Navigation Links
New miniature grasshopper-like insect is first member of its family from Belize
Date:2/15/2012

Scientists at the University of Illinois, USA have discovered a new species of tiny, grasshopper-like insect in the tropical rainforests of the Toledo District in southern Belize. Dr Sam Heads and Dr Steve Taylor co-authored a paper, published in the open access journal ZooKeys, documenting the discovery and naming the new species Ripipteryx mopana. The name commemorates the Mopan people a Mayan group, native to the region.

"Belize is famous for its biodiversity, although very little is known about the insect fauna of the southern part of the country. This is particularly true of the Orthoptera the grasshoppers, crickets and katydids" said entomologist and lead author on the paper, Dr Sam Heads. "The new insect is the first representative of it's family ever to be found in Belize. Given the amount of high quality habitats in the region, it isn't really surprising that new species still await discovery, especially in the less -explored areas" added Dr Heads.

Just less than 5 mm long, the insect is a tiny, black, white and orange coloured, grasshopper-like species that uses its large jumping hind legs to escape predators.

"Very little is known about the biology of this genus and its closest relatives" said Heads, who specializes in the study of orthopteran insects. "The group as a whole is rather poorly studied and even though we continue to document new species, we still have a long way to go".


'/>"/>
Contact: Dr Sam Heads
swheads@illinois.edu
Pensoft Publishers
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. First miniature sensors to measure the temperature of the world’s oceans
2. Treating fractures: Children are not miniature adults
3. Researchers engineer miniature human livers in the lab
4. Canopy giants and miniature fungi among 250 new species discovered in Kews 250th anniversary year
5. First Science from the Compact Light Source: A miniature synchrotron for your home lab
6. Using plants to silence insect genes in a high-throughput manner
7. Transgene insects: Scientists call for more open data
8. Researchers: Honeybee deaths linked to seed insecticide exposure
9. Scientists refute Greenpeace claim that genetically modified corn caused new insect pest
10. 50 million year old cricket and katydid fossils hint at the origins of insect hearing
11. Entomology 2012 to showcase the latest insect science research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
New miniature grasshopper-like insect is first member of its family from Belize
(Date:1/6/2017)... 2017  Privately-held CalciMedica, Inc., announced that it ... of a novel calcium release-activated calcium (CRAC) channel ... Acute pancreatitis, sudden painful inflammation of ... can be very serious.  In severe cases it can ... hospital stays, time in the ICU and substantial ...
(Date:1/4/2017)... 2017  CES 2017 – Valencell , the ... announced the launch of two new versions of ... biometric sensor modules that incorporate the best of ... expertise. The two new designs include Benchmark BE2.0, ... and Benchmark BW2.0, a 2-LED version of its ...
(Date:12/20/2016)... , Dec. 20, 2016 The ... sharing, rental and leasing is stoking significant interest ... radio frequency technology, Bluetooth low energy (BLE), biometrics ... as the next wave of wireless technologies in ... access system to advanced access systems opens the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/13/2017)... NY (PRWEB) , ... January 13, 2017 , ... ... meet every cuvette-related demand that it has found among its diverse customer base. ... for use in most brands electroporators including BTX and Bio-Rad. FireflySci is ...
(Date:1/12/2017)... ... January 12, 2017 , ... ... response times capable of performing routine electrochemical biosensing has increased dramatically. Primarily ... fast, sensitive detection and quantification of various analytes in complex samples. ...
(Date:1/12/2017)... , Jan. 12, 2017   Protein Sciences ... maker of Flublok Influenza Vaccine ®, announced ... candidate had good safety results and induced strong ... studies. The product is expected to advance into ... In addition, the Institute of Technology in Immunobiologicals ...
(Date:1/11/2017)... , ... January 11, 2017 , ... ... Clinical Cancer Research show early promise of the investigational anti-cancer agent tucatinib (formerly ... median 5 previous treatment regimens. Twenty-seven percent of these heavily pretreated patients saw ...
Breaking Biology Technology: