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A Comprehensive Phylogeny of Beetles Reveals the Evolutionary Origins of a Superradiation
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The phylogeny of Coleoptera found that the success of beetles is explained neither by exceptional net diversification rates nor by a predominant role of herbivory and the Cretaceous rise of angiosperms, suggesting that beetle species richness is due to high survival of lineages and sustained diversification in a variety of niches.
Why barcode? High-throughput multiplex sequencing of mitochondrial genomes for molecular systematics
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The 454/Roche platform procedure could be employed routinely for mitochondrial genome sequencing at the species level, to provide improved species ‘barcodes’ that currently use the cox1 gene only.
Building the Coleoptera tree‐of‐life for >8000 species: composition of public DNA data and fit with Linnaean classification
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A supermatrix based on all gene sequences of Coleoptera available in Genbank for two nuclear and two mitochondrial genes supports the basal split of Derodontidae and Scirtoidea from the remaining Polyphaga, and the broad paraphyly of Cucujoidea.
Molecular phylogenetics of Elateriformia (Coleoptera): evolution of bioluminescence and neoteny
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Although key features as soft‐bodiedness, neoteny and bioluminescence in Coleoptera are largely confined to the Elateriformia, they appear to result from multiple origins, showing the propensity of closely related lineages to acquire similar features independently.
If Dung Beetles (Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) Arose in Association with Dinosaurs, Did They Also Suffer a Mass Co-Extinction at the K-Pg Boundary?
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Molecular evidence is presented to show that the origin of dung beetles occurred in the middle of the Cretaceous, likely in association with dinosaur dung, but more surprisingly the timing is consistent with the rise of the angiosperms.
Family-Level Sampling of Mitochondrial Genomes in Coleoptera: Compositional Heterogeneity and Phylogenetics
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The study shows that, although compositional heterogeneity is not universal, it cannot be eliminated for some mitochondrial genes, but dense taxon sampling and the use of appropriate Bayesian analyses can still produce robust phylogenetic trees.
Molecular phylogenetics of the melyrid lineage (Coleoptera: Cleroidea)
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Three terminal lineages—the true melyrids, dasytids, and malachiids—are well supported by all analyses, but their mutual relationships remain uncertain as MP analysis proposed alternative topologies to that of the ML and BA trees, with often low node support in the latter two methods.
The comprehensive phylogeny of the superfamily Elateroidea (Coleoptera: Elateriformia).
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Molecular phylogeny of Elateroidea confirmed the multiple origins of soft-bodied, neotenic and light emiting lineages and rejected the relationships of hard-bodied Elateridae, Eucnemidae, Throscidae and Cerophytidae, formerly supposed to be a monophylum.
The phylogeny and limits of Elateridae (Insecta, Coleoptera): is there a common tendency of click beetles to soft‐bodiedness and neoteny?
Kundrata, R. & Bocak, L. (2011). The phylogeny and limits of Elateridae (Insecta, Coleoptera): is there a common tendency of click beetles to soft‐bodiedness and neoteny? —Zoologica Scripta, 40,
Multiple ancient origins of neoteny in Lycidae (Coleoptera): consequences for ecology and macroevolution
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A phylogenetic analysis of Lycidae based on DNA sequences from nuclear (18S and 28S rRNA) and mitochondrial (rrnL, cox1, cob and nad5) genes from a representative set of lineages supported three independent origins of neotenic taxa, contradicting earlier suggestions of recent evolution from dispersive non-neotenics.
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