Dr Christine Lambkin

Dr Christine Lambkin Undescribed stiletto fly Stiletto fly, Collessiama narelleae Lambkin, from Lamington National Park. Beefly, Wurda windorah Lambkin & Yeates, feeding.

Curator of Entomology responsible for the Queensland Museum's collections of Diptera (flies), Coleoptera (beetles), Orthoptera (grasshoppers), Hemiptera (bugs), Phasmatodea (stick insects), and a number of smaller insect orders.

Christine’s main research interest is the systematics, evolution, taxonomy, and biodiversity of Diptera, specialising in combined molecular and morphological phylogenetic analyses and monographic revisions of beeflies (Bombyliidae) and stiletto flies (Therevidae). Christine is currently concentrating on taxonomic studies on these two families.

Since returning to QM in 2006 Christine has used Malaise traps in many biodiversity assessments, surveys, and projects, concentrating on the Diptera, especially the lower brachyceran families Bombyliidae (bee flies) and Therevidae (stiletto flies).

Areas surveyed include:

  • Great Basalt Wall in north Queensland
  • Proserpine and the Capricornia Cays in central Queensland
  • Redlands
  • Lamington National Park in south-east Queensland (IBISCA QLD)
  • Currawinya National Parks, Murra Murra, Plevna Downs and Noonbah Stations in western Queensland
  • Charles Darwin Reserve, Karara, Lochada and Kadji Kadji Pastoral Leases in Western Australia (BushBlitz)
  • Culgoa Floodplains National Park (Qld), Culgoa National Park and Ledknapper Nature Reserve in NSW (BushBlitz)
  • Albinia, Carnarvon Station, Cudmore, Edgbaston Station, Goonderoo Reserve, Humboldt National Park, Lonesome Holding and Nairana National Park in Qld (BushBlitz)

Projects include:

  • Incorporating Bush-Blitz and other collected material into Systematic Studies of Australian Stiletto Flies (Therevidae) using Cybertaxonomic Methods for Species Description (3 yr ABRS grant)
  • Contribute to the ABRS Bush-Blitz program by setting Malaise traps and collecting, supervision of sorting of samples, and identification of the flies to family in Charles Darwin Reserve, Karara, Lochada and Kadji Kadji Pastoral Leases, WA in September 2009; Culgoa Floodplains NP QLD and Culgoa NP and Ledknapper NR NSW, setting Malaise and pitfall traps, training Rangers to take monthly samples, and collecting in 2009 and 2010; Central Queensland - Carnarvon QLD region in 2010, 2012, and 2014 (ABRS Grants and Contracts)
  • Responsible for updating character descriptions and lists, amalgamating a morphological character matrix and conducting analyses of a morphological character set for all Flies for the large world-wide collaboration, the FLYTREE project, in the US NSF Assembling the Tree of Life Program.
  • The Backyard Explorer program developed by the Queensland Museum and the Queensland Department of Education helps schools and community groups to investigate and better appreciate the biodiversity of their schoolyards, backyards and natural environment using insects. This scientifically rigorous and yet easy-to-use tool is designed to support the assessment of biodiversity health and the investigation of environmental issues such as comparing disturbed and undisturbed sites, and changes in biodiversity over time. The guides and the associated data collation tool (Excel spreadsheet) and collection manual are written for high school and community groups and are available at the open access Queensland Museum Backyard Explorer GoogleDocs website http://goo.gl/M8ASZ. Primary school versions of the leader’s and user’s guide and data collation tool, videos demonstrating invertebrate collection methods, and other resources in the Backyard Explorer package are available on the Wild Backyards: Backyard Explorer page of the Queensland Museum website (http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/microsites/wild/index.asp).
  • Collaborate by completing phylogenetic analyses and publication of results including phylogenetic placement, especially Lesley Ballantyne (Adjunct Research Associate, Charles Sturt University) on fireflies.
  • Systematics of Australian Zopheridae (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea) from morphological data, with development of a bio-indicator for Australian forest (3 yr ABRS grant with Dr Federica Turco)
  • Incorporation of Bush Blitz material into descriptions of Australian cicadas (Cicadidae) using alphataxonomic methods (ABRS grant to C. Lambkin for Dr Lindsay Popple)
  • Incorporation of Bush Blitz material into descriptions of Australian robberflies (Asilidae) using alphataxonomic methods (ABRS grant to C.L. Lambkin for Gregory Daniels)
  • Incorporating Bush Blitz and other collected material into descriptions of Australian Beeflies (Bombyliidae) using Cybertaxonomic methods (ABRS grant to C.L. Lambkin
  • Compilation of an Australian Faunal Directory to complete the provision of taxonomic and nomenclatural treatments of Diptera: Bombyliidae, Therevidae, Syrphidae, and 'Nematocera', and ongoing updating of the AFD. (ABRS Contracts)
  • Part of “Island Hitchhikers” part of the Pest Off in Central Queensland initiative by completing field work trapping and surveying, sorting, and identification of invertebrate fauna, especially introduced and pest species, of remote islands of the Capricornia Cays with the Conservation Management Branch of Conservation, Strategy and Planning in Queensland Parks and Wildlife (QPW) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Part of BATH (Biodiversity at the Heights) by co-ordinating QM contributions of databasing of taxon and sample information to IBISCA (Investigating the Biodiversity of Soil and Canopy Arthropods) Queensland at Lamington National Park organised by Roger Kitching at the Australian School of Environmental Studies, Griffith University. 

