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Dr. Ionut Stefan Iorgu
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Dr. Elena Iulia Iorgu
Postdoctoral fellow [CV]

Dr. Tiberiu Constantin Sahlean
Postdoctoral fellow [CV]

Liviu Aurel Moscaliuc
PhD student [CV]

Daniela Mirela Dragos
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UEFISCDI PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-2093

Finance contract no. 116 / 01 October 2015

Evolutionary history of a bush-crickets species-group (Isophya camptoxypha) inferred using acoustic, molecular and environmental niche modeling techniques

With about 90 species, Isophya Brunner von Wattenwyl (1878) represents one of the most diverse Palearctic Orthoptera genera. These species are brachypterous insects, having rather uniform morphology; contrary to this, the rhythmic structure of males` acoustic signals shows clear interspecific differences. In order to achieve pair formation, the male and female form an acoustic duet, a significant component of the species specific mate recognition system of these bush-crickets. Isophya camptoxypha species-group is defined as a complex consisting of seven species (Isophya camptoxypha, I. ciucasi, I. nagyi, I. sicula, I. posthumoidalis, I. dochia, I. fatrensis), with limited geographic dispersal and restricted to some mountainous regions of the Carpathians. The purpose of this project is to investigate the phylogenetic and phylogeographic relationships between the species from Isophya camptoxypha group, shedding light on their taxonomy and evolutionary history by seeking multidisciplinary support from bioacoustics, molecular biology and ecological niche modeling.

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