Pavel Starkevich

Pavel Starkevich
Nature Research Centre · Institute of Ecology

PhD

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Introduction
My research is focusing on a taxonomic and systematic revision, phylogenetic reconstruction and morphological evolution in crane flies (Insecta, Diptera, Tipulidae), a diverse insect group of nearly 16, 000 species found in all zoogeographic regions. My current taxonomic expertise is subgenus Tipula (Vestiplex) Bezzi,1924, a phylogenetically young group of crane flies which includes 181 extant species which are distributed throughout the Nearctic, Palaearctic and Oriental Regions.
Skills and Expertise
Additional affiliations
May 2016 - May 2016
Natural History Museum, London
Position
  • Fellow
February 2001 - March 2011
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Position
  • Fellow
Education
October 2007 - February 2012
Vilnius University
Field of study
  • Entomology
September 2005 - June 2007
Vilnius University
Field of study
  • Zoology
September 2001 - June 2005
Vilnius University
Field of study
  • Biology

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Publications (29)
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A new cranefly, Tipula (Vestiplex) levisoni sp. nov., is described and illustrated based on males and females collected in India and Nepal. The illustrations of male and female genitalia for the most closely related regional species, T. (V.) tanycera Alexander, 1961 and T. (V.) mitchelli Edwards, 1927 are also provided. The female of T. (V.) mitche...
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The Korean species of Tipula (Vestiplex) Bezzi, 1924 crane flies are taxonomically revised. Five species are recognized. Tipula (V.) coquillettiana Alexander, 1924, T. (V.) kuwayamai Alexander, 1921, T. (V.) tchukchi Alexander, 1934, and T. (V.) verecunda Alexander, 1924 are newly recorded from the Korean Peninsula, and T. (V.) serricauda Alexander...
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A new crane fly species Tipula (Vestiplex) lushuiensis Men & Starkevich, sp. nov., is described and illustrated based on materials collected in Yunnan and Tibet, China. Tipula (V.) alyxis Alexander, 1963, T. (V.) guibifida Yang & Yang, 1992, T. (V.) himalayensis Brunetti, 1911, T. (V.) quasimarmoratipennis Brunetti, 1912 and T. (V.) reposita Walker...
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Two new species of the subgenus VestiplexBezzi, 1924 (genus Tipula Linnaeus, 1758), T. (V.) breviloba Men & Starkevich sp. nov. (Gansu province) and T. (V.) zhengkuni Men & Starkevich sp. nov. (Guizhou province) are described and illustrated. The taxonomy of the species groups of T. (V.) deserrata Alexander, 1934 and T. (V.) bicornigeraAlexander, 1...
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Two new crane fly species, Tipula (Vestiplex) gongdangensis sp. nov. and T. (V.) dechangensis sp. nov. are described and illustrated based on materials collected in the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, China. A key is provided to distinguish males of the new species from those of other species in the T. (V.) immota Alexander, 1935 species group which...
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A new crane fly species from Nepal, Tipula (Vestiplex) hasiya sp. nov. (Diptera: Tipulidae), is described and illustrated. The male and female genitalia are A new crane fly species from Nepal, Tipula (Vestiplex) hasiya sp. nov. (Diptera: Tipulidae), is described and illustrated. The male and female genitalia are illustrated for the most closely rel...
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Fourteen species of Tipula (Vestiplex Bezzi, 1924) crane flies (Diptera, Tipulidae) known from Mongolia are taxonomically revised. Identification keys for males and females, redescriptions and illustrations of all species are presented. Most genital structures are illustrated for the first time. Tipula (V.) jakut Alexander, 1934 is designated as ju...
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Horticultural crops of the Ribes genus are valued for their anthocyanin-rich fruits, but until now, there were no data about the genes and regulation of their flavonoid pathway. In this study, the coding sequences of flavonoid pathway enzymes and their putative regulators MYB10, bHLH3 and WD40 were isolated, and their expression analyzed in fruits...
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Tipula (Vestiplex) scandens Edwards, 1928 and Tipula (Vestiplex) subscripta Edwards, 1928 were both briefly described based on single specimens and lacked illustration in the original literature. In the present paper, these two species are redescribed with new illustrations of additional morphological features based on type and non-type specimens.
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Four new crane fly species of subgenus Tipula (Vestiplex) Bezzi, 1924, T. (V.) borthi sp. nov. (Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu provinces, erectiloba species group), T. (V.) maoxianensis sp. nov. (Sichuan province, virgatula species group), T. (V.) xinduqiaoensis sp. nov. and T. (V.) auriculatalobata sp. nov. (Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, divisotergata...
