Water and Cave Beetle Evolution Lab
Animal Biodiversity and Evolution Programme
Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF)
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Phylogeny and biogeography of Mediterranean cave & endogean beetles

Current research lines

  • Evolution of W European Leptodirini
  • Origin of the subterranean species of Molopini
  • Phylogeny and biogeography of Pyrenean cave Trechini
  • Speciation and dispersal in endogean Anillini

photo credit: S. Montagud


  • Carmelo Andújar [Carabidae: Anillini]
  • Achille Casale [Carabidae: Molopini]
  • Alexandra Cieslak [Leiodidae: Leptodirini]
  • Javier Fresneda [Leiodidae: Leptodirini]
  • Carles Hernando [Carabidae: Molopini]
  • José María Salgado [Leiodidae: Leptodirini]

Recent publications

  • Chlond, D., Guilbert, E., Faille, A., Banar, P. & Davranoglou, L.-R. (2018) A remarkable new species of cavernicolous Collartidini from Madagascar (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae). Zootaxa, 4425: 372-384 [pdf]
  • Pallarés, S., Rizzo, V., Comas, J., Millán, A., Montes, A.,, Lleopart, E., Spada, M., Pérez-Fernández, T., Abellán, P., Bilton, D.T., Ribera, I. & Sánchez-Fernández, D. (2018) Estudiando el impacto del cambio climático en la fauna subterranean: el proyecto caveheat. Gota a gota, 16: 11-14.[pdf]
  • Luo, X.-Z., Wipfler, B., Ribera, I., Liang, H.-B., Tian, M.-Y., Ge, S.-Q., Beutel, R.G. (2018) The cephalic morphology of free-living and cave-dwelling species of trechine ground beetles from China (Coleoptera, Carabidae). Organisms Diversity and Evolution, 18: 125-142. [pdf]
  • Faille, A. & Lecoq, J.-C. (2018) Oedichirus spelaeus n.sp., the first cave dwelling beetle from Madagascar (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederinae). Jurnal of Cave and Karst Studies, 80: 13-18.[pdf]
  • Sánchez-Fernández, D., Rizzo, V., Bourdeau, C., Cieslak, A., Comas, J., Faille, A., Fresneda, J., Lleopart, E., Millán, A., Montes, A., Pallarés, S. & Ribera, I. (2018) The deep subterranean environment as a potential model system in ecological, biogeographical and evolutionary research. Subterranean Biology, 25: 1–7.[pdf]
  • Antunes-Carvalho, C., Ribera, I., Beutel, R.G. & Gnaspini, P. Morphology-based reconstruction of Cholevinae (Coleoptera: Leiodidae) – a new view on higher-level relationships. Cladistics. [pdf]
  • Luo, X.-Z., Wipfler, B., Ribera, I., Liang, H.-B., Tian, M.-Y., Ge, S.-Q., Beutel, R.G. The cephalic morphology of free-living and cave-dwelling species of trechine ground beetles from China (Coleoptera, Carabidae). Organisms Diversity and Evolution. [pdf]
  • Andújar, C., Pérez-González, S., Arribas, P., Zaballos, J.P., Vogler, A.P. & Ribera, I. (2017) Speciation below ground: tempo and mode of diversification in a radiation of endogean ground beetles. Molecular Ecology, 26: 6053-6070. [pdf]
  • Löbl, I. & Faille, A. (2017) Toxidium cavicola sp.nov., a new cave dwelling Malagasy Scaphidiinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Annales Zoologici, 67: 345-348.[pdf]
  • Rizzo, V., Sánchez-Fernández, D., Alonso, R., Pastor, J. & Ribera, I. (2017) Substratum karstificability, dispersal and genetic structure in a strictly subterranean beetle. Journal of Biogeography,44: 2527-2538. [pdf]
  • Faille, A., Ribera, I. & Fresneda, J. (2016) On the genus Aphaobius Abeille de Perrin, 1878, with description of a new species from the mesovoid shallow substratum 8MSS) of Austria (Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Cholevinae: Leptodirini). Zootaxa, 4169: 44-56.[pdf]
  • Andújar, C., Faille, A., Pérez-González, S., Zaballos, J.P., Vogler, A.P. & Ribera, I. (2016) Gondwanian relicts and oceanic dispersal in a cosmopolitan radiation of euedaphic ground beetles. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 99: 235-246. [pdf]
