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

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Volume 28 Number 1 2014

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Systematics and biology of the aberrant intertidal parasitoid wasp Echthrodesis lamorali Masner (Hymenoptera : Platygastridae s.l.): a parasitoid of spider eggs 
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Simon van Noort, Lubomir Masner, Ovidiu Popovici, Alejandro A. Valerio, Charuwat Taekul, Norman F. Johnson, Nicholas P. Murphy and Andrew D. Austin
pp. 1-16

Rediscovery of the South African endemic wasp Echthrodesis lamorali, an egg parasitoid of intertidal spiders, has enabled an assessment of the species’ evolutionary relationships. Molecular sequence data determined that this species is related to other southern hemisphere wasps using silk encased eggs as hosts. Unravelling the biology and evolutionary relationships of this tiny wasp allows for an appreciation of the evolutionary history of an ecologically important group of insects.

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Recognition of two new species of freshwater crabs from the Seychelles based on molecular evidence (Potamoidea : Potamonautidae) 
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Neil Cumberlidge and Savel R. Daniels
pp. 17-31

The freshwater crabs of the Seychelles Archipelago are morphologically and phylogenetically unique and have long been viewed as a single species. Here we use DNA analysis, haplotyping and gonopod characters to recognise two new species in the endemic genus Seychellum. Speciation within the Archipelago took place following the original trans-oceanic colonisation event by ancestral populations from the African mainland.


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Investigating the Bivalve Tree of Life – an exemplar-based approach combining molecular and novel morphological characters 
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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
pp. 32-115

Bivalves constitute a major lineage of aquatic invertebrates and are of great commercial importance worldwide; however, their evolutionary history and interrelationships of major branches remain contested. Analysing a large morphological data matrix combined with up to nine molecular loci, this project offers a robust test of bivalve relationships. A revised phylogeny is provided, organising living Bivalvia into six major branches.

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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.

    IS14004  Accepted 05 April 2014
    From Gondwana to Europe: inferring the origins of Mediterranean Macrothele spiders (Araneae, Hexathelidae) and the limits of the family Hexathelidae
    Vera Opatova, Miquel Arnedo

    IS13054  Accepted 28 March 2014
    Phylogeny, historical biogeography and divergence time estimates of the genus Colophon Gray (Coleoptera, Lucanidae)
    Angelika Switala, Catherine Sole, Clarke Scholtz

    IS13056  Accepted 26 March 2014
    Prosogynopora riseri gen. et spec. nov., a phylogenetically problematic lithophoran proseriate (Platyhelminthes : Rhabditophora) with inverted genital pores from the New England coast
    Christopher Laumer, Gonzalo Giribet, Marco Curini-Galletti

    IS13038  Accepted 16 January 2014
    Molecular and morphological systematics of neustonic nudibranchs (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Glaucidae, Glaucus) with descriptions of three new cryptic species
    Celia Churchill, Angel Valdes, Diarmaid O Foighil

    IS13061  Accepted 05 February 2014
    A further contribution to the phylogeny, systematics and DNA barcoding of Nemertea
    Sebastian Kvist, Christopher Laumer, Juan Junoy, Gonzalo Giribet

    IS13059  Accepted 04 February 2014
    Complete species phylogeny of the marine midge Pontomyia (Diptera: Chironomidae) reveals a cosmopolitan species and a new synonym
    Danwei Huang, Peter Cranston, Lanna Cheng

    IS13037  Accepted 03 February 2014
    The 'giant phyllosoma' are larval stages of Parribacus antarcticus (Decapoda: Scyllaridae)
    Ferran Palero, Guillermo Guerao, Michael Hall, Tin-Yam Chan, Paul Clark

    IS13051  Accepted 03 February 2014
    Molecular phylogenetics of Caribbean Micrathena (Araneae:Araneidae) suggests multiple colonization events and single island endemism
    Anne McHugh, Carol Yablonsky, Greta Binford, Ingi Agnarsson

    IS13057  Accepted 01 February 2014
    The first phylogenetic analysis of Palpigradi (Arachnida)—the most enigmatic arthropod order
    Gonzalo Giribet, Erin McIntyre, Erhard Christian, Luis Espinasa, Rodrigo Ferreira, Oscar Francke, Mark Harvey, Marco Isaia, Lubomir Kovac, Lynn McCutchen, Maysa Souza, Maja Zagmajster

    IS13045  Accepted 01 February 2014
    Molecular phylogenetics of the land snail genus Quistrachia (Gastropoda: Camaenidae) in northern Western Australia
    Michael Johnson, Caitlin O'Neill, Zoe Hamilton, Roy Teale

    IS13050  Accepted 23 January 2014
    On the New World spiders previously misplaced in Leptopholcus: molecular and morphological analyses and descriptions of four new species (Araneae, Pholcidae)
    Bernhard Huber, Leonardo Carvalho, Suresh Benjamin

    IS13047  Accepted 21 January 2014
    Litobothrium aenigmatium sp. nov. (Cestoda: Litobothriidea), an enigmatic new tapeworm (Platyhelminthes, Cestoda) from the pelagic thresher shark with comments on development of known Litobothrium species
    Janine Caira, Kirsten Jensen, Andrea Waeschenbach, Timothy Littlewood

    IS13036  Accepted 08 December 2013
    Application of cnidae composition in phylogenetic analyses of North Atlantic and Mediterranean dendrophylliid corals (Anthozoa: Scleractinia)
    Irene Martínez-Baraldés, Pablo López-González, César Megina

    IS13048  Accepted 25 November 2013
    Revision of the Australian giant pill-millipedes, and a new phylogenetic analysis of the Sphaerotheriida (Diplopoda)
    Thomas Wesener

