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Bug - Speleketor flocki

Bug - Speleketor flocki
Big Gypsum Valley near Slickrock Colorado and Utah border, San Miguel County, Colorado, USA
July 21, 2012
Size: 2mm
Desert Riparian

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Bug - Speleketor flocki Bug - Speleketor flocki

finally got this record published:
Uhey, D. and Kendall, D., 2020. Third Known Locality for the Booklouse Speleketor flocki Gurney1 Found in Big Gypsum Valley, Colorado. Southwestern Entomologist, 45(1), pp.297-299.

This is amazing!
In what habitat was this interesting specimen found? Thanks for posting.

so he
was found in our "shrub" habitat, composed of Atriplex gardneri, Oleaceae Forestiera pubescens, and Asteraceae Guitierie spp.
Also with some unidentified grasses, typical habitat of the Gypsum soils in the area. Sent him out to Dr. Mockford, so hopefully we'll know more soon!

How can you & Mockford ID a specimen like this. There's no color, no stigma and can barely make out the venation, which I would imagine would be the same or very sim. at genus level.

Speleketor, probably S. flocki Gurney --det. E.L. Mockford
his comment: "I would really like to see the specimen, as this is only the third locality for it (Tucson Mts., Arizona and Gypsum Cave, SE Nevada)."

my comment: new FAMILY for the guide -- this is huge... thanks! please drop me a word offline, would you?

Moved from ID Request.

Dr. Mockford emailed me back
and confirmed the ID!

wow how neat!!!!
I could probably send the specimen out, really glad to add a whole new family to the guide! as far as the habitat, it was caught in a pit trap next to the Dolores river, Gypsum soils, desert terrain very similar to Moab area. I'd have to see which veg. type it was in, we have three; Salix, Tamarix, and native desert shrubs,I'll get back to you on what type.

I don't know what kinds of numbers they usually are in, but it surprised me to only get one specimen for such a tiny arthropod in two years of pit trapping

Sorry, but can only ID from field markings. Someone else familiar with prepared specimens may be able to give you more information

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