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A new crane fly, Tipula (Vestiplex) butvilai sp. nov. , is described and illustrated based on new material collected in the Nu Jiang Valley of Yunnan Province, China. The hypopygium for the most closely related species, Tipula (Vestiplex) testata Alexander, 1935, is also illustrated. A key is provided to distinguish males of the new species from th...
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The original description of male hypopygium of Tipula (Emodotipula) holoteles Alexander, 1924 is expanded with additional morphological characters and detailed illustrations. The additional morphological descriptions of the female ovipositor along with detailed drawings are provided. The male semen pump and the female vaginal apodeme as well as the...
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In present paper, the morphological descriptions of reproductive systems for Libnotes (Libnotes) pseudonohirai Men, 2015 in both sexes are provided, which represents the first description of the internal reproductive system in this genus. The female internal reproductive system of Libnotes (Libnotes) pseudonohirai is compared with that of the two p...
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Two new species of subgenus Tipula (Vestiplex) Bezzi, 1924, Tipula (Vestiplex) leigongshanensis Men & Young, sp. n. and Tipula (Vestiplex) maoershanensis Men & Young, sp. n. are described and illustrated. Tipula (Vestiplex) bicalcarata Savchenko, 1965 is redescribed and illustrated based on additional morphological characters. Partial mitochondrial...
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Tipula (Vestiplex) tchukchi obtusidens Savchenko, 1964 is designated as a synonym of the nominotypical species Tipula (Vestiplex) tchukchi Alexander, 1934 syn. nov. Tipula (Vestiplex) aldrichiana Alexander, 1929 and Tipula (Vestiplex) balioptera Loew, 1863 are reported as new to the Russian fauna and the Palaearctic-East Beringian region.
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Tipula (Vestiplex) scripta immunda Alexander, 1934 is synonymized with Tipula (V.) scripta scripta Meigen, 1830. T. (V.) scripta hartigi Mannheims, 1950 is restored to species level. T. (V.) scripta intermixta Riedel, 1913 is restored to species level. T. (V.) hartigi is synonymized with T. (V.) intermixta.
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Anthocyanins are essential contributors to fruit coloration, an important quality feature and a breed determining trait of a sweet cherry fruit. It is well established that the biosynthesis of anthocyanins is regulated by an interplay of specific transcription factors belonging to MYB and bHLH families accompanied by a WD40 protein. In this study,...
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Based on examination of type specimens a crane fly species Tipula (Vestiplex) hugueniniana Alexander, 1971 is proposed as junior synonym of Tipula (V.) wahlgrenana Alexander, 1968. The new synonymy is based on similarity of male genitalia.
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A new species of long-palped crane fly, Tipula (Vestiplex) dhalma, is described and illustrated from adult specimens collected in the Primorskiy Kray of the Far Eastern Federal District of Russia. This new species is most similar to T. (V.) scripta scripta Meigen, 1830 and other species of “scripta” complex, based on antennal and male and female ge...
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Tipula (Vestiplex) adungensis Alexander, 1963 and Tipula (Vestiplex) Eurydice Alexander, 1961 are reported as new to the fauna of China, and Tipula (Vestiplex) distifurca Alexander, 1942 and Tipula (Vestiplex) himalayensis Brunetti, 1911 as new to Myanmar. The data are based on material collected in 1931 and preserved in the Natural History Museum,...
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The updated checklist of Trichoceridae of Lithuania is presented after the analysis of earlier published data and new collections. Now the list comprises 19 species with five winter gnat species - Trichocera (Saltrichocera) dahlae Mendl, 1971, Trichocera (Saltrichocera) recondita, Stary 2000, Trichocera (Saltrichocera) rufulenta Edwards, 1938, Tric...

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My research is focusing on a taxonomic and systematic revision, phylogenetic reconstruction and morphological evolution in subgenus Tipula (Vestiplex) Bezzi, 1924 a phylogenetically young group of crane flies which includes 181 extant species which are distributed throughout the Nearctic, Palaearctic and Oriental Regions. The species diversity hotspot of this remarkable and extremely polymorphic group is located in Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau, a remote part of Earth with numerous species, still waiting to be described.