Secret Site Map
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Home News New Wasp Species Discovered in Costa Rica

New Wasp Species Discovered in Costa Rica

News Coverage

Costa Rica reveals astonishing biodiversity of braconid wasps, with 277 new species of the tribe Heterospilini.

| November 7, 2013

Costa Rica reveals astonishing biodiversity of braconid wasps, with 277 new species of the tribe Heterospilini described in the latest special issue of the open access journal ZooKeys.

This is the second part of an extensive two-part study of the braconid subfamily Doryctinae from Costa Rica. Authors Paul M. Marsh, Alexander L. Wild, and James B. Whitfield describe a total of 286 species of wasps within the tribe, but reveal a possibility of additional 50-100 species to be added to the counts.

“If the numerous unplaced species in the unsorted specimens we have looked at are added to the above figures, the enormous diversity of this genus in such a small locality becomes obvious,” explained Dr Marsh. “We estimate that perhaps another 50-100 species could be added to the total to contribute to the astonishing biodiversity of Costa Rica.”

This study is remarkable in one more way, being the first large monograph incorporating hundreds of species to be automatically registered on ZooBank as a part of an innovative workflow implemented for the first time in zoology by ZooKeys. Why is this important? The automated registration saves many hours of manual work and reduces the risks of human mistakes in the data transfer.

Source: ESA

 

Top news

Suspect Arrested in Death of Jill Su

Police have arrested Dayont'e Omar Resiles in connection with the death of Su, wife of renowned UF Entomologist Nan-Yao Su, Local 10 News reported.

Agri-Turf Distributing Names Lon Records CEO

Records is a familiar face in the industry with a career that dates back to the early 1970s.

Rodent Deterrent Believed to Have Sparked Wildfire

The four-day-old Silverado Fire, which has burned nearly 1,000 acres, was apparently ignited by the sun reflecting off metal sheeting put up by someone trying to keep rodents out of a vegetable garden, a fire official told ABC 10 San Diego.

Ed Szymanski Joins Nisus Corporation

Szymanski, a 36-year industry veteran, is area manager for the South Central and Mountain regions of the U.S.

Skyline Pest Solutions Makes Acquisition

Skyline has purchased the pest control division of Aabby Group.

x