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

García-Vázquez, D.;Bilton, D.T.;Foster, G.N.;Ribera, I. 2017. Pleistocene range shifts, refugia and the origin of widespread species in western Palaearctic water beetles. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 114:122-136

Carles Hernando;Adrián Villastrigo;Ignacio Ribera 2017. A new species of Micragasma J. Sahlberg, 1900 (Coleoptera: Hydraenidae) from Crete. Aquatic Insects. 185-196

Botella-Cruz, M.; Villastrigo, A.; Pallarés, S.; López-Gallego, E.; Millán, A.; Velasco, J. 2017. Cuticle hydrocarbons in saline aquatic beetles. PeerJ. 5:e3562