Dr. Daniel Whitmore

Curator

Diptera

Contact

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Research interests

My research interests are in the evolutionary biology, diversity and biogeography of Diptera, with a focus on the family Sarcophagidae (flesh flies). In my research, I combine morphological information from all life stages and molecular methods. My research on flesh fly systematics encompasses the World fauna, with an emphasis on the Palaearctic and Afrotropical regions. My current projects focus on the taxonomy and ecological diversification of species-rich lineages of the genus Sarcophaga, and on revisions of the European and Afrotropical faunas. I am engaged with citizen scientists in the UK as the lead organiser of the Sarcophagidae Recording Scheme.

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Projects

Publications

2021

  • Whitmore D. (2021) Integrating tradition and change. Integrative Systematics, 4: 1–2.

  • Whitmore D., Gaimari S.D., Nihei S.S., Evenhuis N.L., Kurina O., Borkent C.J., Sinclair B.J., O'Hara J.E., Zhang Z.-Q., Moulton J.K., Ribeiro G.C., Bickel D.J., Giłka W., Andersen T., Rossaro B., Whittington A.E., Lamas C.J.E., Heller K., Kehlmaier C., Courtney G.W., Kerr P.H. & Blagoderov V. (2021) Twenty years of Dipterology through the pages of Zootaxa. Zootaxa, 4949 (1): 166–189.

  • Moore H.E., Hall M.R.J., Drijfout F.P., Cody R.E. & Whitmore D. (2021) Cuticular hydrocarbons for identifying Sarcophagidae (Diptera). Scientific Reports, 11 (7732): 1 –11.

2020

2019

  • Whitmore D., Notton D.G. & Ismay B. (2019). The family Cryptochetidae (Diptera) new to Britain, with the first European record of Cryptochetum iceryae (Williston). Dipterists Digest (second series), 26 (1): 71–72.
  • Krčmar S., Whitmore D., Pape T. & Buenaventura E. (2019) Checklist of the Sarcophagidae (Diptera) of Croatia, with new records from Croatia and other Mediterranean countries. ZooKeys, 831: 95–155.

