Julio Rivera

Julio Rivera

PhD

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August 2018 - December 2020
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Environmental Entomology Research Group
April 2018 - December 2019
Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Graduate program in Entomology Lecturer - Systematic Entomology I & II Lecturer - Insect Ecology
September 2012 - July 2016
University of Toronto
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Biodiversity of Insects
Education
January 2011 - March 2017
University of Toronto
Field of study
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
September 2005 - June 2008
University of Toronto
Field of study
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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Publications (44)
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La entomofagia, el consumo de insectos y sus derivados con fines nutricionales y/o terapéuticos, es una práctica cultural difundida en diversas regiones del mundo. El crecimiento poblacional y el impacto que el calentamiento global tendrán en la productividad agropecuaria convencional hacen necesario identificar fuentes complementarias de alimento...
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Recent phylogenetic studies on evolutionary relationships within the Acanthopoidea, known as “polymorphic earless praying mantises,” revealed numerous issues with the taxonomic status and morphological boundaries of many genera and species within this superfamily. The authors of this monograph present a thorough morphological assessment based on mu...
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The genus Anastrepha is a diverse lineage of fruit-damaging tephritid flies widespread across the Neotropical Region. Accurate taxonomic identification of these flies is therefore of paramount importance in agricultural contexts. DNA barcoding libraries are molecular-based tools based on a short sequence of the mitochondrial COI gene enabling rapid...
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A new species of praying mantis, Vates phoenix sp. nov. (Mantidae, Vatinae), is described from localities within Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states, Brazil. This is the first record of Vates from the Atlantic Rainforest biome. The new species is unique among its congeners in having, among other features, strongly reduced cuticular projections abov...
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A new species of lichen-mimicking praying mantis, Carrikerella simpira n. sp., is described from Tingo María region in Peru. The new species differs from its congeners in having reduced tergal lobes, a relatively sinuous pronotum, and it is found in the highland tropical rainforest of the Central Andes. Behavioral observations conducted on captive...
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The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) commits its 196 nation parties to conserve biological diversity, use its components sustainably, and share fairly and equitably the benefits from the utilization of genetic resources. The last of these objectives was further codified in the Convention's Nagoya Protocol (NP), which came into effect in 201...
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We present a preliminary checklist of the praying mantises (Insecta: Mantodea) of Peru. A total of 67 species are reported, nine of which constitute new records from that country. The following new nomenclatural procedures are introduced: Musoniella margharethae Battiston and Picciau, 2008 is transferred to Musonia as Musonia margharethae (Battisto...
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This study provides a comprehensive review of historical morphological nomenclature used for praying mantis (Mantodea) morphology, which includes citations, original use, and assignment of homology. All referenced structures across historical works correspond to a proposed standard term for use in all subsequent works pertaining to praying mantis m...
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We present the description of a new genus and new species of praying mantis, Hondurantemna chespiritoi gen. n. & sp. n. This species of cryptic mantis, collected in National parks in Mexico and Honduras, remained unknown despite its considerable body size. Based on a phylogenetic analysis with molecular data and traditional morphological analysis,...
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We perform phylogenetic analyses of the ‘polymorphic earless praying mantises’, a heterogeneous assemblage comprising c. 55% of mantodean diversity in the Neotropics. Bayesian and maximum-likelihood were implemented on a DNA dataset of 9949 aligned nucleic acid characters comprising ten mitochondrial and nuclear genes. Our analyses largely resolved...
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Multiple nomenclatural problems persist in mantodean taxonomy. This constitutes an important challenge for praying mantis systematics, its forthcoming development and future consolidation. In this first contribution, we attempt solving a number of issues involving mostly Neotropical praying mantis species described by Brazilian entomologists Paulo...
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With approximately 2400 described species distributed worldwide (Ehrmann, 2002), praying mantises (Mantodea) exhibit extensive variation in morphological adaptations and life history strategies, typically in connection to their strict predatory habits. Praying mantis diversity is frequently under-appreciated, mostly because of their sedentary and h...
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Chopard (1916) published a brief paper in which he cited and described a number of praying mantis species from the neotropics. The specimens he studied belonged to the prominent Spanish Entomologist Ignacio Bolívar y Urrutia (1850-1944), whose collection is now housed at the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales in Madrid (MNCN), Spain (Izquierdo et...
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The constitutive members of the genus Pseudacanthops Saussure are re-examined. The genus now includes six species: P. caelebs (Saussure) (Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala), P. spinulosus (Saussure) (French Guyana, Guyana, Venezuela), P. lobipes La Greca & Lombardo (Peru, Bolivia, Brazil), P. centralis n. sp. (Nicaragua, Panama), P. clorindae n....
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A distinct physiological feature of praying mantids is the formation of the egg case, a protein-based structure that provides mechanical support and protection to the eggs. Praying mantid egg cases exhibit extensive structural diversity that is taxon–specific; however, the nature of such variation has been seldom documented nor studied in a phyloge...
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The Neotropical lichen mimicking mantid genus Pseudopogonogaster Beier, 1942 is revisited and re-described. The examination of the type species, P. mirabilis Beier, 1942, the first described species of this lineage, allowed us to determine that those species currently included in Pseudopogonogaster and Calopteromantis Terra, 1982 are all congeneric...
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Praying mantids (Order Mantodea), along with cockroaches (Blattaria) and termites (Isoptera) constitute the monophyletic superorder Dictyoptera. A well-established synapomorphy that defines the monophyly of Dictyoptera is the formation of an egg case or ootheca, a complex, protein-based structure that is formed during oviposition to provide mechani...
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Praying mantids (Order Mantodea), along with cockroaches (Blattaria) and termites (Isoptera) constitute the monophyletic superorder Dictyoptera. A well-established synapomorphy that defines the monophyly of Dictyoptera is the formation of an egg case or ootheca, a complex structure that is formed during oviposition to provide mechanical support and...
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This review presents a detailed account of taxonomic studies of praying mantids (Mantodea) from the Neotropical region. The current knowledge for each genus is presented along with a brief review of the advances in systematics for the order with emphasis on the Neotropical fauna. Additional comments on the limitations in taxonomic studies in mantid...
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Rivera, Julio (2010): Lost and found: Rediscovery of the genus Margaromantis Piza, 1982 and consequential nomenclatural changes in the genus Colombiella Koçak & Kemal, 2008 (Mantodea: Mantidae, Photinainae). Zootaxa 2529: 65-68, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.196502
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Rehn (1916) described Metriomantis planicephala Rehn, 1916 on the basis of one male and one female collected in Cearà Mirim, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, by the Stanford Expedition to that country in 1911. The new species had several distinct autopomorphies, such as a stout, short, granulated pronotum and a characteristically shaped head,...
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A new genus and two new species of Neotropical praying mantids are described: Chromatophotina awajun from Peru and Chromatophotina cofan from Ecuador. Study of the male genitalia suggests that Chromatophotina is a member of the tribe Photinaini, subfamily Photinainae, family Mantidae. Chromatophotina is distinguishable from other Photinainae by sev...
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A new species of Miracanthops Roy, 2004 from Tambopata, Peru is described: Miracanthops eseejja n. sp. The diagnosis of the genus Miracanthops is also completed, with the description of the male, which was previously unknown. Based on the characters of the male, Acanthops occidentalis Lombardo & Ippollito 2004 is transferred to Miracanthops as M. o...
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DNA barcoding has gained increased recognition as a molecular tool for species identification in various groups of organisms. In this preliminary study, we tested the efficacy of a 615-bp fragment of the cytochrome c oxidase I (COI) as a DNA barcode in the medically important family Simuliidae, or black flies. A total of 65 (25%) morphologically di...

