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Research Articles (since 2017)


  • Castillo R, Wurdack M, Pauli T, Keller A, Feldhaar H, Polidori C, Niehuis O, Schmitt T (2022): Evidence for a chemical arms race between cuckoo wasps of the genus Hedychrum and their distantly related host apoid wasps. – BMC Ecology and Evolution 22: 138.
  • Jandausch K, Michels J, Kovalev A, Gorb SN, van de Kamp T, Beutel RG, Niehuis O, Pohl H (2022): Have female twisted-wing parasites (Insecta: Strepsiptera) evolved tolerance traits as response to traumatic penetration? – PeerJ 10: e13655.
  • Buellesbach J, Holze H, Schrader L, Liebig J, Schmitt T, Gadau J, Niehuis O (2022): Genetic and genomic architecture of species-specific cuticular hydrocarbon variation in parasitoid wasps. – Proceedings of the Royal Society B 289: 20220336.
  • Kohli M, Letsch H, Greve C, Béthoux O, Deregnaucourt I, Liu S, Zhou X, Donath A, Mayer C, Podsiadlowski L, Gunkel SS, Machida R, Niehuis O, Rust J, Wappler T, YU X, Misof B, Ware J (2021): Evolutionary history and divergence times of Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) revealed through transcriptomics. – iScience 24: 103324.
  • Vasilikopoulos A, Balke M, Kukowka S, Pflug JM, Martin S, Meusemann K, Hendrich L, Mayer C, Maddison DR, Niehuis O, Beutel RG, Misof B (2021): Phylogenomic analyses clarify the pattern of evolution of Adephaga (Coleoptera) and highlight phylogenetic artefacts due to model misspecification and excessive data trimming. – Systematic Entomology 46: 991–1018.
  • Letsch H, Simon S, Frandsen PB, Liu S, Machida R, Mayer C, Misof B, Niehuis O, Zhou X, Wipfler B (2021): Combining molecular datasets with strongly heterogeneous taxon coverage enlightens the peculiar biogeographic history of stoneflies (Insecta: Plecoptera). – Systematic Entomology 46: 952–967.
  • Moris VC, Christmann C, Wirtgen A, Belokobylskij SA, Berg A, Liebig W-H, Soon V, Baur H, Schmitt T, Niehuis O (2021): Cuticular hydrocarbons on old museum specimens of the spiny mason wasp, Odynerus spinipes, (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Eumeninae) shed light on the distribution and on regional frequencies of distinct chemotypes. – Chemoecology 31: 311–322.
  • Sann M, Meusemann K, Niehuis O, Escalona HE, Mokrousov M, Ohl M, Pauli T, Schmid-Egger C (2021): Reanalysis of the apoid wasp phylogeny with additional taxa and sequence data confirms the placement of Ammoplanidae as sister to bees. – Systematic Entomology 46: 558–569.
  • Bayless KM, Trautwein MD, Meusemann K, Shin S, Petersen M, Donath D, Podsiadlowski L, Mayer C, Niehuis O, Peters RS, Meier R, Kutty SN, Liu S, Zhou X, Misof B, Yeates DK, Wiegmann BM (2021): Beyond Drosophila: resolving the rapid radiation of schizophoran flies with phylotranscriptomics. – BMC Biology 19: 23.
  • Obiero GF, Pauli T, Geuverink E, Veenendaal R, Niehuis O, Große-Wilde E (2021): Chemoreceptor diversity in apoid wasps and its reduction during the evolution of the pollen-collecting lifestyle of bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). – Genome Biology and Evolution 13: 1–18.
  • Soon V, Castillo-Cajas RF, Johansson N, Paukkunen J, Rosa P, Ødegaard F, Schmitt T, Niehuis O (2021): Cuticular hydrocarbon profile analyses help clarifying the species identity of dry-mounted cuckoo wasps (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae), including type material, and reveal evidence for a cryptic species. – Insect Systematics and Diversity 5: 3; 1–12.
  • Pauli T, Meusemann K, Kukowka S, Sann M, Donath A, Mayer C, Oeyen JP, Ballesteros Y, Berg A, van den Berghe E, Escalona HE, Guglielmino A, Niehuis M, Olmi M, Podsiadlowski L, Polidori C, de Rond J, Rosa P, Schmitt T, Strumia F, Wurdack M, Liu S, Zhou X, Misof B, Peters RS, Niehuis O (2021): Analysis of RNA-seq, DNA target enrichment, and Sanger nucleotide sequence data resolves deep splits in the phylogeny of cuckoo wasps (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae). – Insect Systematics and Diversity 5: 1; 1–14.
  • Maletti S, Niehuis O, Mayer C, Sann M, Klopfstein S, Nottebrock G, Baur H, Peter RS (2021): Phylogeny, taxonomics, and ovipositor length variation of the Pteromalus albipennis species group (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Pteromalidae: Pteromalinae). – Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 59: 349–358.
  • Vasilikopoulos A, Gustafson GT, Balke M, Niehuis O, Beutel RG, Misof B (2021): Resolving the phylogenetic position of Hygrobiidae (Coleoptera: Adephaga) requires objective statistical tests and exhaustive phylogenetic methodology: a response to Cai et al. (2020). – Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 162: 106923.
