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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: Gonzalo Giribet


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Volume 30 Number 1 2016

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Molecular evidence for non-monophyly of the pinnotheroid crabs (Crustacea : Brachyura : Pinnotheroidea), warranting taxonomic reappraisal 
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Emma Palacios Theil , José A. Cuesta and Darryl L. Felder
pp. 1-27

Pinnotherids have been known since Aristotle and can be found at coasts all around the world. Nevertheless, they are often overlooked, probably due to their small size and their cryptic nature. This paper remarks on the phylogenetic diversity and complexity of this group of symbiotic crabs. Morphological, genetic and ecological analyses of pinnotherids can lead to a better understanding of evolutionary processes and diversity of marine organisms, as well as the associations among and between them.

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Phylogeny and population genetic structure of the ant genus Acropyga (Hymenoptera : Formicidae) in Papua New Guinea 
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Milan Janda , Pável Matos-Maraví , Michaela Borovanska , Jan Zima , Eric Youngerman and Naomi E. Pierce
pp. 28-40

Ants of the genus Acropyga are among the most abundant in tropical habitats, but they might not be easily encountered owing to their cryptic lifestyle. We studied their occurrence, phylogenetic and population genetic history in unexplored region of Papua New Guinea and revealed that many Acropyga species exhibit a patchy distribution not influenced by geological history. Our study emphasises the importance of geography, habitat associations and past climatic changes on the population level processes.

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Is Hydroides brachyacantha (Serpulidae : Annelida) a widespread species? 
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Yanan Sun , Eunice Wong , María Ana Tovar-Hernández , Jane E. Williamson and Elena K. Kupriyanova
pp. 41-59

Hydroides brachyacantha, an important fouling species described from Mexico and reported invading numerous localities worldwide, was recently revealed to include a number of morphologically similar species. The aim of this study was to resolve the status of Australian and Mexican members of the Hydroides brachyacantas-complex. DNA sequence data supported morphology-based separation of Mexican H. brachyacantha from Australian H. amri and revealed a new cryptic species H. nikae, thus calling for a worldwide revision of the H. brachyacantha-complex.


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Multilocus coalescent species delimitation reveals widespread cryptic differentiation among Drakensberg mountain-living freshwater crabs (Decapoda : Potamonautes) 
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Ethel Emmarantia Phiri and Savel Regan Daniels
pp. 60-74

The present study used multilocus data to examine species boundaries in a mountain living South African freshwater species complex and revealed the presence of five novel lineages. These results suggest higher levels of endemism in the countries freshwater crab fauna.

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The first troglobitic species of Gymnobisiidae (Pseudoscorpiones : Neobisioidea), from Table Mountain (Western Cape Province, South Africa) and its phylogenetic position 
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Mark S. Harvey , Joel A. Huey , Mia J. Hillyer , Erin McIntyre and Gonzalo Giribet
pp. 75-85

Fully troglobitic pseudoscorpions are rare in the Afrotropical Region, and we explored the identity and phylogenetic relationships of a highly modified troglobite from the dark zone of the Wynberg Cave system, Table Mountain, South Africa. This large pseudoscorpion – described as Gymnobisium inukshuk Harvey & Giribet, sp. nov. – lacks eyes and has extremely long appendages, and has been found together with 5 other troglobitic fauna endemic only to this cave system.


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Putting the ‘Indo’ back into the Indo-Pacific: resolving marine phylogeographic gaps 
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N. G. Wilson and L. A. Kirkendale
pp. 86-94

The Indo-Pacific is the largest biogeographic region in the world, although the Indian Ocean component has been largely ignored. We examine reasons for this neglect and review what is known about the Indian Ocean’s connections with the Pacific Ocean. We challenge the assumption that the peak of shallow-water marine biodiversity is solely centred in the Coral Triangle, and raise awareness of a hypothesis promoting a secondary peak of biodiversity in the western Indian Ocean.


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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.

    IS16001  Accepted 14 April 2016
    Bifidochaetus, a new Arctic genus of freshwater Chaetonotida (Gastrotricha) from Spitsbergen revealed by an integrative taxonomic approach
    Małgorzata Kolicka, Mirosława Dabert, Jacek Dabert, Tobias Kånneby, Jacek Kisielewski

    IS16005  Accepted 27 April 2016
    Dental scales could occur in all scaled subfamilies of Entomobryidae (Collembola): new definition of Entomobryinae with description of a new genus and three new species
    Feng Zhang, Zhixiang Pan, Jun Wu, Yinhuan Ding, Daoyuan Yu, Beinxin Wang

    IS15043  Accepted 25 April 2016
    Exploring high-mountain limnic faunas: discovery of a novel endemic bivalve species (Sphaeriidae: Pisidium) in the Nepal Himalaya
    Ulrich Bößneck, Catharina Clewing, Christian Albrecht

    IS16002  Accepted 19 April 2016
    Molecular phylogenetic analysis and comparative morphology resolve two new species of dagger nematodes of the genus Xiphinema (Dorylaimida: Longidoridae) from Spain
    A.J. Archidona-Yuste, J.A. Navas-Cortés, C. Cantalapiedra-Navarrete, J.E. Palomares-Rius, Pablo Castillo

    IS16013  Accepted 27 April 2016
    Pseudoscorpions of the family Feaellidae (Pseudoscorpiones: Feaelloidea) from the Pilbara region of Western Australia show extreme short-range endemism
    Mark Harvey, Kym Abrams, Amber Beavis, Mia Hillyer, Joel Huey

    IS16024  Accepted 22 April 2016
    Phylogeny of Stenopodidea (Crustacea: Decapoda) shrimps inferred from nuclear and mitochondrial genes reveals non-monophyly of the families Spongicolidae and Stenopididae, and most of their composite genera
    Chien-Lin Chen, Joseph Goy, Heather Bracken, Darryl Felder, Ling Ming Tsang, Tin-Yam Chan

    IS16017  Accepted 20 April 2016
    Unexpected diversity in the relictual European spiders of the genus Pimoa (Araneae, Pimoidae)
    Stefano Mammola, Gustavo Hormiga, Miquel Arnedo, Marco Isaia

    IS16007  Accepted 13 April 2016
    Molecules and morphology unite Sarcophaga (Stackelbergeola) Rohdendorf and S. (Rohdendorfisca) Grunin within megadiverse Sarcophaga Meigen (sensu lato) (Diptera, Sarcophagidae)
    Ming Zhang, Eliana Buenaventura, Thomas Pape, Dong Zhang

    IS15054  Accepted 21 March 2016
    Phylogenetic placement and revision of the tropical Asian crab spider genus Pagida (Araneae: Thomisidae) with a review of the species
    Suresh Benjamin, CRISENTHIYA CLAYTON

    IS14059  Accepted 01 April 2016
    Taxonomy and systematics of the South American species of Cylindrostethus Mayr, 1865 (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Gerridae), with description of a recently discovered species from Amazonian Brazil and Peru
    Carla Floriano, Andressa Paladini, Rodney Cavichioli

    IS15064  Accepted 31 March 2016
    Reevaluation of the systematic status of two deep water recorded Periclimenes species (Decapoda: Palaemonidae), with a preliminary analysis on the evolution of certain echinoid-associated palaemonid shrimps and related taxa
    Qi Kou, Xinzheng Li, Zhibin Gan

    IS15048  Accepted 31 March 2016
    Discovery of a free-living nematode phylogenetically related to vertebrate parasites of the genus Strongyloides (Nematoda: Strongyloidoidea): morphological, anatomical and molecular characterisation
    Ren-E Huang, Runsheng Li, Zhongying Zhao

    IS16006  Accepted 27 March 2016
    Phylogenetic systematics of the land snail Basedowena from the Australian Arid Zone: Taxonomic revision with description of new taxa (Stylommatophora: Camaenidae)
    Francesco Criscione, Frank Koehler

    IS15055  Accepted 05 March 2016
    Reinventing the leaf: Multiple origins of leaf-like wings in katydids (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae)
    Joseph Mugleston, Michael Naegle, Hojun Song, Seth Bybee, Spencer Ingley, Anton Suvorov, Michael Whiting

    IS15046  Accepted 19 February 2016
    Diversity, complementary distributions and taxonomy of Rhagada land snails (Gastropoda: Camaenidae) on the Burrup Peninsula, Western Australia
    Michael Johnson, Sean Stankowski, Peter Kendrick, Zoe Hamilton, Roy Teale

    IS15033  Accepted 18 February 2016
    Integrative systematic studies on tardigrades from Antarctica identify new genera and new species within Macrobiotoidea and Echiniscoidea
    Matteo Vecchi, Michele Cesari, Roberto Bertolani, Ingemar Jönsson, Lorena Rebecchi, Roberto Guidetti

    IS15052  Accepted 16 February 2016
    Trans-oceanic dispersal and cryptic diversity in a cosmopolitan rafting nudibranch
    Jenny Trickey, Martin Thiel, Jonathan Waters

    IS15037  Accepted 12 February 2016
    Redefining the generic limits of Winthemia (Diptera: Tachinidae)
    Diego Inclán, John Stireman, Pierfilippo Cerretti

    IS15039  Accepted 04 February 2016
    Two recently discovered species of Apiomorpha (Hemiptera: Eriococcidae) feeding on eudesmid eucalypts in Western Australia reaffirm host conservatism in this gall-inducing scale insect genus
    Penelope Mills, Thomas Semple, Kathleen Garland, Lyn Cook

    IS15051  Accepted 28 January 2016
    Genetic and morphological evidence for a new mountain living freshwater crab species (Decapoda: Potamonautidae: Potamonautes) from the Western Cape province of South Africa.
    Louisa Wood, Savel Daniels

    IS15047  Accepted 21 January 2016
    Integrative taxonomic revision of the polymorphic flat-millipede genera Oncocladosoma and Somethus in South Australia (Diplopoda: Polydesmida: Paradoxosomatidae)
    Peter Decker

    IS15031  Accepted 17 January 2016
    Morphological cladistic analysis resolves the generic limits of the Neotropical potter wasp genera Minixi Giordani Soika and Pachyminixi Giordani Soika (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Eumeninae)
    Marcel Hermes, Letícia de Oliveira

    IS15056  Accepted 15 January 2016
    Congruence between male upper lip morphology and molecular phylogeny in Parapolycope (Ostracoda) with two new species from Korea
    Ivana Karanovic, Hayato Tanaka, Akira Tsukagoshi


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1. Published 30 June 2015
Systematic review of the Australian ‘bush-coconut’ genus Cystococcus (Hemiptera: Eriococcidae) uncovers a new species from Queensland

Thomas L. Semple, Penny J. Gullan, Christopher J. Hodgson, Nate B. Hardy and Lyn G. Cook

2. Published 22 December 2015
Refugia within refugia: in situ speciation and conservation of threatened Bertmainius (Araneae : Migidae), a new genus of relictual trapdoor spiders endemic to the mesic zone of south-western Australia

Mark S. Harvey, Barbara York Main, Michael G. Rix and Steven J. B. Cooper

3. Published 11 June 2015
Total evidence analysis of the phylogenetic relationships of Lycosoidea spiders (Araneae, Entelegynae)

Daniele Polotow, Anthea Carmichael and Charles E. Griswold

4. Published 30 October 2015
Species, ESUs or populations? Delimiting and describing morphologically cryptic diversity in Australian desert spring amphipods

Nicholas P. Murphy, Rachael A. King and Steven Delean

5. Published 30 October 2015
Alternative preservatives of insect DNA for citizen science and other low-cost applications

Sedonia Steininger, Caroline Storer, Jiri Hulcr and Andrea Lucky

6. Published 22 December 2015
Molecular phylogenetic analyses reveal a new southern hemisphere oniscidean family (Crustacea : Isopoda) with a unique water transport system

Mohammad Javidkar, Steven J. B. Cooper, Rachael A. King, William F. Humphreys and Andrew D. Austin

7. Published 11 June 2015
Whale falls, multiple colonisations of the deep, and the phylogeny of Hesionidae (Annelida)

Mindi Summers, Fredrik Pleijel and Greg W. Rouse

8. Published 30 June 2015
Molecular evaluation of the phylogenetic position of the enigmatic species Trivettea papalotla (Bertsch) (Mollusca : Nudibranchia)

Ryan E. Hulett, Jermaine Mahguib, Terrence M. Gosliner and Ángel Valdés

9. Published 28 August 2015
Phylogenetics and phylogeography of a long-legged harvestman (Arachnida : Opiliones) in the Brazilian Atlantic Rain Forest reveals poor dispersal, low diversity and extensive mitochondrial introgression

Cibele Bragagnolo, Ricardo Pinto-da-Rocha, Manuel Antunes and Ronald M. Clouse

10. Published 22 December 2015
Mitochondrial DNA analyses reveal widespread tardigrade diversity in Antarctica

Alejandro Velasco-Castrillón, Sandra J. McInnes, Mark B. Schultz, María Arróniz-Crespo, Cyrille A. D'Haese, John A. E. Gibson, Byron J. Adams, Timothy J. Page, Andrew D. Austin, Steven J. B. Cooper and Mark I. Stevens

11. Published 11 June 2015
Reassembling a lost lowland carabid beetle assemblage (Coleoptera) from Kauai, Hawaiian Islands

James K. Liebherr and Nick Porch

12. Published 28 August 2015
A multigene phylogenetic analysis results in a redefinition of the genus Notonomus Chaudoir (Coleoptera, Carabidae) and descriptions of new species of the subgenus Leiradira Castelnau

Kipling Will

13. Published 11 June 2015
Morphological phylogenetics of the Tenthredinidae (Insecta : Hymenoptera)

Lars Vilhelmsen

14. Published 30 June 2015
Mitochondrial DNA allows the association of life stages to facilitate species recognition and delimitation in Australian stoneflies (Plecoptera : Gripopterygidae : Newmanoperla)

Julia H. Mynott

15. Published 30 October 2015
Groundwater oligochaetes show complex genetic patterns of distribution in the Pilbara region of Western Australia

Louise Brown, Terrie Finston, Garth Humphreys, Stefan Eberhard and Adrian Pinder

16. Published 30 June 2015
The evolutionary history of Lipsothrix Loew (Diptera : Tipuloidea) inferred through systematic revision and historical biogeographical analysis

Matthew Petersen

17. Published 30 October 2015
Taxonomic revision of the Taractrocera ilia (Waterhouse) complex (Lepidoptera : Hesperiidae) from north-western Australia and mainland New Guinea based on morphological and molecular data

Michael F. Braby and Andreas Zwick

18. Published 28 August 2015
Phylogenetic reconstruction of scleraxonian octocorals supports the resurrection of the family Spongiodermidae (Cnidaria, Alcyonacea)

Stephen D. Cairns and Herman H. Wirshing

19. Published 16 March 2016
Phylogeny and population genetic structure of the ant genus Acropyga (Hymenoptera : Formicidae) in Papua New Guinea

Milan Janda, Pável Matos-Maraví, Michaela Borovanska, Jan Zima, Eric Youngerman and Naomi E. Pierce

20. Published 16 March 2016
Molecular evidence for non-monophyly of the pinnotheroid crabs (Crustacea : Brachyura : Pinnotheroidea), warranting taxonomic reappraisal

Emma Palacios Theil, José A. Cuesta and Darryl L. Felder

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