Agustín Castro's research while affiliated with University of Cordoba (Spain) and other places

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We describe Hydroporus bithynicus sp. n. (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae, Hydroporinae) from the Bolu province in north-western Turkey. The species belongs to the newly defined H. ferrugineus group, and can be separated from the other two members (H. ferrugineus Stephens, 1829 and H. sanfilippoi Ghidini, 1958) by its more flattened shape, less developed ey...
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Aim We test whether species of western Mediterranean aquatic Coleoptera of the ‘Haenydra’ lineage (Hydraenidae, Hydraena) originated through: (1) successive periods of dispersal and speciation, (2) range fragmentation by random vicariance, or (3) range fragmentation by geographic isolation owing to a general reduction of population density. Locatio...
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We describe Ochthebius (Enicocerus) aguilerai sp.n. from central Iberia. The species belongs to the O. exsculptus group, including O. legionensis Hebauer & Valladares, O. halbherri Reitter, O. colveranus Ferro and O. exsculptus Germar. There are few consistent differences in external morphology among species of the group, but characters of the aede...
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We describe Ochthebius (Enicocerus) aguilerai sp.n. from central Iberia. The species belongs to the O. exsculptus group, including O. legionensis Hebauer & Valladares, O. halbherri Reitter, O. colveranus Ferro and O. exsculptus Germar. There are few consistent differences in external morphology among species of the group, but characters of the aede...
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Resumen: Se describe e ilustra Amauronyx deferreri sp. n. (Taza, Marruecos). La nueva especie probablemente está relacio-nada con A. auberti Besuchet, 1962 y con A. mussardi Besuchet, 1963. Amauronyx deferreri sp. n. from northern Africa (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Pselaphinae) Abstract: Amauronyx deferreri sp. n. (Taza, Morocco) is described and i...
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Amauronyx juancastroi n. sp. (Córdoba, Spain) is described and illustrated. The new spe-cies probably is related to A. cobosi Besuchet, 1959 and A. andujari Castro & Hernando, 2005. Habitus photograph of A. brevipennis (Saulcy, 1870), A. kraatzii (Saulcy, 1874) and A. cobosi Besuchet, 1959 are also presented.
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RESUMEN Se aportan nuevos datos corológicos y se actualiza la distribución de 28 especies de la familia Cholevidae en la Península Ibérica. Los registros que se presentan ascienden a 291, obtenidos en 178 localidades, de las que 52 proceden de medio subterráneo, 42 del profundo (MSP) y 10 del superficial (MSS). Para cada especie se recopilan todas...
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CASTRO, A. & HERNANDO, C. 2005. Two new species of Amauronyx from the Iberian Peninsula (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae). Entomol. Probl. 35(2): XX–YY. – Amauronix lencinai sp nov. and Amauronyx andujari sp. nov. are described from the Southeast of the Iberian Peninsula. A. lencinai probably is related to A. barthei JEANNEL and A. kraatzii...
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Aquatic and semiaquatic Coleoptera from Doñana: recognition of their biodiversity and conservation priorities Abstract: During three days we sampled a representation of the water bodies of the Doñana Natural Park, National Park and Reserve, to complete the knowledge of the aquatic beetle fauna of the area. We found 81 species, 12 of them new to Doñ...
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Resumen: Se aportan seis localidades nuevas de Anelastidius feisthameli en Andalucía que amplían el área de distribución conocida de la especie hacia el occidente y el interior de esta comunidad autónoma. Se adelanta la hipótesis de que la larva de la especie pueda desarrollarse en el suelo en las raíces de gramíneas u otras plantas herbáceas. Pala...

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... arrived there since last glaciation). Indeed, several studies have reported the pre-Pleistocene origin of Mediterranean endemics (Andújar et al. 2012;Condamine et al. 2013;Hidalgo-Galiana and Ribera 2011;Ribera et al. 2010). In second place, glacial refugia have also acted as speciation centres (Gomez-Zurita et al. 2012;Ribera and Vogler 2004), increasing the singularity of southern faunas. ...
... There is a high diversity of aquatic macroinvertebrates, with more than 110 species of aquatic Coleoptera (including ibero-african endemics such as Hygrotus lagari, Hydroporus lucasi, and Cybister tripunctatus africanus as well as rare species such as Rhantus hispanicus and Haliplus andalusicus), 19 heteropterans, and seven large branchiopods (Millán et al. 2003;Florencio et al. 2014). Doñana is considered a hotspot for Odonata, with 42 species recorded, including eleven threatened species, among which the vulnerable Lestes macrostigma find optimal habitats in temporary ponds and marshes (Florencio and Díaz-Paniagua 2012). ...
