Molecular Phylogenetics, Systematics, and Natural History of the Flanged Bombardier Beetles (Coleoptera: Adephaga: Carabidae: Paussinae)

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Title:
Molecular Phylogenetics, Systematics, and Natural History of the Flanged Bombardier Beetles (Coleoptera: Adephaga: Carabidae: Paussinae)
Author:
Moore, Wendy
Issue Date:
2006
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This dissertation focuses on the systematics of the Paussinae, a lineage of approximately 775 beetle species all of which produce explosive defensive chemicals and many which are obligate associates of ants (myrmecophiles). This dissertation includes six discrete studies, which taken together span the spectrum of systematic research. It includes taxonomic projects on both larval and adult paussines. It also includes phylogenetic investigations, based on DNA sequence data and morphological data, that address the evolutionary relationships among the major lineages within Paussinae as well as the evolutionary position of the Paussinae within the beetle suborder Adephaga. The inferred trees are used to study character evolution of physiological and behavioral traits of these organisms in a phylogenetic framework. This work sets the stage for a lifetime of work on this fascinating group.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
phylogenetics; systematics; bombardier beetles; Paussinae; myrmecophily
Degree Name:
PhD
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Entomology; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Maddison, David R
Committee Chair:
Maddison, David R

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dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleMolecular Phylogenetics, Systematics, and Natural History of the Flanged Bombardier Beetles (Coleoptera: Adephaga: Carabidae: Paussinae)en_US
dc.creatorMoore, Wendyen_US
dc.contributor.authorMoore, Wendyen_US
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation focuses on the systematics of the Paussinae, a lineage of approximately 775 beetle species all of which produce explosive defensive chemicals and many which are obligate associates of ants (myrmecophiles). This dissertation includes six discrete studies, which taken together span the spectrum of systematic research. It includes taxonomic projects on both larval and adult paussines. It also includes phylogenetic investigations, based on DNA sequence data and morphological data, that address the evolutionary relationships among the major lineages within Paussinae as well as the evolutionary position of the Paussinae within the beetle suborder Adephaga. The inferred trees are used to study character evolution of physiological and behavioral traits of these organisms in a phylogenetic framework. This work sets the stage for a lifetime of work on this fascinating group.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectphylogeneticsen_US
dc.subjectsystematicsen_US
dc.subjectbombardier beetlesen_US
dc.subjectPaussinaeen_US
dc.subjectmyrmecophilyen_US
thesis.degree.namePhDen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEntomologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorMaddison, David Ren_US
dc.contributor.chairMaddison, David Ren_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHunter, Martha S.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWheeler, Diana E.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBronstein, Judith L.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest1573en_US
dc.identifier.oclc137355963en_US
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