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"Beetle Evolution" by Dr. Stylianos 'Stelios' Chatzimanolis

Dr. Chatzinanolis specializes on the beetle family Staphylinidae. Staphylinid beetles are one of the greatest successes of evolution. With more than 46,000 described species, they are found virtually everywhere and have a plethora of forms and evolutionary novelties. Currently, I am collaborating with colleagues from the Field Museum, the Copenhagen Museum of Natural History and the University of Kansas (NSF DEB[masked]) to resolve the phylogenetic relationships of the tribe Staphylinini using six genes and a morphological dataset. This is a group of more than 300 genera and 5300 species distributed worldwide. Even though staphylinid beetles are numerous, they have received relatively little attention and there are a plethora of research projects involving both systematic questions (description of new species, phylogenetic analyses and monographs) and broader evolutionary questions such as the evolution of coloration and the evolution of eye size.

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  • Gerard

    Good speaker, excellent topic.

    October 11, 2012

  • don r.

    Very informative presentation, with good discussion after.

    October 11, 2012

  • don r.

    Opps, good thing, not think!

    October 3, 2012

  • don r.

    It's a good think that Noah had room on the Ark for 92,000 Staphylinidaes! Also was smart of him to keep them away from the frogs, praying mantis, and birds!!!

    October 3, 2012

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