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Herbivore Beetle Evolution
Animal Biodiversity and Evolution Programme
Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF)
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Peer-reviewed indexed (SCI) journals:

  • De la Cadena, G., Papadopoulou, A., Maes, J.-M. & Gómez-Zurita, J. 2016. Evaluation of bias on the assessment of diet breadth of herbivorous insects using molecular methods. Insect Sci. (in press).
  • Nguyen, D.T. & Gómez-Zurita, J. 2016. Subtle ecological gradient in the tropics triggers high species-turnover in a local geographical scale. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0156840. [pdf]
  • Gómez-Zurita, J., Cardoso, A., Coronado, I., De la Cadena, G., Jurado-Rivera, J.A., Maes, J.-M., Montelongo, T., Nguyen, D.T. & Papadopoulou, A. 2016. High-throughput biodiversity analysis: rapid assessment of species richness and ecological interactions of Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera) in the tropics. ZooKeys 597: 3-26. [pdf]
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 2016. Systematic revision of Calligrapha Chevrolat (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) with pale spots on dark elytra and description of two new species. Zootaxa 4072: 61-89.
  • Montagna, M., Gómez-Zurita, J., Giorgi, A., Epis, S., Lozzia, G. & Bandi, C. 2015. Metamicrobiomics in herbivore beetles of the genus Cryptocephalus (Chrysomelidae): toward the understanding of ecological determinants in insect symbiosis. Insect Sci. 22: 340-352.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 2015. Systematic revision of the genus Calligrapha Chevrolat (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Chrysomelinae) in Central America: The group of Calligrapha argus Stål. Zootaxa (Mon.) 3922: 1-71.
  • Montelongo, T. & Gómez-Zurita, J. 2015. Nonrandom patterns of genetic admixture expose the complex historical hybrid origin of unisexual leaf beetle species in the genus Calligrapha. Am. Nat. 185: 113-134.
  • Papadopoulou, A., Chesters, D., Coronado, I., De la Cadena, G., Cardoso, A., Reyes, J.C., Maes, J.-M., Rueda, R.M. & Gómez-Zurita, J. 2015. Automated DNA-based plant identification for large-scale biodiversity assessment. Mol. Ecol. Res. 15: 136-152.
  • Montelongo, T. & Gómez-Zurita, J. 2014. Multilocus molecular systematics and evolution in time and space of Calligrapha (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Chrysomelinae). Zool. Scr. 43: 605-628.
  • Andújar, C., Arribas, P., Ruíz, C., Serrano, J. & Gómez-Zurita, J. 2014. Integration of conflict into Integrative Taxonomy: fitting hybridization in the delimitation of species in Mesocarabus (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Mol. Ecol. 23: 4344-4361.
  • Andújar, C., Soria-Carrasco, V., Serrano, J. & Gómez-Zurita, J. 2014. Congruence test of molecular clock calibration hypotheses based on Bayes factor comparisons. Methods Ecol. Evol. 5: 226-242.
  • Chaboo, C.S., Frieiro-Costa, F.A., Gómez-Zurita, J. & Westerduijn, R. 2014. Origins and diversification of subsociality in leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae, Chrysomelinae). J. Nat. Hist. 48: 2325-2367.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. & Cardoso, A. 2014. Systematics of the New Caledonian endemic genus Taophila Heller (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Eumolpinae) combining morphological, molecular and ecological data, with description of two new species. Syst. Ent. 39: 111-126.
  • Montelongo, T. & Gómez-Zurita, J. 2013. Morphological and molecular characterization of a new Nearctic species of Calligrapha Chevrolat, 1836 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Chrysomelinae) from Central Mexico. Proc. Entom. Soc. Wash. 115: 369-391.
  • Papadopoulou, A., Cardoso, A. & Gómez-Zurita, J. 2013. Diversity and diversification of Eumolpinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in New Caledonia. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 168: 473-495.
  • Andújar, C., Gómez-Zurita, J., Rasplus, J.-Y. & Serrano, J. 2012. Molecular systematics and evolution of the subgenus Mesocarabus Thomson 1875 (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Carabus), based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 166: 787-804.
  • Andújar, C., Serrano, J. & Gómez-Zurita, J. 2012. Winding up the molecular clock in the genus Carabus (Coleoptera: Carabidae): assessment of methodological decisions on rate and node age estimation. BMC Evol. Biol. 12: 40. [pdf]
