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A highly conserved nuclear gene for low-level phylogenetics: elongation factor-1 alpha recovers morphology-based tree for heliothine moths.
Molecular systematists need increased access to nuclear genes. Highly conserved, low copy number protein-encoding nuclear genes have attractive features for phylogenetic inference but have heretofore… Expand
Evolutionary Patterns of Host Plant Use by Delphacid Planthoppers and Their Relatives
Planthoppers (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea) are found on every continent except Antarctica and in all major biomes, including tropical rainforests, deserts, grasslands, and the arctic tundra (O’Brien and… Expand
The Phylogenetic Study of Adaptive Zones: Has Phytophagy Promoted Insect Diversification?
Simpson's postulate that rapid diversification follows entrance into a new "adaptive zone" is frequently invoked a posteriori for groups of unusual diversity. The postulate can be tested more… Expand
Systematics and evolution of the cutworm moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae): evidence from two protein‐coding nuclear genes
Abstract. A broad molecular systematic survey of Noctuidae was undertaken to test recent hypotheses on the problematic definitions and relationships of the subfamilies, with special emphasis on the… Expand
Escalation of Plant Defense: Do Latex and Resin Canals Spur Plant Diversification?
Ehrlich and Raven's postulate that rapid diversification follows innovation in plant defense has often been invoked a posteriori for plant lineages of unusual diversity and chemical distinctiveness.… Expand
Molecular phylogenetics of heliothine moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Heliothinae), with comments on the evolution of host range and pest status
Abstract The Heliothinae are a cosmopolitan subfamily of about 365 species that include some of the world’s most injurious crop pests. This study re‐assesses evolutionary relationships within… Expand
An annotated catalog of fossil and subfossil Lepidoptera (Insecta: Holometabola) of the world
In this catalog, we attempt to assemble all fossil records of Lepidoptera described formally or informally in the worldliterature. A total of 667 records dealing with at least 4,568 specimens have… Expand
One Long Argument: Charles Darwin and the Genesis of Modern Evolutionary Thought
- C. Mitter
- 1 April 1994
This book, intended for the nonspecialist, synthesizes Mayr's views on “the role of Darwin's thought in the history of ideas” (p. viii). It analyzes the scientific content of Darwin's evolutionary… Expand
Order Lepidoptera Linnaeus, 1758. In : Zhang, Z.-Q. (Ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness
van Nieukerken, Erik J.; Kaila, Lauri; Kitching, Ian J.; Kristensen, Niels Peder; Lees, David C.; Minet, Joël; Mitter, Charles; Mutanen, Marko; Regier, Jerome C.; Simonsen, Thomas J.; Wahlberg,… Expand
Increased gene sampling yields robust support for higher‐level clades within Bombycoidea (Lepidoptera)
This study has as its primary aim the robust resolution of higher‐level relationships within the lepidopteran superfamily Bombycoidea. Our study builds on an earlier analysis of five genes (∼6.6 kbp)… Expand