Pacific Science 51 (1997)

Pacific Science 51, no. 1

Transoceanic Transport Mechanisms: Introduction of the Chinese Mitten Crab,  Eriocheir sinensis, to California
Andrew N. Cohen and James T. Carlton, pp. 1-11

Why Sailing Sea Animals Have Mirror Images
Alfred H. Woodcock, pp. 12-17

Biodiversity and Biogeography of Benthic Marine Algae in the Southwest Pacific, with Specific Reference to Rotuma and Fiji
A. D. R. N’Yeurt and G. R. South, pp. 18-28

Ammolabrus dicrus, A New Genus and Species of Labrid Fish from the Hawaiian Islands
John E. Randall and Bruce A. Carlson, pp. 29-35

Reproductive Biology of the Green Turtle  (Chelonia mydas) at Tern Island, French Frigate Shoals, Hawai‘i
Kenneth R. Niethammer, George H. Balazs, Jeff S. Hatfield, Glynnis L. Nakai, and Jennifer L. Megyesi, pp. 36-47

Notes on Juvenile Hawksbill and Green Turtles in American Samoa
Gilbert S. Grant, Peter Craig, and George H. Balazs, pp. 48-53

Sea-Floor Geology of a Part of Mamala Bay, Hawai’i
Monty A. Hampton, Michael E. Torresan, and John H. Barber, Jr., pp. 54-75

The Terrestrial Herpetofauna of the Loyalty Islands
Ross A. Sadlier and Aaron M. Bauer, pp. 76-90

A New Genus and Species of Lizard (Reptilia: Scincidae) from New Caledonia, Southwest Pacific
Ross A. Sadlier and Aaron M. Bauer, pp. 91-96

Radar Study of Seabirds and Bats on Windward Hawai‘i
Michelle H. Reynolds, Brian A. Cooper, and Robert H. Day, pp. 97-106

A New Approach for Analyzing Bird Densities from Variable Circular-Plot Counts
Steven G. Fancy, pp. 107-114

Pacific Science 51, no. 2

Interactions between Acanthaster planci (Echinodermata, Asteroidea) and Scleractinian Corals at Kona, Hawai’i
James R. Chess, Edmund S. Hobson, and Daniel F. Howard, pp. 121-133

Disjunct Distributions of Halobates (Hemiptera: Gerridae) in the Pacific Ocean
Lanna Cheng, pp. 134-142

Checklist of Reef Fishes from Taiping Island (Itu Aba Island), Spratly Islands, South China Sea
Jeng-Ping Chen, Rong-Quen Jan, and Kwang-Tsao Shao, pp. 143-166

Coral Endolithic Algae: Life in a Protected Environment
N. Shashar, A. T. Banaszak, M. P. Lesser, and D. Amrami, pp. 167-173

Additions to the Rust Fungi of Hawai‘i
Donald E. Gardner, pp. 174-182

Striped Skinks in Oceania: The Status of Emoia caeruleocauda in Fiji
George R. Zug and Ivan Ineich, pp. 183-188

Abundance and Diets of Rats in Two Native Hawaiian Forests
Robert T. Sugihara, pp. 189-198

Note on New Bivalve Records for Easter Island
Kent D. Trego, p. 199

Pacific Science 51, no. 3

Benthic Communities on Lo‘ihi Submarine Volcano Reflect High-Disturbance Environment
Richard W. Grigg, pp. 209-220

Bottom surveys and collections on Lo‘ihi Seamount, Hawai‘i, revealed two distinct and recurrent benthic communities. One comprises bacterial mats and is closely associated with hydrothermal vents. The other consists of dense aggregations of megabenthos—octocorals, sponges, hydroids, and black corals—all normal inhabitants of nonvolcanic hard-bottom habitats at comparable depths in the Hawaiian Islands. The bacterial mats are devoid of specialized megafauna and are found in summit areas or rift peaks where diffuse low-temperature hydrothermal vents are common. The absence of megafauna there may be due to extreme environmental conditions produced by vent waters that contain no oxygen and extraordinarily high concentrations of CO2 (pH = 5.5) and trace metals. At greater depths, from 200-300 to 1,000 m below the summit, dense aggregations of gorgonians and other megafauna exist but are uncommon. Aggregations are restricted to stable outcrops of pillow basalts (kipukas). Surrounding areas are covered by talus and are virtually devoid of benthic organisms. Their rarity may be due to instability of the substratum caused by frequent slumping and debris avalanching (mass wasting). Both bacterial mat and deep flank megabenthic communities reflect a high-disturbance environment.

