IKIP INSECT REPORT

Prepared by Brian K. Urbain

SCOPE OF REPORT.-Inclusive of both the aquatic and terrestrial groups, the primary scope of this report is to compile the taxonomic data that has resulted, to date, from research based on IKIP insect collections. This data comprises: checklists of generic- and species-level identifications; island distributions for the identified taxa; published new archipelago and island records; published new species; literature references for all published research; and the names, and contacts, of the taxonomists who have examined these specimens, including a description of the material examined by each person. This information is organized in to individual order- and family-level reports, along with embedded hyperlinks to auxiliary webpages, and is continually being updated (see updated date at bottom of each webpage) as new data is received.

Carabus kolbei ushishirensis ssp. n. from Ushishir Is.

RESULTS TO DATE.-The taxonomic diversity of all the IKIP insect identifications received to date consists of 309 species belonging to 188 genera in 86 families. Published results (or those in press) on this material include 49 new archipelago, and 155 new island, records representing 84 species, and the descriptions of 14 new species. All of these specimen records, complete with corresponding locality data, are on-line and fully searchable (see IKIP Databases).

RESEARCH PRODUCTS.-Generic- and species-level checklists, along with island distribution data, are available for each family taxon and are accessible through the corresponding order-level reports arranged and hyperlinked below. These checklists reflect only specimen records that have been collected by IKIP biologists (see Project Participants on the RESULTS page) and only those that are currently in the IKIP Database. Accordingly, they are not meant to represent a complete listing of all known species from the Kuril Archipelago. Species checklists for previous, non-IKIP, records are available for selected taxa in the ISLAND INFO section of this website.

Bibionid fly (left) and ichneumonid wasp (right) feeding on pollen

GENERAL OVERSIGHT OF COLLECTIONS.-The IKIP entomologists from each of the three project teams are working together to coordinate the research on, and data from, their respective insect collections. And while the bulk of these collections are slated for deposition in a variety of institutions (see below) within the three project nations, every effort is being made to consolidate the specimens for examination by one or more taxonomists. Furthermore, collaborative projects are being encouraged when multiple specialists are interested in a given taxon. Fundamental to the goals of IKIP, the centralization and subsequent dissemination of all these research data is the primary objective. The entomologists responsible for this general oversight are listed below, and researchers are advised to contact the appropriate person(s) for information on their various taxa of interest.

  • LELEJ, Arkady (Institute of Biology and Pedology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok, Russia). Overseeing the terrestrial insect collections made by the Russian IKIP team; these collections encompass the 1996 and 1997 expeditions, with less substantial material from the 1994 and 1995 expeditions.
  • MINAKAWA, Noboru (Center for Streamside Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.). Overseeing the aquatic insect collections made by the American IKIP team; these collections encompass all four (1994-1997) expeditions.
  • ‘HARA, Masahiro (Laboratory of Systematic Entomology, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan). Overseeing the aquatic and terrestrial insect collections made by the Japanese IKIP team, but the majority of the material is terrestrial; these collections encompass the (1995-1997) expeditions (there was no Japanese participation in 1994).
  • TESLENKO, Valentina (Institute of Biology and Pedology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok, Russia). Overseeing the aquatic insect collections made by the Russian IKIP team; these collections encompass all four (1994-1997) expeditions.
  • URBAIN, Brian (School of Fisheries, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.). Overseeing the terrestrial insect collections made by the American IKIP team; these collections encompass the 1995-1997 expeditions, with less substantial material from the 1994 expedition. Maintaining the IKIP website and databases.

DEPOSITION OF SPECIMENS.-The insect specimens from the American IKIP collections will be deposited in the Department of Entomology, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA; the specimens from the Japanese collections will be deposited in the Laboratory of Systematic Entomology, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan; and the specimens from the Russian collections will be deposited in the Institute of Biology and Pedology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok, Russia.

Tipulid fly seeking shelter underneath an "elephant ear" plant leaf


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