  • Oeyen JP, Baa-Puyoulet P, Benoit JB, Beukeboom LW, Bornberg-Bauer E, Buttstedt A, Calevro F, Cash EI, Chao H, Charles H, Chen M-JM, Childers C, Cridge AG, Dearden P, Dinh H, Doddapaneni HV, Dolan A, Donath A, Dowling D, Dugan S, Duncan E, Elpidina EN, Friedrich M, Geuverink E, Gibson JD, Grath S, Grimmelikhuijzen CJP, Große-Wilde E, Gudobba C, Han Y, Hansson BS, Hauser F, Hughes DST, Ioannidis P, Jacquin-Joly E, Jennings EC, Jones JW, Klasberg S, Lee SL, Lesný P, Lovegrove M, Martin S, Martynov AG, Mayer C, Montagné N, Moris VC, Munoz-Torres M, Murali SC, Muzny DM, Oppert B, Parisot N, Pauli T, Peters RS, Petersen M, Pick C, Persyn E, Podsiadlowski L, Poelchau MF, Provataris P, Qu J, Reijnders MJMF, von Reumont BM, Rosendale AJ, Simao FA, Skelly J, Sotiropoulos AG, Stahl AL, Sumitani M, Szuter EM, Tidswell O, Tsitlakidis E, Vedder L, Waterhouse RM, Werren JH, Wilbrandt J, Worley KC, Yamamoto DS, van de Zande L, Zdobnov EM, Ziesmann T, Gibbs RA, Richards S, Hatakeyama M, Misof B, Niehuis O (2020): Sawfly genomes reveal evolutionary acquisitions that fostered the mega-radiation of parasitoid and eusocial Hymenoptera. – Genome Biology and Evolution 12: 1099–1188.
  • Vasilikopoulos A, Misof B, Meusemann K, Lieberz D, Flouri T, Beutel RG, Niehuis O, Wappler T, Rust J, Peters RS, Donath A, Podsiadlowski L, Mayer C, Bartel D, Böhm A, Liu S, Kapli P, Greve C, Jepson, JE, Liu X, Zhou X, Aspöck H, Aspöck U (2020): An integrative phylogenomic approach to elucidate the evolutionary history and divergence times of Neuropterida (Insecta: Holometabola). – BMC Evolutionary Biology 20: 64.
  • Schweitzer F, Reder G, Moris V, Pauli T, Niehuis O (2020): Nachweise von Polistes gallicus (Linnaeus 1767) in Rheinland-Pfalz und Baden-Württemberg (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). – Ampulex 11: 9–13.
  • Eberle J, Mayer C, Ahrens D, Niehuis O, Misof B (2020): A plea for standardized nuclear markers in metazoan DNA taxonomy. – Trends in Ecology and Evolution 35: 336–345.
  • Thomas GWC, Dohmen E, Hughes DST, Murali SC, Poelchau M, Glastad K, Anstead CA, Ayoub NA, Batterham P, Bellair M, Binford GJ, Chao H, Chen YH, Childers C, Dinh H, Doddapaneni HV, Duan JJ, Dugan S, Esposito LA, Friedrich M, Garb J, Gasser RB, Goodisman MAD, Gundersen-Rindal DE, Han Y, Handler AM, Hatakeyama M, Hering L, Hunter WB, Ioannidis P, Jayaseelan JC, Kalra D, Khila A, Korhonen PK, Lee CE, Lee SL, Li Y, Lindsey ARI, Mayer G, McGregor AP, McKenna DD, Misof B, Munidasa M, Munoz-Torres M, Muzny DM, Niehuis O, Osuji-Lacy N, Palli SR, Panfilio KA, Pechmann M, Perry T, Peters RS, Poynton HC, Prpic N-M, Qu J, Rotenberg D, Schal C, Schoville SD, Scully ED, Skinner E, Sloan DB, Stouthamer R, Strand MR, Szucsich NU, Wijeratne A, Young ND, Zattara EE, Benoit JB, Zdobnov EM, Pfrender ME, Hackett KJ, Werren JH, Worley KC, Gibbs RA, Chipman AD, Waterhouse RM, Bornberg-Bauer E, Hahn MW, Richards S (2020): Gene content evolution in the arthropods. – Genome Biology 21: 15.Zeitschrift GBE 12 Cover
  • Manni M, Simao FA, Robertson HM, Gabaglio MA, Waterhouse RM, Misof M, Niehuis O, Szucsich N, Zdobnov EM (2019): The genome of the blind soil-dwelling and ancestrally wingless Dipluran Campodea augens: a key reference hexapod for studying the emergence of insect innovations. – Genome Biology and Evolution 12: 3534–3549.
  • McKenna DD, Shin S, Ahrens D, Balke M, Beza-Beza C, Clarke DJ, Donath A, Escalona HE, Friedrich F, Letsch H, Liu S, Maddison D, Mayer C, Misof B, Murin PJ, Niehuis O, Peters RS, Podsiadlowski L, Pohl H, Scully ED, Yan EV, Zhou X, Ślipiński A, Rolf G. Beutel RG (2019): The evolution and genomic basis of beetle diversity. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116: 24729–24737.