Terrestrial Nutrient and Sediment Fluxes to the Coastal Waters of West Maui, Hawai‘i
A. J. Soicher and F. L. Peterson, pp. 221-232

Water-quality degradation is often linked to land use practices in adjacent and upstream areas. Such linkages are here explored for the Lahaina District of Maui, Hawai‘i, where severe algae blooms in 1989 and 1991 prompted public concern and a subsequent search for the factors contributing to algal growth. Because we expected that elevated nutrient levels might play a role in the blooms, this study examined the nutrient and sediment budgets from terrestrial sources entering the coastal waters. Although our work did not show any definitive causal relationship between algal growth and terrestrial nutrient and sediment loading, it clearly established that the principal agricultural activities in the area of sugarcane and pineapple cultivation contribute elevated loads of nutrient and sediments to the coastal waters. Likewise, disposal of treated domestic sewage effluent into subsurface injection wells contributes substantial nutrient loads to the coastal waters. Conversely, golf courses appear to have negligible impacts on the nutrient and sediment loading of coastal waters in the area. Finally, although groundwater discharges substantially greater annual nutrient loads than streamflow, the groundwater discharge is fairly distributed in time and is dispersed over nearly 25 km of shoreline. Streamflow, however, often discharges intensely for short periods of time at a few discrete locations, and thus may have substantial impact locally on coastal water quality.

New and Historical Plant Introductions, and Potential Pests in the Juan Fernandez Islands, Chile
Ulf Swenson, Tod F. Stuessy, Marcelo Baeza, and Daniel J. Crawford, pp. 233-253

In 1935 the Juan Fernandez Islands in the Pacific Ocean were declared a Chilean National Park to protect the unique flora and fauna, and later given status as a Biosphere Reserve by IUCN. Exotic plants deliberately and inadvertently introduced are threats to the natural vegetation. We review the introduced and/or adventitious flora of the archipelago in this paper. We report 21 recent arrivals, eight earlier introductions from the mid-1700s to the 1900s that have not been recognized before in the flora, six misidentified taxa, and five taxa present earlier but now reported from another island, resulting in a total of 227 introduced and naturalized species. Each species is discussed briefly with its native distribution, uses, first arrival in Chile and/or the archipelago, and comments on conservation impact. Identities of some previously cited taxa are clarified (e.g. Cupressus macrocarpa appears to be a misidentification for two other species of the same genus). Other noxious weeds known worldwide have recently been deliberately introduced, especially as garden ornamentals. Two of the most serious potential pests are the bird-dispersed Lantana camara and Lonicera japonica. We recommend immediate eradication of these two taxa and restriction on reintroduction. A Conservation program emphasizing strong physical and biological methods is urgently needed to control the introduced species.

A Taxonomic Revision of the Endemic Hawaiian Lysimachia (Primulaceae) Including Three New Species
Kendrick L. Marr and Bruce A. Bohm, pp. 254-287

A taxonomic revision of the endemic Lysimachia of the Hawaiian Islands was undertaken with the goal of clarifying species boundaries, especially within the L. hillebrandii/L. remyi complex of the previous taxonomic treatment. The endemic species appear to be monophyletic with Malesian affinities. The revision presented here is based upon observations of morphological characters. Sixteen species are recognized, of which three are probably extinct. Most species have narrow ecological preferences and are endemic to a single island. Species differ from each other most notably in the size, shape, and venation of the leaves; the size, shape, and pigmentation of the calyx and corolla lobes; and the presence of absence of viscid stems and leaves. Populations previously classified within L. hillebrandii or L. remyi differ in a number of characters not previously evaluated including vestiture, leaf color and venation, pedicel position and color, and calyx shape and color. Three new species, L. iniki, L. pendens, and L. scopulensis, are described. A key to species, species descriptions, and distribution maps are provided.