  • Sánchez-Fernández, D., Rizzo, V., Cieslak, A., Faille, A., Fresneda, J. & Ribera, I. (2016) Thermal niche estimators and the capability of poor dispersal species to cope with climate change. Scientific Reports, 6: 23381[pdf][supp]
  • Fresneda, J., Alfambra, F., Bourdeau, C., Faille, A. & Ribera, I. (2015) Nuevas capturas de Aphaenops mensioni Lagar, 1976, con un inventario de la fauna hipogea terrestre del parque nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido. Exploracions 21: 60-67. [pdf]
  • Rizzo, V. & Comas, J. (2015) A new species of Troglocharinus Reitter, 1908 (Coleoptera, Leiodidae, Cholevinae, Leptodirini) from southern Catalonia, with a molecular phylogeny of the related species group. Zootaxa 3946: 104-111. [pdf]
  • RIzzo, V., Sánchez-Fernández, D., Fresneda, J., Cieslak, A. & Ribera, I. (2015) Lack of evolutionary adjustment to ambient temperature in highly specialized cave beetles. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15: 10. [pdf]
  • Cieslak, A., Fresneda, J. & Ribera, I. (2014) Developmental constraints in cave beetles. Biology Letters 10: 20140712[pdf]
  • Faille, A., Andújar, C., Fadrique, F. & Ribera, I.(2014) Late Miocene origin of an Ibero-Maghrebian clade of ground beetles with multiple colonisations of the subterranean environment. Journal of Biogeography, 41: 1979-1990. [pdf]
  • Cieslak, A., Fresneda, J. & Ribera, I. (2014) Life-history specialization was not an evolutionary dead-end in Pyrenean cave beetles. Proc. R. Soc. London B., 281: 20132978. [pdf]
  • Faille, A., Casale, A., Balke, M. & Ribera, I. (2013) A molecular phylogeny of Alpine subterranean Trechini (Coleoptera: Carabidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology,13:248 [pdf]
  • Rizzo, V., Comas, J., Fadrique, F., Fresneda, J. & Ribera, I. (2013) Early Pliocene range expansion of a clade of subterranean Pyrenean beetles. Journal of Biogeography, 40: 1861-1873 [pdf]
  • Salgado, J.M., Luque, C.G., Labrada, L., Fresneda, J. & Ribera, I. (2012) Revisión del género Cantabrogeus Salgado, 2000, con la descripción de tres nuevas especies hipogeas endémicas de la Cordillera Cantábrica (Coleoptera, Leiodidae, Cholevinae, Leptodirini). Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 35: 27-50 [pdf]
  • Junger, B. & Faille, A. (2011) Remarkable discovery in a cave of south west Morocco: Siagona taggadertensis n.sp. (Carabidae: Siagoninae). Ann. soc. entomol. Fr. (n.s.), 47: 162-167.[pdf]
  • Fresneda, J., Grebennikov, V.V. & Ribera, I. (2011) The phylogenetic and geographic limits of Leptodirini (Insecta: Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Cholevinae), with a description of Sciaphyes shestakovi sp.n. from the Russian Far East Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny, 69(2): 99-123 [pdf] [supp. information].
  • Andújar, C., Hernando, C. & Ribera, I. (2011) A new endogean, anophthalmous species of Parazuphium Jeannel from Northern Morocco (Coleoptera: Carabidae), with new molecular data for the tribe Zuphiini. Zookeys, 103: 49-62.[pdf]
  • Faille, A., Casale, A. & Ribera, I. (2011) Phylogenetic relationships of Western Mediterranean subterranean Trechini groundbeetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Zoologica Scripta, 40: 282-295.[pdf][S1][S2]
  • Ribera, I. & Faille, A. (2010) A new microphthalmic stygobitic Graptodytes Seidlitz from Morocco, with a molecular phylogeny of the genus (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae). Zootaxa, 2641: 1-14. [pdf]
  • Faille, A., Bourdeau, C. & Fresneda, J. (2010) A new species of blind Trechinae from the Pyrenees of Huesca, and its position within Aphaenops (sensu stricto) (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Trechini). Zootaxa, 2566: 49-56 [request a pdf]
