Michael Caterino, Ph.D.
Schlinger Foundation Curator of Entomology & Chair, Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105 USA
Phone: 805-682-4711 x151
Dr. Michael Caterino joined the Museum staff in 2001, following training at UC Berkeley and the Natural History Museum in London. His main research at SBMNH has explored the diversity and conservation of beetles in California, an estimated 10,000 species. His research uses both traditional morphological methods and modern DNA-based techniques.
Research under the California Beetle Project includes extensive field surveys, which are regularly discovering new species, and detailed examination of genetic relationships among populations of several individual species. Together these studies reveal patterns of diversity that can be used in planning conservation efforts.
Dr. Caterino is also a specialist in the taxonomy and evolution of a diverse and interesting family of beetles called Histeridae. He has published numerous papers on the group, and described over 200 new species. The family includes a large number of species that live in association with ants, the so-called 'myrmecophiles', and Dr. Caterino is the world expert on a large group of these, called Chlamydopsinae, occurring in the Australasian region.
Most recently Dr. Caterino has been focusing closely on the taxonomy of one tribe of histerid beetles, the Exosternini, and is revising all of the genera of this tribe that occur in the American tropics. The group contains over 400 undescribed species, including several spectacular new genera.
In addition to Histerids and beetles in general, Dr. Caterino's research has included Jerusalem crickets ("potato bugs") and Swallowtail butterflies.
Caterino, M.S. and A.K. Tishechkin. 2013. A systematic revision of the genus Operclipygus Marseul. ZooKeys. 271: 1-401.
Caterino, M.S, A.K. Tishechkin and N. Dégallier. 2012. A revision of the genus Mecistostethus Marseul (Coleoptera: Histeridae). ZooKeys 213: 63-78.
Dégallier, N., S. Mazur, A.K. Tishechkin and M.S. Caterino. 2012. A revision of the genus Kaszabister Mazur. ZooKeys 199: 71-89.
Polihronakis, M. and M.S. Caterino. 2012. Asymmetric dispersal and ecological factors mediate geographic effects on phylogeographic structure of the western banded glowworm, Zarhipis integripennis (Coleoptera: Phengodidae) in California’s Transverse Ranges. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 105(2): 241-252.
Chandler, D.S. and M.S. Caterino. 2011. A taxonomic revision of the New World genus Oropodes Casey (Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae). A Festschrift in honor of Dr. Ross Bell. ZooKeys 147: 425-477.
Polihronakis, M., M.S. Caterino and S. Chatzimanolis. 2010. Elucidating the phylogeographic structure among a mosaic of unisexual and bisexual populations of the weevil Geodercodes latipennis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in the Transverse Ranges of southern California. Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society 101: 935-948.
Caterino, M.S. and D.S. Chandler. 2010. A new species of Actium Casey (Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae) endemic to Santa Catalina Island, California. Coleopterists Bulletin 64(3): 187-191.
Chatzimanolis, S., L.A. Norris, and M.S. Caterino. 2010. Multi-island endemicity: the phylogeography and conservation of Coelus pacificus darkling beetles on the California Channel Islands. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 103: 785-795.
Polihronakis, M. and M.S. Caterino. 2010. Contrasting patterns of phylogeographic relationships in sympatric sister species of ironclad beetles (Zopheridae: Phloeodes spp.) in California’s Transverse Ranges. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10(195): 1-11.
Caterino, M.S. 2010. A review of California Margarinotus Marseul (Coleoptera: Histeridae: Histerinae: Histerini), with descriptions of two new species. Coleopterists Bulletin 64: 1-12.
Polihronakis, M. and M.S. Caterino. 2010. Multilocus phylogeography of the flightless darkling beetle Nyctoporis carinata (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) in the California Floristic Province: deciphering an evolutionary mosaic. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 99: 424-444.
Tishechkin, A.K. and M.S. Caterino. 2009. A new North American genus of the Hetaeriinae (Coleoptera: Histeridae), with descriptions of six new species from U.S.A. and Mexico. Zootaxa 2311: 1-18.
Hopp, K.J. and M.S. Caterino. 2009. Seven new species of Cephennium Müller and Kunze (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Scydmaeninae: Cephenniini) from California with a key to native North American species. ZooKeys 24: 31-54.
Paulsen, M.J. and M.S. Caterino. 2009. The Platycerus (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) of California, with the recognition of Platycerus cribripennis Van Dyke as a valid species. ZooKeys 8: 89-94.
Short, A.E.Z and M.S. Caterino. 2009. On the validity of habitat as a predictor of genetic structure in aquatic systems: a comparative study using California water beetles. Molecular Ecology 18:403-414.
Caterino, M.S. and S. Chatzimanolis. 2009. Conservation genetics of three flightless beetle species in Southern California. Conservation Genetics 10: 203-216.
Caterino, M.S., R.A.B. Leschen and C. Johnson. 2008. A new genus of Caenoscelini (Cryptophagidae: Cryptophaginae) from California, with two new species. Coleopterists Bulletin 62(4): 509-523.
Caterino, M.S. and A.K. Tishechkin. 2008. A review of Hippeutister Reichensperger (Histeridae: Hetaeriinae), with new species from California and Costa Rica. Zootaxa 1895: 39-52.
Caterino, M.S. 2007. Species richness and complementarity of insect faunas in a mediterranean-type biodiversity hotspot. Biodiversity and Conservation 16(14):3993-4007.
Chatzimanolis, S. and M.S. Caterino. 2007. Toward a better understanding of the 'Transverse Range Break': Lineage diversification in southern California. Evolution 61: 2127-2141.
Caterino, M.S. and A.K. Tishechkin. 2006. DNA identification and morphological description of the first confirmed larvae of Hetaeriinae (Coleoptera: Histeridae). Systematic Entomology 31: 405-418.
Caterino, M.S. and A.P. Vogler. 2002. The phylogeny of the Histeroidea (Staphyliniformia). Cladistics 18(4): 394-415.
Caterino, M.S., S. Cho, and F.A.H. Sperling. 2000. The current state of insect molecular systematics: A thriving Tower of Babel. Annual Review of Entomology 45:1-54.
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