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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 29 Number 4 2015

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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 
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Kipling Will
pp. 313-344

This is the first-ever molecular analysis and first taxonomic treatment in 50 years of one of Australia’s most species-rich groups of carabid beetles. The phylogeny-based reclassification provides an understanding of the evolutionary relationships and the taxonomic treatment improves our knowledge of the true diversity of the group. As they are frequently a dominant part of the ecosystem, study of these beetles helps us preserve, protect and understand Australia’s invertebrate biodiversity.

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Phylogenetic reconstruction of scleraxonian octocorals supports the resurrection of the family Spongiodermidae (Cnidaria, Alcyonacea) 
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Stephen D. Cairns and Herman H. Wirshing
pp. 345-368

An unknown specimen of a gorgonian octocoral was found off the Pacific coast of lower Baja California. Genetic and morphological analyses of the unknown specimen, and other specimens of this group, found it to be a new genus and species within a newly recognised family of gorgonian octocorals. This study demonstrates the utility of genetics and traditional taxonomy to better understand the biodiversity of these important marine organisms.


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Microscleres and gemmoscleres as phylogenetic signals in Spongillida: phylogeny and biogeography of the genus Metania Gray, 1867 (Porifera, Metaniidae) 
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Cristiana Castello-Branco , Adolfo Ricardo Calor and Carla Menegola
pp. 369-385

Metania, a genus of freshwater sponges, comprises species with circumtropical distribution.We present a phylogenetic and biogeographic analysis based on morphological characters. The genus monophyly is supported with synonymisation of two genera. Moreover, using cladistics biogeography, its current distribution is explained by the breakup of Gondwana.


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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 
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Cibele Bragagnolo , Ricardo Pinto-da-Rocha , Manuel Antunes and Ronald M. Clouse
pp. 386-404

This work is the first attempt to understand the population genetics of a Neotropical group of Opiliones. The previous morphological phylogeny of the Atlantic Rain Forest genus Promitobates was tested using mitochondrial and nuclear markers and the results are consistent with significant mitochondrial introgression among some of its species. The results generate new research lines about hybridization events in Opiliones.

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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.

    IS15005  Accepted 11 August 2015
    Revision and Cladistic Analysis of the Zethus smithii (de Saussure, 1855) species group sensu Bohart and Stange (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Eumeninae)
    Rogério Lopes, Alice Kumagai, Lionel Stange, Marcel Hermes

    IS15027  Accepted 07 August 2015
    A novel symbiotic relationship between sociable weaver birds (Philetairus socius) and a new cheliferid pseudoscorpion (Pseudoscorpiones: Cheliferidae) in southern Africa
    Mark Harvey, Patricia Lopes, Gregory Goldsmith, Ali Halajian, Mia Hillyer, Joel Huey

    IS14036  Accepted 28 July 2015
    Species, ESUs or populations? Delimiting and describing truly morphologically cryptic diversity in Australian desert springs
    Nick Murphy, Rachael King, Steven Delean

    IS14037  Accepted 09 July 2015
    Groundwater oligochaetes show complex genetic patterns of distribution in the Pilbara region of Western Australia
    Louise Brown, Terrie Finston, Garth Humphreys, Stefan Eberhard, Adrian Pinder


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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 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, Mark S. Harvey and Andrew D. Austin

5. Published 20 March 2015
Discordance between morphological species identification and mtDNA phylogeny in the flesh fly genus Ravinia (Diptera : Sarcophagidae)

Evan S. Wong, Gregory A. Dahlem, Trevor I. Stamper and Ronald W. DeBry

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

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 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. Published 12 September 2014
From Gondwana to Europe: inferring the origins of Mediterranean Macrothele spiders (Araneae : Hexathelidae) and the limits of the family Hexathelidae

Vera Opatova and Miquel A. Arnedo

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

Daniele Polotow, Anthea Carmichael and Charles E. Griswold

19. 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

20. Published 20 March 2015
Protosternini (Coleoptera : Hydrophilidae) corroborated as monophyletic and its larva described for the first time: a review of the myrmecophilous genus Sphaerocetum

Martin Fikáček, Munetoshi Maruyama, Takashi Komatsu, Christoph von Beeren, Dominik Vondráček and Andrew E. Z. Short

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