Systematic Entomology

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Edited By: Shaun L. Winterton, Christiane Weirauch, Thomas J. Simonsen and Peter S. Cranston (Reviews Editor)

Impact Factor: 2.784

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 5/92 (Entomology); 24/46 (Evolutionary Biology)

Online ISSN: 1365-3113

Associated Title(s): Agricultural and Forest Entomology, Ecological Entomology, Insect Conservation and Diversity, Insect Molecular Biology, Medical and Veterinary Entomology, Physiological Entomology

Virtual Issue - Molecular phylogeny of Lepidoptera in the 21st century - Nov 2011

Molecular phylogeny of Lepidoptera in the 21st centuryMolecular phylogeny of Lepidoptera in the 21st century

Edited by: Niklas Wahlberg and Thomas J. Simonsen

Molecular methods are such an integrated part of insect systematics that we tend to forget that the methods have only been around for a few decades. Despite morphology being as important today as it was 100 years ago (e.g. see Systematic Entomology, Virtual Issue December 2010), it may be as hard for today’s graduate students working on insect systematics to imagine a world without molecular data as it would be for today’s children to imagine a world without DVDs and iPhones. Nevertheless, only a decade ago insect molecular phylogenetics and systematics was very much in its infancy and still viewed by many to be controversial and often misleading. Since then molecular insect systematics has undergone immense changes: from studies limited to a few (often mitochondrial) gene fragments and few taxa; to large-scale phylogenomic studies, studies combining multiple genes with large morphological and ecological datasets, and population studies focused on phylogeography or species delimitation based on e.g. SNIPS and micro satellites. Studies focused on Lepidoptera have played a highly important role in this development, in part due to the general focus on Lepidoptera (and in particular butterflies) as model organisms for both evolutionary studies and conservation, but also and importantly because collaborations with a large, skilled and enthusiastic international community of amateur collectors have made access to material suitable for molecular studies easier than in many other groups. This virtual issue celebrates the advances in Lepidoptera molecular systematics in the 21st century from the early, humble beginning to today’s genomic-scale studies by directing our readers to 26 papers on various aspects of Lepidoptera molecular systematics published in Systematic Entomology since 2000.

Phylogenetic relationships of Phyciodes butterfly species (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae): complex mtDNA variation and species delimitations
Niklas Wahlberg, Rita Oliveira, James A. Scott

Biogeography of the subspecies of Parides (Byasa) alcinous (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae) based on a phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial ND5 sequences
Yoshiomi Kato, Takashi Yagi

Molecular phylogeny of the Oriental butterfly genus Arhopala (Lycaenidae, Theclinae) inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear genes
Hendrik-Jan Megens, W. Johan Van Nes, Coline H. M. Van Moorsel, Naomi E. Pierce, Rienk De Jong

Phylogeny and life history evolution of Prodoxus yucca moths (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae)
Olle Pellmyr, Manuel Balcázar-Lara, David M. Althoff, Kari A. Segraves, James Leebens-Mack

Systematics and evolution of the cutworm moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae): evidence from two protein-coding nuclear genes
Andrew Mitchell, Charles Mitter, Jerome C. Regier

Phylogenetic relationships among the Ithomiini (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) inferred from one mitochondrial and two nuclear gene regions
Andrew V. Z. Brower, André V. L. Freitas, Ming-Min Lee, Karina L. Silva-Brandão, Alaine Whinnett, Keith R. Willmott

Speciation in Pararge (Satyrinae: Nymphalidae) butterflies – North Africa is the source of ancestral populations of all Pararge species
Elisabet Weingartner, Niklas Wahlberg, Sören Nylin

Systematics, biogeography and diversification of the Indo-Australian genus Delias Hübner (Lepidoptera: Pieridae): phylogenetic evidence supports an 'out-of-Australia' origin.
Michael F. Braby, Naomi E. Pierce