  • Ribera, I., Fresneda, J., Bucur, R., Izquierdo, A., Vogler, A.P., Salgado, J.M. & Cieslak, A. (2010) Ancient origin of a Western Mediterranean radiation of subterranean beetles. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 10: 29. [pdf]
  • Faille, A., Ribera, I., Deharveng, L., Bourdeau, C., Garnerye, L., Quéinnec, E. & Deuve, T. A. (2010) A molecular phylogeny shows the single origin of the Pyrenean subterranean Trechini ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 54: 97-106. [request a pdf]
  • Faille, A., Bourdeau, C. & Fresneda, J. (2009) Eskualdunella delespierrei Coiffait, 1950 : la clé inattendue d'une énigme biogéographique (Coleoptera, Leiodidae). Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France 114: 469-473. [request a pdf]
  • Fresneda, J., Bourdeau, C. & Faille, A. (2009) Baronniesia delioti gen. n. sp. n., a new subterranean Leptodirini from the French Pyrenees (Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Cholevinae). Zootaxa 1993: 1-16. [request a pdf]
  • Fresneda, J., Bourdeau, C. & Faille, A. (2009) El género Trapezodirus Jeannel, consideraciones biogeográficas y presencia en el medio hipogeo del macizo de Cotiella (Pirineos, Huesca, España). Cotiella 1: 24-40. request a pdf
  • Faille, A. (2008) La faune souterraine des Pyrénées. Proceedings of the IVth European Speological Congress, Lans-en-Vercors, 23-30.V.2008. pp 60-64.[request a pdf]
  • Faille, A. & Bourdeau, C. (2008) Une nouvelle espèce de Trechinae endogé des Pyrénées occidentales (Coleoptera, Carabidae). Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France 113: 307-311. [request a pdf]
  • Faille, A., Déliot, P. & Queinnec, E. (2007) A new cryptic species of Aphaenops (Coleoptera, Trechinae) from a french Pyrenean cave: Congruence between morphometrical and geographical data confirm species isolation. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France (n.s.) 43(3): 363-370. [request a pdf]
  • Fresneda, J., Salgado, J. M. & Ribera, I. (2007) Phylogeny of Western Mediterranean Leptodirini, with an emphasis on genital characters (C oleoptera: Leiodidae: Cholevinae). Systematic Entomology 32: 332-358. [request a pdf]
  • Santamaria, S. & Faille, A. (2007) Rhachomyces (Ascomycota, Laboulbeniales) parasites on cave-inhabiting Carabidae beetles from Pyrenees. Nova Hedwigia 85(1-2) :159-186. [request a pdf]
  • Wewalka, G., Ribera, I. & Balke, M. (2007) Description of a new subterranean hyphydrine species from Hainan (China), based on morphology and DNA sequence data (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). Koleopterologische Rundschau 77: 61-66. [request a pdf]
  • Faille, A., Fresneda, J., Deliot, P. & Bourdeau, C. (2006) Description du mâle de l’Aphaenops catalonicus Escolà & Cancio (Coleoptera, Trechinae). Bull. Soc. Ent. Fr. 111 (2): 247-250. [request a pdf]
  • Ribera, I., Montagud, S., Teruel, S. & Bellés, X. (2006) Molecular data supports the inclusion of Ildobates neboti Español in Zuphiini (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Harpalinae). Entomologica Fennica 17: 207-213. [request a pdf]
  • Ribera, I., Mateu, J. & Bellés, X. (2005) Phylogenetic relationships of Dalyat mirabilis Mateu, 2002, with a revised molecular phylogeny of ground beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 43: 284-296. [request a pdf]
  • Hernando, C., Aguilera, P. & Ribera, I. (2001) Limnius stygius sp. nov., the first stygobiontic riffle beetle from the Palearctic Region (Coleoptera: Elmidae). Entomological Problems 32: 69-72. [provisional pdf]
  • Hernando, C., Ribera, I. & Vogler, A. P. (1999) Alpine and cave or endogean habitats as postglacial refugia: examples from Palearctic ground-beetle, with comments on their possible origin (Coleoptera: Carabidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 53: 31-39. [request a pdf]