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Club Fellow discovers new species of cave-adapted beetle

On expedition with Flag #139, Club Fellow and Northern Arizona University ecologist Jut Wynne FN’06 has just published the discovery of Ptomaphagus parashant in The Coleopterists Bulletin, along with co-author Stewart B. Peck of Carleton University Ottawa. Jut and colleagues have been hard at work in Arizona’s Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument’s caves for the past several years. Since that point, they have discovered nearly 20 new species, the latest of which is the Ptomaphagus parashant, a predominantly eyeless and flightless fungus beetle which evolved to meet the needs of life in compete darkness.

Photo courtesy of Nicholas Glover SM’11

To learn more about the discovery and the work that went into it, you can read National Geographic’s coverage HERE.

If you’d like to download a copy of the paper itself, you can do so HERE.

Photo courtesy of Jut Wynne

Published by : Kevin Murphy

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