Following up on my post about using GoogleMaps with Cartographer here is a map made using the NASA base map suggested at the cartographer web page.
I have the type of Leiradira blandula Tschitscherine. It is without doubt the holotype as the labels match the description, sex, etc. I am equally certain that this species occurs nowhere near Adelaide, South Australia. It is a northeast NSW and southern QLD species. The label in the upper right is almost certainly in Tschitscherine’s […]
I recently saw some images posted on facebook by “Blackdog To Chan” of an Odacanthine that I am pretty sure is Mimocolliuris (Paramimocolliuris) sinuatiphallus Zhao & Tian. The really cool thing is that Blackdog TC saw it feeding on the spores of the fern plant it was on. I haven’t done any serious searches in the literature, […]
I have finally succeeded in producing what I think will be good distribution maps for publications using Mesquite’s Cartographer. This took me a long time (I have been using Mesquite for many years) but that is no fault of Cartographer. I wasn’t happy with the look and resolution of the maps and the problem was […]
Bottom line, Acanthoferonia, as cool as it is, must be treated as a subgenus. Here is a draft abstract of the paper I am writing up now. NOTHING WRITTEN HERE CAN BE CONSTRUED AS BEING PUBLISHED IN THE SENSE OF THE ICZN. Bayesian analysis of a combined matrix of four partial gene sequences (28S rDNA, […]
More on the beetle: In part 1 of my search for Acanthoferonia ferox I wrote about the rarity of the beetles and the story that ties wine country habitat to the beetles. I think it is worth mentioning what makes these beetles scientifically interesting, so that is the topic of first part of this post. […]
In April of 1936 E.G. Linsley and R.L. Usinger of UC Berkeley (if you don’t know them check out the bio at the links) report on a day trip, collecting on the slopes of Mt. Diablo. Gort and Bob’s story reminds me of our local bioblitzes and my own meanderings on Mangini Ranch and around […]