[Fwd: Re: [Odonata-l] New species]
- Wow! A new species, right under our noses!
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Subject: Re: [Odonata-l] New species Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 09:24:34 -0500 From: John Abbott <jcabbott@...> To: Marion Dobbs <spreadwing@...> CC: Odonata List Server <odonata-l@...>, SE odonata <firstname.lastname@example.org> References: <49B80D54-4D07-48B5-9A45-98303CBB8B88@...>
Here is a link to the photos - http://jcabbottnaturephotography.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-texas-spiketail-dragonfly.htmlWhat is interesting beyond the fact that it remained undiscovered for so long, is how it was discovered. I may write an article about this sometime as I suspect this won't the last time this kind of thing happens, but I believe it is the first for odonates at least in North America.The short of it is, photos of this species were submitted to OdonataCentral by Rick Nirschl, Gary Spicer, and Troy & Terry Hibbitts independently from three different localities over the course of 12 months (2 seasons). Rick's and Gary's photos were of males and were incorrectly confirmed by both myself and Dennis Paulson as Cordulegaster maculata. It was only when Troy and Terry Hibbitts photographed a female and then pointed out the differences between it and maculata that it became obvious this was a new bug. Looking at them now, they are quite distinctive from maculata. The combination of skilled, careful amateur observers and an integrative digital repository for such observations like OdonataCentral worked together in what I believe is an unprecedented way in the North American Odonata community. Who knows what other discoveries may be waiting out there.JohnOn Mar 29, 2011, at 9:05 AM, Marion Dobbs wrote:For those of you who don't already know, John Abbott has described a new spiketail species. Here is the blurb from his Facebook page:_______________________________________________"I just described a new species of dragonfly in the genus Cordulegaster. The common name for this family of dragonflies is Spiketails because the females typically have long ovipositors making it look like they have a spiked tail. The formal description of the species should be in print in a couple of months, but here are some pictures. It seems to have a strong association with Pitcher Plant bogs and is now known in five counties in Texas and just over the border in western Louisiana. I will be describing the larva soon. This species probably remained undiscovered because of its very early flight season (March-April) and restricted habitat of pitcher plant bogs. I'm hoping to learn more about its natural history this spring."He has included some excellent photos as well.Let's give John a hand!
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