Moore W. and A. Di Giulio. 2019. Out of the burrow and into the nest: functional anatomy of three life history stages of Ozaena lemoulti (Coleoptera: Carabidae) reveals an obligate life with ants.
PLOS ONE https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0209790
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Ambush feeding strategy of burrow trapping paussine beetle larvae. The larva digs a hole, where it lies in wait for prey to come wandering by. When it senses prey passing over its terminal disk, its head pops out to attack and drag its victim into the burrow for consumption.
Muzzi, M., W.Moore, A. Di Giulio. 2019. Morpho-functional analysis of the explosive defensive system of basal bombardier beetles (Carabidae: Paussinae: Metriini) Micron 119: 24-38.
What do we do?
Dr. Wendy Moore and her lab members investigate the evolution and ecology of terrestrial arthropods. Specific projects focus on arthropod systematics. We use molecular genetic techniques and morphological methods to infer robust phylogenetic frameworks to identify and describe natural groups of terrestrial arthropods, to study their diversification and patterns of distribution, and to elucidate their ecological roles and to assess the impact of key innovations on their evolutionary histories. Presently lab members are focusing efforts on lineages within the Coleoptera (Carabidae: Paussinae, Brachininae, Rhadine, Synuchus), Lepidoptera (Arctiidae: Lithosiinae), and Arachnida (Pseudoscorpionida: Neobisioidea).
Dr. Wendy Moore
Associate Professor, Insect Systematics
Curator, UA Insect Collection
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