Scientific Publications

Ballantyne, L. A., Lambkin, C. L., Luan, X., Boontop, Y., Nak-Eiam, S., Pimpasalee, S., Silalom, S. & Thancharoen, A. (2016) Further studies on south eastern Asian Luciolinae: 1. Sclerotia Ballantyne, a new genus of fireflies with back swimming larvae. 2. Triangulara Pimpasalee, a new genus from Thailand (Coleoptera: Lampyridae). Zootaxa 4170, 201-249. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.4170.2.1

Winterton, S. L., Hardy, N. B., Wiegmann, B. M., Gaimari, S. D., Hauser, M., Hill, H. N., Holston, K. C., Irwin, M. E., Lambkin, C. L., Metz, M. A., Turco, F., Webb, D., Yang, L. & Yeates, D. K. (2015) The phylogeny of stiletto flies (Diptera: Therevidae). Systematic Entomology. 41, 144-161. DOI: 10.1111/syen.12147

Nakamura, A., Burwell, C. J., Lambkin, C. L., Katabuchi, M., McDougall, A., Raven, R. J. & Neldner, V. J. (2015) The role of human disturbance in island biogeography of arthropods and plants: an information theoretic approach. Journal of Biogeography. 42: 1406–1417. doi:10.1111/jbi.12520

Ballantyne, L., Lambkin, C. L., Boontop, Y. & Jusoh, W. F. A. (2015) Revisional studies on the Luciolinae fireflies of Asia (Coleoptera: Lampyridae): 1. The genus Pyrophanes Olivier with two new species. 2. Four new species of Pteroptyx Olivier and 3. A new genus Inflata Boontop, with redescription of Luciola indica (Motsch.) as Inflata indica comb. nov. Zootaxa 3959, 1–84. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.3959.1.1

Moeseneder, C.H., Hutchinson, P.M. & Lambkin, C.L. (2014). Revision of the genus Metallesthes Kraatz and description of Metallesthes anneliesae, a new species of Cetoniinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) from Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Zootaxa, 3881, 301-327. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.3881.4.1

Ferguson, D. J., Lambkin, C. L. & Yeates, D. K. (2014) Eight new species of Australian stiletto flies in the genus Anabarhynchus Macquart (Diptera: Therevidae) from South East Queensland. Zootaxa 3802, 553-82. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.3802.4.7

Ballantyne, L., Fu, X., Lambkin, C., Jeng, M.-L., Faust, L., Wijekoon, W. M. C. D., Li, D. & Zhu, T. (2013) Studies on South-east Asian fireflies: Abscondita, a new genus with details of life history, flashing patterns and behaviour of Abs. chinensis (L.) and Abs. terminalis (Olivier) (Coleoptera: Lampyridae: Luciolinae). Zootaxa 3721, 1-048. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.3721.1.1

Kitching, R.L., Ashton, L.A., Burwell, C.J., Boulter, S.L., Greenslade, P., Laidlaw, M.J., Lambkin, C.L., Maunsell, S.C., Nakamura, A. & Ødegaard, F. (2013) Chapter 13. Sensitivity and Threat in High-Elevation Rainforests: Outcomes and Consequences of the IBISCA-Queensland Project. Treetops at Risk: Challenges of Global Canopy Ecology and Conservation (ed. by M. D. Lowman, S. Devy and T. Ganesh.), pp. 131-139. Springer: New York.

