Frederik Hendrickx (RBINS)
Carl Vangestel and Gontran Sonet
Descriptions of new species, in particular those of arthropods, generally rely on the description of differences in traits related to sexual selection (SSTs). The rationale for this approach is that (i) differences in sexual traits might act as a reproductive barrier between populations differing in these traits and (ii) that sexual traits, especially those expressed in males, are under very strong directional selection and, hence, subject to rapid evolution and to be highly differentiated even among closely related species.
Lab work progress:
Whole genome resequencing: completed