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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 4 2016

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Integrative systematic studies on tardigrades from Antarctica identify new genera and new species within Macrobiotoidea and Echiniscoidea 
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Matteo Vecchi , Michele Cesari , Roberto Bertolani , K. Ingemar Jönsson , Lorena Rebecchi and Roberto Guidetti
pp. 303-322

Tardigrades are one of the main component of Antarctic fauna in terms of abundance, distribution and diversity. Antarctic tardigrades from Dronning Maud Land and Victoria Land, together with specimens from Italy and Greenland, were analyzed from morphological and molecular points of view. These analyses led to the erection of two new genera and the description of two new species.

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Diversity, complementary distributions and taxonomy of Rhagada land snails (Gastropoda : Camaenidae) on the Burrup Peninsula, Western Australia 
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Michael S. Johnson , Sean Stankowski , Peter G. Kendrick , Zoë R. Hamilton and Roy J. Teale
pp. 323-334

The Burrup Peninsula, Western Australia, has the greatest diversity of Rhagada land snails of any comparable area. DNA sequencing demonstrates the presence of four species, including the morphologically variable endemic Rhagada ngurrana, sp. nov. With a distribution spanning only 9 km, this unique species poses challenges for conservation in an area of substantial resource development and invasive buffel grass.


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Reinventing the leaf: multiple origins of leaf-like wings in katydids (Orthoptera : Tettigoniidae) 
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Joseph Mugleston , Michael Naegle , Hojun Song , Seth M. Bybee , Spencer Ingley , Anton Suvorov and Michael F. Whiting
pp. 335-352

Many katydids have wings that closely resemble leaves; however, it is unclear how often the leaf-like wings have been derived in this group. We show at least 15 independent derivations of the leaf-like wing in katydids. The leaf-like wings are not associated with higher rates of speciation indicating the wings are not an overall driver of speciation in this family.

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Phylogenetic placement and revision of the tropical Asian crab spider genus Pagida (Araneae : Thomisidae) 
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Suresh P. Benjamin and Crisenthiya I. Clayton
pp. 353-369

The little known tropical Asian crab spider genus Pagida has remained taxonomically unrevised and has never been subjected to phylogenetic evaluation. Pagida is revised, a new species described and the single origin of the genus is demonstrated. This study further enhances our understanding of the relationships within the family of crab spiders.


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Phylogenetic systematics of the land snail Basedowena from the Australian arid zone: taxonomic revision with description of new taxa (Stylommatophora : Camaenidae) 
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Francesco Criscione and Frank Köhler
pp. 370-386

A mitochondrial phylogeny has revealed shell shape not to be a reliable estimator for systematic relationships in the Australian arid zone camaenid Basedowena. We demonstrate that species previously placed in different genera for exhibiting divergent shell shapes are in fact closely related sharing the same general genital anatomy. Thus, in order to retain monophyletic genera, several species are being transferred to Basedowena, which emerges as the most speciose and widespread camaenid genus in arid Australia. In addition, four new species and one new genus are described.

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Discovery of a free-living nematode phylogenetically related to vertebrate parasites of the genus Strongyloides (Nematoda : Strongyloidoidea): morphological, anatomical and molecular characterisation 
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Ren-E Huang , Runsheng Li and Zhongying Zhao
pp. 387-397

Free-living sister taxa may act as good models for parasitic groups, since most parasites are difficult to be cultured and analysed independently of their hosts. We describe and illustrate a free-living nematode which may represent a reversion from parasitism, based on its unusual genetic characteristics. Future studies on the genetics of this ‘model’ nematode will provide insights into the control of vertebrate parasites.


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Bifidochaetus, a new Arctic genus of freshwater Chaetonotida (Gastrotricha) from Spitsbergen revealed by an integrative taxonomic approach 
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Małgorzata Kolicka , Miroslawa Dabert , Jacek Dabert , Tobias Kånneby and Jacek Kisielewski
pp. 398-419

The knowledge about Gastrotricha in Arctic region are virtually unknown. In our work for the first time we describe a new species and new genus from the Spitsbergen and include to the new established genus also Chaetonotus (Primochaetus) veronicae Kånneby, 2013 because of many morphological similarities. In our work we show how important is using methods of integrative taxonomy during gastrotrichs description.

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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.

    IS16031  Accepted 21 September 2016
    A review of the status of Coptotermes (Isoptera : Rhinotermitidae) species in Australia with the description of two new small termite species from Northern and Eastern Australia
    Timothy Lee, Theodore Evans, Staphen Cameron, Simon Ho, Anna Namyatova, Nathan Lo

    IS16023  Accepted 16 September 2016
    Systematic revision of Brachypelma red-kneed tarantulas (Araneae: Theraphosidae), and the use of DNA barcodes to assist in the identification and conservation of CITES-listed species.
    Jorge Mendoza, Oscar Francke

    IS16035  Accepted 13 September 2016
    Cyphastrea (Cnidaria : Scleractinia : Merulinidae) in the Red Sea: phylogeny and a new reef coral species
    Roberto Arrigoni, Michael Berumen, Danwei Huang, Tullia Terraneo, Francesca Benzoni

    IS16037  Accepted 09 September 2016
    The enigmatic groundwater amphipod, Awacaris kawasawai, revisited: synonymisation of the genus Sternomoera, with molecular phylogenetic analyses of Awacaris and Sternomoera species (Crustacea : Amphipoda : Pontogeneiidae)
    Ko Tomikawa, Masaki Kyono, Keiko Kuribayashi, Takafumi Nakano

