Describing biodiversity in the genomics era: Description of a new species of Nearctic Cynipidae gall wasp and its genome

Pedro Ferreira Pinto Brandão-Dias, Y. Miles Zhang, Stacy Pirro, Camila C Vinson, Kelly L Weinersmith, Anna KG Ward, Andrew Forbes & Scott P Egan
Gall wasps (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) specializing on live oaks in the genus Quercus (subsection Virentes) are a relatively diverse and well-studied community with 14 species described to date, albeit with incomplete information on their biology, life history, and genetic structure. Incorporating an integrative taxonomic approach, we combine morphology, phenology, behavior, genetics, and genomics to describe a new species, Neuroterus valhalla sp. nov. The alternating generations of this species induce galls on the catkins and stem nodes...
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