Barking up a new tree: ancient pupation behaviour suggests that Cerma Hubner is an acronictine noctuid (Lepidoptera)
David L. Wagner

Phylogeny and classification of the Phengaris-Maculinea clade (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae): total evidence and phylogenetic species concepts
Zdenĕk Fric, Niklas Wahlberg, Pavel Pech, Jan Zrzavý

A phylogenetic study of the 'bombycoid complex' (Lepidoptera) using five protein-coding nuclear genes, with comments on the problem of macrolepidopteran phylogeny
Jerome C. Regier, Christopher P. Cook, Charles Mitter, April Hussey

Molecular phylogeny of Anthelidae and other bombycoid taxa (Lepidoptera : Bombycoidea)
Andreas Zwick

Phylogenetic relationships of wild silkmoths (Lepidoptera : Saturniidae) inferred from four protein-coding nuclear genes
Jerome C. Regier, Michael C. Grant, Charles Mitter, Christopher P. Cook, Richard S. Peigler, Rodolphe Rougerie

Molecular phylogenetics of heliothine moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Heliothinae), with comments on the evolution of host range and pest status
Soowon Cho, Andrew Mitchell, Charles Mitter, Jerome Regier, Marcus Matthews, Ron Robertson

Phylogenetic relationships of Holarctic Teleiodini (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) based on analysis of morphological and molecular data
Sangmi Lee, Richard L. Brown

Widespread decoupling of mtDNA variation and species integrity in Grammia tiger moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
B. Christian Schmidt, Felix A. H. Sperling

Phylogeny and biogeography of Coenonympha butterflies (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae) - patterns of colonization in the Holarctic
Ullasa Kodandaramaiah, Niklas Wahlberg

Revised classification of the family Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea) based on combined molecular and morphological data
Andrew D. Warren, Joshua R. Ogawa, Andrew V. Z. Brower

Molecular systematics and phylogeny of the 'Marbled Whites' (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae, Satyrinae, Melanargia Meigen)
Vazrick Nazari, Wolfgang Ten Hagen, Gian Christoforo Bozano

Integrating morphology and mitochondrial DNA for species delimitation within the spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) cryptic species complex (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)
Lisa M. Lumley, Felix A. H. Sperling

Increased gene sampling yields robust support for higher-level clades within Bombycoidea (Lepidoptera)
Andreas Zwick, Jerome C. Regier, Charles Mitter, Michael P. Cummings

The butterfly subfamily Pseudopontiinae is not monobasic: marked genetic diversity and morphology reveal three new species of Pseudopontia (Lepidoptera: Pieridae)
Kim T. Mitter, Torben B. Larsen, Willy De Prins, Jurate De Prins, Steve Collins, Gaël Vande Weghe, Szabolcs Sáfián, Evgeny V. Zakharov, David J. Hawthorne, Akito Y. Kawahara, Jerome C. Regier

Using molecules and morphology to infer the phylogenetic relationships and evolutionary history of the Dirini (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae), a tribe of butterflies endemic to Southern Africa
Ben W. Price, Martin H. Villet, Shaun M. Walton, Nigel P. Barker

Data partitioning in Bayesian analysis: molecular phylogenetics of metalmark moths (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae)
Jadranka Rota

Vagility across Vanessa (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae): mobility in butterfly species does not inhibit the formation and persistence of isolated sister taxa
Niklas Wahlberg, Daniel Rubinoff

Conserved flanking microsatellite sequences (ReFS) differentiate between Lepidoptera species, and provide insight into microsatellite evolution
Daria Molodstova, Emily Crowe, Amber Olson, Janet Yee, Joanna R. Freeland

Morphological reinforcement, ancient introgressive hybridization and species delimitation in African stem-borer species of the genus Sesamia Guenee (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
Pascal Moyal, Bruno Le Rü, Johnny Van Den Berg, Alain Ratnadass, Domingos Cugala, Teddy Matama-Kauma, Beatrice Pallangyo, Desmond Conlong, Belay Defabachew