  • Wilbrandt J, Misof B, Panfilio KA, Niehuis O (2019): Repertoire-wide gene structure analyses: a case study comparing automatically predicted and manually annotated gene models. – BMC Genomics 20: 753.
  • Vasilikopoulos A, Balke M, Beutel RG, Donath A, Podsiadlowski L, Pflug JM, Waterhouse RM, Meusemann K, Peters RS, Escalona HE, Mayer C, Liu S, Hendrich L, Alarie Y, Bilton DT, Jia F, Zhou X, Maddison DR, Niehuis O, Misof O (2019): Phylogenomics of the superfamily Dytiscoidea (Coleoptera: Adephaga) with an empirical evaluation of phylogenetic conflict and systematic error. – Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 135: 270–285.
  • Wipfler B, Letsch H, Frandsen PB, Kapli P, Mayer C, Bartel D, Buckley TR, Donath A, Edgerly-Rooks JS, Fujita M, Liu S, Machida R, Mashimo Y, Misof B, Niehuis O, Peters RS, Petersen M, Podsiadlowski L, Schütte K, Shimizu S, Uchifune T, Wilbrandt J, Yan E, Zhou X, Simon S (2019): Evolutionary history of Polyneoptera and its implications for our understanding of early winged insects. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116: 3024–3029.
  • Petersen M, Armisen D, Gibbs RA, Hering L, Khila A, Mayer G, Richards S, Niehuis O, Misof B (2019): Diversity and evolution of the transposable element repertoire in arthropods with particular reference to insects. – BMC Evolutionary Biology 19: 11.
  • Klopfstein S, Langille B, Spasojevic T, Broad G, Cooper SJB, Austin AD, Niehuis O (2019): Hybrid capture data unravel a rapid radiation of pimpliform parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Pimpliformes). – Systematic Entomology 44: 361–383.
  • Pauli T, Castillo-Cajas RF, Rosa P, Kukowka S, Berg A, van den Berghe E, Fornoff F, Hopfenmüller S, Niehuis M, Peters RS, Staab M, Strumia F, Tischendorf S, Schmitt T, Niehuis O (2019): Phylogenetic analysis of cuckoo wasps (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae) reveals a partially artificial classification at the genus level and a species-rich clade of bee parasitoids. – Systematic Entomology 44: 322–335.
  • Sann M, Niehuis O, Peters R, Mayer C, Kozlov A, Podsiadlowski L, Bank S, Meusemann K, Misof B, Bleidorn C, Ohl M (2018): Phylogenomic analysis of Apoidea sheds new light on the sister group of bees. – BMC Evolutionary Biology 18: 71.
  • Provataris P, Meusemann KA, Niehuis O, Grath S, Misof B (2018): Signatures of DNA methylation across insects suggest reduced DNA methylation levels in Holometabola. – Genome Biology and Evolution 10: 1185–1197.
  • Peters RS, Niehuis O, Gunkel S, Bläser M, Mayer C, Podsiadlowski L, Kozlov A, Donath A, van Noort S, Liu S, Zhou X, Misof B, Heraty J, Krogmann L (2018): Transcriptome sequence-based phylogeny of chalcidoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) reveals a history of rapid radiations, convergence, and evolutionary success. – Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 120: 286–296.
  • Li Y, Zhang R, Liu S, Donath A, Peters RS, Ware J, Misof B, Niehuis O, Pfrender ME, Zhou X (2017): The molecular evolutionary dynamics of oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) genes in Hymenoptera. – BMC Evolutionary Biology 17: 269.
  • Bank S, Sann M, Mayer C, Meusemann K, Donath A, Podsiadlowski L, Kozlov A, Petersen M, Krogmann L, Meier R, Rosa P, Schmitt T, Wurdack M, Liu S, Zhou X, Misof B, Peters RS, Niehuis O (2017): Transcriptome and target DNA enrichment sequence data provide new insights into the phylogeny of vespid wasps (Hymenoptera: Aculeata: Vespidae). – Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 116: 213–226.
  • Wilbrandt J, Misof B, Niehuis O (2017): COGNATE: comparative gene annotation characterizer. – BMC Genomics 18: 535.
  • Escalona HE, Zwick A, Li H-S, Li J, Wang X, Pang H, Hartley D, Jermiin LS, Nedvěd O, Misof B, Niehuis O, Ślipiński A, Tomaszewska W (2017): Molecular phylogeny reveals food plasticity in the evolution of true ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Coccinellini). – BMC Evolutionary Biology 17: 151.
  • Rosa P, Pavesi M, Soon V, Niehuis O (2017): Pseudochrysis Semenov, 1891 is the valid genus name for a group of cuckoo wasps frequently referred to as Pseudospinolia Linsenmaier, 1951 (Hymenoptera, Chrysididae). – Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 64: 69–75.
  • Current Biology 2017Niehuis M, Winkler P, Niehuis O (2017): Die Goldwespe Chrysis rutilans OLIVIER, 1791, in Rheinland-Pfalz (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae). – Fauna und Flora in Rheinland-Pfalz 13: 685–692. 