2018

  • Whitmore D. & Perry I. (2018) Macronychia striginervis (Zetterstedt) new to Britain, and the misidentification of M. dolini Verves & Khrokalo (Diptera, Sarcophagidae). Dipterists Digest (second series), 25 (2): 91–97.
  • Banerjee A., Rognes K. & Whitmore D. (2018) Two species of Caiusa Surcouf (Diptera: Calliphoridae) new to India, with data on larval behaviour and morphology. Biodiversity Data Journal, 6, e27736: 1–11.
  • Prathapan K.D., Pethiyagoda R., Bawa K.S., Raven P.H., Rajan P.D. & 172 co-signatories from 35 countries. When the cure kills―CBD limits biodiversity research. Science, 360 (6396): 1405–1406.
  • Whitmore D., Buenaventura E. & Pape T. (2018) Odd, outsized, and obscure: Sarcophaga (Hadroxena) karakoncolos sp. n. (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) from Turkey. Zootaxa, 4422 (3): 385–394.
  • Thomson S.A., Pyle R.T., Ahyong S.T., Alonso-Zarazaga M., Ammirati J., Araya J.F., Ascher J.S., Audisio T.L., Azevedo-Santos V.M., Bailly N., Baker W.J., Balke M., Barclay M.V.L., Barrett R.L., Benine R.C., Bickerstaff J.R.M., Bouchard P., Bour R., Bourgoin T., Boyko C.B., Breure A.S.H., Brothers D.J., Byng J.W., Campbell D., Ceriaco L.M.P., Cernák I., Cerretti P., Chang C.-H., Cho S., Copus J.M., Costello M.J., Cseh A., Csuzdi C., Culham A., D'Elía G., d'Udekem d'Acoz C., Daneliya M.E., Dekker R., Dickinson E.C., Dickinson T.A., Dijk P.P. van, Dijkstra K.-D.B., Dima B., Dmitriev D.A., Duistermaat L., Dumbacher J.P., Eiserhardt W.L., Ekrem T., Evenhuis N.L., Faille A., Fernández-Triana, J.L., Fiesler E., Fishbein M., Fordham B.G., Freitas A.V.L., Friol N.R., Fritz U., Frøslev T., Funk V.A., Gaimari S.D., Garbino G.S.T., Garraffoni A.R.S., Geml J., Gill A.C., Gray A., Grazziotin F.G., Greenslade P., Gutiérrez E.E., Harvey M.S., Hazevoet C.J., He K., He X., Helfer S., Helgen K.M., Heteren A.H. van, Garcia F.H., Holstein N., Horváth M.K., Hovenkamp P.H., Hwang W.S., Hyvönen J., Islam M.B., Iverson J.B., Ivie M.A., Jaafar Z., Jackson M.D., Jayat J.P., Johnson N.F., Kaiser H., Klitgård B.B., Knapp D.G., Kojima J., Kõljalg U., Kontschán J., Krell F.-T., Krisai-Greihuber I., Kullander S., Latella L., Lattke J.E., Lencioni V., Lewis G.P., Lhano M.G., Lujan N.K., Luksenburg J.A., Mariaux J., Marinho-Filho J., Marshall C.J., Mate J.F., McDonough M.M., Michel E., Miranda V.F.O., Mitroiu M.-D., Molinari J., Monks S., Moore A.J., Moratelli R., Murányi D., Nakano T., Nikolaeva S., Noyes J., Ohl M., Oleas N.H., Orrell T., Páll-Gergely B., Pape T., Papp V., Parenti L.R., Patterson D., Pavlinov I.Ya., Pine R.H., Poczai P., Prado J., Prathapan D., Rabeler R.K., Randall J.E., Rheindt F.E., Rhodin A.G.J., Rodríguez S.M., Rogers D.C., Roque F. de O., Rowe K.C., Ruedas L.A., Salazar-Bravo J., Salvador R.B., Sangster G., Sarmiento C.E., Schigel D.S., Schmidt S., Schueler F.W., Segers H., Snow N., Souza-Dias P.G.B., Stals R., Stenroos S., Stone R.D., Sturm C.F., Štys P., Teta P., Thomas D.C., Timm R.M., Tindall B.J., Todd J.A., Triebel D., Valdecasas A.G., Vizzini A., Vorontsova M., Vos J.M. de, Wagner P., Watling L., Weakley A., Welter-Schultes F., Whitmore D., Wilding N., Will K., Williams J., Wilson K.A., Winston J.E., Wüster W., Yanega D., Yeates D.K., Zaher H., Zhang G., Zhang Z.-Q. & Zhou H.-Z. (2018) Taxonomy based on science is necessary for global conservation. PLOS Biology, 16 (3): 1–12.
  • Pezzi M., Scapoli C., Mamolini E., Leis M., Bonacci T., Whitmore D., Krčmar S., Furini M., Giannerini S., Chicca M., Cultrera R. & Faucheux M.J. (2018) Ultrastructural characterization of sensilla and microtrichia on the antenna of female Haematopota pandazisi (Diptera: Tabanidae). Parasitology Research, 117 (4): 959–970.

2017

  • Pezzi M., Whitmore D., Bonacci T., Del Zingaro C. N. F., Chicca M., Lanfredi M. & Leis M. (2017) Facultative myiasis of domestic cats by Sarcophaga argyrostoma (Diptera: Sarcophagidae), Calliphora vicina and Lucilia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in northern Italy. Parasitology Research, 116 (10): 2869–2872.
  • Bonacci T., Curia G., Leoncini R. & Whitmore D. (2017) Traumatic myiasis in farmed animals caused by Wohlfahrtia magnifica in southern Italy (Diptera: Sarcophagidae). Fragmenta Entomologica, 49 (1): 57–60.
  • Buenaventura E.I., Whitmore D. & Pape T. (2017) Molecular phylogeny of the hyperdiverse genus Sarcophaga (Diptera: Sarcophagidae), and comparison between algorithms for identification of rogue taxa. Cladistics, 33 (2): 109–133.
  • Hancock, D.L. & Whitmore D. (2017) New species and records of Diplochorda Osten Sacken (Diptera: Tephritidae: Phytalmiinae) from the island of New Guinea. Australian Entomologist, 44 (1): 1–18.
  • Pezzi M., Leis M., Chicca M., Falabella P., Salvia R., Scala A. & Whitmore D. (2017) Morphology of the antenna of Hermetia illucens (Diptera: Stratiomyidae): an ultrastructural investigation. Journal of Medical Entomology, 54 (4): 925–933.
  • Martín-Vega D., Ebejer M. & Whitmore D. (2017) Out of the South? The first Afrotropical record of Prochyliza Walker (Diptera: Piophilidae), with description of a new species. Zootaxa, 4232 (1): 144–150.