... The establishment of checklists and their frequent updating is important;  The compilation of a national insect database for Turkey to which new species records can be uploaded should be a high priority;  Increased funding and training/mentoring in taxonomics/systematics, field ecology and ethology for young persons who may want to engage in biodiversity studies; most currently funded projects are in applied research e.g. crop and forest pests and their management;  Educate the community on the importance of insects to society;  Develop partnerships between government, private sector and community groups to help prevent or at least substantially reduce the current rate of loss of biodiversity in all environments, including urban areas, agricultural fields, forests and national parks;  Comprehensive public education programs to enlist more support for the recognition of the cultural and economic value of many insects and their conservation, including that of their habitat;  Inclusion of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and public participation in insect studies to raise the profile of insect biodiversity and conservation in the general community;  Increase the use of molecular methods (Rokas et al., 2003, Doğanlar et al., 2009, Papadopoulou et al., 2009, Budak et al., 2011, Hernando et al., 2012, Sevgili and Simsek, 2012 to complement the use of morphological methods in taxonomic studies;  Carry out studies on the protection and monitoring of insects in cooperation with national and international organizations such as the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation (MoEU), Nature Conservation Centre (DKM), Butterfly Conservation Europe (BCE) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The urgent implementation of this list of measures would substantially increase the knowledge of the insects of Turkey, considerabley raise their public profile and greatly assist in their protection and that of their habitat. ...
... El género paleártico Amauronyx Reitter, 1882 incluye hasta el momento 28 especies, concentrándose la mayor parte de ellas en el Mediterráneo occidental (Löbl & Besuchet, 2004;Castro & Hernando, 2005;Castro & Hernando, 2007). El aspecto externo suele ser bastante homogéneo dentro del género, aunque los caracteres sexuales secundarios del macho -que pueden situarse en el 6º esternito visible del abdomen, en las patas o en el metasterno -y, sobre todo, el edeago, permiten en general una fácil identificación específica. ...
... El género paleártico Amauronyx Reitter, 1882 incluye hasta el momento 28 especies, concentrándose la mayor parte de ellas en el Mediterráneo occidental (Löbl & Besuchet, 2004;Castro & Hernando, 2005;Castro & Hernando, 2007). El aspecto externo suele ser bastante homogéneo dentro del género, aunque los caracteres sexuales secundarios del macho -que pueden situarse en el 6º esternito visible del abdomen, en las patas o en el metasterno -y, sobre todo, el edeago, permiten en general una fácil identificación específica. ...
... The first formal cladistic analysis of the family Hydraenidae was published by Beutel et al. (2003), but sampling was too incomplete to resolve internal relationships within Ochthebiinae other than the sister relationship of Meropathus with Ochthebius + Gymnochthebius. There is no published global molecular phylogeny of the entire family Hydraenidae or subfamily Ochthebiinae, but in recent years some detailed molecular phylogenies for some lineages have been published, such as the Ochthebius notabilis group (Abellán et al., 2009) and Enicocerus (Ribera et al., 2010). In Abellán et al. (2013) an extensive phylogeny of Ochthebius and some related genera using only mitochondrial markers was used to estimate the phylogenetic diversity of the Iberian fauna. ...
... Clade B had a subsequent split during the Messinian giving rise again to lineages with both Iberian and North African species (clades B1 and B2, Fig. 44). However, the next three cladogenetic processes were estimated to have happened around the end of the Messinian salinity crisis, and having separated lineages occurring exclusively on the Iberian Peninsula from lineages occurring exclusively in North Africa, with the only exception of S. maroccanus which is recorded from both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar (Coiffait 1954;Fresneda et al. 2007;Fig. 43). ...
... Some authors have argued that species ranges may be too dynamic and could mask any potential relationship between current distributions and the geography of speciation (Fitzpatrick and Turelli 2006). However, strong evidence supporting range stasis is available in the literature for a variety of organisms, from fossil mollusks to living insects and mammals (Ribera et al. 2011;Cardillo 2015). We considered that it is unlikely that all species have altered significantly their ranges enough to remove the geographical signal from their past distribution. ...