  • Peters RS, Krogmann L, Mayer C, Donath A, Gunkel S, Meusemann K, Kozlov A, Podsiadlowski L, Petersen M, Lanfear R, Diez PA, Heraty J, Kjer KM, Klopfstein S, Meier R, Polidori C, Schmitt T, Liu S, Zhou X, Wappler T, Rust J, Misof B, Niehuis O (2017): Evolutionary history of the Hymenoptera. – Current Biology 27: 1–6.
  • Niehuis O, Krumm G (2017): Weiterer Nachweis der Goldwespe Chrysura rufiventris (Dahlbom, 1853) in Deutschland (Hymenoptera: Aculeata: Chrysididae). – Ampulex 9: 20–21.
  • Ioannidis P, Simao FA, Waterhouse RM, Manni M, Seppey M, Robertson HM, Misof B, Niehuis O, Zdobnov EM (2017): Genomic features of the damselfly Calopteryx splendens representing a sister clade to most insect orders. – Genome Biology and Evolution 9: 415–430.
  • Petersen M, Meusemann K, Donath A, Dowling D, Liu S, Peters RS, Podsiadlowski L, Vasilikopoulos A, Zhou X, Misof B, Niehuis O (2017): Orthograph: a versatile tool for mapping coding nucleotide sequences to clusters of orthologous genes. – BMC Bioinformatics 18: 111.


Research Articles (2016–2011)


  • Dowling D, Pauli T, Donath A, Meusemann K, Podsiadlowski L, Peters RS, Mayer C, Liu S, Xu S, Misof B, Niehuis O (2016): Phylogenetic origin and diversification of RNAi-related pathway genes in insects. – Genome Biology and Evolution 8: 3784–3793.
  • Kraaijeveld K, Anvar Y, Frank J, Schmitz A, Bast J, Wilbrandt J, Petersen M, Ziesmann T, Niehuis O, de Knijff P, den Dunnen JT, Ellers J (2016): Decay of sexual trait genes in an asexual parasitoid wasp. – Genome Biology and Evolution 8: 3685–3695.
  • Pauli T, Vedder L, Dowling D, Meusemann K, Donath A, Podsiadlowski L, Peters RS, Mayer C, Liu S, Zhou X, Heger P, Wiehe T, Hering L, Mayer G, Misof B, Niehuis O (2016): Transcriptomic data from arthropods shed new light on the evolution of insulator proteins in insects. – BMC Genomics 17: 861.
  • Ruther J, Hagström ÅK, Brandstetter B, Hofferberth J, Bruckmann A, Semmelmann F, Fink M, Lowack H, Laberer S, Niehuis O, Deutzmann R, Löfstedt C, Sterner R (2016): Epimerisation of chiral hydroxylactones by short-chain dehydrogenases/reductases accounts for sex pheromone evolution in Nasonia. – Scientific Reports 6: 34697.
  • Mayer C, Sann M, Donath A, Meixner M, Podsiadlowski L, Peters RS, Petersen M, Meusemann K, Liere K, Wägele JW, Misof B, Bleidorn C, Ohl M, Niehuis O (2016): BaitFisher: a software package for multispecies target DNA enrichment probe design. – Molecular Biology and Evolution 33: 1875–1886.
  • Liu S, Wang X, Xie L, Tan M, Li Z, Su X, Zhang H, Misof B, Kjer K, Tang M, Niehuis O, Jiang H, Zhou X (2016): Mitochondrial capture enriches mito-DNA 100 folds enabling PCR-free mitogenomics biodiversity analysis. – Molecular Ecology Resources 16: 470–479.
  • Niehuis M, Niehuis O (2016): Nachweise des Johannisbeer-Prachtkäfers (Agrilus ribesi Schaefer, 1946) in Bayern und Funde der Art in Pfälzerwald und am Haardtrand (Rheinland-Pfalz) (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). – Fauna und Flora in Rheinland-Pfalz 13: 489–494.
  • Wurdack M, Herbertz S, Dowling D, Kroiss J, Strohm E, Baur H, Niehuis O, Schmitt T (2015): Striking cuticular hydrocarbon dimorphism in the mason wasp Odynerus spinipes and its possible evolutionary cause (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae, Vespidae). – Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20151777.
  • Herrmann M, Niehuis O (2015): Erste Nachweise von Chrysis marginata aliunda Linsenmaier, 1959, in Deutschland und der Schweiz und Hinweise zum Wirt dieser sich ausbreitenden Goldwespe (Hymenoptera, Chrysididae). – Ampulex 7: 6–11.
  • Kjer KM, Ware JL, Rust J, Wappler T, Lanfear R, Jermiin LS, Zhou X, Aspöck H, Aspöck U, Beutel RG, Blanke A, Donath A, Flouri T, Frandsen PB, Kapli P, Kawahara AY, Letsch H, Mayer C, McKenna DD, Meusemann K, Niehuis O, Peters RS, Wiegmann BM, Yeates DK, von Reumont BM, Stamatakis A, Misof B (2015): Insect phylogenomics. Response to comment on "Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution". – Science 349: 487.
