Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
A revision of Pocadius Erichson (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) was completed. A total of 46 species were (re)described, including 25 new species, a key to species constructed, and phylogenetic analysis performed. Taxonomic changes, including nomenclatural emendations, reinstatement of species, and description of new taxa, within this dissertation do not constitute formal changes as defined by the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Illustrations of the genitalia, key characters, and dorsal habitus of species are provided. The phylogeny demonstrates a monophyletic Pocadius. The phylogeny suggests a Palearctic origin of the genus with subsequent speciation into the Old World tropics and New World. Host specialization on gasteromycetes fungi by Pocadius species was shown not to be obligate but rather facultative. Some sympatric species were shown to have temporally disjunct occurrences that may provide reproductive isolation.
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Cline, Andrew R., "Revision of Pocadius Erichson (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae)" (2005). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 561.