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Timing and pattern of stink bug evolution (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) and implications for its classification.

Grant number: 23/13327-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2024
Effective date (End): February 28, 2025
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal Investigator:Cristiano Feldens Schwertner
Grantee:Cristiano Feldens Schwertner
Host Investigator: Gerasimos Cassis
Host Institution: Instituto de Ciências Ambientais, Químicas e Farmacêuticas (ICAQF). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Diadema. Diadema , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia  


The Pentatomidae are a highly diverse group, with about 1000 described genera and about 5000 described species. Several species are of ecological and economic importance. The higher classification of the Pentatomidae is a work in progress, with many of the tribal groups likely non-monophyletic and/or historical convenience groups. An integrated global classification of Pentatomidae has not as yet been established. This project represents the first robust phylogenetic analyses to employ next-generation sequences methods (UCEs phylogenomics) to approach the evolution and classification of the stink bug family. We will also analyse a morphological matrix to test congruences between data, and look for characteristics that support a revised classification of this important group of insects.

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