*Major update to the Global Lepidoptera Names Index (LepIndex)*

George Beccaloni gwb at NHM.AC.UK
Wed Oct 29 18:34:54 CST 2003


Dear All,

We are pleased to announce a major update to the Global Lepidoptera Names
Index (LepIndex) (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/entomology/lepindex/):-
    * 127,049 Lepidoptera taxa in superfamilies Bombycoidea, Cossoidea,
Geometroidea & Noctuoidea have been added. There are now records for
154,618 Lepidoptera taxa in the database.
    * A faster search system has been implemented:- it is about 4 times
quicker than the previous version at displaying a record of a taxon
together with the image of the relevant index card.
    * The introductory pages have been revised.
LepIndex is essentially a computerised and updated version of the Natural
History Museum's (UK) unique card index archive to the scientific names of
the living and fossil Lepidoptera of the world. This archive was produced
by NHM taxonomists over many decades and it contains 290,891 cards,
representing ~95% of all published Lepidoptera names, plus misspellings and
misidentifications. LepIndex currently has electronic images of all the
cards for the following 11 Lepidoptera superfamilies:-  Alucitoidea,
Bombycoidea, Cossoidea, Geometroidea, Hyblaeoidea, Noctuoidea,
Pterophoroidea, Pyraloidea, Simaethistoidea, Thyridoidea and Whalleyanoidea.

If you want to test LepIndex but don't know the scientific names of any
moths then try searching for the genus name "Dysodia".

Any comments on LepIndex will be gratefully received:- please send them to
George Beccaloni at g.beccaloni at nhm.ac.uk.

Best wishes,

George Beccaloni, Malcolm Scoble, Gaden Robinson, Brian Pitkin & Mike Sadka

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Dr George Beccaloni
Curator of orthopteroid insects
Entomology Department
The Natural History Museum [formerly British Museum (Natural History)]
Cromwell Road
South Kensington
London SW7 5BD, UK

Tel. +44 (0)20 7942 5361 Fax. +44 (0)20 7942 5229
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