Last publications

Population genomics of introduced Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus (Linnaeus, 1758) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Repeated introductions since colonial times with multiple sources. Geraerts, M., Vangestel, C., Artois, T., Fernandes, J. M. D. O., Jorissen, M. W. P., Chocha Manda, A., Danadu Mizani, C., Smeets, K., Snoeks, J., Sonet, G., Tingbao, Y., Van Steenberge, M., Vreven, E., Lunkayilakio Wamuini, S., Vanhove, M. P. M., & Huyse, T. (2022) Molecular Ecology, 31, 33043322.

Supergene turns spider into a ‘macho male’: Biologists from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences found in a spider species that 'macho males' have an extra set of genes that is lacking in feminized males. The study in Nature Ecology & Evolution explains how individuals of the same species can develop a strikingly different morphology. Read more.

Scientific publication: A masculinizing supergene underlies an exaggerated male reproductive morph in a spider, F. Hendrickx, Z. De Corte, G. Sonet, S.M. Van Belleghem, S. Köstlbacher, C. Vangestel, 2021, Nature Ecology & Evolution, in press (Feb.2022).

Tracking the origin of worked elephant ivory of a medieval chess piece from Belgium through analysis of ancient DNA, Q. Goffette, N.Suarez Gonzalez, R. Vanmechelen, E. Verheyen, G. Sonet, 2021 (Dec. 2021).


Is ‘everything everywhere’? Unprecedented cryptic diversity in the cosmopolitan flatworm Gyratrix hermaphroditus, B. Tessens, M. Monnens, T. Backeljau, K. Jordaens, N. Van Steenkiste, F.C. Breman, K. Smeets, T. Artois, 2021, Zoologica Scripta, 50, 837– 851(Sep. 2021).

Cryptophyllium, the hidden leaf insects – descriptions of a new leaf insect genus and thirteen species from the former celebicum species group (Phasmatodea, Phylliidae) by R.T. Cumming, S. Bank, J. Bresseel, J. Constant, S. Le Tirant, Z. Dong, G. Sonet and S. Bradler, 2021, ZooKeys, 1018, 1 - 179 (Jui. 2021).

The introduction of the European fallow deer to the northern provinces of the Roman Empire: a multi-proxy approach to the Herstal skeleton (Belgium), F. Pigière, D. Henrard, N. Sykes, N. Suarez-Gonzalez, G. Sonet, 2020, Antiquity, 94, 1501 - 1519 (Dec. 2020).

Lasioglossum dorchini (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Halictidae) a new species of bee from Israel, A. Pauly, K. Levy, G. Noël, G. Sonet, J.L. Boevé, Y. Mandelik, 2020, Belgian Journal of Entomology, 105, 1 - 24 (Nov. 2020).

Comparative microbiomics of tephritid frugivorous pests (Diptera: Tephritidae) from the field: a tale of high variability across and within species, M. De Cock, M. Virgilio, P. Vandamme, K. Bourtzis, M. De Meyer, A. Willems, 2020, Frontiers in Microbiology, 11 (Sep. 2020).

Mitogenomic characterization and systematic placement of the Congo blind barb Caecobarbus geertsii (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) N. Mullens, G. Sonet, E. Decru, M. Virgilio, J. Snoeks, E. Vreven, 2020, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 161: 292298 (Jul. 2020).

Female need for paternal care shapes variation in extra-pair paternity in a cooperative breeder, 2020, L. Cousseau, D. Van de Loock, M. Githiru, C. Vangestel, L. Lens, 2020, Behavioral Ecology, 31: 548–558 (May 2020).

Impact of sample preservation and manipulation on insect gut microbiome profiling. A test case with fruit flies (Diptera, Tephritidae), M. De Cock, M. Virgilio, P. Vandamme, A. Augustinos, K. Bourtzis, A. Willems, M. De Meyer, 2019, Frontiers in Microbiology, 10 (Dec. 2019).

Phylogenetic analysis of the Baikalodrilus species flock (Annelida: Clitellata: Naididae), an endemic genus to Lake Baikal (Russia), P. Martin, G. Sonet, N. Smitz & T. Backeljau, 2019, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 187(4): 987–1015 (Nov. 2019).

Integrative taxonomy resuscitates two species in the Lasioglossum villosulum complex (Kirby, 1802) (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Halictidae), A. Pauly, G. Noël, G. Sonet, D.G. Notton, J.L. Boevé, 2019, European Journal of Taxonomy, 541 (Sept. 2019).

First mitochondrial genomes of five hoverfly species of the genus Eristalinus (Diptera: Syrphidae), Gontran Sonet, Yannick De Smet, Min Tang, Massimiliano Virgilio, Andrew D. Young, Jeffrey H. Skevington, Ximo Mengual, Thierry Backeljau, Shanlin Liu, Xin Zhou, Marc De Meyer & Kurt Jordaens. 2019. Genome, 2019; 62(10): 677-687 (Jul. 2019).

DNA barcoding fishes from the Congo and the Lower Guinean provinces: Assembling a reference library for poorly inventoried fauna by Gontran Sonet, Jos Snoeks, Zoltán T. Nagy, Emmanuel Vreven, Gert Boden, Floris C. Breman, Eva Decru, Mark Hanssens, Armel Ibala Zamba, Kurt Jordaens, Victor Mamonekene, Tobias Musschoot, Jeroen Van Houdt, Maarten Van Steenberge, Soleil Lunkayilakio Wamuini & Erik Verheyen. Mol Ecol Resour. 2019;19:728–743 (May 2019).

First genomic study on Lake Tanganyika sprat Stolothrissa tanganicae: a lack of population structure calls for integrated management of this important fisheries target species, E.L.R. De Keyzer, Z. De Corte, M. Van Steenberge, J.A.M. Raeymaekers, F.C.F. Calboli, N. Kmentová, T.N.’Sibula Mulimbwa, M. Virgilio, C. Vangestel, P.Masilya Mulungula, F.A.M. Volckaert, M.P.M. Vanhove, 2019, BMC Evolutionary Biology, 19:6. (Mar. 2019).

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