    IS15050  Accepted 27 August 2016
    Cladistic analysis of the family Nomoclastidae with description of a new genus and eight new species (Opiliones, Laniatores)
    Ricardo Pinto-da-Rocha, Cibele Bragagnolo

    IS16042  Accepted 15 August 2016
    Placing the forgotten: On the positions of Euenchytraeus and Chamaedrilus in an updated enchytraeid phylogeny (Clitellata: Enchytraeidae)
    Svante Martinsson, Klára Dózsa-Farkas, Emilia Rota, Christer Erséus

    IS16032  Accepted 15 August 2016
    A new phoronid species, Phoronis embryolabi, with a novel type of development, and consideration of phoronid taxonomy and DNA barcoding
    Elena Temereva, Anton Chichvarkhin

    IS16020  Accepted 17 July 2016
    Carnivorous sponges (Porifera, Demospongiae, Poecilosclerida, Cladorhizidae) from the Drake Passage (Southern Ocean) with a description of eight new species and a review of the family Cladorhizidae in the Southern Ocean.
    Claire Goodwin, Jade Berman, Rachel Downey, Katharine Hendry

    IS15062  Accepted 17 June 2016
    Finding hot singles: matching males to females in dimorphic spiders (Araneidae: Micrathena) using phylogenetic placement and DNA barcoding
    Ivan Magalhaes, Pedro Martins, André Nogueira, Adalberto Santos

    IS15045  Accepted 30 May 2016
    Genetic diversity and biogeography of the south polar water bear Acutuncus antarcticus (Eutardigrada, Hypsibiidae) evidence that it is a truly pan-Antarctic species
    Michele Cesari, Sandra McInnes, Roberto Bertolani, Lorena Rebecchi, Roberto Guidetti

    IS15040  Accepted 26 May 2016
    Diversity, phylogenetic relationships, and host associations of Calliobothrium and Symcallio (Cestoda: “Tetraphyllidea”) parasitizing triakid sharks.
    James Bernot, Janine Caira, Maria Pickering

    IS16025  Accepted 20 May 2016
    Porcelain crabs of the genera Pachycheles (Stimpson 1858) and Neopisosoma Haig 1960 (Decapoda: Anomura: Porcellanidae): new premises based on molecular data and comments on phylogenetic relationships in the family
    Ivana Miranda, Fernando Mantelatto

    IS16010  Accepted 16 May 2016
    Redescription of Pelagia benovici into a new jellyfish genus: Mavia gen. nov., and its phylogenetic position within Pelagiidae (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa: Semaeostomeae)
    Massimo Avian, Andreja RamÅ¡ak, Valentina Tirelli, Isabella D'Ambra, Alenka Malej

    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

    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


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1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

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 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

6. Published 11 May 2016
Plant bugs, plant interactions and the radiation of a species rich clade in south-western Australia: Naranjakotta, gen. nov. and eighteen new species (Insecta : Heteroptera : Miridae : Orthotylinae)

Gerasimos Cassis and Celia Symonds

7. Published 16 March 2016
The first troglobitic species of Gymnobisiidae (Pseudoscorpiones : Neobisioidea), from Table Mountain (Western Cape Province, South Africa) and its phylogenetic position

Mark S. Harvey, Joel A. Huey, Mia J. Hillyer, Erin McIntyre and Gonzalo Giribet

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. Published 16 March 2016
Putting the ‘Indo’ back into the Indo-Pacific: resolving marine phylogeographic gaps

N. G. Wilson and L. A. Kirkendale

12. 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

13. Published 30 October 2015
A novel symbiotic relationship between sociable weaver birds (Philetairus socius) and a new cheliferid pseudoscorpion (Pseudoscorpiones : Cheliferidae) in southern Africa

Mark S. Harvey, Patricia C. Lopes, Gregory R. Goldsmith, Ali Halajian, Mia J. Hillyer and Joel A. Huey

14. Published 29 June 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 G. Hermes and Letícia A. de Oliveira

15. Published 16 March 2016
Is Hydroides brachyacantha (Serpulidae : Annelida) a widespread species?

Yanan Sun, Eunice Wong, María Ana Tovar-Hernández, Jane E. Williamson and Elena K. Kupriyanova

16. Published 29 June 2016
Integrative taxonomic revision of the polymorphic flat-millipede genera Oncocladosoma and Somethus in South Australia (Diplopoda : Polydesmida : Paradoxosomatidae)

Peter Decker

17. Published 29 June 2016
Transoceanic dispersal and cryptic diversity in a cosmopolitan rafting nudibranch

Jennifer S. Trickey, Martin Thiel and Jonathan M. Waters

18. Published 31 August 2016
Phylogenetic systematics of the land snail Basedowena from the Australian arid zone: taxonomic revision with description of new taxa (Stylommatophora : Camaenidae)

Francesco Criscione and Frank Köhler

19. Published 30 October 2015
Cladistic analysis and systematic revision of the Zethus smithii (de Saussure) species-group sensu Bohart & Stange (Hymenoptera : Vespidae : Eumeninae)

Rogério Botion Lopes, Alice Fumi Kumagai, Lionel A. Stange and Marcel Gustavo Hermes

20. Published 22 December 2015
Molecular phylogenetic analyses and morphological variation point to taxonomic problems among four genera of parasitoid doryctine wasps (Hymenoptera : Braconidae)

Marco Gebiola, Antonio P. Garonna, Umberto Bernardo and Sergey A. Belokobylskij

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