecophiles, and allowing us to reveal the phylogenetic position of the group using morphology and molecular data. Our findings conform with the hypothesis that a wide spectrum of inhabited habitats, including several independent colonisations of ant nests, may be a reason for high species diversity of terrestrial hydrophilid beetles.


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Phylogeny and biogeography of the mite harvestmen (Arachnida : Opiliones : Cyphophthalmi) of Queensland, Australia, with a description of six new species from the rainforests of the Wet Tropics 
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Sarah L. Boyer, Caitlin M. Baker, Zachary R. Popkin-Hall, Domokos I. Laukó, Hannah A. Wiesner and Rachel H. Quay
pp. 37-70

The rainforests of Australia’s Wet Tropics are recognised as a biodiversity hotspot and designated a World Heritage Area; however, many groups endemic to these forests remain poorly known. Here, we use both morphological and molecular data to identify and describe six new species of arachnids from the Wet Tropics, and explore their biogeographic relationships. This work adds to our growing understanding of the diversity, biogeography, and evolutionary history of the endemic biota of the area.


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Morphological phylogenetic analysis confirms the monophyly of Rhysophora Cresson (Diptera: Ephydridae) and provides a framework for a revision of the genus 
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Daniel N. R. Costa, Wayne N. Mathis and Luciane Marinoni
pp. 71-103

The shore-fly genus Rhysophora comprises species from the New World associated with aquatic plants (water lettuce and pickerel weed). We review the five species previously recognised, describe four new species, and reanalyse relationships among all included species. The results show that Rhysophora is a distinct lineage, and the evolutionary tree provides insights about the distribution and position of the genus among shore flies.

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These articles have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication. They are still in production and have not been edited, so may differ from the final published form.

    IS14060  Accepted 08 May 2015
    Microscleres and gemmoscleres as phylogenetic signals in Spongillida: Phylogeny and Biogeography of the genus Metania Gray, 1867 (Porifera, Metaniidae)
    Cristiana Castello-Branco, Adolfo Calor, Carla Menegola

    IS14043  Accepted 16 April 2015
    Mitochondrial DNA allows the association of life stages to facilitate species recognition and delimitation in Australian stoneflies (Plecoptera: Gripopterygidae: Newmanoperla)
    Julia Mynott

    IS15002  Accepted 19 March 2015
    Molecular evaluation of the phylogenetic position of the enigmatic species Trivettea papalotla (Bertsch et al. 2009) (Mollusca, Nudibranchia)
    Ryan Hulett, Jermaine Mahguib, Terry Gosliner, Angel Valdes

    IS14044  Accepted 15 February 2015
    The evolutionary history of Lipsothrix Loew (Diptera: Tipuloidea) inferred through systematic revision and historical biogeographical analysis
    Matthew Petersen

    IS14061  Accepted 14 February 2015
    Systematic review of the Australian "bush-coconut" genus (Hemiptera: Eriococcidae: Cystococcus) uncovers a new species from Queensland
    Thomas Semple, Penelope Gullan, Christopher Hodgson, Nate Hardy, Lyn Cook

    IS14055  Accepted 13 February 2015
    Six new species of Hesionidae (Annelida), mainly from whale falls
    Mindi Summers, Fredrik Pleijel, Greg Rouse

    IS14063  Accepted 06 February 2015
    Phylogenetic reconstruction of scleraxonian octocorals supports the resurrection of the family Spongiodermidae (Cnidaria, Alcyonacea)
    Stephen Cairns, Herman Wirshing

    IS14056  Accepted 26 January 2015
    Morphological phylogenetics of the Tenthredinidae (Insecta, Hymenoptera)
    Lars Vilhelmsen

    IS14047  Accepted 20 November 2014
    Reassembling a lost lowland carabid beetle assemblage (Coleoptera) from Kauai, Hawaiian Islands
    James Liebherr, Nick Porch

    IS14021  Accepted 16 November 2014
    A redefinition of the genus Notonomus Chaudoir, 1862 (Coleoptera, Carabidae) based on a molecular phylogenetic analysis and descriptions of new species of the subgenus Leiradira Castelnau 1867
    Kipling Will

    IS14041  Accepted 23 October 2014
    Total evidence analysis of the phylogenetic relationships of Lycosoidea spiders (Araneae, Entelegynae)
    Daniele Polotow, Anthea Carmichael, Charles Griswold


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1. Published 12 September 2014
Barcoding of mygalomorph spiders (Araneae : Mygalomorphae) in the Pilbara bioregion of Western Australia reveals a highly diverse biota

Mark A. Castalanelli, Roy Teale, Michael G. Rix, W. Jason Kennington and Mark S. Harvey

2. Published 12 September 2014
The first phylogenetic analysis of Palpigradi (Arachnida) – the most enigmatic arthropod order

Gonzalo Giribet, Erin McIntyre, Erhard Christian, Luis Espinasa, Rodrigo L. Ferreira, Óscar F. Francke, Mark S. Harvey, Marco Isaia, Ĺubomír Kováč, Lynn McCutchen, Maysa F. V. R. Souza and Maja Zagmajster

