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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 28 Number 6 2014

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A molecular phylogenetic approach to the New Zealand species of Enantiobuninae (Opiliones : Eupnoi : Neopilionidae) 
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Sebastián Vélez , Rosa Fernández and Gonzalo Giribet
pp. 565-589

The New Zealand long-legged harvestmen appear to show a striking difference in the size and coloration of males and females, and between males of the same species. Here we report the first study using DNA data from these charismatic animals to understand the relationships among the different species and attempt to solve the puzzle of assigning different-looking females and males to the same species. The results show which females and males belong to the same species, and that in fact, there are more than one kind of male for each species.


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Linking genetic diversity and morphological disparity: biodiversity assessment of a highly unexplored family of harvestmen (Arachnida : Opiliones : Neopilionidae) in New Zealand 
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Rosa Fernández , Sebastián Vélez and Gonzalo Giribet
pp. 590-604

In Opiliones, sexual dimorphism can be widespread and exaggerated, impacting species identification, assignment of females to described species and biodiversity assessments. Here, we use DNA sequence-based species discovery methods to shed light on the morphological disparity displayed in several species of neopilionid harvestmen from New Zealand. The analyses allowed us to assign females and juveniles to several morphospecies, to identify putative new species and to assign some unidentified species to genera and to study the relationship between genetic variability and morphological disparity.

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Phylogenetic relationships within the flatworm genus Choeradoplana Graff (Platyhelminthes : Tricladida) inferred from molecular data with the description of two new sympatric species from Araucaria moist forests 
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V. S. Lemos , G. P. Cauduro , V. H. Valiati and A. M. Leal-Zanchet
pp. 605-627

Taxonomic descriptions of land flatworms have largely been based on morphological characters. Here we describe two new species of land planarians, based on both morphological and molecular analyses, and investigate their phylogenetic relationships. Our results demonstrate that DNA barcoding, using the mtDNA COI gene, should be used with caution for reconstructing phylogenies, and other slower-evolving nuclear genes are a feasible alternative for resolving some of the phylogenetic relationships.

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Phylogenetic relationships of Australian Scirtidae (Coleoptera) based on mitochondrial and nuclear sequences 
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Steven J. B. Cooper , Christopher H. S. Watts , Kathleen M. Saint and Remko Leijs
pp. 628-642

Scirtidae are a cosmopolitan group of beetles with aquatic or saproxylic larvae that are a major component of aquatic ecosystems worldwide. Here we provide the first molecular phylogenetic study of the family, focusing on Australian species, but including key Palaearctic taxa. Our results reveal the presence of new species, highlight generic-level uncertainties, provide a sequence database for linking larvae and adults, and provide a basis for future biogeographic studies.

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Shining a light into the world’s deepest caves: phylogenetic systematics of the troglobiotic scorpion genus Alacran Francke, 1982 (Typhlochactidae : Alacraninae) 
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Carlos E. Santibáñez-López , Oscar F. Francke and L. Prendini
pp. 643-664

A new species of the troglobiotic scorpion genus, Alacran, which inhabit some of the world's deepest caves in Mexico, is described. A phylogenetic analysis of the three known species of Alacran revealed that their evolutionary relationships agree with the geological history of the caves in which they occur. An initially widespread ancestral population evolved into three geographically isolated species, following fragmentation of the southern Sierra Madre del Sur.


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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.

    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

    IS14025  Accepted 03 November 2014
    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 Boyer, Caitlin Baker, Zachary Popkin-Hall, Domokos Lauko, Hannah Wiesner, Rachel Quay

    IS14026  Accepted 29 October 2014
    Protosternini (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) corroborated as monophyletic and its larva described for the first time: a review of the myrmecophilous genus Sphaerocetum
    Martin Fikacek, Munetoshi Maruyama, Takashi Komatsu, Christoph von Beeren, Dominik Vondracek, Andrew Short

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

    IS14033  Accepted 20 October 2014
    Morphology and DNA barcodes reveal the presence of the non-native land planarian Obama marmorata (Platyhelminthes, Geoplanidae) in Europe
    Domingo Lago-Barcia, Fernando Ángel Fernández-Álvarez, Lisandro Negrete, Francisco Brusa, Cristina Damborenea, Cristina Grande, Carolina Noreña

    IS14028  Accepted 16 September 2014
    Revision and Phylogeny of the Shore-Fly Genus Rhysophora Cresson (Diptera: Ephydridae).
    Daniel Costa, Wayne Mathis, Luciane Marinoni

    IS14018  Accepted 16 September 2014
    Discordance between morphological species identification and mtDNA phylogeny in the flesh fly genus Ravinia (Diptera: Sarcophagidae).
    Evan Wong, Gregory Dahlem, Trevor Stamper, Ronald DeBry


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1. Published 20 March 2014
Investigating the Bivalve Tree of Life – an exemplar-based approach combining molecular and novel morphological characters

Rüdiger Bieler, Paula M. Mikkelsen, Timothy M. Collins, Emily A. Glover, Vanessa L. González, Daniel L. Graf, Elizabeth M. Harper, John Healy, Gisele Y. Kawauchi, Prashant P. Sharma, Sid Staubach, Ellen E. Strong, John D. Taylor, Ilya Tëmkin, John D. Zardus, Stephanie Clark, Alejandra Guzmán, Erin McIntyre, Paul Sharp and Gonzalo Giribet

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
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

4. 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

5. Published 20 March 2014
Systematics and biology of the aberrant intertidal parasitoid wasp Echthrodesis lamorali Masner (Hymenoptera : Platygastridae s.l.): a parasitoid of spider eggs

Simon van Noort, Lubomir Masner, Ovidiu Popovici, Alejandro A. Valerio, Charuwat Taekul, Norman F. Johnson, Nicholas P. Murphy and Andrew D. Austin

6. 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

7. 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

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 20 March 2014
Recognition of two new species of freshwater crabs from the Seychelles based on molecular evidence (Potamoidea : Potamonautidae)

Neil Cumberlidge and Savel R. Daniels

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

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

Amanda M. Windsor and Darryl L. Felder

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 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

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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

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