Turco, F., Ślipiński, A. & Lambkin, C. L. (2013) Enhypnon Carter: a taxonomic revision of an endemic Australian genus of ground-dwelling beetles (Coleoptera: Zopheridae) Zootaxa 3681, 371–394. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.3681.4.3

Lambkin, C. L. & Turco, F. (2013) Collessiama (Diptera: Therevidae: Agapophytinae: Taenogera genus-group), a new genus from eastern Australia, with a key to the Australian genera of Therevidae. Zootaxa 3680, 96–117. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.3680.1.7

Ballantyne, L. A. & Lambkin, C. L. (2013) Systematics and phylogenetics of Indo-Pacific Luciolinae fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) and the description of new genera Zootaxa 3653, 1-162. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.3653.1.1

Lambkin, C. L., Sinclair, B. J., Pape, T., Courtney, G. W., Skevington, J. H., Meier, R., Yeates, D. K., Blagoderov, V. & Wiegmann, B. M. (2013) The phylogenetic relationships among infraorders and superfamilies of Diptera based on morphological evidence. Systematic Entomology. 38, 164–179: doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3113.2012.00652.x

Nelson, L. A., Lambkin, C. L., Batterham, P., Wallman, J. F., Dowton, M., Whiting, M. F., Yeates, D. K. & Cameron, S. L. (2012) Beyond barcoding: A mitochondrial genomics approach to molecular phylogenetics and diagnostics of blowflies (Diptera: Calliphoridae). Gene. 15, 131-142. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gene.2012.09.103

Winterton, S. L. & Lambkin, C. L. (2012) New Australian stiletto flies: revision of Manestella Metz and description of Medomega gen. nov. (Diptera: Therevidae: Agapophytinae) ZooKeys 240, 1-119. DOI:10.3897/zookeys.240.2967

Fu, X., Ballantyne, L.A. and Lambkin, C.L. (2012). The external larval morphology of aquatic and terrestrial Luciolinae fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) Zootaxa 3404: 1-34.

Fu, X., Ballantyne, L. A. and Lambkin, C. L. (2012). Emeia gen. nov., a new genus of Luciolinae fireflies from China (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) with an unusual trilobite-like larva, and a redescription of the genus Curtos Motsch. Zootaxa 3403: 1-53.

Turco, F., Ślipiński, A. and Lambkin, C.L. (2012). Taxonomic revision of Australian Pristoderus Hope (Coleoptera, Zopheridae) Zootaxa 3239: 1-34.

Lambkin, C. L. and Bartlett, J. S. (2011). Bush Blitz aids description of three new species and a new genus of Australian beeflies (Diptera, Bombyliidae, Exoprosopini). In: Smith V, Penev L (Eds) e-Infrastructures for data publishing in biodiversity science. ZooKeys 150, 231-280. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.1881.

Lambkin, C. L., Boulter, S. L., Starick, N. T., Cantrell, B. K., Bickel, D. J., Wright, S. G., Power, N., Schutze, M. K., Turco, F., Nakamura, A. and Burwell, C. J. (2011). Altitudinal and seasonal variation in the family-level assemblages of flies (Diptera) in an Australian subtropical rainforest: one hundred thousand and counting! Memoirs of the Queensland Museum - Nature 55, 315-331

Boulter, S. L., Lambkin, C. L. and Starick, N. T. (2011). Assessing the abundance of seven major arthropod groups along an altitudinal gradient and across seasons in subtropical rainforest. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum - Nature 55, 303-313.

Kitching, R. L., Putland, D., Ashton, L. A., Laidlaw, M. J., Boulter, S. L., Christensen, H. and Lambkin, C. L. (2011). Detecting biodiversity changes along climatic gradients: the IBISCA-Queensland Project. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum - Nature 55, 235-250.

Burwell, C. J., McDougall, A., Nakamura, A. and Lambkin, C. L. (2011). New butterfly, hawkmoth (Lepidoptera) and dragonfly (Odonata) records from vegetated coral cays in the southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Australian Entomologist 38, 75-88.

Wiegmann, B. M., Trautwein, M. D., Winkler, I. S., Barr, N. B., Kim, J.-W., Lambkin, C., Bertone, M. A., Cassel, B. K., Bayless, K. M., Heimberge, A. M., Wheeler, B. M., Peterson, K. J., Pape, T., Sinclair, B. J., Skevington, J. H., Blagoderov, V., Caravas, J., Kutty, S. N., Schmidt-Ott, U., Kampmeier, G. E., Thompson, F. C., Grimaldi, D. A., Beckenbach, A. T., Courtney, G. W., Friedrich, M., Meier, R. and Yeates, D. K. (2011). Episodic radiations in the fly tree of life. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108, 5690-5695. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1012675108

Fu, X., Ballantyne, L. A. & Lambkin, C. L. (2010). Aquatica gen. nov. from mainland China with a description of Aquatica Wuhana sp. nov. (Coleoptera: Lampyridae: Luciolinae). Zootaxa, 2530: 1-18. DOI:10.5281/zenodo.196535

Lambkin, C. L., Trueman, J. W., Yeates, D. K., Holston, K. C., Webb, D. W., Hauser, M., Metz, M. A., Hill, H. N., Skevington, J. H., Yang, L., Irwin, M. E. and Wiegmann, B. M. (2009). Supertrees and the Tree of Life: Generating a metaphylogeny for a diverse invertebrate family (Insecta: Diptera: Therevidae) using constraint trees and the parsimony ratchet to overcome low taxon overlap. Invertebrate Systematics 23, 171-191. DOI:10.1071/IS08035

Ballantyne, L. A. and Lambkin, C.L. (2009). Systematics of Indo-Pacific Fireflies with a redefinition of Australasian Atyphella Olliff, Madagascan Photuroluciola (Pic), and description of seven new genera from the Luciolinae (Coleoptera: Lampyridae). Zootaxa 1997, 1-188.

Lambkin, C.L., Hiller, T., Tennent, W. J. and Starick, N. (2008). The Burnham collection (Lepidoptera): From Rev. Pére J.B. Poncelet in Bougainville to Gold Coast garage. The Australian Entomologist 35, 79-87.

Lambkin, C.L., Fayed, S.A., Manchester, C., La Salle, J., Scheffer, S.J. and Yeates, D.K. (2008). Plant hosts and parasitoid associations of leaf mining flies (Diptera: Agromyzidae) in the Canberra region of Australia. Australian Journal of Entomology 47, 13-19. DOI:10.1111/j.1440-6055.2007.00622.x

Yeates, D.K., Wiegmann, B.M., Courtney, G.W., Meier, R., Lambkin, C. & Pape, T. (2007). Phylogeny and systematics of Diptera: Two decades of progress and prospects. In 'Linnaeus Tercentenary: Progress in Invertebrate Taxonomy.' (Eds Z.-Q. Zhang and W. A. Shear.), Zootaxa 1668: 565-590. DOI:10.5281/zenodo.180150

Cameron, S. L., Lambkin, C. L., Barker, S. C. and Whiting, M. F. (2007). A mitochondrial genome phylogeny of the Diptera: Whole genome sequence data successfully resolves relationships over broad timescales with high precision. Systematic Entomology 32, 40-59. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-3113.2006.00355.x

Ferguson, D. J. and Lambkin, C. L. (2006). Behavioral observations of Australian stiletto flies from south-eastern New South Wales (Diptera: Therevidae). The Australian Entomologist. 33(3), 123-132.

Lambkin, C.L. and Yeates, D.K. (2006) Kapu (Diptera: Bombyliidae: Anthracinae: Exoprosopini), a replacement name for the Australian genus Kapua Lambkin and Yeates 2003 Invertebrate Systematics 20, 161. DOI:10.1071/IS05056

Ballantyne, L.A. and Lambkin, C. (2006) Pygoluciola Wittmer (Coleoptera: Lampyridae: Luciolinae) A Reassessment. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 54, 21-48.