  • Gebiola, M., Gómez-Zurita, J., Monti, M., Navone, P. & Bernardo, U. 2012. Integration of molecular, ecological, morphological and endosymbiont data for species delimitation within the Pnigalio soemius complex (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae). Mol. Ecol. 21: 1190-1208.
  • Ge, D., Gómez-Zurita, J., Chesters, D., Yang, X. & Vogler, A.P. 2012. Suprageneric systematics of flea beetles (Chrysomelidae: Alticinae) inferred from multilocus sequence data. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 62: 793-805.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J., Sassi, D., Cardoso, A. & Balke, M. 2012. Evolution of Cryptocephalus leaf beetles related to C. sericeus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) and the role of hybridization in generating species mtDNA paraphyly. Zool. Scr. 41: 47-67.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 2011. Revision of New Caledonian species of Eumolpinae described by K. M. Heller (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Zootaxa 3060: 31-46.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 2011. Rhyparida foaensis (Jolivet, Verma & Mille) nov. comb. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) and implications for the colonization of New Caledonia. ZooKeys 157: 33-44. [pdf]
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 2011. A new species of Criocerinae (Chrysomelidae) from New Caledonia: Oulema (Oulema) taophiloides sp. nov. Zootaxa 2870: 63-68.
  • Ge, D.y., Chesters, D., Gómez-Zurita, J., Zhang, L.j., Yang, X.q. & Vogler, A.P. 2011. Anti-predator defence drives drives parallel morphological evolution in flea beetles. Proc. R. Soc. London B 278: 2133-2141. [pdf]
  • Gómez-Zurita, J., Cardoso, A., Jurado-Rivera, J.A., Jolivet, P., Cazères, S. & Mille, C. 2010. Discovery of a new species of New Caledonian Arsipoda Erichson, 1842 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) and insights on their ecology and evolution usind DNA markers. J. Nat. Hist. 44: 2557-2579. [pdf]
  • Borrero-Pérez, G.H., Gómez-Zurita, J., González-Wanguemert, M., Marcos, C. & Pérez-Ruzafa, A. 2010. Molecular systematics of the genus Holothuria in the Mediterranean and Northeastern Atlantic and a molecular clock for the diversification of the Holothuriidae (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea). Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 57: 899-906.
  • Lombarte, A., Palmer, M., Matallanas, J., Gómez-Zurita, J. & Morales-Nin, B. 2010. Ecomorphological trends and phylogenetic inertia of otolith sagittae in Nototheniidae. Env. Biol. Fishes 89: 607-618.
  • Pinzón-Navarro, S., Jurado-Rivera, J.A., Gómez-Zurita, J., Lyal, C.H.C. & Vogler, A.P. 2010. DNA profiling of host-herbivore interactions in tropical forests. Ecol. Entom. 35 (suppl. 1): 18-32. [pdf]
  • Cardoso, A., Serrano, A.R.M. & Vogler, A.P. 2009. Morphological and molecular variation in tiger beetles of the Cicindela hybrida complex: is an 'integrative taxonomy' possible? Mol. Ecol. 18: 648-664.
  • Jurado-Rivera, J., Vogler, A.P., Reid, C.A.M., Petitpierre, E. & Gómez-Zurita, J. 2009. DNA barcoding insect-host plant associations. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 276: 639-648. [pdf]
  • Balke, M., Gómez-Zurita, J., Ribera, I., Viloria, A., Zillikens, A., Steiner, J., García, M., Hendrich, L. & Vogler, A.P. 2008. Ancient associations of aquatic beetles and tank bromeliads in the Neotropical forest canopy. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105(17): 6356-6361.  [pdf]
  • Gómez-Zurita, J., Hunt, T. & Vogler, A.P. 2008. Multilocus ribosomal RNA phylogeny of the leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae). Cladistics 24(1): 34-50.
  • Hunt, T., Bergsten, J., Levkanicova, Z., Papadopoulou, A., St John, O., Wild, R., Hammond, P. M., Ahrens, D., Balke, M., Caterino, M. S., Gómez-Zurita, J., Ribera, I., Barraclough, T. G., Bocakova, M., Bocak, L. & Vogler, A. P. 2007. A comprehensive phylogeny of beetles reveals the evolutionary origins of a super-radiation. Science 318(5858): 1913-1916.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J., Garnería, I. & Petitpierre, E. 2007. Molecular phylogenetics and evolutionary analysis of shape in the genus Cyrtonus Latreille (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae). J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res. 45(4): 317-328.
  • Abellán, P., Gómez-Zurita, J., Millán, A., Sánchez-Fernández, D., Velasco, J., Galián, J. & Ribera, I. 2007. Conservation genetics in hypersaline inland waters: Mitochondrial diversity and phylogeography in an endangered Iberian beetle (Coleoptera: Hydraenidae). Cons. Genet. 8(1): 79-88. 