A Revision of the Genus Sadleria (Blechnaceae)
Daniel D. Palmer, pp. 288-305

The genus Sadleria is revised. Problems with nomenclature and species descriptions are reviewed and clarified. New keys are presented. A new species is described.

Allenbatrachus, A New Genus of Indo-Pacific Toadfish (Batrachoididae)
David W. Greenfield, pp. 306-313

Allenbatrachus is described as a new genus for two Indo-West Pacific species previously known as Batrichthys grunniens (Linnaeus, 1758) and Batrachus reticulatus (Steindachner, 1870). It is included in the subfamily Batrachoidinae and is separated from other genera on the basis of the following combination of characters: a dorsocranium foramen behind each eye; two subopercular spines; no pectoral-fin axil foramina; raised flange on dorsal surface of maxilla; and protruding lower jaw. The two species of Allenbatrachus are redescribed and a neotype designated for Batrachus reticulatus.

Migrant Land Birds and Water Birds in the Mariana Islands
D. W. Stinson, Gary J. Wiles, and J. D. Reichel, pp. 314-327

Approximately 56 species of land and freshwater birds have been recorded as migrants or vagrants in the Mariana Islands, but few occur in substantial numbers. Common migrants include the Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), and Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis). Several other heron and duck species appear most years in small numbers. The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the only regular migrant land bird. A similar assemblage of herons and waterfowl has been reported from Ogasawara and Iwo Islands to the north. Many more species of migrant land birds occur in the Ogasawara and Iwo groups and in Palau to the southwest, which are closer to large land masses.

Hermatypic Corals Associated with Rhodolith Beds in the Gulf of California, Mexico
H. Reyes-Bonilla, R. Riosmena-Rodriguez, and M. S. Forster, pp. 328-337

Subtidal surveys along the western Gulf of California coast revealed the presence of free-living hermatypic corals associated with rhodolith beds, the first record of this association in the gulf. Five coral species were found, as follows: Psammocora stelleta Verrill, Porites Panamensis Verill, P. sverdrupi Durham, Fungia curvata Hoeksema, and F. distorta Michelin, with several new distributional records. Differences in relative abundance of species in our collections from those in other regions of the Pacific suggest that transport, light, and temperature play important roles in distribution and development of coral-rhodolith associations in the gulf.

Pacific Science 51, no. 4

R.C.L. Perkins: 100 Years of Hawaiian Entomology
James K. Liebherr and Dan A. Polhemus, pp. 343-355

R.C.L. Perkins comprehensively surveyed the insect fauna of the Hawaiian Islands one century ago, initially as the collector for the Fauna Hawaiiensis survey project and subsequently as an entomologist with the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association. The Hawai‘i he observed was in a period of rapid transformation. Thus, he has the unique distinction of being the first and last person to record the habits of many native Hawaiian species. The islands on which he collected were already heavily impacted by exotic herbivores—including goats, cattle, sheep, and pigs—yet he was able to sample remnant pockets of native vegetation that are now lost in a jungle of exotic introductions. His broad understanding of insect natural history allowed him to document ably the habits of insect groups that we are only beginning to understand 100 years later. Moreover, his collections and extensive taxonomic contributions afford us a firm foundation for future taxonomic and evolutionary studies of the uniquely rich and highly endemic Hawaiian insect biota.

Hawaiian Miridae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera): The Evolution of Bugs and Thought
Adam Asquith, pp. 356-365

