Joseph V. McHugh

Joseph V. McHugh
University of Georgia | UGA · Department of Entomology

PhD Cornell University (Systematic Entomology)

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Introduction
Joseph V. McHugh is a professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Georgia. Joe is the curator of the Collection of Arthropods at the Georgia Museum of Natural History. He does research in evolutionary biology, morphology, and systematics of insects, especially Coleoptera.
Additional affiliations
August 1995 - present
University of Georgia
Description
  • Professor (UGA Dept. of Entomology) and Curator (Georgia Museum of Natural History, Collection of Arthropods)
August 1989 - August 1995
Cornell University
Position
  • PhD Student
August 1987 - August 1989
University of Connecticut
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
August 1989 - August 1995
Cornell University
Field of study
  • Insect Systematics
August 1987 - June 1989
University of Connecticut
Field of study
  • Evolutionary Biology
August 1980 - June 1984
Cornell University
Field of study
  • Entomology

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Publications (142)
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Despite the familiarity and economic significance of Coccinellidae, the family has thus far escaped analysis by rigorous phylogenetic methods. As a result, the internal classification remains unstable and there is no framework with which to interpret evolutionary events within the family. Coccinellids exhibit a wide range of preferred food types sp...
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  Phylogenetic relationships of Erotylidae (pleasing fungus beetles) were inferred based on DNA sequence data. Relationships of clades within Erotylidae were examined, as was the relationship of the entire family to Languriidae (lizard beetles). 18S and 28S ribosomal DNA were sequenced for sixty-one taxa representing major erotylid lineages and out...
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A phylogenetic analysis of the beetle family Latridiidae was performed based on seven genes (18S rDNA, 28S rDNA, 12S rDNA, 16S rDNA, Cytochrome Oxidase I and II, and Histone 3). Due to the placement of the enigmatic genus Akalyptoischion (formerly Latridiinae), both parsimony and Bayesian analyses of the combined data indicate Latridiidae is paraph...
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A large-scale phylogenetic study is presented for Cucujoidea (Coleoptera), a diverse superfamily of beetles that historically has been taxonomically difficult. This study is the most comprehensive analysis of cucujoid taxa to date, with DNA sequence data sampled from eight genes (four nuclear, four mitochondrial) for 384 coleopteran taxa, including...
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The southern Appalachian Mountains were intensively logged during the early 1900s, leaving little remaining old-growth forest. Much of the region is now second-growth forest, which may not be suitable to specialist saproxylic species. Moreover, if suitable habitat exists, poorly dispersing species may not be able to colonize it. To investigate this...
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We monitored aquatic invertebrate communities in the Ogeechee River (four years) and Carolina bay wetlands (five years) in Georgia, USA. Typically rare, Sisyridae (Neuroptera) larvae were relatively common in both habitats (4-6% sample occurrence). However, different species occurred in each, Climacia areolaris (Hagen, 1861) in the river and Sisyra...
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Forest canopies are important habitats for animal biodiversity globally. The structural and compositional components of canopies influence biodiversity, and recent advancements in remote sensing have given insight to these relationships. As invasive shrubs alter both the structure and composition of forests, we use handheld, mobile LiDAR to relate...
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Most firefly genera have poorly defined taxonomic boundaries, especially in the Neotropics, where they are more diverse and more difficult to identify. Recent advances that shed light on the diversity of fireflies in South America have focused mainly on Atlantic Rainforest taxa, whereas lampyrids in other biomes remained largely unstudied. We found...
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Dere thoracica White, a cerambycine longhorned beetle native to eastern Asia, is newly reported from Georgia, USA, where an established population was detected. A single female was collected in a flight intercept trap in Clarke County during early 2020, and 292 adults were excavated from their pupal chambers or reared from dead branches of mimosa t...
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We described the overlap of arthropod communities between agricultural lands and adjacent wetlands using transect sampling, to determine if these juxtapositions might be influencing abundances of beneficial arthropods in agricultural lands. We further assessed experimentally whether these beneficial arthropods migrating from wetlands may potentiall...
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Carpophiline-ID is presented, a matrix-based Lucid TM key, for the adult stage of the known species of Carpophilinae (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) of North America, east of the Mississippi River. An overview of the features and technical specifications used to build the key is provided. The list of terminal taxa used in the key represents the most curr...
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Bees are the most important pollinators in both managed and natural ecosystems, and yet concerns about bee declines are growing. Unfortunately, only a fraction of the 20,000 known bee species has adequate data to assess the status of species and susceptibility of populations to decline. The iDigBees Thematic Collections Network (TCN), comprised of...
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This work provides a preliminary inventory of West African Coccinellidae. This was based on the West African Coccinellidae (WAC) specimens in the holdings of insect collections at the Laboratoire de Zoologie des Invertébrés Terrestres at the Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire Cheikh Anta Diop (IFAN), Senegal and the Biodiversity Center at the Int...