Allsopp, P.G. and Lambkin, C.L. (2006) Canegrubs and cladistics: what story do adult, larval and ecological characters tell? Australian Journal of Entomology 45, 55-66. DOI:10.1111/j.1440-6055.2006.00511.x

Lambkin, C.L., Recsei, J.M. and Yeates, D.K. (2005) Systematic revision of Johnmannia Irwin and Lyneborg (Diptera: Therevidae): Atypical metallic stiletto flies from Australian mesic habitats. Zootaxa. 866, 1-28. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.866.1.1

Lambkin, C.L. (2004) Partitioned Bremer support localises significant conflict in bee flies (Diptera: Bombyliidae: Anthracinae) Invertebrate Systematics 18, 351-360. DOI:10.1071/IS04004

Lambkin, C.L. and Yeates, D.K. (2003) Genes, morphology, and agreement: Congruence in Australian anthracine bee flies (Diptera: Bombyliidae: Anthracinae) Invertebrate Systematics 17: 161-184. DOI:10.1071/IS02039

Lambkin, C.L., Yeates, D.K. and Greathead, D.J. (2003) An evolutionary radiation of bee flies in semi-arid Australia: Systematics of the Exoprosopini (Diptera: Bombyliidae) Invertebrate Systematics 17, 735-891.

Papoucheva, E., Proviz, V, Lambkin, C.L., Goddeeris, B. and Blinov, A. (2003). Phylogeny of the endemic baikalian Sergentia (Chironomidae, Diptera) Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 25, 120-125. DOI:10.1016/S1055-7903(03)00075-7

Lambkin, C.L., Lee, M.S.Y., Winterton, S., and Yeates, D.K. (2002). Partitioned Bremer Support and multiple trees. Cladistics. 18: 436-444. DOI:10.1111/j.1096-0031.2002.tb00159.x

Ballantyne, L.A. and Lambkin, C.L. (2001). A new firefly, Luciola (Pygoluciola) kinabalua, new species (Coleoptera: Lampyridae), from Malaysia, with observations on a possible copulation clamp. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 49(2), 363-377.

Davies, V.T. and Lambkin, C.L. (2001). A revision of Procambridgea Forster & Wilton, (Araneae: Amaurobioidea: Stiphidiidae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 46(2), 443-459.

Davies, V. and Lambkin, C.L. (2000). Malarina, a new spider genus (Araneae: Amaurobioidea: Kababininae) from the wet tropics, Queensland Australia. Queensland Museum Memoirs 45(2), 273-283.

Davies, V.T. and Lambkin, C.L. (2000). Wabua, a new spider (Araneae: Amaurobioidea: Kababininae) from North Queensland, Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 46(1), 129-147.

Ballantyne, L.A. and Lambkin, C.L. (2000). The Lampyridae of Australia (Coleoptera: Lampyridae: Luciolinae: Luciolini). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 46(1), 15-93.

Yeates, D., D. Logan, and Lambkin, C.L. (1999). Immature stages of the bee fly Ligyra satyrus (Diptera: Bombyliidae): a hyperparasitoid of canegrubs (Coleoptera: Scarabaedae). Journal of the Australian Entomological Society 38, 300-4. DOI:10.1046/j.1440-6055.1999.00127.x

Lambkin, C.L. and Yeates, D.K. (1998). Characters, congruence, and beeflies: Cryptic species diversity in Australian Anthracini (Diptera: Bombyliidae). Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 107: 123-6.

Yeates, D.K. and Lambkin, C.L. (1998). Cryptic species diversity and character congruence: Review of the tribe Anthracini (Diptera: Bombyliidae) in Australia. Invertebrate Taxonomy 12: 977-1078. DOI:10.1071/IT97019

Christine L. Lambkin: 1995Computer Program Review: RangeMapper. Australian Journal of Entomology; 34:280., DOI:10.1111/j.1440-6055.1995.tb01340.x

Book Chapter

Christine L. Lambkin, Narelle Power, and Noel T. Starick (2002) Mt Kosciuszko: Biodiversity of Flies (Diptera) pp. 76-87, in ‘Biodiversity in the Snowy Mountains’ (ed. K. Green) AIAS Jindabyne. 



Curator of Entomology, Biodiversity Program

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