2016

  • Whitmore D. (2016) 3.3.17 Sarcophagidae. Part 2. Species collected by hand net. In: Ziegler, J. (ed.), Diptera Stelviana. A dipterological perspective on a changing alpine landscape. Vol. 2. Studia Dipterologica, Supplement 21: 163–172.
  • Pezzi M., Whitmore D., Chicca M., Semeraro B., Brighi F. & Leis M. (2016) Ultrastructural morphology of the antenna and maxillary palp of Sarcophaga tibialis (Diptera: Sarcophagidae). Journal of Medical Entomology, 53 (4): 807–814.
  • David K.J., Ramani S., Whitmore D. & Ranganath H.R. (2016) Two new species and a new record of Bactrocera Macquart (Diptera: Tephritidae: Dacinae: Dacini) from India. Zootaxa, 4103 (1): 25–34.

2015

  • Pezzi M., Whitmore D., Chicca M., Lanfredi M. & Leis M. (2015) First report of traumatic myiasis caused by an association of Sarcophaga tibialis (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) and Lucilia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae). Korean Journal of Parasitology, 53 (4): 471-475.
  • Cerretti P., Di Giulio A., Romani R., Inclan D.J., Whitmore D., Di Giovanni F., Scalici M. & Minelli A. (2015). First report of exocrine epithelial glands in oestroid flies: the tachinid sexual patches (Diptera: Oestroidea: Tachinidae). Acta Zoologica, 96, 383–397.
  • Evenhuis N.L., Pont A.C. & Whitmore D. (2015) Nomenclatural Studies Toward a World List of Diptera Genus-Group Names. Part IV: Charles Henry Tyler Townsend. Zootaxa, 3978 (1): 1–362.
  • Hancock D.L. & Whitmore D. (2015) A new species of Euphranta (Diptera: Tephritidae: Adramini) from Sulawesi. Australian Entomologist, 42: 25–28.

2014

2013

  • O’Hara J.E., Raper, C.M., Pont A.C. & Whitmore D. (2013) Reassessment of Paleotachina Townsend and Electrotachina Townsend and their removal from the Tachinidae (Diptera). ZooKeys, 361: 27–31.
  • Bonacci T., Greco S., Whitmore D. & Curcio U. (2013) First data on myiasis caused by Wohlfahrtia magnifica (Schiner, 1862) (Insecta: Diptera: Sarcophagidae) in Calabria, southern Italy. Life: The Excitement of Biology, 1 (4): 197–201.
  • Richet R., Verves Yu.G., Whitmore D. & Pape T., (2013) Revision of Taxigramma pseudaperta Séguy, 1941 and comparisons with sympatric T. multipunctata (Rondani, 1859) (Diptera: Sarcophagidae). Zootaxa, 3731 (4): 520–532.
  • Whitmore D., Pape T. & Cerretti P. (2013) Phylogeny of Heteronychia: the largest lineage of Sarcophaga (Diptera: Sarcophagidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 169: 604–639.
  • Mei M., Whitmore D., Lo Giudice G. & Cerretti P. (2013) A neotype designation for the bone-skipper Centrophlebomyia anthropophaga (Diptera, Piophilidae, Thyreophorina), with a review of the Palaearctic species of Centrophlebomyia. ZooKeys, 310: 7–28.

2012

  • Stireman J., Cerretti P., Whitmore D., Hardersen S., Gianelle D. (2012) Composition and stratification of a tachinid (Diptera: Tachinidae) parasitoid community in a European temperate plain forest. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 5: 346-357.

2011

  • Whitmore D. (2011) New taxonomic and nomenclatural data on Sarcophaga (Heteronychia) (Diptera: Sarcophagidae), with description of six new species. Zootaxa, 2778: 1–57.

2009

  • Whitmore D. (2009) A review of the Sarcophaga (Heteronychia) of Sardinia. In: Cerretti P., Mason F., Minelli A., Nardi G. & Whitmore D. (Eds.), Research on the Terrestrial Arthropods of Sardinia. Zootaxa, 2318: 566–588.
  • Whitmore D. (2009) Flesh flies from two Nature Reserves of the Northern Apennines (Diptera, Sarcophagidae). Bollettino dell’Associazione Romana di Entomologia, 64(1−4): 337–345.
  • Cerretti P., Mason F., Minelli A., Nardi G. & Whitmore D. (2009) Foreword. In: Cerretti P., Mason F., Minelli A., Nardi G. & Whitmore D. (Eds.), Research on the Terrestrial Arthropods of Sardinia. Zootaxa, 2318: 5−7.
  • Cerretti P., Mason F., Minelli A., Nardi G. & Whitmore D. (Eds.) (2009) Research on the Terrestrial Arthropods of Sardinia. Zootaxa, 2318: 602 pp.
  • Whitmore D., Richet R., Pape T. & Blackith, R.M. (2009) Redescription of Sarcophaga (Discachaeta) bezziana Böttcher and Sarcophaga (Heteronychia) infixa Böttcher, and description of a new Heteronychia Brauer & Bergenstamm from southern France (Diptera: Sarcophagidae). Zootaxa, 1993: 27−40.

2008

2007

2006

  • Mason F., Cerretti P., Nardi G., Whitmore D., Birtele D., Hardersen S. & Gatti E. (2006) Aspects of biological diversity in the CONECOFOR plots. IV. The InvertebrateBiodiv pilot project, pp. 51–70. In: Ferretti M., Petriccione B., Bussotti F., Fabbio G. (eds.), Aspects of biodiversity in selected forest ecosystems in Italy: status and changes over the period 1996-2003. Third report of the Task Force on Integrated and Combined (I&C) evaluation of the CONECOFOR programme. Annali dell’Istituto Sperimentale per la Selvicoltura, 30, Suppl. 2.

2004

Books/ book chapters

  • Nardi G., Whitmore D., Bardiani M., Birtele D., Mason F., Spada L. & Cerretti P. (eds) (2011) Biodiversity of Marganai and Montimannu (Sardinia). Research in the framework of the ICP Forests network. Conservazione Habitat Invertebrati, 5.
  • Mason F., Nardi G. & Whitmore D. (2005) Recherches sur la restauration du bois mort: l'exemple du Life "Bosco della Fontana" (Italie). In: Vallauri D., André J., Dodelin B., Eynard-Machet R. & Rambaud D. (Eds.), Bois mort et à cavités, une clé pour des forêts vivantes. Editions Tec & Doc, Lavoisier, Paris, pp. 285–291.

Theses

  • Whitmore D. (2010) Ph.D dissertation: Systematics and phylogeny of Sarcophaga (Heteronychia) (Diptera, Sarcophagidae). Scuola di Dottorato in Biologia Animale, Ciclo XXII. Dipartimento di Biologia Animale e dell’Uomo, Università la Sapienza, Rome, 257 pp.
  • Whitmore D. (2004) M.Sc. thesis in Natural Sciences: “Distribuzione spaziale delle cenosi a Tachinidi (Diptera: Tachinidae) nel Bosco della Fontana (Mantova)” [in Italian]. Dipartimento di Biologia Animale e dell’Uomo, Università la Sapienza, Rome, 121 pp.

