Friday, February 28, 2014

What happens when some of these new species become endangered?

Will anyone care.... their special list hasn't been revised since 1920

Way too esoteric, species come and go.
This individual plover, for example, gone
 "A genus of cockroach in the poorly studied family Corydiidae has been revised for the first time since 1920. The revision has resulted in the discovery and description of 39 new species of Arenivaga, a genus which previously held nine species. The Corydiidae family of roaches is found worldwide and its constituents are frequently found in harsh, dry habitats not usually associated with cockroaches. They are also often subterranean in their habits making their presence easily overlooked.

.... The order Blattodea (cockroaches) which includes termites, comprise some of the earth's greatest decomposers. They are the planet's recyclers and clearly they have a role to play even in terrain with very little plant matter requiring decomposition. We can no longer think of cockroaches as creatures restricted to the moisture of the tropics.'

Hopkins has great admiration and passion for cockroaches. She will continue her work by beginning a revision of the poorly understood family Corydiidae during her post doc at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ."  Read more.

Reference - from Bug Guide:   Family Corydiidae (former Polyphagidae), includes genus Arenivaga. And Order   Blattodea, cockroaches and termites. 

Note:  photograph of Nile Crocodile with Egyptian Plover from  Warren Photographic, ID:  WP00955.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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