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Plant Pest Diagnostics Center - Entomology Laboratory

Research Programs - Insecta: Coleoptera

CDFA Coleopterists

Bostrichoidea


Bostrichidae

Scientist:
Dr. Andy Cline

Dinapate sp.

Current projects

  • Collaboration with Michael Ivie
    • Lucid key to all known genera of the family worldwide. This is part of the USDA-CPHST sponsored project on developing web-based identification tools for wood boring beetles of the world.

Buprestoidea

The Buprestoidea is the focal group of interest for Dr. Chuck Bellamy.


Buprestidae

Scientist:
Dr. Chuck Bellamy

Julodis viridipes

Current projects

  • Assembling the Beetle Tree of Life (see project website)
  • Fauna of the Madagascan region (see project website), particularly Coraebini (see project website)
  • Buprestoidea of North America (north of Mexico) (see project website)
  • A World Catalogue and Bibliography of the superfamily Buprestoidea (see project website)
  • Fauna of the West Indies (see project website)
  • Fauna of Fiji (see project website)
  • Fauna of Mexico (see project website), including revisions of the genera Mimicoclytrina, Xenorhipis and its allies, Tetragonoschema, Ditriaena, and Mexican Mastogeniina
  • Collaboration with Rick Westcott
    • Revision of the Mexican Acmaeodera

Schizopodidae

Scientist:
Dr. Chuck Bellamy

Schizopus sallei

Current projects

  • Inclusion in the World Catalogue and Bibliography of the Superfamily Buprestoidea (see project website)
  • Inclusion in the Assembling the Beetle Tree of Life project (see project website)
  • Inclusion in the Buprestoidea of North America (north of Mexico) project (see project website)

Cucujoidea

The Cucujoidea are the focal group of interest for Dr. Andy Cline.


Biphyllidae

Scientist:
Dr. Andrew Cline

Biphyllidae

Current projects

  • A checklist for Panama: results from the IBISCA study site in the San Lorenzo forest. This project will include a full taxonomic catalogue of species occurring in the country as well as the description of new species.
  • New generic synonymy in the family. This is a short scientific note to rectify a nomeclatural problem in the family.
  • World Catalogue of the family.

Corylophidae

Scientist:
Dr. Andrew Cline

Orthoperus sp.

Current projects

  • A checklist of the Corylophidae of Panama: results from the IBISCA study site in the San Lorenzo forest.  This project will include a full taxonomic catalogue of species occurring in the country as well as the description of new species.
  • World Catalogue.

Discolomatidae

Scientist:
Dr. Andrew Cline

Discoloma sp.

Current projects

  • Review of Neotropical Discolomatidae (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea): description of new species, immature forms, identification keys, and notes on biology of some taxa.
  • World Catalogue of Discolomatidae (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea).

Kateretidae

Scientist:
Dr. Andrew Cline

Kateridae

Current projects

  • Review of the New World Kateretidae fauna (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea): description of new species, immature forms and life history strategies.
  • World Catalogue of the family.
  • Collaboration with Clarence Collison & Paul Lago
    • Taxonomic treatment of this family (and Nitidulidae) in Mississippi including an identification key to species

Nitidulidae

Scientist:
Dr. Andrew Cline

Hyleopocadius carbonarius

Current projects

  • Taxonomic Revision of Pocadius, representing the taxonomic monograph produced from Dr. Cline’s dissertation. A total of 47 species will be described and illustrated, and an identification key provided.
  • New World Epuraea (Epuraeinae): New Species, Immature Stages, Biology, Identification Key, and Species Checklist. This project will focus on reviewing the entire new world fauna of Epuraea, which has been neglected since Parson 1943 revision. The fauna has become somewhat controversial due to several recent papers dealing with new species, synonymies, etc. This review will seek to ameliorate these problems as well as better describe and document taxa in the region.
  • Revision of New World Prometopia, with description of larval forms and commentary on related genera.
  • New Neotropical taxa related to Soronia, covering new genera and species as well as insights into the biology and phylogeny of these taxa in the New World.
  • Revision of New World Platychora, with description of larval forms, exploitation of subcortical habitats, and commentary on related genera.
  • Revision and phylogenetic analysis of the genera Teichostethus and Hebascus, with biogeographic commentary on species radiations in the Neotropics.
  • Checklist for fauna of Panama: results from the IBISCA study site in the San Lorenzo forest. This project will include a full taxonomic catalogue of species occurring in the country as well as descriptions of more than 20 new species.
  • Checklist for fauna of Vanuatu: results from the IBISCA study site. This project will include a full taxonomic catalogue of species occurring in the country as well as descriptions of new species.
  • Checklist for fauna of Fiji: results from the Fiji Terrestrial Arthropod Survey. This project will include a full taxonomic catalogue of species occurring in the country as well as descriptions of new species.
  • Checklist for fauna of Madagascar: results from the Madagascar Arthropod Biodiversity Project. This project will include a full taxonomic catalogue of species occurring in the country as well as descriptions of new species.
  • Checklist for fauna of Thailand: results from the Thailand Insect Group for Entomological Research. This project will include a full taxonomic catalogue of species occurring in the country as well as descriptions of new species.
  • Revision and phylogenetic analysis of Psilotus with commentary on sexual dimorphism in sap beetles.
  • Collaboration with Richard Leschen
    • A new genus from the Neotropics, with phylogenetic analysis of Pocadiini and related genus complexes. This project will finally resolve tribal relationships and definitions within much of the Nitidulinae and make progress towards eliminating informal generic complexes.
  • Collaboration with Clarence Collison & Paul Lago
    • Taxonomic treatment of this family (and Kateridae) in Mississippi including an identification key to species
  • Collaboration with Kelly Miller & Mike Whiting
    • Molecular and morphological phylogenetics of the family, seeking to unravel some of the mysteries associated with the higher classification of the family.
  • Collaboration with researchers at the University of Georgia
    • Sap beetle associations with western honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies in North and Central America, which will be the first published recording of sap beetles known to occur with honey bees in the New World.
  • Collaboration with staff of the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
    • Sap beetles of the Canadian Maritime Provinces, seeking to understand the species assemblages, biology, biogeography and introduction of these taxa into the region.

Smicripidae

Scientist:
Dr. Andrew Cline

Smicrips n.sp., Ecuador

Current projects

  • Revision of the family: new species, phylogenetic analysis, description of immatures, and biogeographic trends in an endemic Neotropical cucujoid family.

Tenebrionoidea


Meloidae

Scientist:
Dr. Andrew Cline

Tricrania sanguinipennis

Current projects

  • Collaboration with Jeff Heuther
    • Comprehensive revision of the Nearctic genus Tricrania, including descriptions of life stages, natural history, biogeography, and detailed ArcView generated maps of all known specimens of the inclusive species.