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Diogmites missouriensis

Diogmites missouriensis
Lafayette - Bayou Vermilion District, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, USA
June 18, 2009
Identification by Herschel Raney

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Diogmites missouriensis Diogmites missouriensis Diogmites missouriensis Diogmites missouriensis Diogmites missouriensis

I did receive two specimens. And these were a male and a female. It would be great if we were able to specifically identify species by genitalia under the scope in this genus. The males require dissection to even formally clear up the whole genus mess. We have only gross characters for now and this has led to some difficulties in the species distributions. These have the characters for missouriensis. They are much less dark-winged in person. The status of this species in relation to texanus is still not clear. And they may be the same animal. We seem to have both 'species' in AR. D. missouriensis was not known from LA where it was replaced by properans. And whether properans is a distinct species will have to be worked out as well. Dr. Barnes paper on several species in TX and a newly defined species for the SW is in press and will be out soon. He has heroically dissected thousands of Diogmites and that was just in four 'species'. Whether he will have the drive or stamina to move on to more Diogmites will have to be seen.

Herschel, I did want to confirm that I sent along the correct collection data. Both specimens were obtained at the Bayou Vermilion District; one collected by me - the other voucher to Michael Barney.

Thanks! -j

"Linking" images; ID
James, if these are all images of the same individual specimen, then you should link them. Do that by clicking on "tag" for each image of the same specimen. Then a thumbnail will appear in the upper left of the page. Once you have tagged all images of the same specimen, then click on "link" at the bottom of the column of tagged images.

Also, may I ask how you came by the species identification? No offense intended, I just know that the genus is pretty difficult, especially making IDs from images alone.

link, etc.
Hi Eric,

Thanks for the information on linking images, I had no idea about that. Re the specific identification to species, I sent Herschel Raney not only images, but two specimens of this animal and he indicated that they were missouriensis. -Thanks! -j

I was going to suggest the same thing about linking; but if you collected more than one specimen, then these shouldn't be linked as "same specimen".
As for the ID; if somebody IDed it for you it is best to mention that in the text.
And don't worry about not knowing all the details; I am still learning about this web site.

Of course...I am usually on t
Of course...I am usually on top of that however some things slide past me with all the data I've been accumulating. The staff at the Audubon Insectarium can reinforce for that. It is utmost important to recognize the appropriate individuals on the matter. This is why I ask for confirmation, as we will mention their name to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources upon publication/completion of this grant. -j

You're welcome, and thank you:-)
I should have guessed that you had already run these by Herschel....Thank you for sharing your fine images. Keep up the great work on all fronts!

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