The origin of photic behavior and the evolution of sexual communication in fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae)

@article{Branham2003TheOO,
  title={The origin of photic behavior and the evolution of sexual communication in fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae)},
  author={M. Branham and J. Wenzel},
  journal={Cladistics},
  year={2003},
  volume={19}
}
  • M. Branham, J. Wenzel
  • Published 2003
  • Biology
  • Cladistics
  • Through a phylogenetic analysis using adult morphological characters, we show that the origin of bioluminescence in cantharoid beetles appears to predate the origin of the family Lampyridae. The ability to produce and emit photic signals was first gained by larvae and appears to function as an aposematic warning display; it was subsequently gained in adults and is used as a sexual signal. Our analysis also suggests that while pheromonal sexual signals are used basally in the family, they are… CONTINUE READING
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