972Re: [beemonitoring] Western Dialictus Key?
- Feb 11 1:20 PMKeith Gaddis wrote:
>Does anyone know if there are any available keys for Dialictus inNot yet. Sam might have a comment, though, about his plans to create
>the western U.S. (Specifically Southern California)?
one. A major part of the problem is the dozens of undescribed taxa in
SoCal; we have several drawers of P.H. Timberlake's unpublished new
Dialictus species (he frequently went ahead and named new taxa well
in advance of publishing, and sometimes never got around to that
rather essential last step - nearly every major bee collection in the
US contains specimens with "Timberlake MS" names in them). There may
well be descriptions and diagnoses and even keys buried amidst
Timberlake's hand-written notes (which we still have), but that would
involve weeks of detective work, and still potentially come up
empty-handed. I've never heard whether equivalent personal notes
belonging to George Eickwort were left behind at Cornell when George
passed away; George had been working for around 30 years on a
revision of Dialictus, so it's not impossible that he'd made some
potentially valuable notes on western species.
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
"There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82
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