Composition of the Hawaiian Miridae is unusual in the preponderance of the subfamily Orthotylinae, with at least 10 independent colonizations. Most of these colonizations appear to have Indo-Pacific origins, but at least some taxa are derived from North and South America. Collections and research on Hawaiian Miridae began with Blackburn in the 1880s and Perkins from 1890 to 1910. They collected only the common and larger taxa. Specimens of smaller, more delicate species generally did not survive intact to reach museums, and there was little focus on host-plant associations. These two workers collected 85% of the known genera, but a relatively small number of species. Kirkaldy described the generic-level taxa from Blackburn’s and Perkins’ specimens in the early 1900s, but he failed to recognize the species-level diversity of the Hawaiian fauna. From 1905 to 1940, workers with the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association focused on host plants and collected most species of host-specific Miridae. In the 1960s and 1970s, Robert Usinger and Wayne Gagne associated some groups of Hawaiian Miridae with their host plants and began to publish descriptions of these patterns. In the 1980s and 1990s the first phylogenies were constructed and biogeographic and evolutionary hypotheses were proposed. Current information indicates myriad of mirid evolutionary patterns in Hawai‘i, including (1) nonhost specific and no island endemism, (2) nonhost specific single-island endemism, (3) radiations on related host plants, (4) radiations on unrelated host plants, (5) sympatric speciation within islands, and (6) allopatric speciation between islands, within islands between mountains, and within mountains.

A Review of the Systematics of Hawaiian Planthoppers (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea)
Manfred Asche, pp. 366-376

With 206 endemic species, the phytophagous Fulgoroidea, or planthoppers, are among the most important elements of the native Hawaiian fauna. These principally monophagous or oligophagous insects occur in nearly all Hawaiian terrestrial ecosystems. Species of two of the 18 planthopper families occurring worldwide have successfully colonized and subsequently radiated in Hawai‘i. Based on collections made mainly by Perkins, Kirkaldy, Muir, Giffard, and Swezey, more than 95% of these species were described in the first three decades of this century. The systematics of the Hawaiian planthoppers has changed little in the past 60 yr and is not based on any phylogenetic analyses. This paper attempts a preliminary phylogenetic evaluation of the native Hawaiian planthoppers on the basis of comparative morphology to recognize monophyletic taxa and major evolutionary lines. The following taxa are each descendants of a single colonizing species: in Cixiidae, the Hawaiian Oliarus and Iolania species; in Delphacidae, Aloha partim, Dictyophorodelphax, Emoloana, Leialoha + Nesothoe, Nesodryas, and at least four groups within Nesosydne. Polyphyletic taxa are the tribe “Alohini,” Aloha s.l., Nesorestias, Nesosydne s.l., and Nothorestias. Non-Hawaiian species currently placed in Iolania, Oliarus, Aloha, Leialoha, and Nesosydne are not closely allied to the Hawaiian taxa. The origin of the Hawaiian planthoppers is obscure. The Hawaiian Oliarus appear to have affinities to (North) America taxa.

Hawaiian Pseudococcidae (Hemiptera): A Group That Perkins Missed
John W. Beardsley, pp. 377-379

Among the 16 or so recognized families of Coccoidea, only Pseudococcidae and the small, specialized Halimococcidae are represented in the endemic Hawaiian fauna. Why other large coccoid families failed to establish there is unknown. The endemic Pseudococcidae of Hawai‘i currently include 31 described species in 13 genera. Ten genera are endemic. Around 40 undescribed endemic mealybug species belonging to both described and undescribed genera also are known. Perkins apparently collected no endemic mealybugs. Kirkaldy in Fauna Hawaiiensis listed the “Family Coccidae” (= Coccoidea) as absent from the endemic Hawaiian fauna. At least five or six, possibly more, prehistoric colonizations of Hawai‘i by mealybugs were required to produce the existing fauna. Most of the endemic genera are so highly specialized that their relationships to extra-Hawaiian forms are obscure. However, some endemic species of Pseudococcus appear to be closely related to species in Australia and the Pacific Islands. This conclusion is based primarily on similarities in male genitalia and secondarily on female morphology. Endemic Hawaiian mealybugs are often cryptic, occupying habitats such as plant galls, rolled leaves, under bark, and leaf sheaths of grasses. Those that occupy more exposed locations on foliage or twigs usually are cryptically colored or armed with large spines. These specialized habitats and morphologies appear to have evolved in response to pressure from predators.

