Latest open access publication: Phylogeny of Ceraphronoidea

Check it out! Our latest open access paper is out:

Mikó I, Masner L, Johannes E, Yoder MJ, Deans AR (2013) Male terminalia of Ceraphronoidea: morphological diversity in an otherwise monotonous taxon. Insect Systematics & Evolution 44 (3–4), 261–347. DOI: 10.1163/1876312X-04402002 (or try this link)

Confocal Laser Scanning Micrographs, SEM, and brightfield images were used to illustrate ceraphronoid characters.

Confocal Laser Scanning Micrographs, SEM, and brightfield images were used to illustrate ceraphronoid characters.

This was an invited contribution, part of a special issue on male genitalia. These anatomical structures are not especially informative for phylogenetic estimation in most Hymenoptera, but in Ceraphronoidea male genitalia offer dozens of characters. István (primarily) and the rest of us spent more than four years acquiring these data, imaging the phenotypes, and refining the characters. The resulting dataset is perhaps the most robust morphological data matrix in the history of phylogenetics. Seriously, it’s a benchmark for future publications, at least from our lab group. All data are available in figshare.

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