Are we studying too few taxa? Insights from aphidophagous ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)

@inproceedings{Sloggett2005AreWS,
  title={Are we studying too few taxa? Insights from aphidophagous ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)},
  author={John J. Sloggett},
  year={2005}
}
Many areas of biology employ standard model organisms on which a majority of research effort is concentrated. However, there is invariably a danger associated with the use of too few or atypical models for studies of particular taxonomic groups, guilds or biological phenomena. Using aphidophagous ladybirds, I show that in this group, in the last ten years, 69% of research has been concentrated on just five species, all generalist ecotypes. Much research is now concentrated on invasive species… CONTINUE READING

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