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Evolutionary assembly of the milkweed fauna: cytochrome oxidase I and the age of Tetraopes beetles.
  • B. Farrell
  • Biology
    Molecular phylogenetics and evolution
  • 1 March 2001
TLDR
The present study provides analyses of near-complete DNA sequences for Tetraopes and relatives that are used to establish a molecular clock and temporal framework for TetRAopes evolution with their milkweed hosts.
The beetle tree of life reveals that Coleoptera survived end‐Permian mass extinction to diversify during the Cretaceous terrestrial revolution
TLDR
A phylogeny of beetles based on DNA sequence data from eight nuclear genes, including six single‐copy nuclear protein‐coding genes, for 367 species representing 172 of 183 extant families provides a uniquely well‐resolved temporal and phylogenetic framework for studying patterns of innovation and diversification in Coleoptera.
Temporal lags and overlap in the diversification of weevils and flowering plants
TLDR
A large-scale molecular phylogeny for weevils (herbivorous beetles in the superfamily Curculionoidea), one of the most diverse lineages of insects, is presented, based on ≈8 kilobases of DNA sequence data from a worldwide sample including all families and subfamilies, to suggest a deep and complex history of coevolution between weevil and angiosperms.
Molecular and morphological phylogenetics of weevils (coleoptera, curculionoidea): do niche shifts accompany diversification?
TLDR
The phylogeny estimate based on combined 18S rDNA and morphological data suggests that diversification in weevils was accompanied by niche shifts in host-plant associations and larval habits, and conservatism is evident in larval feeding habits, particularly in the host tissue consumed.
Phylogeny and evolution of Staphyliniformia and Scarabaeiformia: forest litter as a stepping stone for diversification of nonphytophagous beetles
TLDR
The phylogeny of Staphyliniformia is reconstructed using DNA sequences from nuclear 28S rDNA and the nuclear protein‐coding gene CAD for 282 species representing all living families and most subfamilies, with a representative sample of Scarabaeiformia serving as a near outgroup, and three additional beetles as more distant outgroups.
IS SPECIALIZATION A DEAD END? THE PHYLOGENY OF HOST USE IN DENDROCTONUS BARK BEETLES (SCOLYTIDAE)
TLDR
A molecular phylogenetic study of the 19 specialist or generalist species in the bark beetle genus Dendroctonus, which collectively attack species in four different genera in the conifer family Pinaceae is provided.
The Phylogenetic Study of Adaptive Zones: Has Phytophagy Promoted Insect Diversification?
TLDR
The adaptive-zone hypothesis predicts that if multiple lineages have invaded a new adaptive zone, they should be consistently more diverse than their (equally old) sister groups, when the latter retain the more primitive way of life.
THE EVOLUTION OF AGRICULTURE IN BEETLES (CURCULIONIDAE: SCOLYTINAE AND PLATYPODINAE)
TLDR
The unusual habit of adult burrowing likely facilitated the diversification of these beetle-fungus associations, enabling them to use the biomass-rich resource that trees represent and set the stage for at least one origin of eusociality.
Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College
45 1. Ecological Interactions in Three Species of Ecuadorian Anolis Lizards Introduction 46 Study Sites 47 Results 5() Thermal Biology 50 Structural Habitat 50 Daily Activity Cycles 54 Population
Escalation of Plant Defense: Do Latex and Resin Canals Spur Plant Diversification?
TLDR
The evidence for Ehrlich and Raven's postulate that rapid diversification follows innovation in plant defense is quantified by comparing the diversities of lineages that have independently evolved canal systems with their sister groups for as many plant lineages as current taxonomic evidence allows.
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