Phylogenetic Relationships and Adaptive Shifts among Major Clades of Tetragnatha Spiders (Araneae: Tetragnathidae) in Hawai‘i
Rosemary G. Gillespie, Henrietta B. Croom, and G. Luke Hasty, pp. 380-394

The role of adaptive shifts in species formation has been the subject of considerable controversy for many years. Here we examine the phylogeny of a large radiation of Hawaiian spiders in the genus Tetragnatha to determine the extent to which species splitting is associated with shifts in ecological affinity. We use molecular data from ribosomal 12S and cytochrome oxidase mitochondrial DNA, and allozymes to assess phylogenetic affinity. Ecological associations were recorded for all species under study, and shifts are considered in the context of the phylogeny. Results indicate that there are two major clades of Hawaiian Tetragnatha, one of which has abandoned web building (spiny-leg clade), while the other retains the ancestral condition of web building. Within the spiny-leg clade, the molecular information suggests that the species on any one island are generally most closely related to each other. Preliminary results for the web-building “complex” of species indicate that there may be groups of web builders that have speciated in a similar manner. Results of the study suggest that, at least within the spiny-leg clade, matching sets of taxa have evolved independently on the different Hawaiian islands. There appears to have been a one-to-one convergence of the same set of “ecomorph” types on each island in a manner similar to that of lizards of the Caribbean.

Phylogenetic Analysis of the Hawaiian Damselfly Genus Megalagrion (Odonata: Coenagrionidae): Implications for Biogeography, Ecology, and Conservation Biology
Dan A. Polhemus, pp. 395-412

A phylogeny of the 22 species currently recognized in the genus, Megalagrion, endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, is presented based on an analysis of 23 morphological and ecological characters. After the exclusion of M. williamsoni, known from only a single male, and inclusion of subspecies within their nominate taxa, a single resolved tree of length 85 was obtained; this tree has a consistency index of 0.56 and a retention index of 0.72. Based on this phylogeny, it appears that the major clades within Megalagrion differentiated on Kaua‘i or an antecedent high island. These clades subsequently colonized the younger islands in the chain in an independent and sequential fashion. The phylogeny also implies an ecological progression from ancestral breeding sites in ponds or slow stream pools to breeding on seeps, with the latter habitat having given rise on one hand to a clade of species breeding in phytotelmata or terrestrially, and on the other hand to a clade breeding in rushing midstream waters. The latter ecological progression also indicates a transformation series in larval gill structure from foliate to saccate and eventually to lanceolate. Most species of current conservation concern are shown to be clustered in particular clades, indicating an inherent phylogenetic vulnerability of certain taxon clusters to novel ecological perturbations; the additional species at risk not present in the above clades are endemics confined to the island of O‘ahu and have declined because of their geographic provenance.

Larval Characteristics and Generic Placement of Endemic Hawaiian Hemerobiids (Neuroptera)
Catherine A. Tauber and Alan H. Krakauer, pp. 413-423

The brown lacewings (Neuroptera: Hemerobiidae) have undergone a spectacular radiation on the Hawaiian Archipelago; currently 23 endemic micromine species are recognized, 19 of which were described by Perkins and four by Zimmerman. Recent systematics studies, using adult morphological characteristics, place these lacewings in the cosmopolitan genus Micromus. Two of the Hawaiian species (Micromus vagus [from Hawai‘i and Maui] and M. rubrinervis [from Hawai‘i]) exhibit larval characteristics indicating a close relationship with Micromus. Both species have more larval traits in common with Micromus than with other hemerobiid genera. However, until larvae from the three other genera in Microminae become available, it is not possible to designate whether any of these larval traits are synapomorphic for Micromus. The results also indicate that phylogenetic analyses of the Hemerobiidae should include all instars and that interspecific comparisons should be made on equivalent semaphoronts.

