Luiz Felipe Lima da Silveira

Luiz Felipe Lima da Silveira
Western Carolina University | WCU · Department of Biology

PhD

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August 2019 - present
Western Carolina University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
April 2018 - March 2019
University of Georgia
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  • PostDoc Position
January 2017 - December 2017
Colégio da Companhia de Maria
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  • Biology Teacher
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  • I taught Biology to High School

Publications

Publications (46)
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Simple Summary: Two species of Andean-endemic fireflies are herein revised, and their evolutionary relationships addressed for the first time. We show that despite their similarities, these two species are distantly related. We provide original reports of these species interacting with Andean-en-demic flowers for the first time, and we propose that...
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We understand very little about the timing and origins of bioluminescence, particularly as a predator avoidance strategy. Understanding the timing of its origins, however, can help elucidate the evolution of this ecologically important signal. Using fireflies, a prevalent bioluminescent group where bioluminescence primarily functions as aposematic...
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Amydetinae is an exclusively Neotropical subfamily of fireflies, distributed among three genera: Amydetes Illiger, 1807, Magnoculus McDermott, 1964, and Memoan Silveira & Mermudes, 2013. Here, we describe three new species of Amydetinae: two belonging to Amydetes ( A. alexi sp. nov. and A. marolae sp. nov. ) and one to the previously monotypic Memo...
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Aim Artificial light at night (ALAN) is an unprecedented stressor recently introduced in the abiotic milieu of natural landscapes. As such, understanding how ALAN and other natural stressors act in concert to shape the spatial distribution of biodiversity is a core goal in conservation ecology. Here, we aim at understanding how ALAN and climate int...
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Petalacmis Olivier, 1908 is a poorly known genus of firefly endemic to South America and is currently the only member of the subfamily Lampyrinae, tribe Lampyrini known to occur on the continent. Here, we describe a new species, Petalacmis triplehorni sp. nov. from Bolivia and compare it to the two other described species in the genus. A key to Pet...
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Phylogenetic relationships of Vestini with extensive sampling were inferred using 37 taxa scored for 66 morphological characters. Consistent with recent DNA analyses, Vesta is found to be sister to Photurinae rendering Vestini monotypic. Conversely, our parsimony and model-based analyses robustly support the new subfamily Cladodinae established for...
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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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Cratomorphus Motschulsky, 1853 includes 38 species restricted to the Neotropical region. Based on adult males from Mexico, Cratomorphus leoneli sp. nov. is herein described from the states of Oaxaca, Campeche and Chiapas. We place the new species in Cratomorphus' group IV, which includes species with the posterior border of sternite VIII medially p...
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Background Fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) are commonly recognized by adult traits, such as a soft exoskeleton, lanterns and associated glow and flash patterns, but their larval stage is far less appreciated. However, fireflies spend most of their lives as larvae, and adults of most species rely solely on resources previously obtained. Therefore...
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Leptohyphodes inanis (Pictet) is an enigmatic species with a rare trait among leptohyphid males – large and divided compound eyes. In addition, the color of its upper portion is variable across – but not within – populations. However, the geographic variation of this trait and its relation to gene flow across populations remain unknown. Here, we an...
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Here, based on phylogenetic analyses of 18 taxa and 57 morphological characters, we propose a new firefly genus, Costalampys gen. nov., to accommodate eleven species. Five new species are herein described: C. bella sp. nov., C. capixaba sp. nov., C delicata sp. nov. (designated as type species), C. joanae sp. nov. and C. minima sp. nov. In addition...
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Fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) spend most of their lives as larvae. Nevertheless, immature stages of over 99% of species remain unknown, which gives an incomplete picture of the species' biology. Moreover, fireflies are most diverse in Central and South America, where most species remain known from the centuries-old taxonomic descriptions based...
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• In addition to being threatened by habitat loss derived from deforestation and urbanisation, fireflies are further deeply impacted by light pollution, which impairs their unique use of light signals to communicate and track females. The impact of stressors that can lead to declines in firefly populations is poorly known in the southern hemisphere...
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Although insects are the most diverse evolutionary radiation on Earth, they have rarely occupied marine environments. Understanding the biology of such unique marine associated taxa can lead to insights into the adaptations and limitations of insects inhabiting such an environment. Here, we describe a new species of intertidal fireflies from the no...
