Ross Piper

Ross Piper
University of Leeds · Faculty of Biological Sciences

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The aderid beetle found in Kent in the summer of 2020 is new to Britain.
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Nemozoma elongatum, Eucnemis capucina and a number of other scarce saorixylic beetles were found at a site in Surrey using vane traps.
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We describe one new species of Nematomorpha, Acutogordius olivetti, from the Eastern Andean foothills in Peru. This species differs from the other three described South and Central American Acutogordius species due to the presence of fine bristles on the otherwise smooth cuticle, the absence of bristles around the postcloacal crescent, and the pres...
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A vane trap survey of the saproxylic beetles from a site in Berkshire. Noteworthy species found during the survey include Paromalus parallelepipedus, Laemophloeus monilis, Trichonyx sulcicollis. The Saproxylic Quality Score (SQS) for the site is 718, which gives a Saproxylic Quality Index (SQI) of 704. The Index of Ecological Continuity (IEC) is 60...
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Solitary aculeate wasps are abundant and diverse hymenopteran insects that disable prey using venom. The venom may possess neuromodulation, immunomodulatory, metabolic-modulatory and antimicrobial functions. Venom analysis using transcriptome or mass spectrometry has been previously performed in social and parasitoid wasp species. We develop method...
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Animal: Exploring the Zoological World is a visually stunning and broad-ranging survey that explores and celebrates humankind's ongoing fascination with animals. Since our very first moments on Earth, we have been compelled to make images of the curious beasts around us - whether as sources of food, danger, wonder, power, scientific significance or...
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Looking to nature for medicine is nothing new – we have been doing it for tens of thousands of years and although modern pharmaceutical science has come a long way from those ancient roots, nature is and will always be an important source of useful compounds and inspiration. Dismissing nature in this regard is a huge mistake as evolution is the gre...
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Spatial and temporal collections provide important data on the distribution and dispersal of species. Regional-scale monitoring invariably involves hundreds of thousands of samples, the identification of which is costly in both time and money. In this respect, metabarcoding is increasingly seen as a viable alternative to traditional morphological i...
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Specimens collected during a 2013 expedition to document the biodiversity of three areas with Myanmar: Gwa and Salu River in the west of the country and Htamanthi in the north. Species identifications are not yet possible for many of the specimens. From the specimens identified thus far, notable records include, Azarelius tenuicornis (Tenebrionidae...
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Lepidoptera specimens collected during a 2013 expedition to document the biodiversity of three areas within Myanmar. All of these Lepidoptera records are from Htamanthi Wildlife Reserve in the north of the country. Many of the specimens are still to be identified to species. Notable records from the species identified thus far include, Calleremites...
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Specimens collected during a 2013 expedition to document the biodiversity of three areas with Myanmar: Gwa and Salu River in the west of the country and Htamanthi in the north. Species identifications are not yet possible for many of the specimens. From the specimens identified thus far, notable records include, Azarelius tenuicornis (Tenebrionidae...
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Briggs et al. report on an intriguing specimen from the Silurian Herefordshire Lagerstatte of England (1). Tethered to this specimen, which is undoubtedly an arthropod, were 10 smaller animals that the authors conclude are the specimen’s offspring, and hence the find is purportedly a unique and ancient form of brood care. This interpretation attrac...
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The leaf-beetle, Cryptocephalus decemmaculatus is restricted to one known site in England – Wybunbury Moss. Three surveys were conducted at the site in the early summer of 2015 to estimate the total population size, study the survival of larvae and to inform further recommendations for habitat management. Two estimates of population size were made...
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Investigating the ecology of leaf-litter dwelling insects is very difficult without destructive sampling of their habitat. Here, we describe the use of a metal-detector technique to study the overwintering survival of the case-bearing, leaf-litter dwelling larvae of Cryptocephalus coryli (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Three-hundred and thirty captive...
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A remarkable new genus and two new species of Mantispidae (Neuroptera) are described from the Oriental region. Allomantispa Liu, Wu, Winterton & Ohl gen.n., currently including A. tibetana Liu, Wu & Winterton sp.n. and A. mirimaculata Liu & Ohl sp.n. The new genus is placed in the subfamily Drepanicinae based on a series of morphological characteri...
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The leaf-beetle, Cryptocephalus decemmaculatus is restricted to one known site in England – Wybunbury Moss. Surveys were conducted at the site in the summer of 2014 to build on the population data that was collected in 2013 (see previous report). Chartley Moss was also visited to assess the suitability of this site for potential reintroductions of...
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As suitable habitat becomes increasingly fragmented the ability of a species to reach new areas may often dictate whether populations persist or perish. An understanding of dispersal ability is a prerequisite for informed management decisions. This is particularly true for species that have become restricted to one or a small number of sites, as is...
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The leaf-beetle, Cryptocephalus decemmaculatus is restricted to one known site in England – Wybunbury Moss. Three surveys were conducted at the site in the early summer of 2013 to estimate the total population size, assess the degree to which the beetles move around the site and make recommendations for the management of the habitat. The site was v...
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Often, it is extremely difficult to gauge the population size and dispersal ability of a beetle species, especially rare ones. This basic autecology is interesting in its own right, but it is crucial for informing decisions aimed at conserving vulnerable species. Using mark-release-recapture, host plant marking and direct observations we obtained...
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Tersilochus obscurator Aubert and Tersilochus microgaster (Szépligeti) are larval endoparasitoids of economically-important stem-mining pests of winter oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) in Europe. They are difficult to separate morphologically. Their hosts are Ceutorhynchus pallidactylus (Marsham) and Psylliodes chrysocephala Linnaeus, respectively....
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Many ecological studies of insects depend on marking.Marks can be simple, i.e., to identify the released specimensin a mark–release–recapture experiment or individual ifmore detailed data is sought. Simple marks include inkand paint spots (Wineriter & Walker, 1984; Wojcik et al.,2000), dusting with fluorescent powder (Sinsko & Craig,1979; Reinecke,...
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The leaf beetles Cryptocephalus coryli, C. decemmaculatus and C. nitidulus are of conservation concern and are included on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. The distinctiveness of the disjunct remaining populations of these beetles was compared to that of more continuously distributed Cryptocephalus species. This was carried out with a view to defin...
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Cryptocephalus decemmaculatus was one of the subjects of an English Nature funded PhD into the conservation biology of the genus Cryptocephalus. This species is on the Biodiversity Action Plan and is currently listed as vulnerable. Objectives of the Action Plan for this species are a better understanding of the beetles’ ecology together with detail...
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This study uses DNA sequence and morphometric comparisons to investigate the systematic status of a broad-nosed weevil, Cathormiocerus brittanicus (Curculionidae; Entiminae), currently described as an endangered UK endemic. The nuclear marker ITS2 was sequenced from specimens of C. brittanicus, C. myrmecophilus, C. curvipes and C. maritimus. Little...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Leeds (School of Biology), 2002.

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