Taxonomy of cave beetles with emphasis on Coleoptera Cholevinae

Description of project:
Colonization of the underground world is often followed by speciation. The taxonomy of the groups which include cave-dwellers and their distribution reveals the incredible success of some of them in originating new species and in adapting themselves to the subterranean environment.
Coleoptera, and especially Carabidae and Cholevine, represent the best-studied and best-represented group of cave-dwelling fauna in the world.
Aim of the course is to teach the participants to recognize the most important taxonomic groups of cave beetles and to identify Cholevinae at species level. In addition to lectures, field trips and laboratory work will be carried out in order to explain and practice collecting and sorting methods.

Luo Sai Dong (Photo by G. Rossi) and Leptodirus hohenwarthi Schmidt, 1832 (Photo by L. Latella)

Duration of training:
One week (5 days from Monday to Friday)

Training period:
Dates to be discussed with training provider.

Target Audience:
MSc students, PhD students as well as early career researchers

Number of participants:
Minimum 5, maximum 10 trainees

Practical experiences:
o Field trips in caves and woodland in Pre-Alps (sampling techniques)
o Laboratory exercise (sorting, identification and preparation)
o Management of entomological collections in museums
o Identification of beetles at (sub)family level and Cholevinae to genera and species level (use of keys)

o Ecology of underground environments
o Evolution of subterranean organisms
o Distribution and features of cave wildlife in the world

o Adaptation and ecology of cave beetles
o How to identify the families of cave beetles
o Morphology and ecology of Carabidae and Leiodidae, Cholevinae
o Taxonomy, biogeography and study methods of Cholevinae

Training venue:
Museo di Storia Naturale di Verona, Dept. Zoology, Lungadige Porta Vittoria 9, I-37129 Verona, Italy. 
Field trips will be organized to caves and natural areas in the Lessinia Mountains, near Verona, which are of great scientific interest: geological formation with caves, dolines and natural bridges sculpted in stone and famous fossil deposits.

Course language: 

Name of training provider:
Dr. Leonardo Latella

Museo di Storia Naturale di Verona, Department of Zoology
Lungadige Porta Vittoria 9, I-37129 Verona, Italy

Course organiser
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)

Registration fee:
€ 350 (Euros)
Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.

Deadline for registration: 1 May 2016.
Click here for the registration form. Closed.

Payment details and deadline will be provided upon acceptance to the training.

ForBio travel grants are available!

These grants enable ForBio members to attend this training. More info here.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith