Organisms Diversity & Evolution

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 313–325 | Cite as

Evolutionary pattern of the forewing shape in the Neotropical genus of jumping plant-lice (Hemiptera: Psylloidea: Russelliana)

  • Liliya Štarhová SerbinaEmail author
  • Bastien Mennecart
Original Article


Geometric morphometric and phylogenetic analyses, applied to 43 species of Russelliana, shed light on the evolution of insect wing shape. Unconstrained and constrained ordination techniques are introduced to detect patterns of the forewing shape variation within genus. Results show a high congruence between forewing shape variation and host-plant preference supporting monophyly of most phylogenetic groups in Russelliana. Reconstruction of the ancestral forewing state shows its similarity to a forewing shape of Solanaceae feeding species defined as ancestors by the phylogenetic study supporting a hypothesis as to a primary association of Russelliana with Solanaceae. In contrast to some other comparative studies on insect wing shape, results of the present study reveal a strong correlation between variation of forewing shape in Russelliana and its phylogeny. Potential influence of vicariant events and host shifts on the evolution of forewing shape is discussed.


Psyllids Geometric morphometrics Phylogeny Wing shape Geographical vicariance Host shift Solanaceae 



This study was funded to LS by a grant of the Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft (FAG), Basel and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF; P2BSP3_168733). We are grateful to Daniel Burckhardt and Igor Malenovský for stimulating discussions and constructive critics. We also thank Michael Ohl and an anonymous reviewer for their useful comments and suggestions, which helped to improve the paper.

Supplementary material

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Supplementary Table 2 P-values from permutation test for Mahalanobis distances among mean forewing shape configurations of Russelliana a priori groupings. Insignificant p-values are in bold. (DOCX 13 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Science, Department of Botany and ZoologyMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.Naturhistorisches Museum BaselBaselSwitzerland
  3. 3.Naturhistorisches Museum WienViennaAustria

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