Elizabeth T. Arias

Associate Specialist

e_arias1170 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-4780
Website: http://www.coleopterosdechile.cl/


Research Interests

The focus of my research is to study canopy beetle fauna from the Southern Temperate forests of Chile, particularly Elateridae (click beetles). I am studying the systematic relationships within the Subfamily Elaterinae. My main interest is to study the female genitalia characters that can be used to construct the evolutionary history of this subfamily.

The goal of our current NSF project (to ET Arias & KW Will) is to conduct a survey of endemic taxa of Chile that developed from ancient Gondwanian elements, resulting in a native fauna unlike anywhere else on Earth. Faunal inventories must be done before we lose our chance to understand the historical factors that shaped the Chilean biota, which are interconnected with the origins of life on Earth.

Southern Chile remained unallocated during the most recent glacial advance and so has a remarkable number of precinctive and presumably ancient lineages. Understanding their distribution and diversity is fundamental to building the context of biotic change in the southern continents. Additionally, it is widely recognized that this region is under-protected and rapidly succumbing to anthropic activities, namely habitat fragmentation and land conversion.

Coleoptera, which exemplify biodiversity, are a logical and effectual focal taxa. This project will result in specimens from many arthropod groups that will be used by numerous researchers for systematic, biogeographic and conservation studies.

Selected Publications

Arias-Bohart, E. 2015. A new genus Sharon for the Chilean species Asaphes? amoenus Philippi, 1861 (Coleoptera: Elateridae), European Journal of Taxonomy. http://dx.doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2015.142
Arias-Bohart, E. 2015. Malalcahuello ocaresi, Gen. & sp. nov.  (Elateridae Campyloxeninae). Zookeys, 508:1-13.
Arias-Bohart, E. 2014. Carlota, a new genus of Agrypninae (Elateridae: Lissominae) with a key for Chilean Agrypnini. Zookeys, 417:57-69.
Arias-Bohart, E. 2013. Tunon, a new genus of Protelaterini (Elateridae: Lissominae) from southern Chile. Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 89(3):159–167.
Arias-Bohart, E. 2013. Revision of the genus Sofia (Arias, 2005) from southern Chile. Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France, 118(2): 257-262.
Elgueta, M. & E. Arias-Bohart. 2012. Material tipo de algunas especies de Curculionidae (Insecta: Coleoptera), descritas en la obra Historia Física y Política de Chile, conservado en el Museum national d’Histoire Naturelle, París – Francia. Boletín del Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Chile 61:169-177.
Arias-Bohart, E & M Elgueta. 2012. A checklist of Chilean Elateridae. Annales Zoologici, 59(3):319-328.
Richardson BJ & ET Arias-Bohart. 2011. Why so many apparently rare beetles in Chilean temperate rainforests?, Revista Chilena Historia Natural, 84:419-432.
Richardson, BJ & ET Arias-Bohart. 2011. From genetic neighborhood to local community: estimating a key parameter of the Unified Neutral Theory of Biodiversity, Revista Chilena Historia Natural, 84:501-507.
Arias, ET. 2010. Checklist of Chilean Pomachiliini. www.coleopterosdechile.cl/research/
Arias, ET. 2010. Revision of the genus Podonema (Coleoptera, Elateridae, Elaterinae) from Chile. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, 115(1) pp. 35-46.
Arias, ET., A. Slipinski, JF Lawrence & M Elgueta. 2009. A review of Chilean Egoliini (Coleoptera: Trogossitidae) with description of a new species of Necrobiopsis Crowson. Zootaxa, 2170:37-45.
Lawrence J & ET Arias. 2009. Valdivelater, a new genus of Elateridae (Protelaterini) from Chile and notes on australasian Lissominae. Annales Zoologici, 59(3):319-328.
Arias, E. T. 2008. A new click beetle genus from Southern Chile: Llanquihue (Coleoptera, Elateridae, Elaterinae). Journal of Insect Science, in press 2008.
Arias, E. T. 2008. La Fauna coleopterologica de los bosques del sur de Chile. M Elgueta, ET Arias, y KW Will. Sociedad Entomologica Aragonesa, in press, 2008.
Arias, E. T. 2007. The canopy beetle faunas of Gondwanan element trees in Chilean temperate forests. Arias, E. T., B. Richardson, and M. Elgueta. Journal of Biogeography, Available online 2007.
Arias, E. T. 2007. Rehabilitation of a Chilean Click beetle genus Mecothorax. Pan- Pacific Entomologist. 80-200-221.
Arias, E. T. 2006. A new click beetle genus from the Chilean Central Andes: Bohartina (Coleoptera, Elateridae, Elaterinae). 10pp. Journal of Insect Science 6:31, available online: insectscience.org/6.31
Arias, E. T. 2005. A replacement name for a Chilean Click beetle genus from Chile Sofia (Coleoptera Elateridae). Coleopterists Bulletin, 59(1):22.
Arias, E. T. 2004. Alyma, a new genus for southern Chilean forest. Coleopterists Bulletin, 58(3):413-427.
Elgueta M. D., and E. Arias T. 2004. Especies del género Aegorhinus (Clase Insecta, Orden Coleoptera, Familia Curculionidae). Noticiario del Museo Nacionald e Historia Natural, Santiago Chile.
Arias, E. T. 2001. Gabryella, a new genus of click beetles from temperate South American Forests (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Contributions on Entomology, International, 4(5) 381-397.
Arias, E. T. 2001. Lynnyella, a new genus of click beetles from Chile (Coleoptera Elateridae). Gayana 65(2):137-148.
Arias, T. E., K. A. Copren, T. A. Morisawa, J. A. Lattke, and A. C. Rehn. 2001. Should type specimens of insects indigenous to one country but housed in another be returned to their country of origin? In: International issues, Proposition, Ed: L. Alle. American Entomologist, 46:166-167.