Resources in Scottish Neuropterology

Whittington, Andrew E. (2002) Resources in Scottish Neuropterology. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae: an international journal of animal taxonomy and ecology, 48 (2). pp. 317-387. ISSN 1217-8837

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The Neuroptera collections of the National Museums of Scotland are hitherto an unexplored resource. Some records based on specimens exist, scattered through the British literature in small reports and citations, amalgamated into mapping exercises or are part of short papers describing new species. It is the purpose of this paper to outline the content of the collections and associated data sources. Specimens, and labels directly associated with them, are the primary source of data. Most specimens are pinned in traditional entomological drawers. A smaller quantity of material exists in Industrial Methylated Spirits (70% IMS) with a much smaller quantity (a few species) in 70% Ethanol. The secondary, but no less important, source of information exists in a database called the Scottish Insect Records Index (SIRI). This is a paper database of the citations for published Scottish Insect records – a key link to the British literature. The Neuroptera Records from this index are now being electronically databased. From these data sources, we can establish how many specimens exist in which species and from what locations. Thus, informed answers to environmental and conservation questions can be supplied, and we can determine where further research is required.

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Keywords: Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Raphidioptera
Divisions: Business and Law
Depositing User: Ms Kerry Kellaway
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2018 15:47
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2020 15:25
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