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Fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) are charismatic insects that have been fruitful model systems for research. Firefly populations have been declining worldwide, but the conservation status of Neotropical species remains elusive. Fireflies endemic to the Atlantic Forest are particularly at risk, since this biodiversity hotspot is severely threatene...
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Tropical mountainous insects are expected to have narrow thermal tolerance, low dispersal ability and to present narrow elevational distributions when compared with temperate species, and may shift their elevational range due to climate change. In this context, mountaintop species are probably the most imperiled by climate change, since there are f...
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Mountains have provided important insights on the impacts of climate change on species distribution. Organisms living in tropical mountains are expected to specialize in narrow temperature limits (demonstrating low thermal tolerance), often with narrow elevational distributions relative to temperate species, and may shift their elevational range in...
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Dilychnia (Lampyridae: Lampyrinae) is a poorly known Neotropical genus of lampyrid firefly. Descriptions of Dilychnia species were traditionally based on differences in colour pattern, which are usually not reliable for species discrimination. Here, we review and redescribe the genus Dilychnia and its species, after examining the type material of a...
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Lycidae are among the better studied groups in the superfamily Elateroidea, however despite the progress in the taxonomic understanding of the Neotropical fauna, much still remains unknown and undescribed in the region. The description of the new genus Xenolycus gen. nov., from Serra dos Órgãos, a subrange of the Serra do Mar mountain range, in the...
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Fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) are soft-bodied beetles usually associated with mesic and hydric habitats. As such, terrestrial firefly larvae are commonly found in marshy environments and stream banks, while aquatic larvae might dwell in ponds, streams, mangroves, and even brackish water. Larval biology is especially important in fireflies, as...
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The plesiomorphic antenna with eleven articles is stunningly stable across the over 400.000 beetle species, despite the astonishing diversity of morphologies and ecological settings in which these organisms live. However, a few beetle lineages evolved different antennomere numbers, and these offer an interesting opportunity to understand how an oth...
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Fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) are charismatic insects that have been fruitful model systems in biotechnology. However, lack of information about firefly taxonomy and ecology renders species identification a hard task, especially in the Neotropical region, where fireflies are most diverse. A major gap in the literature on Neotropical fireflies...
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Fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) are a cosmopolitan group of ~ 2,500 beetle species with rampant misclassification (Martin et al. 2019). This is in part due to morphological variation within genera and between genders. The problem arises when authors base classification on these variable morphologies. Based on this (Martin et al. 2019) recent rec...
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Dilychnia (Lampyridae: Lampyrinae) is a poorly known Neotropical genus of lampyrid firefly. Descriptions of Dilychnia species were traditionally based on differences in colour pattern, which are usually not reliable for species discrimination. Here, we review and redescribe the genus Dilychnia and its species, after examining the type material of a...
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Fireflies (Lampyridae Rafinesque) are a diverse family of beetles which exhibit an array of morphologies including varying antennal and photic organ features. Due in part to their morphological diversity, the classification within the Lampyridae has long been in flux. Here we use an anchored hybrid enrichment approach to reconstruct the most extens...
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The Neotropical genus Lucernuta Laporte, 1833 comprises a mixed assembly of taxa, whose diagnoses currently overlaps with some species listed under Cratomorphus Motschulsky, 1853. Here, we review, provide new biological data, and update the geographic range of the species currently listed under Lucernuta in McDermott 1966. We propose the following...
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Here, we propose Uanauna gen. nov. (Lampyridae: Photinini), a new monotypic genus of fireflies endemic to the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Uanauna angaporan sp. nov. occurs in Submontane and Montane forest habitats at the Serra do Mar mountain range, in the Southern Fluminense region (Rio de Janeiro State, Southeastern Brazil). The new species was re...
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Here, we describe Araucariocladus amfractus sp. nov., and compare it to the previously monotypic type-species, A. hiems. The new species can be distinguished from A. hiems by the following combination: colour pattern overall dark-brown; pedicel three times shorter than antennomere III and slightly wider than long; distance between antennal sockets...