  • Gómez-Zurita, J., Hunt, T., Kopliku, F. & Vogler, A.P. 2007. Recalibrated tree of Leaf Beetles (Chrysomelidae) indicates independent diversification of angiosperms and their insect herbivores. PLoS ONE 2(4): e360. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000360. [pdf]
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. & Vogler, A.P. 2006. Testing introgressive hybridization hypotheses using statistical network analysis of nuclear and cytoplasmic haplotypes in the leaf beetle Timarcha goettingensis species complex. J. Mol. Evol. 62(4): 421-433. 
  • Gómez-Zurita, J., Funk, D.J. & Vogler, A.P. 2006. The evolution of unisexuality in Calligrapha leaf beetles: Molecular and ecological insights on multiple origins via interspecific hybridization. Evolution  60(2): 328-347. 
  • Pons, J., Barraclough, T.G., Gómez-Zurita, J., Cardoso, A., Duran, D.P., Hazell, S., Kamoun, S., Sumlin, W.D. & Vogler, A.P. 2006. Sequence-based species delimitation for the DNA taxonomy of undescribed insects. Syst. Biol. 55(4): 595-609. [pdf]
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 2005. New distribution records and biogeography of Calligrapha species in North America (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Chrysomelinae). Can. Field-Nat. 119(1): 88-100. [pdf]
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. & Galián, J. 2005 Current knowledge on Genes and Genomes of phytophagous beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomeloidea, Curculionoidea): a review. Eur. J. Entomol. 102(4): 577-597. [pdf]
  • Gómez-Zurita, J., Jolivet, P. & Vogler, A.P. 2005.  Molecular Systematics of Eumolpinae and the relationships with Spilopyrinae (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae). Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 34: 584-600.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 2004. Molecular systematics and time-scale for the evolution of Timarcha, a leaf-beetle genus with a disjunct Holarctic distribution. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 32(2): 647-665.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J., Vogler, A. P. & Funk, D. J. 2004. Diagnosing an overlooked North American taxon: biological observations and mitochondrial insights on Calligrapha suturella Schaeffer, 1933 new status (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae). Annls. Ent. Soc. Am. 97: 28-36. [pdf]
  • Gómez-Zurita, J., Pons, J. & Petitpierre, E. 2004. The evolutionary origin of a novel karyotype in Timarcha (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) and general patterns of chromosome evolution in the genus. J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res. 42(4): 332-341.
  • Linde, M., Palmer, M. & Gómez-Zurita, J. 2004. Differential correlates of diet and phylogeny on the shape of the premaxilla and anterior tooth in sparid fishes (Perciformes: Sparidae). J. Evol. Biol. 17(5): 941-952. [pdf]
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. & Vogler, A. P. 2003. Incongruent nuclear and mitochondrial phylogeographic patterns in the Timarcha goettingensis species complex (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae). J. Evol. Biol. 16: 833-843. [pdf]
  • Theodorides, K., de Riva, A., Gómez-Zurita, J., Forster, P. G. & Vogler, A. P. 2002. Comparison of EST libraries from seven beetle species: towards a framework for phylogenomics of the Coleoptera. Insect Mol. Biol. 11: 467-475.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J., Juan, C. & Petitpierre, E. 2000. The evolutionary history of the genus Timarcha (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) inferred from mitochondrial COII gene and partial 16S rDNA sequences. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 14: 304-317.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J., Petitpierre, E. & Juan, C. 2000. Nested cladistic analysis, phylogeography and speciation in the Timarcha goettingensis complex (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae). Mol. Ecol. 9:557-570.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J., Juan, C. & Petitpierre, E. 2000. Sequence, secondary structure and phylogenetic analyses of the ribosomal internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2) in the Timarcha leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Insect Mol. Biol. 9: 591-604.
  • Petitpierre, E., Carreras, I. & Gómez-Zurita, J. 1998. Cytogenetic analysis of European Cassida (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae). Hereditas 128: 1-8. [pdf]

