A Comprehensive Phylogeny of Beetles Reveals the Evolutionary Origins of a Superradiation
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.
The current state of insect molecular systematics: a thriving Tower of Babel.
The cytochrome oxidase I, 16S, 18S, and elongation factor-1 alpha genes have been widely used and are informative across a broad range of divergences in insects, and their use as standards for insect phylogenetics is advocated.
Molecular phylogeny, historical biogeography, and divergence time estimates for swallowtail butterflies of the genus Papilio (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae).
This divergence time suggests that Papilio has slower apparent substitution rates than do Drosophila and fig-pollinating wasps and/or divergences corrected using best-fit substitution models are still being consistently underestimated.
The beetle tree of life reveals that Coleoptera survived end‐Permian mass extinction to diversify during the Cretaceous terrestrial revolution
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.
Phylogeny and evolution of Staphyliniformia and Scarabaeiformia: forest litter as a stepping stone for diversification of nonphytophagous beetles
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.
Papilio phylogeny based on mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I and II genes.
These two protein coding genes, particularly COI, show excellent performance in resolving relationships at the level of species and species groups among Papilionidae and are strongly endorsed for future studies aimed at these levels.
A partitioned likelihood analysis of swallowtail butterfly phylogeny (Lepidoptera:Papilionidae).
This work explored the use of partitioned, model-based analyses of heterogeneous molecular data in the context of a phylogenetic study of swallowtail butterflies, finding the most likely rooting is within the Papilioninae, although a rooting between Baronia and the remaining Papilionidae is only nonsignificantly less likely.
On the constitution and phylogeny of Staphyliniformia (Insecta: Coleoptera).
Basal relationships of Coleoptera inferred from 18S rDNA sequences
Examination of beetle suborder relationships using 18S ribosomal DNA reveals a previously unproposed relationship among the four major lineages: [(Archostemata(Myxophaga(Adephaga, Polyphaga)],], which results in a non‐monophyletic Coleoptera.
The phylogeny of the Histeroidea (Coleoptera: Staphyliniformia)
This study is the first to utilize either larval or molecular (18S rDNA) data in combination with adult morphology in an attempt to resolve the phylogeny of the Histeridae, finding the cylindrical, subcortical forms of the family to be the most primitive.