  • Science 2014Misof B, Liu S, Meusemann K, Peters RS, Donath A, Mayer C, Frandsen PB, Ware J, Flouri T, Beutel RG, Niehuis O, Petersen M, Izquierdo-Carrasco F, Wappler T, Rust J, Aberer AJ, Aspöck U, Aspöck H, Bartel D, Blanke A, Berger S, Böhm A, Buckley TR, Calcott B, Chen J, Friedrich F, Fukui M, Fujita M, Greve C, Grobe P, Gu S, Huang Y, Jermiin LS, Kawahara AY, Krogmann L, Kubiak M, Lanfear R, Letsch H, Li Y, Li Z, Li J, Lu H, Machida R, Mashimo Y, Kapli P, McKenna DD, Meng G, Nakagaki Y, Navarrete-Heredia JL, Ott M, Ou Y, Pass G, Podsiadlowski L, Pohl H, von Reumont BM, Schütte K, Sekiya K, Shimizu S, Slipinski A, Stamatakis A, Song W, Su X, Szucsich NU, Tan M, Tan X, Tang M, Tang J, Timelthaler G, Tomizuka S, Trautwein M, Tong X, Uchifune T, Walzl MG, Wiegmann BM, Wilbrandt J, Wipfler B, Wong TKF, Wu Q, Wu G, Xie Y, Yang S, Yang Q, Yeates DK, Yoshizawa K, Zhang Q, Zhang R, Zhang W, Zhang Y, Zhao J, Zhou C, Zhou L, Ziesmann T, Zou S, Li Y, Xu X, Zhang Y, Yang H, Wang J, Wang J, Kjer KM, Zhou X (2014): Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution. – Science 346: 763–767.
  • Frommer U, Niehuis M, Niehuis O (2014): Zur Kenntnis der Stechimmenfauna des Roßsteins bei Dörscheid und der Goldwespenfauna im Oberen Mittelrheintal (Hymenoptera: Aculeata et Chrysididae). – Fauna und Flora in Rheinland-Pfalz 12: 1315–1334.
  • Reder G, Niehuis O (2014): Nachweise von Chrysura rufiventris (Dahlbom, 1854) in Deutschland und weitere bemerkenswerte Wespenfunde in Baden-Württemberg, Hessen und Rheinland-Pfalz (Hymenoptera: Aculeata). – Ampulex 6: 5–12.
  • Peters RS, Meusemann K, Petersen M, Mayer C, Wilbrandt J, Ziesmann T, Donath A, Kjer KM, Aspöck U, Aspöck H, Aberer A, Stamatakis A, Friedrich F, Hünefeld F, Niehuis O, Beutel RG, Misof B (2014): The evolutionary history of holometabolous insects inferred from transcriptome-based phylogeny and comprehensive morphological data. – BMC Evolutionary Biology 14: 52.
  • Evans JD, Brown SJ, Hackett KJ, Robinson G, Richards S, Lawson D, Elsik C, Coddington J, Edwards O, Emrich S, Gabaldon T, Goldsmith M, Hanes G, Misof B, Muñoz-Torres M, Niehuis O, Papanicolaou A, Pfrender M, Poelchau M, Purcell-Miramontes M, Robertson HM, Ryder O, Tagu D, Torres T, Zdobnov E, Zhang G, Zhou X (2013): The i5K initiative: advancing arthropod genomics for knowledge, human health, agriculture, and the environment. – Journal of Heredity 104: 595–600.
  • Gibson JD*, Niehuis O*, Peirson BRE, Cash EI, Gadau J (2013): Genetic and developmental basis of F2 hybrid breakdown in Nasonia parasitoid wasps. – Evolution 67: 2124–2132. (* these authors contributed equally)
  • Niehuis O*, Büllesbach J*, Gibson JD*, Pothmann D, Hanner C, Mutti NS, Judson AK, Gadau J, Ruther J*, Schmitt T (2013): Behavioural and genetic analyses on Nasonia shed light on the evolution of sex pheromones. – Nature 494: 345–348. (* these authors contributed equally)
  • Niehuis M, Niehuis O (2013): Fund des Großen Wespenbocks – Necydalis major (L., 1758) – in der Pfalz (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). – Fauna und Flora in Rheinland-Pfalz 12: 1029–1034.
  • Desjardins CA, Gadau J, Lopez JA, Niehuis O, Avery A, Loehlin DW, Richards S, Colbourne JK, Werren JH (2013): Fine scale mapping of the Nasonia genome to chromosomes using a high-density genotyping microarray. – G3 (Bethesda): 205–215.
  • Current Biology 2012Hartig G, Peters RS, Borner J, Etzbauer C, Misof B, Niehuis O (2012): Oligonucleotide primers for targeted amplification of single-copy nuclear genes in apocritan Hymenoptera. – PLoS ONE 7: e39826.
  • Niehuis O*, Hartig G*, Grath S*, Pohl H, Lehmann J, Tafer H, Donath A, Krauss V, Eisenhardt C, Hertel J, Petersen M, Mayer C, Meusemann K, Peters RS, Stadler PF, Beutel RG, Bornberg-Bauer E, McKenna DD, Misof B (2012): Genomic and morphological evidence converge to resolve the enigma of Strepsiptera. – Current Biology 22: 1309–1313. [Erratum in Current Biology 23: 1388.] (* these authors contributed equally)
  • Pohl H, Niehuis O, Gloyna K, Misof B, Beutel RG (2012): A new species of Mengenilla (Insecta, Strepsiptera) from Tunisia. – ZooKeys 198: 79–101.
