Are you a taxonomist who is about to describe a couple of new species and you still need some ideas for the names?
Here is an idea for you - why not honoring the people that worked with you in order to obtain the specimens, or worked with you in the collection, or if your work included some DNA Barcoding, the ones that did all the lab work?
|Apanteles albanjimenezi, named after |
the parataxonomist Alban Jiménez
This is not the first study demonstrating by the shier number of new species described how much we have underestimated the actual diversity of parasitoid wasps. No other area is as well collected and studied as the ACG which means that the number of new species of parasitoid wasps awaiting discovery must be gargantuan.
The study also revealed that 90% of the wasps species only parasitized on one or just a few species of moths or butterflies, suggesting that members of this group of parasitoid wasps (Microgastrinae) are more specialized than previously suspected.
All species are described through an approach that integrates morphological, DNA Barcode and other biological data, computer-generated descriptions, and high-quality illustrations and images for every single species. The combination of techniques allowed the researchers to speed up the process of describing new species, without reducing the quality of the paper. Taxonomic keys are presented in two formats: traditional dichotomous print and links to an electronic interactive version using Lucid 3.5.