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Ultraconserved elements (UCEs) resolve the phylogeny of Australasian smurf-weevils
This study uses ultraconserved elements (UCEs) designed for beetles and a novel partitioning strategy of loci to help resolve phylogenetic relationships within the radiation of Australasian smurf-weevils (Eupholini).
Infrequent and unidirectional colonization of hyperdiverse Papuadytes diving beetles in New Caledonia and New Guinea.
The towering orogeny of New Guinea as a trigger for arthropod megadiversity.
It is shown that a hyperdiverse radiation of freshwater arthropods originated in the emerging central New Guinea orogen, out of Australia, about 10 million years ago, and that lineage diversification speed now exceeds that of landmass/new ecological opportunity formation.
Integrative taxonomy on the fast track - towards more sustainability in biodiversity research
- A. Riedel, K. Sagata, Y. R. Suhardjono, René Tänzler, M. Balke
- BiologyFrontiers in Zoology
- 27 March 2013
It is suggested that phylogenetics and phenetics had a subtle and so far unnoticed effect on taxonomy leading to inflated species descriptions, and fast track taxonomy will not only increase speed, but also sustainability of global species inventories.
New Guinea highland origin of a widespread arthropod supertramp
- M. Balke, I. Ribera, R. Meier
- Environmental Science, BiologyProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
- 7 July 2009
It is shown that an ecologically diverse, common and widespread arthropod supertramp species originated in the highlands of New Guinea, ca 6.0–2.7 Myr ago, which contradicts the widely held view of local endemism as an evolutionary dead end.
Behavioural plasticity associated with propagule size, resources, and the invasion success of the Argentine ant Linepithema humile
Although propagule size has been correlated with invasion success in a wide variety of taxa, results indicate that it will have limited predictive power with species displaying behavioural plasticity, and recommend that aspects of animal behaviour be given much more consideration in attempts to model invasion success.
Men’s Preferences for Women’s Breast Morphology in New Zealand, Samoa, and Papua New Guinea
- B. Dixson, Paul L. Vasey, K. Sagata, Nokuthaba Sibanda, W. Linklater, A. Dixson
- PsychologyArchives of sexual behavior
- 1 December 2011
It is suggested that areolar pigmentation indicative of sexual maturity is preferred by men rather than lighter pigmentation, which may signal that a woman is in the early years of reproductive maturity, as well as supporting the hypothesis that men from subsistence living cultures have a greater preference for morphological cues indicative of caloric reserves.
DNA Barcoding for Community Ecology - How to Tackle a Hyperdiverse, Mostly Undescribed Melanesian Fauna
- René Tänzler, K. Sagata, S. Surbakti, M. Balke, A. Riedel
- Environmental Science, BiologyPloS one
- 13 January 2012
Hyperdiverse Trigonopterus are a useful taxon for evaluating forest remnants in Melanesia, allowing finer-grained analyses than would be possible with vertebrates commonly used to date, and should help establish other groups of hyperdiverse fauna as target taxa for community ecology.
GlobalAnts: a new database on the geography of ant traits (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
The GlobalAnts database represents a significant tool for ecology in that it contributes to a global archive of ant traits (morphology, ecology and life history) which complements existing ant databases and promotes a trait‐based approach in ant and other insect ecology through a broad set of standardised traits.
One hundred and one new species of Trigonopterus weevils from New Guinea
Abstract A species discovery and description pipeline to accelerate and improve taxonomy is outlined, relying on concise expert descriptions, combined with DNA sequencing, digital imaging, and…