Jessica Ware

Jessica Ware
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey | Rutgers

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Dragonflies and damselflies are among the earliest flying insects with extant representatives. However, unravelling details of their long evolutionary history, such as egg laying (oviposition) strategies, is impeded by unresolved phylogenetic relationships particularly in damselflies. Here we present a transcriptome-based phylogenetic reconstructio...
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Dragonflies and damselflies, representing the insect order Odonata, are among the earliest flying insects with living (extant) representatives. However, unravelling details of their long evolutionary history, such as egg laying (oviposition) strategies, is impeded by unresolved phylogenetic relationships, an issue particularly prevalent in damselfl...
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Differences in sexual signalling may initiate speciation by limiting gene flow among diverging populations. The damselfly Megaloprepus caerulatus exhibits two, visually obvious ‘wing types’ across its range. Males from one subspecies have sexually dimorphic, white-banded wings whereas males from the other subspecies lack the sex-specific white wing...
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Differences in sexual signalling may initiate speciation by limiting gene flow among diverging populations. The damselfly Megaloprepus caerulatus exhibits two, visually obvious ‘wing types’ across its range. Males from one subspecies have sexually dimorphic, white-banded wings whereas males from the other subspecies lack the sex-specific white wing...
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Background: The primary energy-producing pathway in eukaryotic cells, the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system, comprises proteins encoded by both mitochondrial and nuclear genes. To maintain the function of the OXPHOS system, the pattern of substitutions in mitochondrial and nuclear genes may not be completely independent. It has been sugges...
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Here we provide a checklist of cockroach species known from areas within the Guiana Shield based on literature records and new field collection. We give records of sixteen species collected in Guyana, eight of which are new records for Guyana and one of which is a new generic record for the entire Guiana Shield. We also provide a description for a...
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The dragonfly family Petaluridae is a relict group with eleven extant species, distributed in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Chile and the Pacific Northwest and Appalachian regions in North America. These species have ecologies quite different from other dragonflies: their aquatic larval stage lives in flooded burrows in fens, often at high elevati...
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Insects are the most speciose group of animals, but the phylogenetic relationships of many major lineages remain unresolved. We inferred the phylogeny of insects from 1478 protein-coding genes. Phylogenomic analyses of nucleotide and amino acid sequences, with site-specific nucleotide or domain-specific amino acid substitution models, produced stat...
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Major disparities are recognized between molecular divergence dates and fossil ages for critical nodes in the Tree of Life, but broad patterns and underlying drivers remain elusive. We harvested 458 molecular age estimates for the stem and crown divergences of 67 avian clades to explore empirical patterns between these alternate sources of temporal...
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AimTo explore the phylogenetics and historical biogeography of the dragonfly family Petaluridae (known as ‘petaltails’), a relict dragonfly group with unique habitat and life history attributes.LocationAustralia, New Zealand, Japan, Chile and North America.Methods Using five mitochondrial and three nuclear gene fragments we recovered garli-part max...
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Boyeria irene and Boyeria cretensis are species of spotted dragonflies belonging to the ‘darner’ family, Aeshnidae. In 1991, Peters classified Boyeria from Crete as B. cretensis, based on adult morphological characters. In this study, we used molecular evidence to determine if indeed B. irene and B. cretensis are different species. DNA was sequence...
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Recently, specimens of a Periplaneta sp. were discovered in New York, NY, that did not match the typical morphology of Periplaneta americana L., the ubiquitous American cockroach. Here, we used DNA barcoding and morphological identification to confirm that this newly invasive pest species was indeed Periplaneta japonica Karny, 1908. We discuss this...
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Dragonflies are an ancient group of organisms, appearing in the fossil record for the last 325 million years; however, individual dragonfly species—like other arthropod species—are thought to persist only for ~10 million years. Here we report results suggesting that the species of one family—Petaluridae—are very much older. The eleven extant petalu...
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Population differences in cues used in mate recognition are thought to play a role in speciation by limiting gene flow among diverging populations. Because such cues rarely vary within a single species, it is difficult to test their role in incipient divergence. Across its range, the damselfly Megaloprepus caerulatus (a monospecific genus) exhibits...
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Cockroaches (Order: Blattodea) comprise a taxon that, although very abundant in tropical forests, remains largely unstudied. Making sense of the diversity of species is a challenging task hindered by the large numbers of species and the abundance of cryptic or polymorphic forms. Here, we estimated species richness of cockroaches (sensu sticto) from...
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An updated classification and numbers of described genera and species (until 2010) are provided up to family level. We argue for conserving the family-group names Chlorocyphidae, Euphaeidae and Dicteriadidae, as well as retaining Epiophlebiidae in the suborder Anisozygoptera. Pseudostigmatidae and New World Protoneuridae are sunk in Coenagrionidae...
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Cockroaches (Order: Blattodea) comprise a taxon that, although very abundant in tropical forests, remains largely unstudied. Making sense of the diversity of species is a challenging task hindered by the large numbers of species and the abundance of cryptic or polymorphic forms. Here, we estimated species richness of cockroaches (s.s.) from norther...
