Colophon larvae : descriptions and phylogenetic implications

Show simple item record Switala, Angelika Katrin Sole, Catherine L. Scholtz, Clarke H. 2015-03-23T10:07:00Z 2015-03-23T10:07:00Z 2015-01
dc.description.abstract The aim of the Colophon larval study was to enable researchers to identify the species found in the field; to use larvae as an alternative for adults in molecular studies; to comment on possible phylogenetic information that may contribute to the sub-familial placement of the genus; and to obtain habitat preference data. To achieve this, larvae of four Colophon species were examined and their main diagnostic morphological characters identified. Larvae live in a fairly homogeneous micro-habitat of moist, humus-rich soil in protected places such as under rocky overhangs and amongst the roots and tussocks of Restionaceae. Colophon larvae show small inter-specific differences and larval characters contributed little equivocal information from which phylogenetic support for family placement could be deduced. Apparendy, as with many scarabaeoid groups (Trogidae, Scarabaeidae), larval morphology may not have diversified much from the basal ground-plan and it remains for other (adult) phylogenetically significant morphological characters or DNA to provide more clarity on Colophons subfamilial placement. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Switala, AK, Sole, CL & Scholtz, CH 2015, 'Colophon larvae : descriptions and phylogenetic implications', Insect Systematics and Evolution, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 37–46. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1399-560X (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1876-312X (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1163/1876312X-45012113
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Brill Academic Publishers en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015 Koninklijke Brill NV en_ZA
dc.subject Colophon en_ZA
dc.subject Endangered en_ZA
dc.subject Larval description en_ZA
dc.subject Lucanidae en_ZA
dc.subject Cape Floristic Region en_ZA
dc.title Colophon larvae : descriptions and phylogenetic implications en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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