Special Issue "Systematics and Phylogeny of Weevils"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2018)
Dr. Rolf Oberprieler
Australian National Insect Collection, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Canberra, Australia
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Interests: weevil systematics and phylogeny; evolution and fossil history; biology and host associations; morphology; emphasis on the faunas of Australia and Africa
Weevils, beetles of the superfamily Curculionoidea, constitute an extremely diverse branch of the tree of life. About 62,000 species in 5800 genera have been described, but it is estimated that about three times as many exist. The great majority of weevils are phytophagous in both the larval and adult stages, and while their huge diversity is intricately linked to that of the flowering plants (angiosperms), virtually all vascular plants and all plant parts serve as host to one or more species of weevils. Several weevils are serious pests of agriculture and forest industry, whereas others are highly beneficial as biological control agents of weeds or as pollinators of a variety of plants.
Both basic and applied research on weevils is crucially informed by results of systematic and phylogenetic studies, which are fundamental for developing stable and predictive classifications and for posing and testing hypotheses about the evolutionary success of weevils. While recent phylogenetic studies have largely succeeded in reconstructing a robust phylogenetic backbone and stable family-level classification of Curculionoidea, much remains to be done in terms of identifying natural groups and relationships within these families. Further study is also needed in fields such as comparative morphology, biogeography and patterns of host associations.
The forthcoming Special Issue aims to provide an overview of, and new insights into, current hypotheses on weevil systematics, phylogeny, evolution, biogeography, host associations and morphology. We welcome papers presenting meaningful contributions to these and related topics.
This Special Issue also serves as a memorial to Dr. Guillermo (Willy) Kuschel (1918–2017), in recognition of his long and enormous contribution to weevil systematics and phylogeny.
Dr. Rolf Oberprieler
Dr. Adriana Marvaldi
Dr. Chris Lyal
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- weevil systematics
- weevil phylogeny (morphological and molecular)
- weevil evolution and fossil history
- weevil biology (plant associations)
- weevil morphology
- weevil biogeography