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Published on Feb 1, 2019in Journal of Morphology 1.71
· DOI :10.1002/jmor.20938
Thomas L. Semple (ANU: Australian National University), Rod Peakall31
Estimated H-index: 31
(ANU: Australian National University),
Nikolai J. Tatarnic10
Estimated H-index: 10
(UWA: University of Western Australia)
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Published on Dec 1, 2018in Nature Communications 12.35
Thomas van de Kamp9
Estimated H-index: 9
(KIT: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology),
Achim H. Schwermann4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Bonn)
+ 15 AuthorsA. Kopmann10
Estimated H-index: 10
(KIT: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
About 50% of all animal species are considered parasites. The linkage of species diversity to a parasitic lifestyle is especially evident in the insect order Hymenoptera. However, fossil evidence for host–parasitoid interactions is extremely rare, rendering hypotheses on the evolution of parasitism assumptive. Here, using high-throughput synchrotron X-ray microtomography, we examine 1510 phosphatized fly pupae from the Paleogene of France and identify 55 parasitation events by four wasp species,...
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Published on Feb 14, 2018in PLOS ONE 2.77
Russell D. C. Bicknell4
Estimated H-index: 4
(UNE: University of New England (Australia)),
Ada J. Klinkhamer1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UNE: University of New England (Australia))
+ 2 AuthorsJohn R. Paterson23
Estimated H-index: 23
(UNE: University of New England (Australia))
Limulus polyphemus, an archetypal chelicerate taxon, has interested both biological and paleontological researchers due to its unique suite of anatomical features and as a useful modern analogue for fossil arthropod groups. To assist the study and documentation of this iconic taxon, we present a 3D atlas on the appendage musculature, with specific focus on the muscles of the cephalothoracic appendages. As L. polyphemus appendage musculature has been the focus of extensive study, depicting the mu...
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Published on Oct 1, 2017in Systematic Entomology 4.24
Phillip Barden6
Estimated H-index: 6
(NJIT: New Jersey Institute of Technology),
Hollister W. Herhold1
Estimated H-index: 1
(AMNH: American Museum of Natural History),
David A. Grimaldi40
Estimated H-index: 40
(AMNH: American Museum of Natural History)
An unusual Cretaceous trap jaw ant is described from Burmese amber dated to the Late Cretaceous. Linguamyrmex vladi gen.n. sp.n. is distinguished by an unusual suite of morphological characters indicating specialized predatory behaviour and an adaptive strategy no longer found among modern ant lineages. The clypeus, highly modified as in other closely related haidomyrmecine hell ants, is equipped with a paddle-like projection similar to Ceratomyrmex. X-ray imaging reveals that this clypeal paddl...
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Published on Aug 23, 2017in ZooKeys 1.08
Francisco Hita Garcia8
Estimated H-index: 8
Georg Fischer7
Estimated H-index: 7
+ 2 AuthorsEvan P. Economo17
Estimated H-index: 17
New technologies for imaging and analysis of morphological characters offer opportunities to enhance revisionary taxonomy and better integrate it with the rest of biology. In this study, we revise the Afrotropical fauna of the ant genus Zasphinctus Wheeler, and use high-resolution X-ray microtomography (micro-CT) to analyse a number of morphological characters of taxonomic and biological interest. We recognise and describe three new species: Z. obamai sp. n., Z. sarowiwai sp. n., and Z. wilsoni ...
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Published on May 1, 2017in Journal of Morphology 1.71
Daniel Martín-Vega12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Natural History Museum),
Thomas J. Simonsen17
Estimated H-index: 17
M. J. R. Hall20
Estimated H-index: 20
(Natural History Museum)
Metamorphosis of cyclorrhaphous flies takes place inside a barrel-like puparium, formed by the shrinking, hardening and darkening of the third-instar larval cuticle. The opacity of this structure hampers the visualization of the morphological changes occurring inside and therefore a full understanding of the metamorphosis process. Here, we use micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) to describe the internal morphological changes that occur during metamorphosis of the blow fly, Calliphora vicina Rob...
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Published on Mar 1, 2017in Journal of Morphology 1.71
Derek A. Woller3
Estimated H-index: 3
(A&M: Texas A&M University),
Hojun Song5
Estimated H-index: 5
(A&M: Texas A&M University)
We investigated probable functions of the interacting genitalic components of a male and a female of the flightless grasshopper species Melanoplus rotundipennis (Scudder, 1878) (frozen rapidly during copulation) via correlative microscopy; in this case, by synergizing micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) with digital single lens reflex camera photography with focal stacking, and scanning electron microscopy. To assign probable functions, we combined imaging results with observations of live and ...
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Published on Dec 17, 2015in ZooKeys 1.08
Michael Schmitt12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Greifswald),
Gabriele Uhl13
Estimated H-index: 13
For more than 100 years it has been known that the sclerotised median lobe of beetles harbours a membranous structure (the "internal sac" or "endophallus") which is everted during copula inside the female genital tract. In order to explore the functional role of this structure and those associated with it, we cryofixed copulating pairs of Donacia semicuprea and Lilioceris lilii and studied the relative position of the elements of the copulatory apparatus of males and females by micro-computer-to...
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Published on Aug 26, 2015in PLOS ONE 2.77
Nesrine Akkari8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Naturhistorisches Museum),
Henrik Enghoff16
Estimated H-index: 16
(Wild Center),
Brian D. Metscher17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Vienna)
We review the state-of-the-art approaches currently applied in myriapod taxonomy, and we describe, for the first time, a new species of millipede (Ommatoiulus avatar n. sp., family Julidae) using high-resolution X-ray microtomography (microCT) as a substantive adjunct to traditional morphological examination. We present 3D models of the holotype and paratype specimens and discuss the potential of this non-destructive technique in documenting new species of millipedes and other organisms. The mic...
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Published on Jul 1, 2015in Arthropod Structure & Development 1.70
Nadja C. Wulff3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Humboldt University of Berlin),
Arne W. Lehmann13
Estimated H-index: 13
+ 1 AuthorsGerlind U. C. Lehmann14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Humboldt University of Berlin)
Abstract Genitalia are rapidly evolving morphological structures most likely under sexual selection. Due to their internal nature they are often hidden inside the body, thus morpho-functional studies of animal genitalia are broadly lacking. Males of some bushcricket taxa bear paired genital appendices called titillators, the exact function of which is unknown since they are obscured inside the female body during pairing. To investigate titillator morphology and possible function during copulatio...
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