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  • Kathy &/or Dave Biggs
    Wow! A new species, right under our noses! Kathy ... Subject: Re: [Odonata-l] New species Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 09:24:34 -0500 From: John Abbott
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      Wow! A new species, right under our noses!
      Kathy

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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
      <se-odonata@egroups.com>
      References: <49B80D54-4D07-48B5-9A45-98303CBB8B88@...>



      Here is a link to the photos
      - http://jcabbottnaturephotography.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-texas-spiketail-dragonfly.html

      What 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.

      John


      On 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!
      >
      > Marion Dobbs
      > 9 Bridlewood Lane
      > Rome GA 30165
      > ecurlew AT mac.com <http://mac.com/>
      > http://www.mamomi.net <http://www.mamomi.net/>
      > http://mamomi.smugmug.com <http://mariondobbs.smugmug.com/>
      >
      > "There could be whole antiworlds and antipeople made out of
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      > hands! You would both vanish in a great flash of light."_Stephen Hawking
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      Curator of Entomology, Texas Natural Science Center
      Section of Integrative Biology
      2907 Lake Austin Blvd.
      The University of Texas at Austin
      Austin, Texas 78703 USA
      Lab Phone: (512) 232-1896
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      <http://www.abbottnaturephotography.com/>


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