Peer-reviewed non-indexed journals:

  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 2015. What is the leaf beetle Calligrapha scalaris (LeConte)? Breviora 541: 1-19. [pdf]
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. & Petitpierre, E. 2010. Contribution to the knowledge of the Iberian fauna of Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera). I. New records of Criocerinae, Clytrinae and Cryptocephalinae. Bol. Soc. ent. Aragonesa 47: 139-142. [pdf]
  • Verma, K.K., Gómez-Zurita, J., Jolivet, P. & Vig, K. 2005. Biology of Eupales ulema (Germar, 1813) and its taxonomic placement among Eumolpinae (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae). Nouv. Revue Entom. 22(2): 155-164. [pdf]
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. & Petitpierre, E. 2004. First record of Galeruca (Emarhopa) rufa Germar, 1824 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) for the Ibero-Balearic fauna with notes for its identification. Entomol. Probl. 34(1-2): 139-141. [pdf]
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 2002. Quand la phylogéographie rencontre l'histoire des gènes: l'analyse cladistique emboîtée (nested clade analysis) et l'inférence de processus populationnels récurrents et épisodiques. Biosystema 20: 95-114. [pdf]
  • Petitpierre, E. & Gómez-Zurita, J. 1998. Los Chrysomelidae de León; NO de España (Coleoptera). Nouv. Revue Ent.(N.S.) 15: 13-26.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J., Sacarés, A. & Petitpierre, E. 1996. Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera) de sa Dragonera. Boll. Soc. Hist. Nat. Balears 39: 129-134. [pdf]

Book chapters:

  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 2010. Tribe Timarchini Motschulsky, 1860. Pp. 437-443 in I. Löbl & A. Smetana (eds.), Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 6. Chrysomeloidea. Apollo Books, Stenstrup, Denmark.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 2008. Species and speciation in Timarcha. Pp: 17-39 in P. Jolivet, J. Santiago-Blay & M. Schmitt (eds.), Research on Chrysomelidae 1. Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands, 432 pp., ISBN 978 90 04 15204 5.
  • Serrano, J., Gómez-Zurita, J. & Ruiz, C. (eds.). 2005. XII European Carabidologists Meeting. Murcia, September 19-22, 2005. Ground beetles as a key group for biodiversity conservation studies in Europe. Nausícaä Edición Electrónica, Murcia. 314 pp.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J., Kopliku, F., Theodorides, K. & Vogler, A. P. 2004. Resources for a phylogenomic approach in leaf beetle (Coleoptera) systematics. In: P. Jolivet, J. A. Santiago-Blay and M. Schmitt (eds.), New Developments in the Biology of Chrysomelidae, pp. 19-35, SPB Academic Publishing, The Hague, The Netherlands.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J., Garin, C. F., Juan, C. & Petitpierre, E. 1999. Mitochondrial 16S rDNA sequences and their use as phylogenetic markers in leaf-beetles with special reference to the subfamily Chrysomelinae. In: M. L. Cox (ed.), Advances in Chrysomelidae Biology 1, pp. 25-38, Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.


  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 2013. The beauty of beetles. International Innovation Oct. 2013: 86-88. [pdf]

Non peer-reviewed journals:

  • Maes, J.-M. & Gómez-Zurita, J. 2016. Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera) de Nicaragua, Parte IV, Chrysomelinae. Rev. Nica. Ent. 76(4): 3-94. [pdf]
  • Maes, J.-M., Gómez-Zurita, J., Riley, E.G., Windsor, D., Borowiec, L. & Chaboo, C.S. 2016. Chrysomelidae de Nicaragua, Parte VIII, Cassdinae sensu stricto (tortoise beetles). Rev. Nica. Ent. 76(8): 3-189. [pdf]
  • Maes, J.-M., Gómez-Zurita, J. & Staines, C. 2016. Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera) de Nicaragua, Parte IX, Cassidinae hispinos. Rev. Nica. Ent. 76(9): 3-201. [pdf]
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 2004. The dawning of leaf-beetle genomics. Chrysomela Newslett. 44: 11-13.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 1997. The Timarcha types in the National Museum of Prague. Chrysomela Newslet. 33: 8-9.

Book reviews:

  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 2006. Book review: CONTRIBUTIONS TO SYSTEMATICS AND BIOLOGY OF BEETLES – PAPERS CELEBRATING THE 80TH BIRTHDAY OF IGOR KONSTANTINOVICH LOPATIN. By A. Konstantinov, A. Tishechkin and L. Penev (eds.), Pensoft Publishers, Sofia, Bulgaria. 2005. Pp. xvi + 388. Eur. J. Entomol. 103(4): 756.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 2004. Book review: SPECIAL TOPICS IN LEAF BEETLE BIOLOGY. By David G. Furth (ed.), Pensoft Publishers, Sofia, Bulgaria. 2003. Pp. xii + 339. Am. Entomol. 50: 175-177.
  • Gómez-Zurita, J. 2003. Book review: BIOLOGY OF LEAF BEETLES. By Pierre Jolivet and Krishna K. Verma, Intercept Publishers, Andover, Hampshire. 2002. Pp. xiv + 332. Syst. Ent. 28: 275-276.