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This lab is interested in the origin and distribution of biodiversity, whether morphological, genetic, ecological or functional. The study groups of the Water and Cave Beetle Evolution lab are different lineages of aquatic and subterranean Coleoptera, mostly (but not exclusively) focused on the Holarctic, and, especially, the Mediterranean. Current research topics include (1) the Phylogeny, taxonomy and biogeography of different lineages of water and subterranean beetles; (2) the effect of habitat constraints in the macroecology and macroevolution of freshwater invertebrates; and (3) evolutionary convergence in subterranean beetles.

Lab website: Beetle Evolution Lab

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Publications Publications

Villastrigo, A.; Fery, H.; Manuel, M.; Millán, A.; Ribera, I. 2018. Evolution of salinity tolerance in the diving beetle tribe Hygrotini (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae). Zoologica Scripta. 47(1):63-71 doi: 10.1111/zsc.12255


Villastrigo A.; Jäch M.A.; Cardoso A.; Valladares L.F.; Ribera I. 2018. A molecular phylogeny of the tribe Ochthebiini (Coleoptera, Hydraenidae, Ochthebiinae). Systematic Entomology. (): doi: 10.1111/syen.12318


Villastrigo A., Fery H., Manuel M., Millán A., Ribera I. 2018. Evolution of salinity tolerance in the diving beetle tribe Hygrotini (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae). Zoologica Scripta. 47(1): 63-71 doi: 10.1111/zsc.12255


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Sánchez-Fernández D., Rizzo V., Bourdeau C., Cieslak A., Comas J., Faille A., Fresneda J., Lleopart E., Millán A., Montes A., Pallarés S., Ribera I. 2018. The deep subterranean environment as a potential model system in ecological, biogeographical and evolutionary research. Subterranean Biology. 25():1-7 doi: 10.3897/subtbiol.25.23530