[Taxacom] A Tribute to Taxonomists - from the Eco Tome: Exciting Ecology & Evolution, blog

Vladimir E. Gokhman vegokhman at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 7 10:08:38 CST 2016

Dear Ellinor,

Thank you for pointing to the very interesting set of examples highlighting 
the importance of taxonomic studies. Among other examples, I would like to 
draw your attention towards Anisopteromalus quinarius Gokhman & Baur, a 
small parasitoid (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Pteromalidae) 
attacking a number of coleopteran stored-product pests, mostly of the family 
Anobiidae. As many other parasitoids of stored-product insects, it is 
virtually cosmopolitan. Moreover, it often inhabits people’s homes and 
analogous habitats where its preferred hosts usually live, but it remained 
undescribed up to 2014(!), because it was easily confused with another 
member of its genus, i.e. Anisopteromalus calandrae (Howard, 1881) having 
similar biology. About 20 years ago, I first detected the presence of 
cryptic species in the Anisopteromalus calandrae species complex using 
chromosomal analysis, and in 2014, after a thorough study, we were able to 
describe a new species, A. quinarius (please see: Baur H, 
Kranz-Baltensperger Y, Cruaud A, Rasplus J-Y, Timokhov AV, Gokhman VE. 2014. 
Morphometric analysis and taxonomic revision of Anisopteromalus Ruschka 
(Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Pteromalidae) – an integrative approach. 
Systematic Entomology 39: 691-709; http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/syen.12081).

Best regards,

Vladimir E. Gokhman
Botanical Garden
Moscow State University
Moscow 119234
Phone + 7 495 939 3293
Fax + 7 495 939 3509
E-mail: vegokhman at hotmail.com

-----Исходное сообщение----- 
From: Ellinor Michel
Sent: Thursday, January 7, 2016 6:44 PM
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: [Taxacom] A Tribute to Taxonomists - from the Eco Tome: Exciting 
Ecology & Evolution, blog

This is just a reminder that taxonomists are appreciated! Maybe not as 
widely, or as remuneratively, as we'd like, but we have our fans.


Any other nice examples out there?

Dr Ellinor MICHEL
Department of Life Sciences
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD London  UK  tel: +44-207-942-5516


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