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Northern Territory Field Naturalists' Club Inc.


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Newsletter, May 2014

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Nature Territory, May 2014 Page 9 Recent literature about Top End natural history INSECTS Compiled by Steve & Carla Butterflies & moths Braby MF, Bertelsmeier C, Sanderson C, Thistleton BM. 2014. Spatial distribution and range expansion of the Tawny Coster butterfly, Acraea terpsicore (Linnaeus, 1758) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae), in South-East Asia and Australia. Insect Conservation and Diversity 7: 132-143. Meyer CE, Weir RP, Brown, SS. 2013. Some new and interesting butterfly (Lepidoptera) distribution and temporal records from Queensland and Northern Australia. Australian Entomologist 40: 7-12. Mosquitoes & flies (dipterans) Eagles D, Walker PJ, Zalucki MP, Durr P. 2013. Modelling spatio-temporal patterns of long-distance Culicoides dispersal into northern Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 110: 312-322. Jansen CC, Hemmerter S, van den Hurk AF, Whelan, PI Beebe NW. 2013. Morphological versus molecular identification of Culex annulirostris Skuse and Culex palpalis Taylor: key members of the Culex sitiens (Diptera: Culicidae) subgroup in Australasia. Australian Journal of Entomology 52: 356-362. Kassim ANF, Webb CE, Wang Q, Russel RC. 2013. Australian distribution, genetic status and seasonal abundance of the exotic mosquito Culex molestus (Forskal) (Diptera: Culicidae). Australian Journal of Entomology 52: 185-198. Lessard BD, Cameron SL, Bayless KM, Wiegmann BM, Yeates DK. 2013. The evolution and biogeography of the austral horse fly tribe Scionini (Diptera: Tabanidae: Pangoniinae) inferred from multiple mitochondrial and nuclear genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 68: 516-540. [march flies] Ants & termites Andersen AN, Arnan X, Sparks K. 2013. Limited niche differentiation within remarkable co-occurrences of congeneric species: Monomorium ants in the Australian seasonal tropics. Austral Ecology 38: 557-567. [Territory Wildlife Park] Peng R, Christian K, Reilly D. 2013. Using weaver ants Oecophylla smaragdina to control two important pests on African mahogany Khaya senegalensis in the Northern Territory of Australia. Australian Forestry 76: 76-82. Peng R, Christian K. 2013. Do weaver ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) marks affect mango internal quality and storage life? Journal of Economic Entomology 106: 299-304. Scheffrahn RH, Postle A. 2013. New termite species and newly recorded genus for Australia: Marginitermes absitus (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae). Australian Journal of Entomology 52: 199-205 Schmidt AM, Jacklyn PM, Korb J. 2013. Isolated in an ocean of grass: low levels of gene flow between termite subpopulations. Molecular Ecology 22: 2096-2105. [magnetic termites] Schmidt AM, Jacklyn P, KorbJ. 2014. Magnetic termite mounds: is their unique shape an adaptation to facilitate gas exchange and improve food storage? Insectes Sociaux 61: 41-49. Other Ewart A, Popple. LW. 2013. New species of Drymopsalta Heath Cicadas (Cicadidae: Cicadettinae: Cicadettini) from Queensland and Northern Territory, Australia, with overview of genus. Biotaxa 3620: 1-42. New TR, Yen AL. 2013. Invertebrate conservation in Australia: Problems in policy and practice. Pacific Conservation Biology 19 : 104-109. Geneticdiversityofmagnetictermite MoundsofthemagnetictermiteAmitermesmeridionalisaregenerallyfoundinscatteredgroupsinseasonally inundatedareasofthesavannas.Becausethesepopulationsareinpatchesthatareseparatedfromother patches,wemightexpectgeneticdifferentiationbetweensubpopulationsbutlittledifferentiationwithin subpopulations.Thereproductivesoralatesofthemagnetictermiteshaveanuptialflightonceayearafterthe firstmajorrainsatthebeginningoftherainyseason,andthesealatesarethemeansofgeneticexchangeasthey areinvolvedininterbreeding.Schmidtetal.(2013)foundthatintheTopEndtherewasexceptionallystrong geneticdifferentiationdespiteshortdistancesbetweensubpopulations.Thestudiedsubpopulationsdifferedin sizefromninetoafewhundredsofmoundsandindegreeofisolationfromonekmtoabout45kmdistanceto thenextsubpopulation.Whatisunusualthoughisthatdespiteinferredlowlevelsofgeneflow(possiblydueto isolationbydistance),thesubpopulationsretainedmoderatetohighgeneticdiversity.Theauthorsattributethis tothelonglifeofthetermitecolonies,whichmaylastforseveralgenerationswherebynestmatesinheritthe nestfromthefounder.

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