3. Published 12 September 2014
Phylogeography and species delimitation in the New Zealand endemic, genetically hypervariable harvestman species, Aoraki denticulata (Arachnida, Opiliones, Cyphophthalmi)

Rosa Fernández and Gonzalo Giribet

4. Published 30 June 2014
Phylogeny, historical biogeography and divergence time estimates of the genus Colophon Gray (Coleoptera : Lucanidae)

Angelika K. Switala, Catherine L. Sole and Clarke H. Scholtz

5. Published 30 June 2014
New insights into the phylogeny, systematics and DNA barcoding of Nemertea

Sebastian Kvist, Christopher E. Laumer, Juan Junoy and Gonzalo Giribet

6. Published 12 September 2014
Molecular phylogenetic analysis of Western Australian troglobitic chthoniid pseudoscorpions (Pseudoscorpiones : Chthoniidae) points to multiple independent subterranean clades

Sophie E. Harrison, Michelle T. Guzik and Andrew D. Austin

7. Published 30 May 2014
Molecular and morphological systematics of neustonic nudibranchs (Mollusca : Gastropoda : Glaucidae : Glaucus), with descriptions of three new cryptic species

Celia K. C. Churchill, Ángel Valdés and Diarmaid Ó Foighil

8. Published 12 September 2014
Molecular phylogenetics of Caribbean Micrathena (Araneae : Araneidae) suggests multiple colonisation events and single island endemism

Anne McHugh, Carol Yablonsky, Greta Binford and Ingi Agnarsson

9. Published 13 November 2014
Testing mitochondrial marker efficacy for DNA barcoding in spiders: a test case using the dwarf spider genus Oedothorax (Araneae : Linyphiidae : Erigoninae)

Lara Lopardo and Gabriele Uhl

10. Published 19 December 2014
A molecular phylogenetic approach to the New Zealand species of Enantiobuninae (Opiliones : Eupnoi : Neopilionidae)

Sebastián Vélez, Rosa Fernández and Gonzalo Giribet

11. Published 13 November 2014
Systematics and host plant associations of a new genus of Acacia-inhabiting plant bugs from arid Australia (Insecta : Hemiptera : Heteroptera : Miridae : Orthotylinae)

Gerasimos Cassis and Celia Symonds

12. Published 13 November 2014
Integrative taxonomy of Acrapex stem borers (Lepidoptera : Noctuidae : Apameini): combining morphology and Poisson Tree Process analyses

Bruno P. Le Ru, Claire Capdevielle-Dulac, Emmanuel F. A. Toussaint, Desmond Conlong, Johnnie Van den Berg, Beatrice Pallangyo, George Ong'amo, Gilson Chipabika, Richard Molo, William A. Overholt, James P. Cuda and Gael J. Kergoat

13. Published 19 December 2014
Linking genetic diversity and morphological disparity: biodiversity assessment of a highly unexplored family of harvestmen (Arachnida : Opiliones : Neopilionidae) in New Zealand

Rosa Fernández, Sebastián Vélez and Gonzalo Giribet

14. Published 30 May 2014
Molecular phylogenetics and taxonomic reanalysis of the family Mithracidae MacLeay (Decapoda : Brachyura : Majoidea)

Amanda M. Windsor and Darryl L. Felder

15. Published 30 June 2014
An enigmatic new tapeworm, Litobothrium aenigmaticum, sp. nov. (Platyhelminthes : Cestoda : Litobothriidea), from the pelagic thresher shark with comments on development of known Litobothrium species

J. N. Caira, K. Jensen, A. Waeschenbach and D. T. J. Littlewood

16. Published 30 June 2014
Molecular phylogenetics of the land snail genus Quistrachia (Gastropoda : Camaenidae) in northern Western Australia

Caitlin O'Neill, Michael S. Johnson, Zoë R. Hamilton and Roy J. Teale

17. Published 12 September 2014
Evolution of host use, group-living and foraging behaviours in kleptoparasitic spiders: molecular phylogeny of the Argyrodinae (Araneae : Theridiidae)

Yong-Chao Su and Deborah Smith

18. Published 20 March 2015
Phylogeny and biogeography of the mite harvestmen (Arachnida : Opiliones : Cyphophthalmi) of Queensland, Australia, with a description of six new species from the rainforests of the Wet Tropics

Sarah L. Boyer, Caitlin M. Baker, Zachary R. Popkin-Hall, Domokos I. Laukó, Hannah A. Wiesner and Rachel H. Quay

19. Published 30 June 2014
The ‘giant phyllosoma’ are larval stages of Parribacus antarcticus (Decapoda : Scyllaridae)

Ferran Palero, Guillermo Guerao, Michael Hall, Tin Yam Chan and Paul F. Clark

20. Published 19 December 2014
Phylogenetic relationships of Australian Scirtidae (Coleoptera) based on mitochondrial and nuclear sequences

Steven J. B. Cooper, Christopher H. S. Watts, Kathleen M. Saint and Remko Leijs

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