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Biogeography of weevils (Curculionidae: Curculionoidea: Coleoptera) associated with fig trees (Ficus: Moraceae)

Grant number: 12/23543-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2013
Effective date (End): May 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology
Principal Investigator:Rodrigo Augusto Santinelo Pereira
Grantee:Luciano Palmieri Rocha
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):15/04534-5 - Biogeography of weevils (Curculionidae: Coleoptera) associated with figs (Ficus: Moraceae), BE.EP.DR


Despite the scattered data from literature about the association between weevils and fig trees, there are strong evidences that these beetles are specialized in using figs for feeding and reproduction. However, little is known about the biology, distribution and evolution of these weevils. The present study aims to known which species of Curculionidae beetles are associated with Ficus in their main biogeographical regions (Neotropical, Afrotropical and Oriental) and to reconstruct the evolutionary scenario of the radiation of weevils on their host fig trees. We will collect molecular and morphological data from weevils of America, Africa and Asia to draw their phylogenetic relationships, and through historical biogeography we intend to associate it with the history of continents. The results of the study will contribute to better understanding the ecology and evolution of figs trees and their associated animals. (AU)

Matéria(s) publicada(s) na Agência FAPESP sobre a bolsa:
New phase proposed in the relationship between figs and wasps 

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
PALMIERI, LUCIANO; SANTINELO PEREIRA, RODRIGO AUGUSTO. The role of non-fig-wasp insects on fig tree biology, with a proposal of the F phase (Fallen figs). ACTA OECOLOGICA-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, v. 90, n. SI, p. 132-139, JUL 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
ROCHA, Luciano Palmieri. Sistemática e biogeografia de besouros curculionídeos (Curculionoidea; Coleoptera) associados a figueiras (Ficus; Moracae). 2017. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto Ribeirão Preto.

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