  • von Reumont BM, Jenner RA, Wills MA, Dell’Ampio E, Pass G, Ebersberger I, Meyer B, Koenemann S, Iliffe TM, Stamatakis A, Niehuis O, Meusemann K, Misof B (2012): Pancrustacean phylogeny in the light of new phylogenomic data: support for Remipedia as the possible sister group of Hexapoda. – Molecular Biology and Evolution 29: 1031–1045.
  • Koevoets T, Niehuis O, van de Zande L, Beukeboom L (2012): Hybrid incompatibilities in the parasitic wasp genus Nasonia: negative effects of hemizygosity and the identification of transmission ratio distortion loci. – Heredity 108: 302–311.
  • Peters RS, Meyer B, Krogmann L, Borner J, Meusemann K, Schütte K, Niehuis O, Misof B (2011): The taming of an impossible child: a standardized all-in approach to the phylogeny of Hymenoptera using public database sequences. – BMC Biology 9: 55.
  • Niehuis O*, Büllesbach J*, Judson A, Schmitt T, Gadau J (2011): Genetics of cuticular hydrocarbon differences between males of the parasitoid wasps Nasonia giraulti and Nasonia vitripennis. – Heredity 107: 61–70. (* these authors contributed equally)
  • Smith CR, Smith CD, Robertson HM, Helmkampf M, Zimin A, Yandell M, Holt C, Hu H, Abouheif E, Benton R, Cash E, Croset V, Currie CR, Elhaik E, Elsik CG, Favé MJ, Fernandes V, Gibson JD, Graur D, Gronenberg W, Grubbs KJ, Hagen DE, Viniegra AS, Johnson BR, Johnson RM, Khila A, Kim JW, Mathis KA, Munoz-Torres MC, Murphy MC, Mustard JA, Nakamura R, Niehuis O, Nigam S, Overson RP, Placek JE, Rajakumar R, Reese JT, Suen G, Tao S, Torres CW, Tsutsui ND, Viljakainen L, Wolschin F, Gadau J (2011): A draft genome of the red harvester ant Pogonomyrmex barbatus. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108: 5667–5672.


Research Articles (2010–2005)


  • Canales-Delgadillo J, Scott-Morales L, Niehuis O, Korb J (2010): Isolation and characterization of nine microsatellite loci in the endangered Worthen's Sparrow (Spizella wortheni). – Conservation Genetics Resources 2: 151–153.
  • Niehuis O, Korb J (2010): Isolation and characterization of seventeen polymorphic microsatellite markers in the cleptoparasitic cuckoo wasp Hedychrum nobile (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae). – Conservation Genetics Resources 2: 253–256.
  • Beukeboom LW, Niehuis O, Pannebakker BA, Koevoets T, Gibson JD, Shuker DM, van de Zande L, Gadau J (2010): A comparison of recombination frequencies in intraspecific versus interspecific mapping populations of Nasonia parasitoid wasps. – Heredity 104: 302–309.
  • Werren JH*, Richards S*, Desjardins CA*, Niehuis O*, Gadau J, Colbourne JK, Beukeboom LW, Desplan C, Elsik CG, Grimmelikhuijzen CJ, Kitts P, Lynch JA, Murphy T, Oliveira DC, Smith CD, van de Zande L, Worley KC, Zdobnov EM, Aerts M, Albert S, Anaya VH, Anzola JM, Barchuk AR, Behura SK, Bera AN, Berenbaum MR, Bertossa RC, Bitondi MM, Bordenstein SR, Bork P, Bornberg-Bauer E, Brunain M, Cazzamali G, Chaboub L, Chacko J, Chavez D, Childers CP, Choi JH, Clark ME, Claudianos C, Clinton RA, Cree AG, Cristino AS, Dang PM, Darby AC, de Graaf DC, Devreese B, Dinh HH, Edwards R, Elango N, Elhaik E, Ermolaeva O, Evans JD, Foret S, Fowler GR, Gerlach D, Gibson JD, Gilbert DG, Graur D, Gründer S, Hagen DE, Han Y, Hauser F, Hultmark D, Hunter HC 4th, Hurst GD, Jhangian SN, Jiang H, Johnson RM, Jones AK, Junier T, Kadowaki T, Kamping A, Kapustin Y, Kechavarzi B, Kim J, Kim J, Kiryutin B, Koevoets T, Kovar CL, Kriventseva EV, Kucharski R, Lee H, Lee SL, Lees K, Lewis LR, Loehlin DW, Logsdon JM Jr, Lopez JA, Lozado RJ, Maglott D, Maleszka R, Mayampurath A, Mazur DJ, McClure MA, Moore AD, Morgan MB, Muller J, Munoz-Torres MC, Muzny DM, Nazareth LV, Neupert S, Nguyen NB, Nunes FM, Oakeshott JG, Okwuonu GO, Pannebakker BA, Pejaver VR, Peng Z, Pratt SC, Predel R, Pu LL, Ranson H, Raychoudhury R, Rechtsteiner A, Reese JT, Reid JG, Riddle M, Robertson HM, Romero-Severson J, Rosenberg M, Sackton TB, Sattelle DB, Schlüns H, Schmitt T, Schneider M, Schüler A, Schurko AM, Shuker DM, Simões ZL, Sinha S, Smith Z, Solovyev V, Souvorov A, Springauf A, Stafflinger E, Stage DE, Stanke M, Tanaka Y, Telschow A, Trent C, Vattathil S, Verhulst EC, Viljakainen L, Wanner KW, Waterhouse RM, Whitfield JB, Wilkes TE, Williamson M, Willis JH, Wolschin F, Wyder S, Yamada T, Yi SV, Zecher CN, Zhang L, Gibbs RA (2010): Functional and evolutionary insights from the genomes of three parasitoid Nasonia species. – Science 327: 343–348. (* project leaders and major contributors)