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Corbet, with the later support of others, theorized that there is a dichotomy in the flight strategies of dragonflies based on thermoregulation and behavior; those that spend most of their time in flight he called ‘fliers,’ while those that are most often found perching on vegetation or substrate, he called ‘perchers.’ Here, we categorized the flig...
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Riverine damselflies of the family Calopterygidae occur on all continents except Australia and Antartica. Sixty-seven of the 73 species distributed in the New World are members of the exclusively Neotropical subfamily Hetaerininae. Unique combinations of morphological traits make the subfamily easily to recognize. However, species resolution has be...
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We look at the role of terrestrial cockroaches in bromeliads and make predictions about trophic specialization and dispersal capabilities. Bromeliads provide a tractable forum for studying ecosystem dynamics and energy cycles. They are relatively small ecosystems where basic principles of ecology can be tested easily. However, they are also unique...
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Traditional knowledge about the trophic behavior of cockroaches is based on lab studies of a few species that are common pests. However, ecological studies and field observations show that roaches are much more selective in their diet when conditions permit. Carnivory, herbivory, detritivory, omnivory, coprophagy and xylophagy are all behaviors whi...
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In Libellulidae, oocyte production has been assumed to be continuous, with periods of egg-laying interspersed with periods of resting/eating; however, recent work suggests that two types of oocyte production are common: either (a) continuous or (b) step-wise. These are mirrored in the arrangement of the ovarioles in the ovaries. Likewise, two types...
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Viruses with circular single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) genomes that encode a replication initiator protein (Rep) are among the smallest viruses known to infect both eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms. In the past few years an overwhelming diversity of novel circular Rep-encoding ssDNA (CRESS-DNA) viruses has been unearthed from various hosts and envir...
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Among insects, perhaps the most appreciated are those that are esthetically pleasing: few capture the interest of the public as much as vibrantly colored dragonflies and damselflies (Insecta: Odonata). These remarkable insects are also extensively studied. Here, we review the history of odonate systematics, with an emphasis on discrepancies among s...
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Divergence dating studies, which combine temporal data from the fossil record with branch length data from molecular phylogenetic trees, represent a rapidly expanding approach to understanding the history of life. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center hosted the first Fossil Calibrations Working Group (3-6 March, 2011, Durham, NC, USA), bringing t...
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A new species of Neotermes, N. gnathoferrum, is described based on soldiers, imagoes, queens and workers. Neotermes gnathoferrum is one of three Fijian species of Neotermes, along with N. papua and N. samoanus, known to infest mahogany as well as other economically important native trees. A diagnostic key is provided to distinguish these species. T...
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Among insects, eusocial behavior occurs in termites, ants, some bees and wasps. Isoptera and Hymenoptera convergently share social behavior, and for both taxa its evolution remains poorly understood. While dating analyses provide researchers with the opportunity to date the origin of eusociality, fossil calibration methodology may mislead subsequen...
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Abstract Dictyoptera, comprising Blattaria, Isoptera, and Mantodea, are diverse in appearance and life history, and are strongly supported as monophyletic. We downloaded COII, 16S, 18S, and 28S sequences of 39 dictyopteran species from GenBank. Ribosomal RNA sequences were aligned manually with reference to secondary structure. We included morpholo...
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Although libelluloid dragonflies are diverse, numerous, and commonly observed and studied, their phylogenetic history is uncertain. Over 150 years of taxonomic study of Libelluloidea Rambur, 1842, beginning with Hagen (1840), [Rambur, M.P., 1842. Neuropteres. Histoire naturelle des Insectes, Paris, pp. 534; Hagen, H., 1840. Synonymia Libellularum E...
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We assessed the efficacy and persistence of a Bacillus thuringiensiskurstaki (Btk) formulation (Dipel) against Trichoplusia ni (Hubner) (Lep., Noctuidae), the cabbage looper, on three greenhouse vegetable crops (tomato, bell pepper and cucumber). First, T. ni larvae were fed leaf discs treated with Btk to assess how Btk toxicity varies with host pl...
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We present a supermatrix approach to the phylogeny of Insecta that stemmed from a talk given at the 2 nd Dresden Meeting on Insect Phylogeny (2005). The data included a fragment of the 28S (D1–D8) and complete sequences for the 18S, histone (H3), EF-1α, COI, COII, the 12S and 16S plus the intervening tRNA, and 170 morphological characters. Ribosoma...
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SPECT of the spleen has been performed with 99Tcm-sulphur colloid in 53 patients, and SPECT of the liver has been performed in 57 patients. All patients had histologically proven liver disease and were classified by the degree of severity, Group A-severe, Group B-moderate, Group C-mild. The patients were further classified as cirrhotic and non-cirr...
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Liver volume and parenchymal cell uptake of 123I-bromosulphthalein (BSP) has been assessed using the technique of single photon emission tomography (SPET). These results have been compared with a clinical scoring of disease severity and also with results for liver volume and tomographically assessed uptake of 99Tcm-sulphur colloid (SC). Comparisons...
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Three options are available for dealing with non-indigenous plant species that either may become or already have become invasive weeds; keep them out, eradicate introduced populations while they are still small, or finally attempt biological control of established populations. By far the best approach to controlling potentially invasive foreign wee...

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