Other publications

Abstracts/ posters

  • Whitmore D., Giordani G., Dupont S.T. & Vanin S. (2018) Italy’s most common flesh fly re-identified – with insights on relationships within Sarcophaga Meigen sensu stricto (Sarcophagidae). 9th International Congress of Dipterology, Windhoek, Namibia, November 2018. Abstract Volume, p. 304 (oral presentation).
  • Moore H., Drijfhout F., Hall M. & Whitmore D. (2018) Cuticular hydrocarbons for identifying Sarcophagidae (Diptera). 15th European Association for Forensic Entomology (EAFE) meeting, Munich, 25–28 April 2018 (abstract co-author).
  • Meganck K., Ebejer M., Kirk-Spriggs A.H., Kvifte G., Couri M., Rognes K., Whitmore D., Virgilio M., Gombeer S., Backeljau T., De Meyer M. & Jordaens K. (2017) A first, local DNA barcode reference database of the forensically important flies (Diptera) of the island of La Réunion. 7th International Barcode of Life Conference, Johanesburg, November 2017. Genome, Vol. 60, p. 973 (poster presentation/abstract co-author).
  • Pezzi M., Leis M., Whitmore D., Chicca M. & Semeraro B. (2016) First case report of traumatic myiasis due to association of Sarcophaga tibialis (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) and Lucilia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae). XXV Congresso Nazionale Italiano di Entomologia, Padova, June 2016. Abstract volume, p. 330 (poster/abstract co-author).
  • Pezzi M., Bovolenta M.R., Boldrini P., Leis M., Chicca M. & Whitmore D.(2016) The antennae of Sarcophaga tibialis (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) examined by scanning electron microscopy. XXV Congresso Nazionale Italiano di Entomologia, Padova, June 2016. Abstract volume, p. 51 (poster/abstract co-author).
  • Whitmore D., Greco S. & Bonacci T. (2016) Nuovi dati su Ditteri del genere Sarcophaga in Calabria (Diptera: Sarcophagidae). Convegno nazionale sulla Biodiversità, Matera, June 2016 (poster presentation).
  • Whitmore D. (2014) Diversity and behaviour of the kleptoparatisic satellite flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae: Miltogramminae). 8th International Congress of Dipterology, Potsdam, Germany, August 2014. Abstract Volume, p. 399 (oral presentation).
  • Buenaventura E., Whitmore D. & Pape T. (2014) Flesh flies, rogues and molecules – the diversification of Sarcophaga (sensu lato) (Diptera: Sarcophagidae). 8th International Congress of Dipterology, Potsdam, Germany, August 2014. Abstract Volume, p. 48 (abstract co-author).
  • Whitmore D. (2014) The Insect collections of the Natural History Museum, London – 250 years of entomology. 1st Congress of Insects of Qatar, Doha, Qatar, 25–27 April 2014. Abstract Volume,  pp. 30–31 (oral presentation).
  • Whitmore D., Buenaventura E. & Pape T. (2013) Elucidating the classification of Sarcophaga using molecular data (Diptera: Sarcophagidae). Entomological Society of America, 61st Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, November 10–13, 2013. Abstract (oral presentation).
  • Whitmore D. (2010) Phylogeny and systematics of Sarcophaga (Heteronychia) (Diptera: Sarcophagidae). 7th International Congress of Dipterology. San Jose, Costa Rica, 8–13 August 2010, Abstract Volume, p. 265 (oral presentation).
  • Whitmore D. (2008) Systematics and phylogeny of Sarcophaga (Heteronychia) (Diptera, Sarcophagidae). Young Ideas in Insect Science, Florence, 5–6 June 2008 (poster presentation).
  • Whitmore D. (2006) Towards a better knowledge of Sarcophaga (Heteronychia). Workshop Calliphoridae and Sarcophagidae, 6th International Congress of Dipterology, Fukuoka, Japan, 23–28 September 2006, Abstracts Volume, p. 335 (oral presentation).
  • Mason F., Avesani D., Bardiani M., Birtele D., Cerretti P., Hardersen S., Nardi G., Tisato M. & Whitmore D. (2006) Dipterological research by the National Centre for the Study and Conservation of Forest Biodiversity (CNBF), Verona-Bosco della Fontana (Italy). 6th International Congress of Dipterology, Fukuoka, Japan, 23–28 September 2006, Abstract Volume (poster presentation).
  • Whitmore D., Mason F. & Nardi G. (2005) The InvertebrateBiodiv pilot project (CONECOFOR). Optimizing sampling strategies for biodiversity monitoring, Obergurgl, Austria, November 2005 (oral presentation).
  • Mason F., Cerretti P., Hardersen S., Nardi G., Whitmore D. (2005) Gestione e monitoraggio della Riserva Naturale Orientata “Bosco della Fontana”. Stelvio 70, 8–11 September 2005 (abstract co-author).