  • Gibson JD*, Niehuis O*, Verrelli BC, Gadau J (2010): Contrasting patterns of selective constraints in nuclear encoded genes of the oxidative phosphorylation pathway in holometabolous insects and their possible role in hybrid breakdown in Nasonia. – Heredity 104: 310–317. (* these authors contributed equally)
  • Kim J, Cunningham R, James B, Wyder S, Gibson JD, Niehuis O, Zdobnov EM, Robertson HM, Robinson GE, Werren JH, Sinha S (2010): Functional characterization of transcription factor motives using cross-species comparison across large evolutionary distances. – PLoS Computational Biology 6: e1000652.
  • Niehuis O, Gibson JD, Rosenberg MS, Pannebakker BA, Koevoets T, Judson AK, Desjardins CA, Kennedy K, Duggan D, Beukeboom LW, van de Zande L, Shuker DM, Werren JH, Gadau J (2010): Recombination and its impact on the genome of the haplodiploid parasitoid wasp Nasonia. – PLoS ONE 5: e8597.
  • Pannebakker BA, Niehuis O, Hedley A, Gadau J, Shucker DM (2010): The distribution of microsatellites in the Nasonia parasitoid wasp genome. – Insect Molecular Biology 19 (Suppl. 1): 91–98.
  • Ullrich B, Reinhold K, Niehuis O, Misof B (2010): Secondary structure and phylogenetic analysis of the Internal Transcribed Spacers 1 and 2 of bush crickets (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Barbitistini). – Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 48: 219–228.
  • Niehuis O, Judson AK, Gadau J (2008): Cytonuclear genic incompatibilities cause increased mortality in male F2 hybrids of Nasonia giraulti and N. vitripennis. – Genetics 178: 413–426.
  • Ellison CK*, Niehuis O*, Gadau J (2008): Hybrid breakdown and mitochondrial dysfunction in hybrids of Nasonia parasitoid wasps. – Journal of Evolutionary Biology 21: 1844–1851. (* these authors contributed equally)
  • Gadau J, Niehuis O, Peire A, Werren JH, Baudry E, Beukeboom LW (2008): The wasp genus – Nasonia. – In: Genome Mapping and Genomics in Animals. Volume: IV. Insects (Kole C, Hunter W, eds), pp. 27–41. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, New York.
  • Misof B, Niehuis O, Bischoff I, Rickert A, Erpenbeck D, Staniczek A (2007): Towards an 18S phylogeny of hexapods: Accounting for group-specific character covariance in optimized mixed nucleotide/doublet models. – Zoology 110: 409–429.
  • Niehuis O, Hofmann A, Naumann CM, Misof B (2007): Evolutionary history of the burnet moth genus Zygaena Fabricius, 1775 (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae) inferred from nuclear and mitochondrial sequence data: phylogeny, host-plant association, wing pattern evolution, and historical biogeography. – Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 92: 501–520.
  • Niehuis O, Judson AK, Werren JH, Hunter W, Dang PM, Dowd SE, Grillenberger B, Beukeboom LW, Gadau J (2007): Species diagnostic single-nucleotide polymorphism and sequence-tagged site markers for the parasitic wasp genus Nasonia (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae). – Journal of Economic Entomology 100: 1033–1036.
  • Niehuis O, Yen S-H, Naumann CM, Misof B (2006): Higher phylogeny of zygaenid moths (Insecta: Lepidoptera) inferred from nuclear and mitochondrial sequence data and the evolution of cuticular cavities for chemical defense. – Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39: 812–829.
  • Niehuis O, Naumann CM, Misof B (2006): Phylogenetic analysis of Zygaenoidea SSU rRNA structural variation implies initial oligophagy on cyanogenic host-plants in larvae of the moth genus Zygaena (Insecta: Lepidoptera). – Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 147: 367–381.
  • Niehuis O, Naumann CM, Misof B (2006): Identification of evolutionary conserved structural elements in the mt SSU rRNA of Zygaenoidea (Lepidoptera): a comparative sequence analysis. – Organisms, Diversity & Evolution 6: 17–32.
