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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 5 2014

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Integrative taxonomy of Acrapex stem borers (Lepidoptera : Noctuidae : Apameini): combining morphology and Poisson Tree Process analyses 
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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
pp. 451-475

We reviewed ten African species of Acrapex of which six are new and three were found exclusively on cogongrass, one of the world’s worst weeds in tropical areas. The use of a combined approach based on morphology and molecular species delimitation analyses allowed us to assess with confidence the boundaries of new species. The study demonstrates the importance of integrative taxonomy for a complete resolution of the taxonomy of Acrapex and more generally of the subtribe Sesamiina.

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Verification of the cryptic species Penaeus pulchricaudatus in the commercially important kuruma shrimp P. japonicus (Decapoda : Penaeidae) using molecular taxonomy 
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K. H. Tsoi , K. Y. Ma , T. H. Wu , S. T. Fennessy , K. H. Chu and T. Y. Chan
pp. 476-490

The economically important kuruma shrimp is a species complex consisting of two sister species: Penaeus japonicas and P. pulchricaudatus. The study confirms their phylogenetic relatedness and revises their taxonomic status. Penaeus japonicas is confined to the East China Sea and neighbouring regions only and thus the invasive alien species in the Mediterranean is P. pulchricaudatus, not P. japonicas.

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Monophyly and phylogenetic origin of the gall crab family Cryptochiridae (Decapoda : Brachyura) 
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Sancia E. T. van der Meij and Christoph D. Schubart
pp. 491-500

The first published molecular phylogeny including a representative of the coral-inhabiting gall crab family Cryptochiridae proposed that this taxon could be derived from the free-living crab family Grapsidae. Our study shows that Cryptochiridae should instead be considered an independent lineage within the monophyletic Thoracotremata. Further molecular and morphological studies are needed to elucidate the precise placement of this family within the Thoracotremata.

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Testing mitochondrial marker efficacy for DNA barcoding in spiders: a test case using the dwarf spider genus Oedothorax (Araneae : Linyphiidae : Erigoninae) 
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Lara Lopardo and Gabriele Uhl
pp. 501-521

DNA barcoding efforts are useful for fast biodiversity and species identification and delimitation research, relying on one single genetic fragment (usually the ‘barcode’ known as ‘cox1’). We compared the efficacy of two most commonly used genetic fragments (cox1 and 16S) in a genus of spiders with well established morphological species. Our results show that 16S, not cox1, recovers species monophly of the multisampled species and is thus better suited for DNA species identification and delimitation in this group.

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Systematics and host plant associations of a new genus of Acacia-inhabiting plant bugs from arid Australia (Insecta : Hemiptera : Heteroptera : Miridae : Orthotylinae) 
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Gerasimos Cassis and Celia Symonds
pp. 522-554

This work is a taxonomic study of a new genus and eight new species of plant bugs from Australia. They include new species collected during the Commonwealth Government Bush Blitz program. The species are mostly known from iconic plant genus Acacia, and their phylogenetic relationships are analysed. This work reinforces the notion that much of Australia’s biodiversity remains to be discovered and documented.


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Genetic data confirm the species status of Sepsis nigripes Meigen (Diptera : Sepsidae) and adds one species to the Alpine fauna while questioning the synonymy of Sepsis helvetica Munari 
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Patrick T. Rohner , Yuchen Ang , Zhao Lei , Nalini Puniamoorthy , Wolf U. Blanckenhorn and Rudolf Meier
pp. 555-563

Sepsid flies are increasingly important models in comparative research and such research requires well-resolved phylogenetic trees. Here, we demonstrate the taxonomic validity of the European Sepsis nigripes and discuss whether two allopatric populations of Sepsis luteipes should be considered conspecific under different species concepts. We also place these species on the phylogeny of the Sepsidae, thus enabling future research on the evolution, ecology and behaviour of these Holarctic species.

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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.

    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

    IS14035  Accepted 15 September 2014
    Shining a light into the world’s deepest caves: Phylogenetic systematics of the troglobiotic scorpion genus Alacran Francke, 1982 (Typhlochactidae: Alacraninae).
    Carlos Santibanez, Oscar Francke, Lorenzo Prendini

    IS13046  Accepted 15 September 2014
    Phylogenetic relationships of Australian Scirtidae (Coleoptera) based on mitochondrial and nuclear sequences
    Steven Cooper, Christopher Watts, Kathleen Saint, Remko Leys

    IS14003  Accepted 07 September 2014
    Phylogenetic relationships within the flatworm genus Choeradoplana Graff (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida) inferred from molecular data after the description of two new sympatric species from Araucaria Forest
    Virgínia Lemos, Guilherme Cauduro, Victor Valiati, Ana Leal-Zanchet

    IS14030  Accepted 05 September 2014
    A molecular phylogenetic approach to the New Zealand species of Enantiobuninae (Opiliones : Eupnoi : Neopilionidae)
    Sebastian Velez, Rosa Fernandez, Gonzalo Giribet

    IS14029  Accepted 05 September 2014
    Linking genetic diversity and morphological disparity: biodiversity assessment of a highly unexplored family of harvestmen (Arachnida : Opiliones : Neopilionidae) in New Zealand
    Rosa Fernandez, Sebastian Velez, Gonzalo Giribet

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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 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

16. Published 20 December 2013
A distinct phoronid larva: morphological and molecular evidence

Elena N. Temereva and Tatiana V. Neretina

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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

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