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Akamboja was recently described based on five species with relatively small geographic ranges, all of which are within the boundaries of the South-eastern Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil. Recent expeditions in the continental island of Ilha Grande (Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil) resulted in the discovery of a new species of the genus....
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Luciuranus Silveira, Khattar & Mermudes, 2016 is a firefly genus whose species bear an intricate, species-specific lock-and-key mechanism of reproductive isolation. Here we propose four new species, Luciuranus magnoculus sp. nov., L. desideratus sp. nov., L. takiyae sp. nov. and L. carioca sp. nov., and provide illustrations of their diagnostic fea...
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Here, we review the species Cratomorphus cossyphinus (Perty, 1830) after study of the holotype, 24 adults and nine immature stages deposited in five collections. The species is found throughout South America, inhabiting wetlands. Larva, pupa and female are described for the first time, and the male is redescribed and illustrated, with an emphasis o...
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The Atlantic Rainforest is a hotspot of biodiversity, housing several endemic species. Environmental stasis through broad time scales, vast latitudinal extension and landscape heterogeneity are thought to contribute in explaining the greater species richness of this biome. Unfortunately, it is threatened mainly due to anthropic-driven habitat loss....
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Here we describe Araucariocladus hiems gen. et sp. nov. (Lampyridae: Amydetinae), a firefly species endemic to high montane forests, and occurring during June, a relatively cool and dry month in the Southeastern Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil. We tentatively place it in Psilocladina McDermott, and discuss the limitations of its classification. We al...
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Tropical mountains are hotspots of biodiversity, hosting many endemic species. Here, we propose Luciuranus gen. nov. and four new firefly species dwelling in montane habitats of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest. Luciuranus gen. nov. is unique in the shape of the last abdominal segments of both males and females, varying in a clear species-specific...
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The Amydetinae genus Scissicauda McDermott, 1964 is reviewed and redescribed. We describe S. balena sp. n. from Brazil as new, and provide illustrations of the structural features and a key to species of both sexes.
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Os insetos são o grupo mais abundante e rico em espécies na natureza. Podem ser encontrados em qualquer lugar e em quase todas as épocas do ano em nossa região. Devido a sua “onipresença”, os insetos participam de todos os processos ecológicos, sendo, portanto, um grupo muito interessante para ser usado como ferramenta para aprendizagem de temas em...
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Os insetos são o grupo mais abundante e rico em espécies na natureza. Podem ser encontrados em qualquer lugar e em quase todas as épocas do ano em nossa região. Devido a sua “onipresença”, os insetos participam de todos os processos ecológicos, sendo, portanto, um grupo muito interessante para ser usado como ferramenta para aprendizagem de temas em...
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Cladodes illigeri (Kirby, 1818) is redescribed, and can be distinguished by the following features: color pattern overall black, paired spots and elytral margins pale yellow; pygidium bisinuate, posterior angles rounded, as long as median margin; and aedeagus with phallus 1/3 shorter than the parameres, which are sinuated apically. Cladodes lamelli...
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Here we describe a new Photinina genus with three species endemic to Serra dos Órgãos Mountains in Brazil. Ybytyramoan gen. nov. occurs in high altitudes, from 980m up to 2000m, and has the following unique set of characters: head abruptly depressed at vertex; lanterns not fully developed, somewhat rounded or anteriorly rounded, straight posteriad,...
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A systematic review of Amydetes Illiger, 1807, based on examination of the type-material. We fix A. fastigiata Illiger, 1807 as the type-species of the genus; redescribe the genus and six out of eight species; describe 13 new species; and provideillustrations and a key to species. We place A. vigorsi Westwood, 1830 syn. n. and A. gorhami Kuntzen, 1...

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Most beetles, including the majority of the Lampyridae, have antennae with 11 antennomeres. Uniquely among the Coleoptera, the antennae of the Lampyridae exhibit not only a fantastic diversity of shapes, but also sometimes feature antennomere numbers departing, even strongly, from 11. In this family, within- and between-species variation in antennomere numbers has been occasionally recorded in the taxonomic literature, but this variation has never been comprehensively documented across firefly taxa. The objective of this project is to report a previously unrecognized intra-specific variation in the antennomerePágina 3 de 4 numbers of Araucariocladus, as well as the description of a new species of the same genus. In addition, we will combine literature and original research data to document the pattern of variation in antennomere numbers among Lampyridae, providing original data on antennomere variation for some genera and testing some hypotheses of meristic variation in antennomere numbers in fireflies.