Evolution of New Zealand insects : summary and prospectus for future research

Buckley, Thomas R., Krosch, Matt, & Leschen, Richard A.B. (2015) Evolution of New Zealand insects : summary and prospectus for future research. Austral Entomology, 54(1), pp. 1-27.

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Knowledge on the evolution of the New Zealand insect fauna is reviewed and outstanding questions are highlighted. The New Zealand insect fauna is a composite of old and recent lineages and many spectacular examples of evolutionary processes are evident, including species radiations, hybridisation and unusual adaptations. We discuss the origins and evolution of four prominent communities within the insect fauna: terrestrial lowland insects, alpine insects, aquatic insects and insect communities from offshore islands. Within each of these communities, significant lineages are discussed, and in particular the crucial adaptations that enable these lineages to thrive and diversify. Glacial history has had a dramatic impact on the New Zealand insects, and the effects on different lineages are discussed. The New Zealand insects are unique, yet many are threatened with extinction, and efforts to preserve the fauna are reviewed. Despite the accumulating knowledge, major gaps still exist and these are outlined, as are opportunities to address key questions. The review concludes with a synthesis and a discussion of how systematics, new technologies and integrative approaches have the promise to improve dramatically our understanding of New Zealand insect evolution.

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ID Code: 79143
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: adaptation; alpine; biogeography; freshwater; island
DOI: 10.1111/aen.12116
ISSN: 2052-174X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Australian Entomological Society
Copyright Statement: This is the accepted version of the following article: Buckley, T. R., Krosch, M. and Leschen, R. A. B. (2014), Evolution of New Zealand insects: summary and prospectus for future research. Austral Entomology., which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/aen.12116/full
Deposited On: 11 Dec 2014 00:56
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2017 11:55

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