Paul Brock

Paul Brock
Natural History Museum, London · Department of Life Sciences

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Introduction
Paul D. Brock is a Scientific Associate of the Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, London. Paul does research in Systematics (Taxonomy), Ecology and Zoology, writing books on insects and papers mainly on Phasmida (stick and leaf insects).

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See https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691179278/britains-insects available from booksellers
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Fully comprehensive sections on all insect orders, including beetles (108 pages), flies (100 pages), ants, bees & wasps (86 pages). 544 pages, covering over 2,250 insect species and with over 2,900 photographs and 2,100 maps See: https://www.naturebureau.co.uk/a-comprehensive-guide-to-insects-of-britain-ireland-new-and-revised-edition
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Gibbernecroscia n. gen. (Phasmida: Lonchodidae: Necrosciinae), which includes the sole species P. kooymani sp. n. from New South Wales and Queensland, is described and figured.
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http://phasmida.speciesfile.org The Phasmida Species File (PSF) is a taxonomic database of the world's Phasmida (stick and leaf insects, known as walking sticks and walking leaves in the U.S.). There is full synonymic and taxonomic information for 3,350 valid species and 5,300 taxonomic names, 37,500 citations to 3,178 references, over 7,600 specim...
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Follow up to Mole-cricket article by Brock (2017) including rare sighting of a male above ground, in the New Forest, Hampshire
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Crioceris asparagi reported from Ballyteige Burrow, Co. Wexford.
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Studies on the rarely reported Australian genus Parapodacanthus Brock have revealed a striking new spccies from Springbrook, Lamington Plateau and Cunningham's Gap in southeast Queensland. It is described and figured, including the egg, as Parapodacanthus ailaketoae sp. n. Keys are provided to compare it with the only other species in the genus, P....
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All five known species of stick insects (Insecta: Phasmida) from the Virgin Islands were systematically studied for the first time
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An update on Sitaris muralis (Forster) is now appropriate, as a lot has happened since the species was rediscovered in Britain in Brockenhurst, South Hampshire in 2010 (Brock, 2010), which also provided a brief summary of British records. Sitaris muralis is one of Britain's rarest beetles, assessed as Red List, Vulnerable (Alexander et al., 2014)....
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Features many of the large, spectacular insects a visitor to southern Europe and the Mediterranean is likely to encounter. All the major insect groups of this region are covered, including many endemic species. 420 pp covering 1,500 insect species and with over 2,000 photographs and 1,500 maps See: https://www.naturebureau.co.uk/a-photographic-guid...
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Notes on breeding population of Mole-cricket Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa in the New Forest, Hampshire.
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Type specimens of 437 Phasmida taxa have been located in the Natural History Museum, London (NHMUK, formerly BMNH), including 480 primary types of 372 taxa. Taxa with types are listed alphabetically by their specific or subspecific name, and the number of specimens, sex and locality data are given.
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The areolate Oriental family Heteropterygidae Kirby, 1893 is critically reviewed and the results of the present study contradict the arrangement suggested by Zompro (2004), but in most aspects agree with a molecular study presented by Whiting et al (2003) and a phylogenetic study presented by Bradler (2009). The family is critically discussed and n...
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The barcoding approach was applied to analyze 16 Australian morphospecies of the order Phasmida, with the aim to test if it could be suitable as a tool for phasmid species identification and if its discrimination power would allow uncovering of cryptic diversity. Both goals were reached. Eighty-two specimens representing twelve morphospecies (Sipyl...
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Checklist of species is based on a provisional list published in Jewell & Brock, 2003, but is now updated to take account of later publications and is rearranged following detailed examination of type material in Christchurch and Wellington Museum collections, also associated eggs
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Remarkable camouflage strategies can be found in two Australian stick insects: Extato-soma tiaratum and Anchiale austrotessulata, both from New South Wales and Queensland. The same is true of the leaf insect Phyllium monteithi from northern Queensland. For example, in extreme cases such as drought where the rainforest canopy is sparse, E. tiara-tum...
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A new leaf insect species Phyllium (Phyllium) telnovi is described based on a single male specimen from the Tamarau Mountains, West Papua, Indonesia. An overview is also provided on leaf insect (Phylliidae) taxonomy. In: Telnov [Ed.]. Biodiversity, Biogeography and Nature Conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea, volume II
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For the kingdom Animalia, 1,552,319 species have been described in 40 phyla in a new evolutionary classification. Among these, the phylum Arthropoda alone represents 1,242,040 species, or about 80% of the total. The most successful group, the Insecta (1,020,007 species), accounts for about 66% of all animals. The most successful insect order, Coleo...
