parasitoid wasps; fossils; molecular; dated tree; diversification; morphology; transcriptome; phylogeny
Klopfstein Seraina, Spasojevic Tamara (2019), Illustrating phylogenetic placement of fossils using RoguePlots: An example from ichneumonid parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) and an extensive morphological matrix, in PLOS ONE
, 14(4), e0212942-e0212942.
Klopfstein Seraina, Langille Barabara, Spasojevic Tamara, Broad Gavin R., Cooper Steven J.B., Austin Andrew D., Niehuis Oliver (2019), Hybrid capture data unravels a rapid radiation of pimpliform parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Pimpliformes), in Systematic Entomology
, 44, 361-383.
Korenko Stanislav, Spasojevic Tamara, Pekár Stano, Walter Gimme H., Korenková Vlasta, Hamouzová Kateřina, Kolářová Michaela, Kysilková Kristýna, Klopfstein Seraina (2018), One generalist or several specialist species? Wide host range and diverse manipulations of the hosts’ web-building behaviour in the true spider parasitoid Zatypota kauros (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae), in Insect Conservation and Diversity
, 11(6), 587-599.
KOPYLOV D.S., SPASOJEVIC T., KLOPFSTEIN S. (2018), New ichneumonids (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) from the Eocene Tadushi Formation, Russian Far East, in Zootaxa
, 4442(2), 319-330.
Spasojevic Tamara, Wedmann Sonja, Klopfstein Seraina (2018), Seven remarkable new fossil species of parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) from the Eocene Messel Pit, in PLOS ONE
, 13(6), e0197477-e0197477.
Spasojevic Tamara, Broad Gavin R., Bennett Andrew M.R., Klopfstein Seraina (2018), Ichneumonid parasitoid wasps from the Early Eocene Green River Formation: five new species and a revision of the known fauna (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae), in Paläontologische Zeitschrift
, (1), 35-63.
Klopfstein Seraina, Massingham Tim, Goldman Nick (2017), More on the best evolutionary rate for phylogenetic analysis, in Systematic Biology
, 66(5), 769-785.
Rix Mike, Cooper Steve J.B., Meusemann Karen, Klopfstein Seraina, Harrison Sophie E., Harvey Mark S., Austin Andrew D. (2017), Post-Eocene climate change across continental Australia and the diversification of Australasian spiny trapdoor spiders (Idiopidae: Arbanitinae), in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
, 109, 302-320.
Zhang Chi, Stadler Tanja, Klopfstein Seraina, Heath Tracy A., Ronquist Fredrik (2016), Total-Evidence Dating under the Fossilized Birth–Death Process, in Systematic Biology
, 65(2), 228-249.
Kittel Rebecca, Austin Andrew, Klopfstein Seraina (2016), Molecular and morphological phylogenetics of chelonine parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), with a critical assessment of divergence time estimations, in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Zhang Chi, Stadler Tanja, Klopfstein Seraina, Heath Tracy, Ronquist Fredrik (2016), Total-Evidence Dating under the Fossilized Birth-Death Process, in Systematic Biology
, 65(2), 228-249.
Klopfstein Seraina, Vilhelmsen Lars, Ronquist Fredrik (2015), A Nonstationary Markov Model Detects Directional Evolution in Hymenopteran Morphology, in Systematic Biology
, 64(6), 1089-1103.
Peters Ralph S., Krogmann Lars, Mayer Christoph, Donath A., Gunkel S., Meusemann Karen, Kozlov A., Podsiadlowski L., Petersen Malte, Lanfear M:, Diez P.A., Heraty J., Kjer K.M., Klopfstein S., Meier R., Polidori C., Schmitt T., Liu S., Zhou X., Wappler T., Rust J., Misof B., Niehuis O., Evolutionary history of the Hymenoptera, in Current Biology
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Morphological matrix in NEXUS format - from Klopfstein & Spasejovic, Illustrating phylogenetic placement of fossils using RoguePlots: An example from ichneumonid parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) and an extensive morphological matrix.Associated with a publication in preprint at bioRxiv: doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/425090
Parasitoid wasps constitute 4.5% of all described multicellular organisms, a number that is certainly an underestimate given that they are among the most poorly studied taxa (for comparison, all vertebrates together are only about 2.7%). They feed internally (endoparasitoids) or externally (ectoparasitoids) on immature or adult stages of other insects or arachnids to complete their larval development. Being at the top of the food web, parasitoids play a key role in almost every terrestrial ecosystem, and numerous species are successfully used in the biological control of pest insects. Their extraordinary species richness is often attributed to the parasitic lifestyle; however, our understanding of the relationships between parasitoid life history and rates of diversification is severely hampered by the lack of basic knowledge of species numbers, phylogenetic relationships, host ranges, and the evolutionary ages of the different groups.In this project, we aim to reconstruct the phylogeny of the Pimpliformes (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae), a monophyletic assemblage exhibiting various types of parasitoid lifestyles and attacking a range of different host groups. The only available molecular phylogeny is based on a single gene and a limited number of taxa; many of the deeper splits remain unresolved. We aim to sequence the transcriptomes of ten pimpliforme species to obtain a set of candidate markers for phylogenetics. The hundreds of orthologous single-copy genes thus identified are going to be analysed for their predicted phylogenetic informativeness, and a set of 10-20 genes will be chosen for amplification in a densely sampled set of about 300 taxa representing almost all pimpliforme genera.In the next step, we will obtain a dated phylogeny using an approach recently co-developed by the main applicant and termed “total-evidence dating”. This approach treats fossils as terminals instead of relying on secondary interpretations of the fossil record. For fossils to be included, we need to score morphological characters for both extant and fossil taxa into a comprehensive matrix, which will be analysed along-side the molecular data to obtain robust divergence time estimates. Based on the obtained dated tree, we will investigate patterns of diversification in Pimpliformes. In a first step, we are going to conduct the first stochastic biogeographic analysis of this group in a phylogenetic context, and compare paleogeography to divergence times to assess the impact of vicariance and dispersal on the diversification of Pimpliformes. In a second step, we will reconstruct the evolution of host ranges and parasitoid life history strategies using stochastic models of character evolution. And finally, we are going to look for correlations between parasitoid strategies and diversification rates, e.g., examining whether the more specialised endoparasitoids radiated more rapidly than the comparatively generalist ectoparasitoids.