Dispersal and Vicariance in Hawaiian Platynine Carabid Beetles (Coleoptera)
James K. Liebherr, pp. 424-439

The monophyletic, native Hawaiian Platynini have diversified on the Hawaiian Island chain through progressive colonization, mixed with vicariance on the various islands. Single-island endemism stands at 97% of the species, with the few widespread species exhibiting distributions largely congruent with the fundamental area cladogram found using cladistic biogeographic methods. The cost of accepting an ad hoc dispersal hypothesis for individual taxa that conflicts with the fundamental area cladogram is weighed against the savings in items of error when taxa are excluded from the biogeographic analysis. Based on this objective assessment, only one back-dispersal from Maui Nui to O‘ahu is supported. Vicariance of Maui Nui, leading to the present-day islands of Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, and Maui, has resulted in seven resolvable species triplets composed of single-island endemics occupying these areas. These seven triplets represent five biogeographic patterns, necessitating explanation by numerous ad hoc hypotheses of extinction to support a single hypothesis of area relationships. In six of the seven triplets, the cladistically basal species exhibits a higher minimum elevational limit of occupied habitat that either of the more apical sister species. This result is consistent with isolation of more persistent, peripheral populations at higher elevations, leading to speciation. Comparison of higher-elevation endemics to lower-elevation widespread species supports this interpretation. Such a finding affirms the importance of understanding geographic distribution on a scale appropriate to the action of vicariant mechanisms.

Herbivorous Insects and the Hawaiian Silversword Alliance: Coevolution or Cospeciation
George K. Roderick, pp. 440-449

Numerous groups of herbivorous insects in the Hawaiian archipelago have undergone adaptive radiations. R.C.L. Perkins collected and documented species in nearly all of these groups. In this study I tested whether patterns of host plant use by herbivorous insects can be explained by host plant history. I examined a group of insects in the planthopper genus Nesosydne (Hemiptera: Delphacidae) that feed on plants in the Hawaiian silversword alliance, many of which are endangered or threatened. For these Nesosydne species feeding on the silversword alliance, mitochondrial DNA sequence data revealed a statistically significant pattern of cospeciation between these insects and their hosts. These planthoppers are highly host-specific, with each species feeding on only one, or a few closely related, plant species. Patterns of host plant use across the plant lineage, as well as within extensive hybrid zones between members of the silversword alliance, suggest that planthopper diversification parallels host plant diversification. Data collected thus far are consistent with, but do not directly demonstrate, reciprocal adaptation. For other herbivorous insects associated with members of the Hawaiian silversword alliance, patterns of host plant use and evolutionary history are not yet well understood. However, cospeciation appears not to be universal. For example, endemic flies in the family Tephritidae (Diptera) are less host-specific and demonstrate host-switching for different insect groups associated with the Hawaiian silversword alliance.

R.C.L. Perkins’ Legacy to Evolutionary Research on Hawaiian Drosophilidae (Diptera)
Kenneth Y. Kaneshiro, pp. 450-461

R.C.L. Perkins’ influence on evolutionary research on the Hawaiian Drosophilidae is presented. His observations of the bizarre secondary sexual structures in this group led evolutionary biologists to focus research on the role of sexual selection in speciation and the evolutionary processes responsible for the proliferation of Drosophila species in the native Hawaiian fauna. A review of early taxonomic treatment of the group and some of the ecological novelties of the group are discussed. A better understanding of the genetics, ecology, behavior, morphology, etc. resulted in a revision of the generic concepts of the group, and subsequent phylogenetic studies using modern tools of molecular biology have confirmed the monophyletic relationships among the species in this group.

A Hierarchical View of the Hawaiian Drosophilidae (Diptera)
Rob DeSalle, Andrew V. Z. Brower, Richard Baker and James Remsen, pp. 462-474

As the pioneer natural historian of the Hawaiian entomofauna, R.C.L. Perkins showed a keen interest in the Diptera, in general, and the Drosophilidae, in particular. Perkins described and named two of the most charismatic of the Hawaiian picture-winged drosophilid flies: Idiomyia heteroneura and I. silvestris. These two species are part of a chromosomally homosequential quartet of species that have garnered the attention of research programs of numerous biologists. In this paper we review the evidence on the phylogenetic relationships among the flies in this quartet and suggest some guidelines for the inference of phylogeny within this quartet of species as further data accumulate. Perkins was also one of the first to recognize the extent of diversity of the Drosophilidae within and among islands of the archipelago. Several more-recent research programs have concentrated on understanding the evolutionary history of this diversification. Two questions regarding the high degree of diversity of these flies are discussed from a systematic perspective in this paper. The first concerns the relationships of the major species groups assemblages of the Hawaiian drosophilids. The second focuses on the origin of the Hawaiian drosophiloid and scaptomyzoid flies.

