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Name That Species

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The Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) and our Peruvian sister organization, Conservación Amazoníca (ACCA), have teamed up with an international group of scientists to bring attention to the science and art of taxonomy and promote awareness and conservation of Peru's understudied insect biodiversity. Insects are 75% of the world's animals yet they are still poorly known and not valued for their crucial roles in ecosystem functions as recyclers, pollinators, food for other animals, and more. Peru has one of the world's richest insect faunas. We invite you to participate in ACA/ACCA's first 'Name That Species' competition to give a scientific name to a new species of beetle.

Scientists have collected numerous beetle specimens at ACCA's biological stations in Peru. Through careful studies, they have determined that these specimens include many new species. Through this competition you have the opportunity to name one of these new species.

Help us give scientific names to a new species!

Scientists spend a great deal of time developing good names for new species. Scientists can be like proud parents, wanting to give their species the best and most beautiful names. Naming a new species is great fun!

Join us and become the proud parent in naming a new species!

Name That Beetle!

The specimen was captured in a flight intercept trap at ACCA’s Villa Carmen Biological Station, Peru, by the research team of Dr. Caroline Chaboo.

This new beetle represents both a new genus and a new species, so we are seeking two names to make the scientific name of this new beetle species.

What is the coolest name you can devise?

Why is it a new genus? It differs from known genera of the family in having contiguous mesocoxae, adjacent metacoxae, in the form of the abdominall chaetotaxy (hairs), and in the form of the spermathecae.

Why is it a new species? It is distinguished from known species by the form and size of the spermatheca.

Biology of Ptiliidae: These beetles have a common name, featherwing beetles, because of their unusual hind wings (a narrow strap with long hairs). They live in decaying matter and fungi and some live with ants and termites.

The forests of the Madre de Dios where this beetle lives are threatened by several activities: Gold-mining, road construction, migration with increased farming, logging, illegal and legal plantations of coca and oil palms. Help support the conservation efforts of ACA and ACCA here.

What happens after you win?

  • The scientist describing the new species completes the manuscript, submits it for peer-review and publication, and acknowledges you.
  • The holotype specimen of the new species that you name will be deposited in the San Marcos University, Museum of Natural History, Lima, Peru.


You can promote conservation of this beetle’s habitat by supporting the work of the Amazon Conservation Association and Conservación Amazoníca.


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