Herbarium collections - an invaluable resource for gall midge taxonomists

Veenstra, Anneke A. 2012, Herbarium collections - an invaluable resource for gall midge taxonomists, Muelleria, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 59-64.

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Title Herbarium collections - an invaluable resource for gall midge taxonomists
Author(s) Veenstra, Anneke A.
Journal name Muelleria
Volume number 30
Issue number 1
Start page 59
End page 64
Total pages 6
Publisher Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
Place of publication South Yarra, Vic.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0077-1813
Keyword(s) Dasineura
gall midge
galls
herbarium specimens
Summary Dasineura tomentosa is a gall midge inducing distinctive galls on Leptospermum laevigatum. An efficient way of determining the geographic distribution of a gall midge is to examine herbarium specimens for the presence of galls inadvertently collected with the plant specimen. Of the 446 herbarium specimens of L. laevigatum examined 40 had galls caused by D. tomentosa, and two of the three galls examined in detail contained a parasitoid wasp. Despite some limitations, herbarium collections are an invaluable resource for insect taxonomists.
Language eng
Field of Research 060808 Invertebrate Biology
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046972

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