CV

since 2018

  • Curator of Diptera, Entomology Department, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Stuttgart, Germany.

2017-2018

  • Senior Curator in Charge (Diptera & Siphonaptera), Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom.

2013-2017

  • Curator (Diptera), Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom.

2012-2013

  • Postdoctoral fellow at Zoological Museum, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2003-2012

  • Entomologist/Assistant curator, Entomological Laboratory, National Centre for the Study and Conservation of Forest Biodiversity “Bosco Fontana” – National Forestry Service, Verona, Italy.

Education

2011

  • Ph.D. in Animal Biology, “La Sapienza” University, Rome, Italy. Title: “Systematics and Phylogeny of Sarcophaga (Heteronychia) (Diptera, Sarcophagidae)”.

2004

  • M.Sc. in Natural Sciences (“summa cum laude”), “La Sapienza” University, Rome, Italy. Title of thesis: “Spatio-temporal distribution of tachinid (Diptera, Tachinidae) communities in the State Nature Reserve of Bosco della Fontana (Italy)”.

Grants and awards

2012-2013

  • Carslberg Foundation and Bøje Benzons Støttefond grants for postdoctoral project “Flesh flies, forensics and phylogeny: a global approach”.

2011

  • Synthesys (http://www.synthesys.info) grant for taxonomic studies on Afrotropical Sarcophagidae at Natural History Museum of Denmark.

2007

  • Synthesys (http://www.synthesys.info) grant for revisionary studies on Sarcophaga (Heteronychia) at Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (Brussels) and Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren).

2006

  • Synthesys (http://www.synthesys.info) grant for revisionary studies on Sarcophaga (Heteronychia) at Natural History Museum of Denmark.

2004

  • Giovanni Binaghi award (assigned by the Italian Entomological Society).

Research stays

since 2004

  • “La Sapienza” University Zoological Museum (Rome) (2006, 2007); Museo de Historia Natural (Lima) (2014); Museo di Storia Naturale, Sezione di Zoologia “La Specola” (Florence) (2004, 2007); Museo di Storia Naturale di Venezia (Venice) (2005); Museo di Storia Naturale di Verona (Verona) (2003, 2004); Museum and Zoological Institute, Polish Academie of Sciences (Warsaw) (2009); Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris) (2007); National Museum (Bloemfontein) (2014, 2017); Natural History Museum of Denmark (Copenhagen) (2006, 2011); Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (Brussels) (2007); Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren) (2007); Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C) (2009); The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History (Tel Aviv) (2007); Universidade Federal do Paraná (Curitiba) (2012); Zoological Institute of the Russian Academie of Sciences (Saint Petersburg) (2007).

Fieldwork

since 2003

  • Team leader or participant in over 20 field expeditions in Europe (Canary Is., Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy, Turkey, United Kingdom), the Middle East (Israel), Africa (Burundi, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa), South America (Brazil, Peru) and Australia.

Editorships

  • Editor of Integrative Systematics (2021 – present).
  • Editor-in-Chief of Thomas Say Publications (Entomological Society of America) (2020 – present).
  • Subject Editor for Zootaxa (Diptera Oestroidea & Hippoboscoidea) (2015 – present).
  • Subject Editor for ZooKeys and Biodiversity Data Journal (Diptera Calyptratae) (2014 – 2019).

Scientific societies

  • Entomologischer Verein Stuttgart (2018 – present)
  • Dipterists Forum (2013 – present)
  • Systematics Association (2013, 2015) 
  • Associazione Romana di Entomologia (2004 – 2012)

Editorial boards

  • Zootaxa
  • Megataxa
  • Journal of Threatened Taxa