Gavin Svenson and Sydney Brannoch travelled to Europe to review mantid collections in Dresden, Prague and Vienna, and present at the Insect Phylogeny conference in Dresden. Many mantid specimens were borrowed from NHM Vienna for research projects at CMNH.
2015 Insect Phylogeny Conference, Dresden
Gavin Svenson, Harald Bruckner of NHM Vienna, and Sydney Brannoch on the roof of the museum in Vienna
Some of the borrowed specimens
Legendre F, Nel A, Svenson GJ, Robillard T, Pellens R, Grandcolas P (2015) Phylogeny of Dictyoptera: Dating the Origin of Cockroaches, Praying Mantises and Termites with Molecular Data and Controlled Fossil Evidence. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0130127. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0130127
See the paper here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_iJfIsJ4GB0anFZODhMekMxWU0/view?usp=sharing
Svenson, G.J., Hardy, N.B., Wightman, H. and Wieland, F. 2015. Of flowers and twigs: phylogenetic revision of the plant-mimicking praying mantises (Mantodea: Empusidae and Hymenopodidae) with a new suprageneric classification. Systematic Entomology Online http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/syen.12134
See the paper at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_iJfIsJ4GB0dUVXNDdubzJpbkE/view?usp=sharing
Gavin Svenson and Rick Wherley visited the collections at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, just outside of Brussels, the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, and the Natural History Museum in Geneva to examine mantids and photograph type specimens for the online image database.
Gavin amazed by a specimen in Tervuren
Roger Roy, Nicolas, and Gavin outside the MNHN in Paris
Gavin, John Hollis, and Peter Schwendinger in the collection in Geneva
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 in ZooTaxa by Svenson and Vollmer describes the synonymy of genus Majangella and genus Ephippiomantis, and the reclassification of taxon Majangella from within Liturgusidae to within the Hymenopodidae subfamily of Acromantinae, as supported by morphological and molecular data.
Female: Dystacta tigrifrutex
On a collecting trip to Rwanda in May of 2013, Riley Tedrow found both a male and female specimen of a new species of mantid, which he subsequently named Dystacta tigrifrutex. Tedrow, a Case Western Reserve University undergraduate, was part of a team of researchers led by Dr. Gavin Svenson.
Tedrow’s work in identifying the new species was published on May 20, 2014 in ZooKeys. Read more about this discovery and view photos from the trip on the CMNH web site.