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 - Systematics of fossil insects - November 2009

Systematics of fossil insects, November 2009

The preparation of this 'virtual issue' of Systematic Entomology is timed to coincide with the publication in the journal of an invited editorial by Olivier Béthoux, and the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Indianapolis in December 2009. Olivier discusses the need for palaeoentomology and neontology to inform each other about the strengths and weaknesses of each source of data in phylogeny and evolutionary studies. With increasing use of fossils to calibrate estimates of divergence rates, realistic estimates must come from rational interpretation of the identity of critical early fossils. In recent years, and especially in the past year, the journal has published descriptions of critical fossils from authors familiar with both fossil and extant taxa. These studies have provided early dates for crown and / or stem groups, evidence for morphological conservatism over millions of years, and for some fossil occurrences outside the range of extant taxa. The editors of Systematic Entomology will be happy to see comparable results reported in future issues of the journal.

Gaps and nodes between fossil and extant insects
O. Béthoux

Systematic position of Triplosoba, hitherto the oldest mayfly, from Upper Carboniferous of Commentry in Central France (Insecta: Palaeodictyopterida)
Jakub Prokop, André Nel

Eocene tortoise beetles from the Green River Formation in Colorado, U.S.A. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae)
Caroline S. Chaboo, Michael S. Engel

Valeseguyidae, a new family of Diptera in the Scatopsoidea, with a new genus in Cretaceous amber from Myanmar.
Dalton De Souza Amorim, David A. Grimaldi

Two significant new snakeflies from Baltic amber, with discussion on autapomorphies of the order and its included taxa (Raphidioptera)
Ulrike Aspöck, Horst Aspöck

Mandibulate chironomids: primitive of derived? (Diptera: Chironomidae)
Dany Azar, Isabelle Veltz, Andre Nel

How Gerarus lost its head: stem-group Orthoptera and Paraneoptera revisited
Olivier Béthoux, Derek E. G. Briggs

100 million years of morphological conservation in bark beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae)
Anthony I. Cognato, David Grimaldi

Fossil lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) reconsidered
R. C. Dalgleish, R. L. Palma, R. D. Price, V. S. Smith

A systematic reappraisal of the Australian Aphroteniinae (Diptera: Chironomidae) with dating from vicariance biogeography
P. S. Cranston, D. H. D. Edward

The fossil pupa Simulimima and the evidence it provides for the Jurassic origin of the Simuliidae (Diptera)
R. W. Cross Key

An early Cretaceous termite from southern England (Isoptera: Hodotermitidae)
E. A. Jarzembowski

The most ancient bark beetle known: a new tribe, genus, and species from Lebanese amber (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Scolytinae)
Alexander G. Kirejtshuk, Dany Azar, Roger A. Beaver, Mikhail Yu. Mandelshtam, André Nel

New fossil paussids from Dominican amber with notes on the phylogenetic systematics of the paussine complex (Coleoptera: Carabidae)
Peter Nagel