Adaptive Radiation in the Hawaiian Drosophila (Diptera: Drosophilidae): Ecological and Reproductive Character Analyses
Elysse M. Craddock and Michael P. Kambysellis, pp. 475-489

The entomologist R.C.L. Perkins pioneered observations of breeding site ecology for the endemic Hawaiian Drosophilidae, a renowned group of flies that has undergone explosive speciation and adaptive radiation into a wide variety of breeding niches. Females of the various species groups and subgroups oviposit their eggs in either fungi, flowers, fruits, leaves, stems, bark, sap fluxes, or other novel substrates. Varied selective forces in these alternative breeding sites have apparently molded female reproductive characters and strategies into diverse outcomes; some species mature and oviposit only one egg at a time, whereas others oviposit hundreds. Here, we have analyzed the pattern of shifts in breeding substrate, and the associated evolution of selected ovarian, egg, and ovipositor traits, by mapping the various ecological and female reproductive character states on an independently derived phylogenetic hypothesis based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences. This comparative phlyogenetic approach demonstrates a number of strong historical associations among female reproductive traits and between and between particular traits and the breeding substrate, although the overall pattern is complex and more data are needed. Identification of certain apomorphic traits associated with shifts in breeding substrate suggests an adaptational origin for some of the changes in egg load per fly, in the length of the respiratory filaments of the egg, and in the length and shape of the ovipositor. Although these hypotheses need further testing, it appears that the ecological diversification in breeding substrates has been an integral component in the radiation of drosophilids in Hawai‘i.

Comparisons to the Century Before: The Legacy of R.C.L. Perkins and Fauna Hawaiiensis as the Basis for a Long-Term Ecological Monitoring Program
James K. Liebherr and Dan A. Polhemus, pp. 490-504

As one means of assessing the impact of the past 100 years of development and biological alteration in Hawai‘i, the damselfly (Odonata: Coenagrionidae) and carabid beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) collections of R.C.L. Perkins made in the 1890s are compared with similar collections made one century later during the 1990s. Two islands that have experienced very different histories of development are compared: O‘ahu and Moloka‘i. Of eight native damselfly species originally inhabiting O‘ahu, one has been extirpated from the island, another is now reduced to a single population, and three more are at risk. Of the eight species originally found on Moloka‘i, by contrast, there is only one species that has not been rediscovered, although there is reasonable probability that it has simply eluded capture because of inherent rarity, whereas the remaining species retain large and stable populations. Capture frequencies (based on specimens collected per decade) are lower now than in the preceding century for most species on O’ahu, even allowing for modern collectors retaining fewer specimens. The only species on O‘ahu for which captures have increased between the 1890s and the 1990s are those that breed away from lotic and lentic habitats, indicating a severe negative impact from introduced aquatic biota for species that breed in such freshwater situations. On Moloka‘i, all damselfly species except one have higher capture rates now than in the 1890s, explainable in large part to improved access to previously remote terrain. Among the Carabidae studied, 1990s surveys on Moloka‘i have found 12 of 15 species Perkins sampled in the 1890s. Overall, recent surveys have failed to rediscover five species, all of which have been relatively rarely encountered over all decades of the past century. Recent surveys on O‘ahu have recollected 17 of the 21 species Perkins found in the 1890s. The most dramatic change in the O‘ahu carabid fauna over the past 100 yr is the extinction of the most common O‘ahu species of the 1890s, Colpocaccus tantalus (Blackburn). This species was broadly distributed across the island, possessed a well-developed flight apparatus, and accounted for 39% of the specimens captured in the 1890s. It has not been collected since 1940 in spite of intensive collecting during the 1950s and 1990s. The elevational preference of C. tantalus was lower than that for the aggregate balance of the O‘ahu carabid fauna, suggesting an altitudinally associated factor in the extinction: most likely ants such as Pheidole megacephala (F.). The loss of a previously dominant generalist species is viewed as an ecological catastrophe, substantially different in quality from extinction of geographically restricted island specialists.

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