Longicorn ID: Tool for Diagnosing Cerambycoid Families, Subfamilies, and Tribes (edition 2)

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USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Identification Technology Program (ITP) is pleased to announce the release of edition 2 of Longicorn ID. Edition 2 adds a Lucid key and fact sheets for the 82 tribes of the subfamily Lamiinae (Cerambycidae) to Longicorn ID. The update also adds dorsal habitus photographs for 568 exemplar specimens representing the subfamily. Of these new images, 251 represent holotype specimens, 30 represent syntype specimens, and 4 represent lectotype specimens.

Cerambycoid beetles include four families and are considered among the most serious wood-boring pest species in the world. Due to the large size of this group, the development of Longicorn ID has been broken into phases. When complete, Longicorn ID will provide identification support to the four families, 14 subfamilies, and 250 tribes of Cerambycoid beetles. Edition 3 of Longicorn ID, due out in early 2015, will include keys and fact sheets for the tribes of the subfamilies Lepturinae andCerambycinae.

ITP Collaborators on this diagnostic tool include: University of New Mexico, Natural Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and Systematic Entomology Lab (SEL), USDA. Authors include: Eugenio H. Nearns, Nathan P. Lord, Steven W. Lingafelter, Antonio Santos-Silva, and Kelly B. Miller. Funding support: Section 10201 of the 2008 Farm Bill.

If you did not receive this message directly from Terrence Walters and you would like to be included in future ITP announcement emails, please send a request to itp@aphis.usda.gov.

Content of this post was provided by Terrence Walters, USDA•APHIS•PPQ•S&T•FCL•ITP and Amanda Redford, USDA•APHIS•PPQ•S&T•FCL•ITP.