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Phylogenomic Insights into the Evolution of Stinging Wasps and the Origins of Ants and Bees
Molecular phylogenetics of Vespoidea indicate paraphyly of the superfamily and novel relationships of its component families and subfamilies
This work collects molecular data from four nuclear genes and uses this topology as the best estimate of phylogeny at the family and subfamily levels of Vespoidea, and proposes a new classification of Aculeata that recognizes eight superfamilies.
Illuminating the lack of consensus among descriptions of earth history data in the North American deserts: A resource for biologists
Understanding the timing of mountain building and desert formation events in western North America is crucial to understanding the evolutionary history of the diverse arid-adapted biota that is found…
Repeated evolution in overlapping mimicry rings among North American velvet ants.
- Joseph S. Wilson, K. A. Williams, M. Forister, C. V. von Dohlen, J. Pitts
- BiologyNature communications
- 11 December 2012
A large Müllerian mimicry complex in North American velvet ants (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) is identified and it is found that 65 species in the velvet ant genus Dasymutilla can be placed into one of six morphologically distinct and geographically delimited mimicry rings.
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Identifying Pleistocene refugia in North American cold deserts using phylogeographic analyses and ecological niche modelling
It is suggested that during the cooling of the glacial periods, arid-adapted organisms were restricted to refugia in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts, and should be considered a high conservation priority as important areas for maintaining species and genetic diversity.
Cladistic analysis of the fire ants of the Solenopsis saevissima species‐group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
This phylogenetic hypothesis implies trends in fire ant evolution towards both polygyny (multiple egg‐laying queens per colony) and large major worker size, which is supported by a modified version of Emery's Rule.
Revision of the Fire Ants of the Solenopsis saevissima Species-Group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
- J. Pitts, G. P. Camacho, D. Gotzek, J. McHugh, K. Ross
- BiologyProceedings of the Entomological Society of…
- 17 May 2018
The fire ants of the Solenopsis geminata species-group of Trager (1991) are revised based on the morphology of worker larvae and of adult forms of workers, males, and gynes (winged or dealated members of the queen caste), making the taxonomic information gained from these castes no better than information from the workers.
Preliminary morphological analysis of relationships between the spider wasp subfamilies (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae): revisiting an old problem
A quantitative analysis of phylogenetic relationships of the Pompilidae, with emphasis on testing the validity of proposed subfamilies, yielded a monophyletic Ceropalinae that was sister group to a large polytomy containing members of the remaining five subfam families.
Müllerian Mimicry as a Result of Codivergence between Velvet Ants and Spider Wasps
The breadth of the Dasymutilla Müllerian mimicry complex is expanded and insights about how codivergence influenced the evolution of mimicry in these groups are provided.