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Predaceous diving beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) are well-known for their ability to colonize both permanent and temporary aquatic habitats. They often move predictably between these two habitats, colonizing recently flooded habitat and returning to permanent habitat during the dry-down phase. However, Coptotomus loticus Hilsenhoff does not appea...
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1. Trichoptera is an ecologically and taxonomically diverse order, and caddisfly species are under increasing pressure from anthropogenic threats to larval habitats, rivers, and streams. 2. This study evaluated long-term changes in caddisfly communities of the Ogeechee River, a subtropical blackwater river in the south-eastern U.S. Coastal Plain, t...
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The primary type of Rodolia iceryae Janson in Ormerod, 1887, a species commonly found in the Afrotropical region, is lost. In an effort to stabilize the specific epithet and to fix the taxonomic status and type locality of this economically important species, a neotype is here designated. A species diagnosis, illustrations of the male terminalia, a...
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The primary type of Rodolia iceryae Janson in Ormerod, 1887, a species commonly found in the Afrotropical region, is lost. In an effort to stabilize the specific epithet and to fix the taxonomic status and type locality of this economically important species, a neotype is here designated. A species diagnosis, illustrations of the male terminalia, a...
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Few efforts have been made to quantify the amount and variety of deadwood in frequently burned ecosystems, particularly the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) ecosystem of the southeastern United States. Moreover, comparisons of coarse woody debris between old-growth and secondary longleaf pine forests are lacking despite the widely recognized v...
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Studies of the saproxylic and predatory beetle family Monotomidae (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea) in the southeastern USA increased the known diversity for the family in the state of Georgia by one genus and nine species. Online records of Monotomidae from Georgia increased from 0 to 885. This work highlights the lack of basic diversity information about...
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The fire ants of the Solenopsis geminata species-group of Trager (1991) are revised based on the morphology of worker larvae and of adult forms of workers, males, and gynes (winged or dealated members of the queen caste). The amount of intraspecific variation occurring in the adult males and gynes was equivalent to that of workers, making the taxon...
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Georgia's streams and rivers are dependent upon diverse assemblages of aquatic insects and other macroinvertebrates in order to function. However, in this current period of global change, efforts to conserve aquatic biodiversity often require more information than is currently available. Here, we compiled publications featuring studies of aquatic m...
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Coexistence of closely related species has long been a focus of biologists in their efforts to explain mechanisms that drive community assembly. Dytiscidae (predaceous diving beetles) are a group that shows a particularly high affinity for sympatry despite their relatedness. Our objective was to investigate the degree of overlap among Neoporus (Gui...
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The Lepidoptera of North America Network, or LepNet, is a digitization effort recently launched to mobilize biodiversity data from 3 million specimens of butterflies and moths in United States natural history collections (http://www.lep-net.org/). LepNet was initially conceived as a North American effort but the project seeks collaborations with mu...
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A matrix-based LucidTM key is presented for the twelve genera of Monotomidae (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea) represented in the New World. A general overview is given for the features and technical specifications of an original interactive key for the identification of these genera. The list of terminal taxa included with the key provides a current summar...
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Antibothrus morimotoi Sasaji, a cocoon-forming beetle (Coccinelloidea: Bothrideridae) native to the Palearctic region, is newly reported from North America. In 2013 and 2015, several series of specimens were collected during an ongoing USDA/APHIS/PPQ exotic bark beetle survey in Franklin County, Ohio, U.S.A. This is the first confirmed record of th...
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Of all the superfamilies within the megadiverse order Coleoptera (Insecta), Cucujoidea (Cucujiformia) is arguably the most problematic taxonomically. The families comprising Cucujidae s.l. (Silvanidae, Laemophloeidae, Passandridae and Cucujidae s.s. represent a large portion of cucujoid diversity. Herein we present the results of a rigorous molecul...
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Tiger beetles are commonly the focus of conservation and biodiversity studies. Their stable taxonomy and occurrence in diverse habitats make them ideal bioindicators of ecological health and anthropogenic disturbance. Additionally, tiger beetles serve as effective bioindicators because they respond quickly to environmental variability and their pop...
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A revision of the genus Deretaphrus Newman, 1842 (Coleoptera: Bothrideridae) is presented. Deretaphrus is a predominantly Australian genus (22 species), although single species are also present in New Caledonia, Bolivia, and the Pacific Northwest USA. Members of the genus are large (5–13 mm) and commonly collected. Deretaphrus larvae are ectoparasi...
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A revision of the genus Deretaphrus Newman, 1842 (Coleoptera: Bothrideridae) is presented. Deretaphrus is a predominantly Australian genus (22 species), although single species are also present in New Caledonia, Bolivia, and the Pacific Northwest USA. Members of the genus are large (5-13 mm) and commonly collected. Deretaphrus larvae are ectoparasi...
