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Systematics and evolution of morphology, physiology and behaviors associated with coloration in Odonata

Grant number: 19/20130-2
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: October 01, 2020 - September 30, 2022
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology
Principal researcher:Rhainer Guillermo Nascimento Ferreira
Grantee:Rhainer Guillermo Nascimento Ferreira
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers: Adolfo Cordero Rivera ; Javier Muzón ; Ricardo Koroiva ; Stanislav Gorb


Dragonflies and damselflies are known for their beautiful coloration patterns and complex behaviors. Although recent evidence shows how structural colors and pigments of odonate can influence their behavior, the evolution of these characters and their evolutionary relationship has not been studied. Therefore, the main objective of this project is to construct molecular phylogenies for some odonate Neotropical groups, in order to understand the systematics and evolution of the interaction between morphological and behavioral characters, as well as to provide unpublished data on the evolution and taxonomy of South American taxa. The expected results will give an overview of the evolution of coloration in Odonata and its relationship with the evolution of reproductive and territorial behavior. These results will make important contributions, not only for understanding the evolution of neotropical groups, but for Odonata as a whole. The results obtained may also provide data on the plasticity of morphological and behavioral characters, on the evolution of sexual selection and on improving existing morphological-behavioral classification systems for Odonata. Finally, new techniques for the study of insect morphology will be used, providing innovative results and disseminating these new methods to the Brazilian scientific community. All results will be disseminated through publications in specialized journals and possibly in other print, digital or online media. (AU)

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DA SILVA, GUILHERME GONZAGA; POULIN, ROBERT; GUILLERMO-FERREIRA, RHAINER. Do latitudinal and bioclimatic gradients drive parasitism in Odonata?. International Journal for Parasitology, v. 51, n. 6, p. 463-470, MAY 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
GUILLERMO-FERREIRA, RHAINER; GORB, STANISLAV N. Heat-distribution in the body and wings of the morpho dragonfly Zenithoptera lanei (Anisoptera: Libellulidae) and a possible mechanism of thermoregulation. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, v. 133, n. 1, p. 179-186, MAY 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
PENA-FIRME, PALOMA; GUILLERMO-FERREIRA, RHAINER. Females of the red damselfly Mnesarete pudica are attracted to more ornamented males and attract rival males. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 10, n. 1 AUG 31 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
VILELA, DIOGO SILVA; NEISS, ULISSES GASPAR; KOROIVA, RICARDO; GUILLERMO-FERREIRA, RHAINER; HAMADA, NEUSA. The female of Epipleoneura spatulata Racenis, 1960 (Odonata: Protoneurinae). Zootaxa, v. 4803, n. 2, p. 381-387, JUN 26 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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