HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Bog Beetle, Misidentified For 85 Years, Is 'Discovered' At Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Sitting patiently in museum insect collections for at least 85 years, this Ithaca bog beetle waited to be discovered. Now, thanks to Cornell University entomologists, not only has it been 'discovered,' but this bog beetle now has an official name: Platynus indecentis.

In August 1995, Kipling W. Will, a graduate student in entomology from Columbus, Ohio, and James K. Liebherr, Cornell professor of entomology and curator of the Cornell insect collection, were working through the university's insect collection when they stumbled upon a species that looked familiar but which they could not immediately identify. "Kip and I were sorting through the Cornell insect collection and I made a species identification key and he was testing the key on a variety of specimens," Liebherr said. "Kip found that one of the specimens just didn't fit the key. We suspected we had something new. This species had somehow remained mixed into the Cornell collection along with another extremely common beetle species that's been known to science since 1823."

Through careful anatomical comparisons with known species from North America, Europe and Asia, assisted by colleagues Smithsonian Institute in Washington and the Natural History Museum in Paris, the entomologists determined that this species, which can be found in many institutional insect collections throughout the Northeast, had never been given proper scientific identification. The half-inch long predator, a natural resident of the Ithaca area, had eluded entomologists' detection for decades.

It is no longer incognito. The Coleopterists Bulletin (Dec. 30, 1996) published the official name of the new species and genus. Other entomologists can use the accompanying key to identify this new species within their collections. The article was authored by Leibherr and Will.

A member of the ground beetle family, Platynus indecentis now joins more than 2,600 other beetles species found in North America, north o
'"/>

Contact: Blaine Friedlander
bpf2@cornell.edu
607-255-3290
Cornell University News Service
14-Jan-1997


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Asian Beetle, New In This Country, Threatens Brooklyns Shade Trees
2. Long Lava Flows May Have Taken Years, Causing Global Cooling And Extinctions
3. Rockefeller, Weill Cornell researchers find link between estrogen, brain structure changes
4. Cornell researchers turn conventional thinking about canned corn on its ear
5. Effects of ozone pollution threaten agricultural production on Long Island, NY, says Cornell plant pathologist
6. Tumor Protein Structure Found At Cornell
7. ACS Aids Cornell Vet School Cancer Research
8. Cornell Text On International Nutrition
9. Overweight Cats Risk Disease And Premature Death, Cornell Study Finds
10. Laser Microscope At Cornell Images Serotonin In Live Cells
11. Cornell Scientists Find Way To Boost Rice Crop Yield -- Theyll Walk On The Wild Side

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/27/2021)... ... March 25, 2021 , ... Phlexglobal announced ... Planet Group, has selected Phlexglobal and its innovative regulatory SaaS software, PhlexSubmission, as ... a comprehensive review of five regulatory software companies, with the review team including ...
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... 25, 2021 , ... The 2021 Virtual Conference on Clinical Trial Supply-Europe ... More and more, clinical trial supply conferences are featuring speakers and forums that ... Asymmetrex’s founder and CEO, James L. Sherley, M.D., Ph.D., presented a talk ...
(Date:3/23/2021)... ... March 23, 2021 , ... G-CON Manufacturing (G-CON), the ... by Matica Biotechnology (Matica Bio), a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) specializing ... the cleanroom build out for its new GMP production facility in College Station, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... March 24, 2021 , ... ... Life Sciences and Healthcare firms of all sizes, adds depth to its team ... specialist. Pardillo, who earned his doctorate in computational chemistry from Florida International University ...
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... March 24, 2021 , ... ABI Wellness, ... and reporting approach designed under CEO Mark Watson, today announced a webinar dedicated ... featuring guest speakers Dr. Cameron Clark, Neuropsychologist and Founder of Sharp Thinking, and ...
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... ... The Xtalks editorial team is pleased to announce the launch of the ... joined by editorial team members Ayesha Rashid, Sydney Perelmutter and Mira Nabulsi to discuss ... including insights from industry experts. , The Xtalks Life Science podcast will feature ...
(Date:3/23/2021)... Conn. (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2021 , ... ... develops solutions for characterizing microbiome populations down to the strain level, recently unveiled ... applications. , Not all microbes are created equal: some are easy to ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: