Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research

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Edited By: Elisabeth Haring (Editor-in-Chief), Alexander Blanke, Stefan T. Hertwig, Barna Páll-Gergely, Thomas Stach

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Online ISSN: 1439-0469

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  1. Parthenogenesis in Hexapoda: Entognatha and non-holometabolous insects

    Alisa O. Vershinina and Valentina G. Kuznetsova

    Version of Record online: 24 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12141

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    In our study, we review the development without fertilization in Hexapoda, including Entognatha, ‘Apterygota’ and non-holometabolous insect orders. This type of development is most frequently observed in Phasmatodea, Psocoptera, Thysanoptera and Hemiptera. Different modes of parthenogenesis are associated with change in ploidy level (arrhenotoky with male haploidy, apomixis with polyploidy). The majority of cases are examples of facultative thelytoky. Endosimbiont-induced sex conversion seems to be a very rare event. Furthermore, the reports about induced parthenogenesis often lack direct evidence.

  2. Molecular phylogeny of the superfamily Tephritoidea (Insecta: Diptera) reanalysed based on expanded taxon sampling and sequence data

    Ho-Yeon Han and Kyung-Eui Ro

    Version of Record online: 23 JUN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12139

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    Molecular phylogeny of the superfamily Tephritoidea (Insecta: Diptera) reanalyzed based on expanded taxon sampling and sequence data.

  3. A new vertebrate for Europe: the discovery of a range-restricted relict viper in the western Italian Alps (pages 161–173)

    Samuele Ghielmi, Michele Menegon, Stuart J. Marsden, Lorenzo Laddaga and Sylvain Ursenbacher

    Version of Record online: 22 JUN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12138

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    Description of new viper species from the north-western Italian Alps, which, despite an overall morphological resemblance with Vipera berus, is remarkably distinct genetically both from V. berus and other vipers occurring in western Europe, and shows closer affinities to species occurring only in the Caucasus.

  4. Photogrammetry: a useful tool for three-dimensional morphometric analysis of small mammals

    Francesc Muñoz-Muñoz, Mirsha Quinto-Sánchez and Rolando González-José

    Version of Record online: 24 MAY 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12137

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    Many studies assessing the shape of 3D structures of small mammals still use 2D data for budgetary reasons. Photogrammetry, which is considered a low-cost method, has not been applied to the study of small mammals. We test the suitability of photogrammetry to obtain 3D landmarks from mouse skulls. Our results show that photogrammetry is a precise technique for 3D shape analysis of small mammals and that it is accurate for obtaining linear measurements between 3D landmarks.

  5. The evolution of insect sperm − an unusual character system in a megadiverse group

    Marco Gottardo, Romano Dallai, David Mercati, Thomas Hörnschemeyer and Rolf Georg Beutel

    Version of Record online: 15 MAY 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12136

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    The phylogenetic information content of insect spermatozoa is formally evaluated for the first time. For this purpose, 77 sperm characters are coded for cladistic analyses. Parsimony and Bayesian analyses are used and compared. Sperm characters alone support few major insect clades (Hexapoda, Dicondylia, Polyneoptera, Psocodea). Important innovations are the formation of mitochondrial derivatives and the acquisition of accessory microtubules. Reliable results are obtained when character transformations are reconstructed using a phylogeny based on extensive molecular data.