  • Misof B, Niehuis O, Bischoff I, Rickert A, Erpenbeck D, Staniczek A (2006): A hexapod nuclear SSU rRNA secondary structure model and catalogue of taxon specific structural variation. – Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 306B: 70–88.
  • Misof B, Klütsch CFC, Niehuis O, Patt A (2005 [2004]): Of phenotypes and genotypes: two sides of one coin in taxonomy? – Bonner zoologische Beiträge 53: 121–133.


Research Articles (2004–1993; pre-Ph.D. period)


  • Niehuis O, Wägele JW (2004): Phylogenetic analysis of the mitochondrial genes LSU rRNA and COI suggests early adaptive differentiation of anal teeth in chrysidine cuckoo wasps (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae). – Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 30: 615–622.
  • Niehuis O (2001): Goldwespen. – In: Das Rheintal von Bingen und Rüdesheim bis Koblenz. Eine europäische Kulturlandschaft (Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Rheinland-Pfalz, ed.), pp. 912–913. Philipp von Zabern: Mainz
  • Niehuis O (2001): Chrysididae. – In: Verzeichnis der Hautflügler Deutschlands (Entomofauna Germanica 4) (Dathe HH, Taeger A, Blank SM, eds). – Entomologische Nachrichten und Berichte, Beiheft 7, pp. 119–123.
  • Niehuis O (2000): The European species of the Chrysis ignita group: Revision of the Chrysis angustula aggregate (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae). – Deutsche entomologische Zeitschrift 47: 181–201.
  • Niehuis O (2000): A new species of Allocoelia Mocsáry, 1889 from South Africa. – Beiträge zur Entomologie 50: 175–177.
  • Mandery K, Niehuis O (2000 [1999]): Die Goldwespen (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae) der Sammlung T. Schneid im Naturkundemuseum Bamberg. – 74. Bericht der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft Bamberg: 45–59.
  • Niehuis O (1998): Hedychridium wahisi sp. n., a new cuckoo wasp from Italy. – Beiträge zur Entomologie 48: 525–530.
  • Niehuis O (1998): Zum taxonomischen Status von Holopyga austrialis Linsenmaier, 1959 (Hymenoptera, Chrysididae). – Entomofauna 19: 408–417.
  • Niehuis O (1998): Nachweise von Chrysis subcoriacea Linsenmaier, 1959 aus der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Hymenoptera, Chrysididae). – Entomofauna 19: 405–407.
  • Niehuis O, Herrmann M (1998): Bemerkenswerte Erstnachweise von Chrysididen für Baden-Württemberg. – Mitteilungen des Internationalen Entomologischen Vereins 23: 33–40.
  • Niehuis O (1998): Rote Liste der Goldwespen (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae). — In: Rote Liste der gefährdeten Tiere Deutschlands (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, ed.). – Schriftenreihe für Landschaftspflege und Naturschutz 55: 134–137.
  • Schmid-Egger C, Niehuis O (1997): Ergänzungen und Berichtigungen zur Stechimmenfauna von Rheinland-Pfalz. – Bembix 8: 13–16.
  • Niehuis M, Niehuis O (1997): Einige bemerkenswerte Insektenfunde in der Sammlung G. Reichling (Hymenoptera; Odonata; Saltatoria; Coleoptera). – Fauna und Flora in Rheinland-Pfalz 8: 853–861.
  • Niehuis O, Schneider E (1997): Nachweis von Gomphus flavipes (Charpentier) in Hessen (Anisoptera: Gomphidae). – Libellula 16: 203–205.
  • Niehuis O, Gauss R (1996): Zum Vorkommen von Elampus foveatus (Mocsáry, 1914) in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae). – Bembix 7: 16–17.
  • Niehuis O (1996): Eine neue nordafrikanische Goldwespe aus der Verwandtschaft der Chrysura candens (Germar, 1817). – Mitteilungen des Internationalen Entomologischen Vereins 21: 105–110.
  • Schmid-Egger C, Risch S, Niehuis O (1995): Die Wildbienen und Wespen in Rheinland-Pfalz (Hymenoptera, Aculeata). Verbreitung, Ökologie und Gefährdungssituation. – Fauna und Flora in Rheinland-Pfalz, Beiheft 16: 296 pp.
  • Niehuis M, Niehuis O (1995): Freilandfunde der Südlichen Eichenschrecke – Meconema meridionale (Costa, 1860) – in Rheinland-Pfalz (Insecta: Saltatoria). – Fauna und Flora in Rheinland-Pfalz 7: 1080–1083.
  • Niehuis O, Fluck W (1994): Nachweise der Furchenbiene Halictus pollinosus Sichel in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Insecta: Hymenoptera). – Fauna und Flora in Rheinland-Pfalz 7: 471–476.
  • Niehuis M, Niehuis O (1993): Orpheusspötter (Hippolais polyglotta) brütet in der Südpfalz. – Fauna und Flora in Rheinland-Pfalz 7: 218–220.
  • Niehuis M, Niehuis O (1993): Bienenfresser (Merops apiaster) brüten 1993 erstmals erfolgreich in Rheinland-Pfalz. – Fauna und Flora in Rheinland-Pfalz 7: 210–213.


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