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Roman A Rakitov
Title: Insect Systematist
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1816 S. Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
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607 E. Peabody Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
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Entomology. Systematics, behavior, and evolution of leafhoppers (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae).
A post-doctoral fellow with C. H. Dietrich. Morphological, behavioral, ultrastructural, and DNA-based phylogenetic studies with the goal of elucidating the evolution of key biological features of leafhoppers and related Hemiptera Auchenorrhyncha. Oviposition biology and evolution of the Proconiini sharpshooters.
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Professional affiliations:
The New York Entomological Society
Selected publications:
Rakitov R.A. (2004) Powdering of egg nests with brochosomes and related
sexual dimorphism in leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae). Zoological
Journal of the Linnean Society 140: 353-381.
Rakitov R.A. (2002): What are brochosomes for? An enigma of leafhoppers
(Hemiptera, Cicadellidae). Denisia 4: 433-452.
Dietrich C.H. & R.A. Rakitov (2002): Some remarkable new deltocephaline leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae) from the Amazonian rainforest canopy. J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 110: 1-48.
Rakitov R.A. (2002): Structure and function of the Malpighian tubules, and related behaviors of juvenile cicadas: evidence of homology with spittlebugs (Hemiptera, Cicadoidea & Cercopoidea). Zool. Anz. 241: 117-130.
Dietrich C. H., Rakitov R. A., Holmes J. L. & W. C. Black, IV. (2001): Phylogeny of the major lineages of Membracoidea based on 28S rDNA sequences (Homoptera: Cicadomorpha). Mol. Phyl. Evol. 18: 293
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Education: PhD, Entomology, Moscow State University, Russia, 1996

MS, Zoology/Botany, Moscow State University, Russia, 1989

BS, Biology, Moscow State University, Russia, 1987
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