Monday, 11 June 2018

Rare aquatic beetles: Species distribution models guide field surveys



Date:  June 4, 2018
Source:  University of Wyoming

University of Wyoming researchers are shedding light on a rare aquatic beetle native only to central Wyoming.

Lusha Tronstad, lead invertebrate zoologist with the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, a service and research unit housed at UW, says the narrow-footed Hygrotus diving beetle has been petitioned for Endangered Species Act listing three times in the past 11 years by Wild Earth Guardians, an activist group.

"We have no idea how many there are," Tronstad says of the aquatic beetle she has studied since 2010. "We do know they have been found in 12 locations in central Wyoming and nowhere else in the world."



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