Using the phylogeography of Ogyges Kaup and Petrejoides Kuwert (Coleoptera: Passalidae) as a tool for the prioritization of conservation efforts in the Mesoamerican cloud forests
Beza-Beza, Cristian F.
Schuster, J. C.
Cano, Enio B.
AdvisorJameson, Mary Liz
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Cristian F. Beza-Beza, J. C. Schuster, E. B. Cano, M. Palimieri, D. Archila. (2012). Using the phylogeography of Ogyges Kaup and Petrejoides Kuwert (Coleoptera: Passalidae) as a tool for the prioritization of conservation efforts in the Mesoamerican Cloud Forests. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.18
Cloud forests of the montane region of Mesoamerica have high levels of endemism and are important for biodiversity conservation. Prioritization of conservation areas is possible using biogeographic and phylogenetic information. The phylogeography of the flightless and endemic bess beetles Ogyges and Petrejoides (Coleoptera: Passalidae) will be used to prioritize conservation areas and identify unique genetic reservoirs in the southern Guatemalan montane region (Ogyges) and Mesoamerica (Petrejoides). I will evaluate the systematics and biogeography of P. orizabe species group. This research will be useful in clarifying the ongoing debate concerning the classification of Petrejoides, prioritizing conservation areas in Mesoamerica, identifying unique genetic reservoirs, and contributing to the knowledge in the natural history of the area.
Research completed at the Department of Biological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Fifth Place winner of oral presentations at the 8th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, April 18, 2012.