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Studies on the rarely reported Australian genus Onchestus have revealed a confusing situation where only one of the 4 species currently included, belongs to the genus. A new species from north Queensland, Onchestus rentzi, is described and figured, including the egg. Keys are provided.
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Studies on the genus Extatosoma Gray 1833 have revealed that there are two valid Australasian species represented by Extatosoma tiararum tiaratum, Extatosoma tiaratum bufonium stat. n., Extatosoma popa popa, and Extatosoma popa carlbergi stat. n. A lectotype has been designated for Extatosoma bufonium. The male of Extatosoma popa popa is described...
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Studies on the rarely reported Australian leaf insects reveal that Phyllium species from northern Queensland, P. frondosum Redtenbacher 1906 and P. siccifolium (L.), are misidentifications. Consequently, a new species Phyllium (Phyllium) monteithi is described and figured, including the egg. Nanophyllium pygmaeum Redtenbacher 1906 is confirmed as A...
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The male of Pylaemenes guangxiensis (Bi & Li 1994) is described and its distribution range extended to Japan and Taiwan. Recent confusion regarding Pylaemenes species is discussed and a corrected list of species included.
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Three new species from the Western Cape of South Africa are described and figured: Clonaria cederbergensis, Clonaria montana (Diapheromeridae: Pachymorphinae: Gratidiini) and Macynia mcgregororum (Bacillidae: Macyniinae: Macyniini). The first two species have close associations with the Cederberg Wilderness Area and Table Mountain, respectively. M....
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Mauritiophasma n. gen. (Phasmatidae, Acanthomimini), qui comprend l'unique espèce M. motalai n. sp., est décrit ; Mauritiophasma est proche du genre Anophelepis Westwood 1859, lequel est transféré dans la tribu Acanthomimini. Un autre genre, Monoiognosis n. gen. (Anareolatae, incertae sedis) est décrit ; il comprend 2 espèces : M. bipunctata n. sp....
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Variation in the female of Menexenus polycanthus Dohrn, 1910 (Diapheromeridae: Lonchodinae) from Sangihe is commented on, and the egg and spectacular male are described and illustrated for the first time. This has resulted in transfer to a new genus, Acanthomenexenus, where it is proposed that several former Menexenus species from Sulawesi belong.
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Australia has a rich diversity of phasmids – otherwise known as stick and leaf insects. Most of them are endemic, few have been studied and new species continue to be found. Stick insects are, by far, Australia’s longest insects – some of them reach up to 300 mm in body length, or more than half a metre if you include their outstretched legs. Many...
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The Australian phasmid fauna has been revised prior to publication of a field guide by the same authors. Six new genera are described: Austrosipyloidea Brock & Hasenpusch, Cornicandovia Hasenpusch & Brock, Davidrentzia Brock & Hasenpusch, Micropodacanthus Brock & Hasenpusch, Paratropidoderus Brock & Hasenpusch and Spinosipyloidea Hasenpusch & Brock...
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Type specimens of 67 taxa of Phasmida (including probable type specimens of 24 taxa) have been located in the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. The species are listed alphabetically, with the number of specimens, sex and locality data.
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Type specimens of 67 taxa of Phasmida (including probable type specimens of 24 taxa) have been located in the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. The species are listed alphabetically, with the number of specimens, sex and locality data.
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Type specimens of 67 taxa of Phasmida (including probable type specimens of 24 taxa) have been located in the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. The species are listed alphabetically, with the number of specimens, sex and locality data.
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The little-known Australian genus Ctenomorpha Gray, 1833 is reviewed and an extraordinarily large species from north Queensland Ctenomorpha gargantua spec. nov. described. Variability of the type species, Phasma (Ctenomorpha) marginipennis Gray, 1833 is discussed and a lectotype designated. Lectotypes are also designated for Acrophylla aliena Redte...
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Abstract In this study we report the results from the first long-term (40 weeks) study of stick-insect fecundity and distribution under natural conditions of which we are aware. We used the number of eggs falling into 72 × 0.5 m2 traps to ask: ‘Was egg production in Sipyloidea sp. uniform across the sample period’? and ‘Was there evidence of host p...
