Andrew Nisip, a native of Lake Worth, Florida, was a Kirtlandia Summer Intern at CMNH. He worked under the direction of Sydney Brannoch, PhD candidate, and Dr. Gavin Svenson, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, cataloging praying mantis specimens from the Smithsonian Institution’s collection, and conducted research that contributed to describing two new mantis species. He graduated this year from the University of Florida, Gainesville, with a degree in entomology, studying insect biology, biosystematics and behavior.
A new publication by Gavin Svenson in ZooKeys details the mantis type specimens in the collection of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, USA. The USNM collection is currently on loan to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
A new publication by Gavin Svenson in ZooKeys describes the revision of genus Liturgusa, as well as the identification of three new mantid genera and 19 new species. Svenson is the Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, which also posted a news release about these discoveries. Dr. Svenson describes this research in this video.
Cleveland Magazine featured Svenson and Mantodea research in a feature on local innovations and research.
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Gavin Svenson, Nate Hardy, and Julio Rivera are departing on a two week collecting trip to the Loreto Province in northern Peru. You can follow this trip at the CMNH website where tracking information and from the field updates will be posted.
Otherwise you can see the tracking updates directly from our GPS link mapping site, which provides location data and location posts throughout the trip.
Last week, Frank Wieland visited Gavin Svenson at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Throughout the week they worked on the Smithsonian Mantodea collection, getting an overview and looking for hidden treasures. One focus lay on the morphology of flower mantises for the ongoing revision of that group.
Wieland and Svenson in the CMNH insect collection.
The CMNH insect collection.
Mantises may look mean but the giant Devonian fish Dunkleosteus, of which many specimens have been found in Ohio, certainly looked meaner…