Champions of biodiversity. A weevil genus beats records of explosive evolutive radiation on oceanic island in Macaronesia. The swarm of 261 species and subspecies in Madeira, Salvages and the Canary Islands is the result of a blend of adaptive and non-adaptive evolution in old volcanic archipelagos. Within a timeframe of about 9 million years, sequential radiation events have generated 25 monophyletic groups that have been recognised as subgenera of Laparocerus.  Colonisation routes, habitat shifts, disruption of populations by volcanism, dispersal by massive landslides, and other important factors for speciation are discussed in depth. If oceanic islands have been traditionally considered as laboratories of evolution and species-producing machines, Laparocerus will become an ideal model species for broadening research into dispersal and speciation processes of all kinds. Such a group provides a fine-grain picture of nature and evolution at work. To assist in this endeavour, this book provides a full revision of the genus Laparocerus, with descriptions of all taxa—doubling the number previously known—keys for their identification, 374 macro-photographs of the imagos, 50 plates with line-drawings of their genitalia and other internal pieces, and 47 distribution maps. It also incorporates a detailed anatomical study (13 plates) of one species including preimaginal stages, and chapters dealing with their breeding biology, ecology (food-plants, habitats, etc.), and behaviour, duly illustrated. Their natural history, in other words.

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Hardcover, 22.6 x 29 x 4 cm, 681 pages.

Published Oct. 2022

Availabe at Amazon and at Publicaciones Turquesa | Price 120 €

English edition: eBook January 2019 / paperback February 2019


Antonio Machado Carrillo is a Canarian biologist that one day left for Laos, where he set out to write for “fourteen days”. The outcome of that interview with himself is a mixture of travel book, philo­­so­phical essay, popular science and intellectual leg­acy. Readers will not remain indifferent to this difficult-to-label book, where the meaning of life (living matter) and mind (thinking matter) are explained as cosmic phenomena. It deals with the importance of information in both the evolution of the universe and of living beings; it tackles the instincts and cultural achievements of our species, viewed as a psycho-biological amalgam. The future of nature in a psychosphere, humanine, the risks of ecofascism, the evils of plenty, infoxication, beliefs, people’s reason for living or ikigai, and other things —as the title says—are also discussed. It is a gener­ous book in which to learn, an invitation to reflect, or an imposition, perhaps…?

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