Ittai Renan, Department of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University
Revision of Graphipterus serrator group (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Lebiinae): An integrative approach to species discovery in Carabidae, using morphology, molecular analysis and ecological methods
The first year of study was characterized mainly by sorting material (beetle specimens) from collections, and collecting fresh material in the field for molecular studies, as well as identifying morphological characters and initial definition of species. The data of all the group's specimens in the National Collection of Natural History in Tel-Aviv University was sorted and inserted into the computerized database. Specimen data collecting and sorting was done in the Natural History Museum in Paris (MNHN). This work was devoted mainly to locating specimens in the enormous and unsorted ground beetle collection. One hundred seventy specimens and two types were loaned for further study in Israel.
Morphological identification and characterization of the group populations so far suggest definition of four species from Israel, a species from Morocco and another one from Syria, five of them never before described.