    IS13011  Accepted 22 November 2013
    Molecular phylogenetics and taxonomic reanalysis of the family Mithracidae MacLeay, 1838 (Decapoda: Brachyura: Majoidea)
    Amanda Windsor, Darryl Felder

    IS13009  Accepted 16 November 2013
    Description, phylogeny and biogeography of Ameripassalus, a new Mesoamerican genus of Passalidae (Coleoptera)
    Larry Jimenez-Ferbans, Pedro Reyes-Castillo

    IS13030  Accepted 17 October 2013
    Two distinct evolutionary lineages of the Astacus leptodactylus species complex (Decapoda: Astacidae) inferred by phylogenetic analyses
    Ivana Maguire, Martina Podnar, MiÅ¡el Jelić, Anamaria Å tambuk, Anne Schrimpf, Holger Schulz, Goran Klobučar

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1. Published 30 August 2013
The Meloidae (Coleoptera) of Australasia: a generic review, descriptions of new taxa, and a challenge to the current definition of subfamilies posed by exceptional variation in male genitalia

M. A. Bologna, F. Turco and J. D. Pinto

2. 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

3. Published 24 May 2013
The continuing challenge of phylogenetic relationships in Terebelliformia (Annelida : Polychaeta)

João Miguel de Matos Nogueira, Kirk Fitzhugh and Pat Hutchings

4. Published 25 June 2013
Molecular phylogeny of the Kosciuscola grasshoppers endemic to the Australian alpine and montane regions

N. J. Tatarnic, K. D. L. Umbers and H. Song

5. Published 20 December 2013
Chiton phylogeny (Mollusca : Polyplacophora) and the placement of the enigmatic species Choriplax grayi (H. Adams & Angas)

Julia D. Sigwart, Isabella Stoeger, Thomas Knebelsberger and Enrico Schwabe

6. Published 25 June 2013
Cryptic species of Nereididae (Annelida : Polychaeta) on Australian coral reefs

Christopher J. Glasby, Nu-Wei V. Wei and Karen S. Gibb

7. Published 25 June 2013
Morphological and molecular insights on Megalothorax: the largest Neelipleona genus revisited (Collembola)

Clément Schneider and Cyrille A. D'Haese

8. Published 25 June 2013
Phylogeny and taxonomic revision of the spider mite genera Aponychus, Paraponychus and Stylophoronychus using morphology (Acari : Tetranychidae)

Fabio A. Hernandes and Reinaldo J. F. Feres

9. Published 24 May 2013
Molecular phylogenetic, morphological and biogeographic evidence for a new genus of parabathynellid crustaceans (Syncarida : Bathynellacea) from groundwater in an ancient southern Australian landscape

Kym M. Abrams, Rachael A. King, Michelle T. Guzik, Steven J. B. Cooper and Andy D. Austin

10. Published 31 October 2013
Molecular phylogeny of the superfamily Palaemonoidea (Crustacea : Decapoda : Caridea) based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA reveals discrepancies with the current classification

Qi Kou, Xinzheng Li, Tin-Yam Chan, Ka Hou Chu and Zhibin Gan

11. Published 31 October 2013
Stable phylogenetic patterns in scutigeromorph centipedes (Myriapoda : Chilopoda : Scutigeromorpha): dating the diversification of an ancient lineage of terrestrial arthropods

Gonzalo Giribet and Gregory D. Edgecombe

12. Published 30 August 2013
Molecular and morphological data support reclassification of the octocoral genus Isidoides

Eric Pante, Esprit Heestand Saucier and Scott C. France

13. Published 25 June 2013
The classic theory of Mexican Transition Zone revisited: the distributional congruence patterns of Passalidae (Coleoptera)

Ana Gutiérrez-Velázquez, Octavio Rojas-Soto, Pedro Reyes-Castillo and Gonzalo Halffter

14. Published 24 May 2013
Morphological assessment supports the recognition of four novel species in the widely distributed velvet worm Peripatopsis moseleyi sensu lato (Onychophora : Peripatopsidae)

Hilke Ruhberg and Savel R. Daniels

15. Published 31 October 2013
Two new subterranean ameirids (Crustacea : Copepoda : Harpacticoida) expose weaknesses in the conservation of short-range endemics threatened by mining developments in Western Australia

Tomislav Karanovic, Stefan M. Eberhard, Giulia Perina and Shae Callan

16. Published 20 December 2013
A preliminary molecular analysis of phylogenetic and biogeographic relationships of New Zealand Thomisidae (Araneae) using a multi-locus approach

Philip J. Sirvid, Nicole E. Moore, Geoffrey K. Chambers and Kelly Prendergast

17. Published 20 December 2013
More on snails and islands: molecular systematics and taxonomic revision of Setobaudinia Iredale (Gastropoda : Camaenidae) from the Kimberley, Western Australia, with description of new taxa

Francesco Criscione and Frank Köhler

18. Published 30 August 2013
DNA barcoding of Greenideinae (Hemiptera : Aphididae) with resolving taxonomy problems

Qing-Hua Liu, Li-Yun Jiang and Ge-Xia Qiao

19. Published 20 December 2013
Systematics, phylogeny and host associations of the Australian endemic monaloniine genus Rayieria Odhiambo (Insecta : Heteroptera : Miridae : Bryocorinae)

Anna A. Namyatova and Gerasimos Cassis

20. Published 31 October 2013
Phylogenetics of scolopendromorph centipedes: can denser taxon sampling improve an artificial classification?

Varpu Vahtera, Gregory D. Edgecombe and Gonzalo Giribet

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