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Johan Liljeblad

Johan Liljeblad
Taxonomist and entomologist working as Maintenance Manager of Artportalen. Safety Representative. Fire Evacuation Leader.


Born in 1963 in Linköping where I also grew up. Moved to Uppsala in 1990 in order to study biology. In 1993 I moved on to Stockholm and in 1995 I got my Masters degree at Stockholm University.


I defended my thesis on the systematics and evolution of the gall wasps in 2002 at Stockholm University. Between 2004-2006 I was part of the John Heraty lab at the University of California, Riverside as a post doc. Here, I did morphology based research on the systematics of primarily the Chalcidoidea but also the Hymenoptera as a whole. This was followed by a few months as post doc at the Texas A&M University, where I worked with a database of all species of the Cynipoidea.

Outside of my duties at SLU, I continue doing some morphology based research into the systematics and evolution of wasps, primarily the gall wasps in the superfamily Cynipoidea.

in Figitidae:
Euceroptrinae Buffington & Liljeblad, 2008
Euceroptres whartoni Buffington & Liljeblad, 2008

in Paraulacidae:
Paraulaicdae Nieves-Aldrey & Liljeblad, 2009
Paraulacini Nieves-Aldrey & Liljeblad, 2009
Paraulax queulensis Nieves-Aldrey & Liljeblad, 2009
Paraulax ronquisti Nieves-Aldrey & Liljeblad, 2009
Cecinothofagus Nieves-Aldrey & Liljeblad, 2009
Cecinothofagus gallaecoihue Nieves-Aldrey & Liljeblad, 2009
Cecinothofagus gallaelenga Nieves-Aldrey & Liljeblad, 2009
Cecinothofagus ibarrai Nieves-Aldrey & Liljeblad, 2009

in Cynipidae:
Qwaqwaiini Liljeblad, Nieves-Aldrey & Melika, 2011
Qwaqwaia Liljeblad, Nieves-Aldrey & Melika, 2011
Qwaqwaia scolopiae Liljeblad, Nieves-Aldrey & Melika, 2011

Environmental analysis

Maintenance Manager of Mangement Object Observation which includes e.g. Artportalen, the Swedish Species Observation System. Swedish representative for the Global Taxonomy Initiative.

Between 2012 and 2021 I worked as Manager of Dyntaxa, Sweden's national taxonomic database of wild organisms.

Have also dealt with identification keys and at times been chairman of the Committee for Swedish Animal Names.



In 2003-2004 I worked with starting up the Swedish Malaise Trap Project, during which I mounted around 60 Malaise traps all over the country.

Selected publications

Buffington, M. L., Forshage, M., Liljeblad, J., Tang, C.-T. & van Noort, S. (2020) "World Cynipoidea (Hymenoptera): A Key to Higher-Level Groups." Insect Systematics and Diversity 4(4): 1; 1–69.

Ronquist, F., J. L. Nieves-Aldrey, M. L. Buffington, Z. W. Liu, J. Liljeblad and J. A. A. Nylander (2015). "Phylogeny, Evolution and Classification of Gall Wasps: The Plot Thickens." Plos One 10(5).

Heraty, J. M., R. A. Burks, A. Cruaud, G. A. P. Gibson, J. Liljeblad, J. Munro, J. Y. Rasplus, G. Delvare, P. Jansta, A. Gumovsky, J. Huber, J. B. Woolley, L. Krogmann, S. Heydon, A. Polaszek, S. Schmidt, D. C. Darling, M. W. Gates, J. Mottern, E. Murray, A. Dal Molin, S. Triapitsyn, H. Baur, J. D. Pinto, S. van Noort, J. George and M. Yoder (2013). "A phylogenetic analysis of the megadiverse Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera)." Cladistics 29(5): 466-542.

Wremp, A. M., U. Gärdenfors and J. Liljeblad (2013). "Dyntaxa – Artportalens ryggrad." Fauna och Flora (Stockholm) 108(2): 31–33.

Sharkey, M. J., J. M. Carpenter, L. Vilhelmsen, J. Heraty, J. Liljeblad, A. P. G. Dowling, S. Schulmeister, D. Murray, A. R. Deans, F. Ronquist, L. Krogmann and W. C. Wheeler (2012). "Phylogenetic relationships among superfamilies of Hymenoptera." Cladistics 28(1): 80-112.

Liljeblad, J., J.-L. Nieves-Aldrey, S. Neser and G. Melika (2011). "Adding another piece to the cynipoid puzzle: the description of a new tribe, genus and species of gall wasp (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) endemic to The Republic of South Africa." Zootaxa(2806): 35-52.

Nieves-Aldrey, J.-L., J. Liljeblad, M. Hernandez Nieves, A. Grez and J. A. A. Nylander (2009). "Revision and phylogenetics of the genus Paraulax Kieffer (Hymenoptera, Cynipidae) with biological notes and description of a new tribe, a new genus, and five new species." Zootaxa(2200): 1-40.

Liljeblad, J., F. Ronquist, J.-L. Nieves-Aldrey, F. Fontal-Cazalla, P. Ros-Farre, D. Gaitros and J. Pujade-Villar (2008). "A fully web-illustrated morphological phylogenetic study of relationships among oak gall wasps and their closest relatives (Hymenoptera : Cynipidae)." Zootaxa(1796): 1-73.

Buffington, M. L. and J. Liljeblad (2008). "The description of Euceroptrinae, a new subfamily of figitidae (Hymenoptera), including a revision of Euceroptres Ashmead, 1896 and the description of a new species." Journal of Hymenoptera Research 17(1): 44-56.

Karlsson, D., T. Pape, K. A. Johanson, J. Liljeblad and F. Ronquist (2005). "The Swedish Malaise Trap Project, or how many species of Hymenoptera and Diptera are there in Sweden?" Entomologisk Tidskrift 126(1-2): 43-53.

Pujade-Villar, J., O. Kovalev and J. Liljeblad (2003). "Status of Pseudoneuroterus Kinsey, 1923 and remarks on closely related genera (Hymenoptera, Cynipidae)." Nouvelle Revue d'Entomologie 20(4): 353-360.

Liljeblad, J. (2002). "Phylogeny and evolution of gall wasps (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae)." PhD Thesis, Stockholm University, Sweden. 36 pp.

Fontal-Cazalla, F., M. Buffington, G. Nordlander, J. Liljeblad, P. Ros-Farre, J. Nieves-Aldrey, J. Pujade-Villar and F. Ronquist (2002). "Phylogeny of the Eucoilinae (Hymenoptera : Cynipoidea : Figitidae)." Cladistics 18(2): 154-199.

Ronquist, F. and J. Liljeblad (2001). "Evolution of the gall wasp-host plant association." Evolution 55(12): 2503-2522.

Liljeblad, J. and F. Ronquist (1998). "A phylogenetic analysis of higher-level gall wasp relationships (Hymenoptera : Cynipidae)." Systematic Entomology 23(3): 229-252.


Environmental Assessment Specialist at the Swedish Species Information Centre; SLU Artdatabanken Digitala verktyg
Telephone: +4618671434, +46761330328
Postal address:
Box 7007
750 07 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Almas allé 8E, Uppsala, Uppsala