Phylogenetics, Biogeography 

& Species delimitation

Polythoridae
Phylogenetic relationships of the Neotropical damselflies Polythoridae

I'm currently reconstructing the evolutionary relationships within the Neotropical family Polythoridae. It comprises 7 genera: Cora, Miocora, Euthore, Polythore, Chalcothore, Chalcopteryx and Stenocora

Polythore
Species delimitation and diversification of the highly polymorphic Polythore damselflies

The Neotropical damselflies from the genus Polythore are stunningly colourful; their wings display orange, black and/or white . Despite this color diversity, they lack variation in classical reproductive traits (e.g. male genitalia) commonly used for species description.The genus comprises 21 described morphospecies distributed along the Eastern slopes of the Andes cordillera and the Amazon basin, through Colombia to Northern Bolivia. They dwell in small fast flowing creeks with highly oxygenated waters; their larvae are the only mesoamerican damselflies that possess abdominal gills and highly modified structures at their posterior end for stability in fast flowing waterfalls. Are these morphospecies independent lineages? Why are they so colorful? 

Other Odonata
Species delimitation of Rubyspot damselflies
Comparing classical morphospecies with molecular data.
Phylogenetic relationships and Biogeography of the relict drangonflies Petaluridae
Collaborating in untangling the evoluitonary history of these relict taxa.
Biogeography of the Fijian damselflies Nesobasis and Melanobasis
​Collaborating on the phylogeny and island biogeography of this colorful damsels.

 

Other TAXA
mostly INSECTS
Neotropical urban cockroaches
Dung Beetles
Neotropical Butterflies
 
Spiny Orb Web Spiders 
I'm interested in phylogenetic, phylogenomics, trancriptomics, population genetics and speciation
Also kind of obsessed with color polymorphisms... >>

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