Msc Update – Bianca

I am now seven months into my MSc., investigating beetle diversity on Acacia host-plants along an environmental gradient. Since the last issue of Myrmecia I have been busy in the lab sorting through the Coleoptera specimens, which were collected over six seasons. Coleoptera from seasons 1-3 will be sorted into morphospecies by the end of October. Voucher specimens are being identified to family level, photographed and databased using Biota (biodiversity database manager). Photographs are being catalogued separately using Adobe Lightroom (see Figure 2). Preliminary results for the first two seasons (spring & summer) are showing that temperate sites host the highest beetle diversity, while the chrysomelids (leaf beetles) are currently the most diverse beetle taxa across the gradient.

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