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Joseph Parker
California Institute of Technology
19Publications
9H-index
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Published on Apr 16, 2019in eLife 7.55
Yu-Lingzi Zhou1
Estimated H-index: 1
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Adam Ślipiński7
Estimated H-index: 7
(CSIRO: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
+ 1 AuthorsJoseph Parker9
Estimated H-index: 9
(California Institute of Technology)
Many animals live lives that are closely intertwined with those of other species. While a clown fish sheltering within the tentacles of a sea anemone may be a textbook example, ‘symbiotic’ interactions that occur inside ant nests are among some of the most dramatic. Known as myrmecophiles – after the Greek for ‘ant lovers’, many insects, spiders and mites have evolved to live alongside ants in one way or another. Some of these animals display elaborate behaviors – like mouth-to-mouth feeding or ...
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Published on Jun 1, 2018in Coleopterists Bulletin 0.70
Joseph Parker9
Estimated H-index: 9
(California Institute of Technology),
Brittany E. Owens2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Louisiana State University Agricultural Center)
We describe a new genus and new species of pselaphine rove beetle, Batriscydmaenus tishechkini Parker and Owens, from lowland Panamanian rainforest. The new taxon marks a radical departure from the basic pselaphine anatomical groundplan, with a globose body shape and a dramatic reduction of foveae, sulci and striae—features that are considered plesiomorphic in Pselaphinae. This overt simplification of the integument is typical of myrmecophile and termitophile taxa within Pselaphinae. A probable ...
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Published on May 28, 2018in Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 2.31
Zi-Wei Yin5
Estimated H-index: 5
(SHNU: Shanghai Normal University),
Joseph Parker9
Estimated H-index: 9
(AMNH: American Museum of Natural History)
+ 2 AuthorsLi-Zhen Li5
Estimated H-index: 5
(SHNU: Shanghai Normal University)
Comprising more than 10,000 valid species, the staphylinid subfamily Pselaphinae is a major element of epigean habitats, and among the most diverse groups of rove beetles. Pselaphinae is split basally into two principal clades: the small supertribe Faronitae, and its sister group, the hyper-diverse ‘higher Pselaphinae’ containing the remaining five supertribes. Deducing the origins and divergence times of major higher Pselaphinae clades requires direct fossil evidence. Here we describe a new pse...
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Published on Oct 5, 2017in bioRxiv
Joseph Parker9
Estimated H-index: 9
(California Institute of Technology),
K. Taro Eldredge2
Estimated H-index: 2
(KU: University of Kansas)
+ 2 AuthorsSteven R. Davis14
Estimated H-index: 14
(AMNH: American Museum of Natural History)
How symbiotic lifestyles evolve from free-living ecologies is poorly understood. Novel traits mediating symbioses may stem from preadaptations: features of free-living ancestors that predispose taxa to engage in nascent interspecies relationships. In Metazoa's largest family, Staphylinidae (rove beetles), the body plan within the subfamily Aleocharinae is preadaptive for symbioses with social insects. Short elytra expose a pliable abdomen that bears targetable glands for host manipulation or che...
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Published on Aug 1, 2017in Current Biology 9.19
Shûhei Yamamoto8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Kyushu University),
Munetoshi Maruyama10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Kyushu University),
Joseph Parker9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Columbia University)
Fossil morphology is often used to infer the ecology of extinct species. In a recent report in Current Biology, Cai and colleagues [1] described an extinct rove beetle, Cretotrichopsenius burmiticus, from two specimens in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber (∼99 million years old). Based on morphology and the taxonomic group to which the specimens belong, the authors proposed that Cretotrichopsenius was a termitophile — a socially parasitic symbiont of termite colonies. Moreover, the new taxon was clai...
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Published on May 1, 2017in Gondwana Research 6.48
Shûhei Yamamoto8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Kyushu University),
Yui Takahashi5
Estimated H-index: 5
(University of Tsukuba),
Joseph Parker9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Columbia University)
Jacobsoniidae is a small but perplexing beetle family, with unknown phylogenetic relationships to other polyphagan Coleoptera. To date, only a single fossil jacobsoniid has been described, from Eocene Baltic amber (~ 40 Ma). Here, we push back the oldest definitive record of Jacobsoniidae by approximately 60 million years with a new fossil species recovered from mid-Cretaceous (~ 99 Ma) Burmese amber from Myanmar. Remarkably, exploration of the fossil's morphology with confocal laser scanning mi...
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Published on Mar 1, 2017in Current Biology 9.19
Munetoshi Maruyama10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Kyushu University),
Joseph Parker9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Columbia University)
Recent adaptive radiations provide striking examples of convergence [1–4], but the predictability of evolution over much deeper timescales is controversial, with a scarcity of ancient clades exhibiting repetitive patterns of phenotypic evolution [5, 6]. Army ants are ecologically dominant arthropod predators of the world’s tropics, with large nomadic colonies housing diverse communities of socially parasitic myrmecophiles [7]. Remarkable among these are many species of rove beetle (Staphylinidae...
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Published on Dec 1, 2016in Nature Communications 11.88
Shûhei Yamamoto8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Kyushu University),
Munetoshi Maruyama10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Kyushu University),
Joseph Parker9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Columbia University)
Social insects are commonly parasitized by beetles that live inside colonies and consume nest resources or even the brood. Here, Yamamoto et al. present fossil evidence that social parasitism by beetles dates back at least 99 million years—contemporaneous with the earliest fossil indications of ant and termite eusociality.
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Published on Sep 20, 2016in bioRxiv
Munetoshi Maruyama10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Kyushu University),
Joseph Parker9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Columbia University)
Recent adaptive radiations provide striking examples of convergence, but the predictability of evolution over much deeper timescales is controversial, due to a scarcity of ancient clades exhibiting repetitive patterns of phenotypic evolution. Army ants are ecologically dominant arthropod predators of the world9s tropics, with large nomadic colonies housing diverse communities of socially parasitic myrmecophiles. Remarkable among these are many species of rove beetle (Staphylinidae) that exhibit ...
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Published on Jul 1, 2016in Systematic Entomology 3.73
Joseph Parker9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Columbia University)
Pselaphinae is an exceptionally species-rich, globally distributed subfamily of minute rove beetles (Staphylinidae), many of which are inquilines of social insects. Deducing the factors that drove pselaphine diversification and their evolutionary predisposition to inquilinism requires a reliable timescale of pselaphine cladogenesis. Pselaphinae is split into a small and highly plesiomorphic supertribe, Faronitae, and its sister group, the ‘higher Pselaphinae’ – a vast multi-tribe clade with a mo...
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