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Hi follows RG
I am looking for the following paper:
Flint OS, Jr. (1996) The Trichoptera collected on the expeditions to Parque Manu, Madre de
Dios, Peru. In: Wilson DE, Sandoval A (Eds) Manu, the biodiversity of southeastern Peru.
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 369–430.
I am hoping someone will have this in PDF format.
Thanks in advance...
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Hi there, researchgaters...
I am trying to find descriptions of the genitalia of Hermetia illucens, the black soldier fly (Stratiomyidae), but no luck.
I identified a couple papers that seem to contain this information:
  • Iide, P. & Mileti, D.I.C. (1976) Estudos Morfológicos sobre Hermetia illucens (Linnaeus, 1758) (Diptera, Stratiomyidae). Revista Brasileira de Biologia, 36 (4), 923–935.
  • McCallan E. 1974. Hermetia illucens (L.) (Diptera: Stratiomyidae), a cosmopolitan American species long established in Australia and New Zealand. Entomol. Mo. Mag. 109: 232–234.
If anyone out there has PDF of these or any other paper containing photos or images of the genitalia of this species, I will be most grateful to get a copy!
Thanks in advance.
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My research on praying mantises made me realize that these insects often cause a memorable impression to those who get to meet one for the first time. I heard many funny and cute stories involving such first encounter with a praying mantis, something that doesn't happen with other insects (Do you remember your first fly or butterfly?). I thought asking the RG community about their praying mantis stories could be fun. Share if you have one.

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Praying mantises are a highly charismatic group of insects. The goal of this long-term project is to shed light on different aspects of the evolution of the praying mantises, including their phylogeny, morphology, biogeography and adaptations to various habitats.
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www.doity.com.br/international-workshop-on-neotropical-praying-mantises-20161120005044 With an ever-growing number of Latin American students and young professionals interested in conducting research on praying mantises, this workshop seeks to create a space for sharing information, promoting discussion, and highlight research trends and needs between established experts and the new generation of researchers. Encouraging collaboration among colleagues, and building new expertise on Neotropical Mantodea, are thus the main long term goals of this initiative