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Using four mitochondrial genes (12S, 16S, COI, & COII) and three nuclear genes (18S, 28S & H3) we tested the monophyly and sister-group relationships of ten different beetle families currently included in the superfamily Cucujoidea. This analysis included eighty Old and New World taxa focusing heavily on the Silvanidae, Laemophloeidae, and traditio...
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The first comprehensive investigation of heavy metal incorporation into the mandibles of beetles was conducted via variable pressure environmental scanning electron microscopy (VP-ESEM) and X-Ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Mandibles from all major coleopteran lineages (117 taxa = 4/4 suborders, 16/16 superfamilies, ~25% families) were an...
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The first inventory of Rutelinae (shiny chafers) was conducted in the marine and mid altitude regions of Togo (West Africa) from 2004 to 2005. Two of the species recorded, Anomala denuda Arrow 1819 and A. plebeja Olivier 1725, appeared to be pest species of high agricultural importance.
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A multi-access LucidTM key is presented for the twelve genera of Monotomidae (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea) in the New World. Each genus is briefly discussed and examples of digital drawings and photomicrographs illustrating representative diagnostic characters and select species are provided. In addition, a graphical demonstration is given for the open-...
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Geophysical techniques have been widely employed for the noninvasive location of burial sites in archaeological and forensic investigations. This approach has met with varying degrees of success, depending on factors such as equipment choice, survey methodology, burial type, and geological setting. This paper reports the results of a multitechnique...
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The taxonomy of Reticulitermes has been a work-in-progress for hundreds of years. Presented here is the first key to the Reticulitermes species found in Georgia, incorporating morphological, biological and molecular data. This key is the first to include two species that are absent in older keys. This new matrix-format key utilizes traditional diag...
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Two new species of the circum-Caribbean genus Carinisphindus McHugh are described from the islands of Antigua and Grand Cayman. Expansion of the documented range of the genus to include these localities is discussed. An updated key to the members of Carinisphindus is provided, along with environmental scanning electron micrographs of several diagno...
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We infer the first phylogenetic hypothesis for Latridiidae Erichson (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea). Portions of seven genes (18S ribosomal DNA, 28S ribosomal DNA, 12S ribosomal DNA, 16S ribosomal DNA, cytochrome c oxidase I and II and histone III) were analysed. Twenty-seven latridiid species were included, representing both subfamilies and more than hal...
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This chapter discusses beetles family of insects. Beetles are known by various names including fireflies, ladybugs, june bugs, and weevils. The vast number of beetle species is reflected by a bewildering array of anatomical and biological diversity in the order. Beetles are considered to be a monophyletic assemblage based on their sum of shared evo...
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Phylogenetic relationships within the diverse beetle superfamily Cucujoidea are poorly known. The Cerylonid Series (CS) is the largest of all proposed superfamilial cucujoid groups, comprising eight families and representing most of the known cucujoid species diversity. Historical classification and biology of major CS taxa are briefly reviewed. Re...
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It is well-documented that arthropods incorporate various elements into their cuticle for reinforcement. High concentrations of zinc, manganese, and iron are often found in the cuticle of various arthropod structures. Numerous studies have focused on the types and locations of cuticular metals in particular groups of arthropods. None of these studi...
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Molecular sequence data from 8 genes representing nuclear ribosomal (18S, 28S), nuclear protein-coding (wingless, H3), mitochondrial ribosomal (12S, 16S) and mitochondrial protein-coding (COI, COII) genes were used to reconstruct a phylogenetic hypothesis for the family Endomychidae. Parsimony, likelihood and Bayesian analyses of taxa representing...
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The Virtual Roach is a software package about insect anatomy that was developed as a technical reference and instructional aid. The interface links approximately 400 morphological terms with an extensive image collection, including scientific illustrations, photomicrographs, and scanning electron micrographs. Images are arranged in a manner permitt...
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The genus Akalyptoischion Andrews is revised to include 24 species, 16 of which are new. A taxonomic treatment of the genus is provided including a morphological study, new species descriptions, keys, illustrations, and notes on the distribution and biology of Akalyptoischion. The following species are included: A. anasillos Andrews, USA, CA; A. at...
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Anovia circumclusa (Gorham), a neotropical lady beetle, recently was recorded in North America for the first time. Previously, only the adult form of this beneficial predator had been described. This paper provides a redescription of the adult and the first descriptions of the egg, larva, and pupa. Diagnostic characters for the genus and species ar...
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Anovia circumclusa (Gorham), a neotropical lady beetle, recently was recorded in North America for the first time. Previously, only the adult form of this beneficial predator had been described. This paper provides a redescription of the adult and the first descriptions of the egg, larva, and pupa. Diagnostic characters for the genus and species ar...