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Taxonomic and phylogenetic study of the subfamily Limnocorinae (Insecta: Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Naucoridae)

Grant number: 15/18338-3
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2015
Effective date (End): April 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:Marcelo Duarte da Silva
Grantee:Higor Daniel Duarte Rodrigues
Supervisor abroad: Robert William Sites
Home Institution: Museu de Zoologia (MZ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Missouri, Columbia (UM), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:13/16654-0 - Taxonomic study and phylogenetic analysis of the genus Limnocoris Stål, 1860 (Insecta: Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Naucoridae), BP.DR


Limnocoris is a Neotropical genus of the aquatic bugs that includes 72 described species and living predominantly in benthos of the aquatic environments. This is the only valid genus within the subfamily Limnocorinae. The identity of several species is unclear due to very brief original descriptions, very small type-series, and lack of illustrations of the diagnostic characters. In recent years, specimens of Limnocoris were collected at various localities along the Neotropical region, and many of them do not fit in the original description of any described species. The species of the genus, as well as in almost all families of Heteroptera, also have wing polymorphism, which can lead to specific misidentification if this phenomenon is not well documented. The proposed internship is part of a project that is in progress about the taxonomic revision and phylogenetic analysis of Limnocoris, my current doctoral project at Museu de Zoologia da USP, and will be carried out at the Enns Entomology Museum of the University of Missouri, Columbia, in collaboration with Dr. Robert Sites, a renowned specialist in taxonomic and systematic of Naucoridae. Type-specimens of Limnocoris will be examined at their repository institutions in the United States in order to accurately identify the specimens and thus, describe the new species and propose reliable diagnosis supported by an phylogenetic analysis. (AU)

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Scientific publications (7)
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FIGUEIREDO MOREIRA, FELIPE FERRAZ; BURGUEZ FLORIANO, CARLA FERNANDA; RODRIGUES, HIGOR D. D.; SITES, ROBERT W. Revision of the American genus Steinovelia Polhemus & Polhemus, 1993 (Heteroptera: Gerromorpha: Veliidae). Zootaxa, v. 4729, n. 1, p. 77-91, JAN 28 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
HIGOR D.D. RODRIGUES; LUISA FERNANDA ÁLVAREZ ARANGO. A new species of Oiovelia from Colombia, with notes for other three species of South American Veliinae (Heteroptera: Gerromorpha: Veliidae). Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia (São Paulo), v. 59, p. -, 2019.
SITES, ROBERT W.; RODRIGUES, HIGOR D. D.; REYNOSO-VELASCO, DANIEL. New combinations, status, and species of Neotropical Ambrysini (Heteroptera: Naucoridae: Cryphocricinae). Zootaxa, v. 4323, n. 4, p. 503-518, SEP 25 2017. Web of Science Citations: 4.
BURGUEZ FLORIANO, CARLA FERNANDA; RODRIGUES, HIGOR D. D. A new species of Oiovelia (Heteroptera: Gerromorpha: Veliidae) from Mesoamerica, with an identification key to the genus. Zootaxa, v. 4144, n. 4, p. 584-592, JUL 28 2016. Web of Science Citations: 0.
RODRIGUES, HIGOR D. D.; SITES, ROBERT W.; GIEHL, NUBIA F. S. Revision of the Neotropical genus Carvalhoiella De Carlo (Heteroptera: Nepomorpha: Naucoridae). Zootaxa, v. 4138, n. 3, p. 577-590, JUL 18 2016. Web of Science Citations: 1.
HIGOR D.D. RODRIGUES; FELIPE F.F. MOREIRA. A new species, new synonymy, and notes on Paravelia Breddin (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Veliidae). Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia (São Paulo), v. 56, n. 17, p. -, 2016.
FIGUEIREDO MOREIRA, FELIPE FERRAZ; RODRIGUES, HIGOR D. D.; BARBOSA, JULIANNA FREIRES; KLEMENTOVA, BARBORA REDUCIENDO; SVITOK, MAREK. New records of Gerromorpha and Nepomorpha (Insecta: Hemiptera: Heteroptera) from South America. BIODIVERSITY DATA JOURNAL, v. 4, 2016. Web of Science Citations: 3.

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