Colloquium of the Platform Biodiversity: The genus Anonconotus – a history of endemism, isolation, ice ages and conservation

Representatives of the genus Anonconotus are large, nonflying crickets that occur almost exclusively above the timberline. In the Alps there are a total of seven endemic species of this genus, i.e. these species only occur in the Alps worldwide and are therefore of particular interest for nature conservation. Within the Alps, some of these grasshoppers have a very small range, often encompassing only a few mountains, and thus there is often little or no genetic exchange with neighbors of the same species.

The repeated isolation of populations during glacial periods has on the one hand favored the formation of species, but on the other hand isolation can also lead to inbreeding and the extinction of populations. A research project of the Museum of Nature now focuses on the alpine grasshoppers and sheds light on the complex evolutionary history of this charismatic species group.

Philipp Kirschner is a scientist at the University of Innsbruck and at the Museum of Nature South Tyrol and works on biogeography of European mountains.

The Colloquium takes place at the Museum for Natural Science (via Bottai 1, Bolzano). Due to current Covid measures, only 34 people can attend in person. We therefore ask for registration. Admission is free. Info: Tel. 0471 412964

The presentation will be held in German language.