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The Remarkable Endemism of Moths in White Sands National Monument, Otero Co. New Mexico, US

Goal: A study of moths in White Sands National Monument along a transect 2.4 km and 300 m documented over 650 described species of moths in 9 years. Approximately 40 undescribed species, nearly all of which are endemic in the Monument (approx 6% rate of endemism) appears to be the highest rate or endemism of moths for any single location in North America. The study is now turning to a phase of describing the new species.

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Eric H. Metzler
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Protogygia whitesandsensis Metzler & Forbes, 2009 was described from a series of 18 males. In March, 2010 a single female was captured and is described here. The female imago and genitalia are illustrated. © 2017, Soc Hispano-Luso-Amer Lepidopterologia-Shilap. All rights reserved.
Eric H. Metzler
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The U.S. National Park Service initiated a 10-year study of the Lepidoptera at White Sands National Monument, Otero County, New Mexico in late 2006. Giviradelindaesp. n., discovered in 2007 during the first year of study, is described here. The male and female adult moths and genitalia are illustrated. The name is dedicated to Delinda Mix, mother of Steve Mix. The species of Cossidae recorded from the Monument during the study are listed.
Eric H. Metzler
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The name of a new species of Cossidae was published 13 February 2017. The naming rights were sold in Oct 2015; see http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/ebay-auction-winner-gets-name-new-moth-species/ The name was published in the open access journal ZooKeys; see http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=11339
 
Eric H. Metzler
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In 2006, 10-year studies of the moths in two park units of the U.S. National Park Service in southern New Mexico were initiated: White Sands National Monument in Otero County, New Mexico, USA; and Carlsbad Caverns National Park, in Eddy County, New Mexico, USA. Two new species of Cochylini, Eugnosta brownana Metzler &Forbes and Cochylis yinyangana Metzler, are described. Adults and male and female genitalia of both species are illustrated.
A new species of Scythrididae, Areniscythris whitesands sp. nov. Metzler and Lightfoot, is described from a series of specimens that were found active during the daytime on open bare sand of the white gypsum dunes at White Sands National Monument, Otero Co., New Mexico. Adults and genitalia of the male and female are illustrated, and the bionomy of the species is shortly discussed.
Eric H. Metzler
added 2 research items
Abstract. The U.S. National Park Service initiated a 10-year study, in late 2006, of the Lepidoptera at White Sands National Monument, Otero County, New Mexico. Chionodes bustosorum sp. n., described here, was discovered in 2010, during the third year of the study. The male imago and male genitalia are illustrated.
Eric H. Metzler
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Anything.
 
Eric H. Metzler
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The project added an undergraduate student from New Mexico State University who will officially begin work for school credit (as independent study) Spring Semester 2017. She is an Environmental Science major, and her first assignment is to help me describe a species in a paper I'm preparing to describe 3 new species of Ethmia (Elachistidae) including the first description of the female of Ethmia angustalatella Powell, 1973.
 
Eric H. Metzler
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Within the past week I submitted a paper to describe a new species of Cossidae to 3 internal reviewers. After I receive comments, I plan to submit the ms to ZooKeys.
 
Eric H. Metzler
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A study of moths in White Sands National Monument along a transect 2.4 km and 300 m documented over 650 described species of moths in 9 years. Approximately 40 undescribed species, nearly all of which are endemic in the Monument (approx 6% rate of endemism) appears to be the highest rate or endemism of moths for any single location in North America. The study is now turning to a phase of describing the new species.