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Cet article présente la liste de 44 espèces de phasmes dont les types sont conservés dans la collection de José Pantel au Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, à Paris. Deux nouvelles synonymies sont proposées : Necroscia illaesa Redtenbacher, 1908 = Trachythorax maculicollis (Westwood, 1848) et Carausius jesuitae Brunner, 1907 = Carausius sechelle...
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Résumé. – Le genre Monandroptera est révisé et ne comprend plus qu'une seule espèce valide : M. acanthomera ; le genre Rhaphiderus également, avec deux espèces valides : R. scabrosus et R. spinigerus. Une nouvelle espèce du genre Heterophasma est décrite. Summary. – Revision of the tribe Monandropterini, including the description of a new species o...
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The southern African species of Bactrododema Stål, 1858, Palophus Westwood, 1859 (both Diapheromeridae: Palophinae) and Bactricia Kirby, 1896 (Diapheromeridae: Diapheromerinae), are reviewed. Bactrododema krugeri spec. nov. is described, while Bactrododema hecticum (Lichtenstein, 1796) comb. nov. is redescribed and discussed. Bactrododema brevitars...
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Type specimens for 157 species-group names of Phasmida have been identified in the collection of the Museum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva. The names are listed alphabetically, with the number of specimens, sex and locality data. The material includes most species described by Saussure and the majority of those described by Carl; in addition there is...
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Résumé. – Deux nouvelles espèces de Phasmes aptères de l'île de la Réunion et de l'île Ronde (au nord de l'île Maurice) sont décrites au sein d'un nouveau genre, Apterograeffea, apparenté à Graeffea Brunner, 1868. A. reunionensis n. sp. est désigné comme l'espèce-type de ce genre. Ommatopseudes Günther, 1942, est transféré de la famille des Phasmat...
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Phasmid type material in the Linnaean collection, Uppsala is listed, discussed and illustrated. Brief nention is given of other collections in Uppsala, which includes Thunberg's type material. A lectotype is selected for Gryllus (Mantis) gigas Linnaeus, 1758
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Dajaca napolovi sp. nov. is described and illustrated. The species is based on two pairs collected from north Vietnam in 1998, which differ from existing taxa by distinctive coloration. A key is given to distinguish the Dajaca species.
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A lectotype has been designated for Carausius australicus Brunner 1907, which is listed as a new synonym of Carausius mercurius Stål 1877. This species and Lonchodes nigropunctatus Kirby 1896 (so far only reported from Queensland) have been transferred to a new genus, Austrocarausius, with L. nigropunctatus designated type species. Adults are redes...
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Following a survey of the area, five species of stick-insects are reported from Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia: Sipyloidea filiformis Redtenbacher 1908, Hyrtacus carinatvs (Sjöstedt 1918), Anchiale spinicollis (Gray 1833), Arphax dolomedes (Westwood 1859) and Eurycnema osiris (Gray 1834). A table showing the key features of adu...
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Two species of Eurycnema occurring in Australia are described and figured. Previously, various species were linked together in the literature and Australian specimens invariably listed as Eurycnema goliath (Gray 1834). Brief notes on distribution, biology, and habitat are presented, in addition to keys to adults and eggs and the first descriptions...
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Detailed catalogue of Stick and Leaf-Insects (Insecta: Phasmida) associated with Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore, including numerous new synonyms
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Various techniques may be used to locate and collect stick insects in the wild, and to some extent this depends on knowledge of the species of foodplants. It is generally easy to locate stick insects on, or near their foodplants during the day in Europe. This is also possible in Australia. A joint paper on stick insects collected during the day in...
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The three species of stick-insects occurring in Israel are described and figured, including Ramulus eitami n. sp. Notes on distribution, biology, habitat, and eggs are presented, in addition to keys to adults and eggs. Electron microscope photographs of eggs of the three species are included.

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We want to assess the conservation status of ca 1000 invertebrate species. These include the Madagascar Millipedes and Groundhoppers (Orthoptera: Tetrigidae), Australian Stick Insects, Nephlidae spiders, South African Millipedes, the insect order Grylloblattodea, Birdwing Butterflies, Indian Mantises, Azorean and St. Helena endemic invertebrates, Madeiran endemic spiders and New Zealand endemic earthworms.
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