Sunday, January 26, 2014

[Entomology • 2012] Semachrysa jade • A Charismatic New Species of Green Lacewing discovered in Malaysia (Neuroptera, Chrysopidae): The Confluence of Citizen Scientist, Online Image Database and Cybertaxonomy


Semachrysa jade sp. n. female habitus
Photo: Guek Hock Ping | orionmystery.blogspot.com doi: 10.3897/zookeys.214.3220

Abstract
An unusual new species of green lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae: Semachrysa jade sp. n.) is described from Selangor (Malaysia) as a joint discovery by citizen scientist and professional taxonomists. The incidental nature of this discovery is underscored by the fact that the species was initially photographed and then released, with images subsequently posted to an online image database. It was not until the images in the database were randomly examined by the professional taxonomists that it was determined that the species was in fact new. A subsequent specimen was collected at the same locality and is described herein along with another specimen identified from nearby Sabah.

Keywords: citizen scientist, cybertaxonomy, Ankylopterygini

Figure 2. Semachrysa jade sp. n. female habitus, specimen that was originally photographed and released (Morphbank: 791596). Forewing length: 15.0 mm.
Photo: Guek Hock Ping | orionmystery.blogspot.com 

Figure 1. Semachrysa jade sp. n., female holotype habitus (Morphbank: 791595). Forewing length: 15.0 mm.
Photo: Guek Hock Ping | orionmystery.blogspot.com 


Winterton, S.; Guek, H. P.; Brooks, S. 2012. A Charismatic New Species of Green Lacewing discovered in Malaysia (Neuroptera, Chrysopidae): The Confluence of Citizen Scientist, Online Image Database and Cybertaxonomy. ZooKeys 214 (214): 1–11. doi: dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.214.3220

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