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Dr. Mauricio Pérez Silva

Doctorate in Science in Entomology and Acarology, Colegio de Postgraduados, Mexico

Master of Science in Entomology and Acarology, Colegio de Postgraduados, Mexico

Biologist by the Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala, UNAM, Mexico

Current position

Posdoctoral researcher in the Colección Nacional de Insectos, Instituto de Biología, UNAM

Research interests

Ambrosia and bark beetles of the subfamily Scolytinae, taxonomy, systematics, and ecology.

During the past 12 years I have been working on different aspects of scolytines with topics related to taxonomy, morphology, anatomy, systematics, biology, and ecology. My approach to the Scolytinae arose from my interest in insects of forestry importance, particularly the bark beetles of pine forests in Mexico. Later I focused on the morphology and taxonomy of the subfamily Scolytinae, particularly the ambrosial beetles of the tribe Xyleborini in Mexico.

During my master's program, I conducted an analysis of the spermatheca of Xyleborus species as a potential taxonomic character. Additionally, I updated the information regarding the distribution of the species at the national level.

During my time in the doctoral program, I worked on a revision of the tribe Xyleborini in Mexico. During that study, a key in Spanish was made at the genus and species level, including two species described during the project: one of the genus Ambrosiodmus and one of the genus Dryocoetoides, as well as an analysis of the spermathecae at the genus level. In summary, the taxonomic status of Xyleborini at the national level was updated.

Currently, I'm conducting postdoctoral research on the ecology of Scolytinae communities in southeastern Mexico. I'm analyzing the distribution patterns of Scolytinae species along an altitudinal gradient.

Last updated October 11, 2023