Stephen W. Taber's research while affiliated with Saginaw Valley State University and other places

Publications (43)

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A new Nearctic species of Duretophragma Borkent fungus gnat was discovered in a mixed pine and hardwood forest in the eastern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Duretophragma collina Taber is the third species of its genus known from North America. Many males and one female were collected. No immature form has been discovered.
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A new species of Diadocidia Ruthe fungus gnat was discovered in a mixed pine and hardwood forest in the eastern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Diadocidia longivena Taber is the fourth species recorded from North America and the first new species of the genus described from the Nearctic in 63 years. The fly belongs to subgenus Adidocidia Laŝtovka and...
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Five new species of Boletina Staeger fungus gnats were discovered in the eastern Lower Peninsula of Michigan in Huron National Forest. Boletina solituda Taber, Boletina speranza Taber, Boletina extensa Taber, Boletina pollexa Taber, and Boletina truncata Taber were collected in Malaise traps in swampy mixed pine and deciduous woods.
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A new species of Docosia Winnertz fungus gnat was discovered in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Two adult males flew in midsummer to a Malaise trap next to a pine swamp. The flies could not be identified by key to genus because wing vein R1 was longer than allowed by the key for Docosia. Adult females and juvenile stages of Docosia mcgraw...
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The fungus gnat genus Hadroneura Lundström was previously known from seven species. Five occur in the far western United States and Canada including Alaska, British Columbia, and coastal California. This is the first Hadroneura species recorded in the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains. One adult male Hadroneura huron Taber n. Sp. was collected in a...
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A new Nearctic species of the fungus gnat genus Palaeodocosia Meunier was discovered in western Michigan. Two adult males flew to a Malaise trap in jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lambert) forest in early December, after the first snows of late autumn had melted. This brings the total number of known extant Palaedocosia species to four. Two are Palaearc...
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Two new species of Leia Meigen fungus gnats were discovered in western Michigan. These were the only members of the genus with black head, thorax, and abdomen that were found in a local survey. The closest relative of the two new species seems to be the mostly yellow fly Leia sublunata (Loew). Females and juveniles of Leia michigana Taber and Leia...
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. A new Nearctic species of the fungus gnat genus Azana Walker was discovered in western Michigan. Azana pilosa Taber n. sp. was distinguished from the closely related North American species Azana sinusa Coher by the presence of setae on the clypeus of both sexes. Ten males and one female flew to Malaise traps in late summer. Juveniles of A. pilosa...
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Two new Nearctic species of Erioptera Meigen crane flies were discovered in Michigan. Erioptera gracila Taber and Erioptera robusta Taber are closely related to Erioptera chlorophylloides Alexander, but the three species can be distinguished from one another by the gonapophyses and dististyles of the male terminalia. Adult females and juveniles of...
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Three new species of Boletina Staeger fungus gnats were discovered during the first collection season in a forest of jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lambert) and white pine (Pinus strobus L.) in the western Lower Peninsula of Michigan. None was observed during almost 10 years of trapping in a nearby swamp dominated by deciduous rather than evergreen tre...
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Until now the known Nearctic representation of the fungus gnat genus Syntemna Winnertz was limited to four species occurring in Canada and the western United States as far east as the Rocky Mountain region. Syntemna taura Taber and Syntemna cabasseta Taber are the first species reported from the eastern half of the U.S. where they occur in the Grea...
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Four new Nearctic species of the fungus gnat genus Tetragoneura Winnertz, 1846 were discovered in eastern North America. Tetragoneura polyspina Taber is known from Canada and the northern United States, Tetragoneura canada Taber is known only from its boreal namesake country, Tetragoneura dixie Taber is known only from the austral United States, an...
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Two new species of Boletina Staeger fungus gnats were discovered in western Michigan near the southern limit of the distribution of jack pine, Pinus banksiana Lambert. Neither species was observed during almost 10 years of trapping in a nearby swamp dominated by black ash (Fraxinus nigra Marshall) despite being so close to the drier evergreen local...
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A new Nearctic species of the fungus gnat genus Tetragoneura Winnertz, 1846 was discovered in western Michigan, USA. More than 100 males and seven females of Tetragoneura lustra spec. nov. flew to a Malaise trap over the course of several years in an ecotone between swamp and second-growth forest. The new species resembles published accounts of Tet...
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A second Nearctic species of the recently erected fungus gnat genus Acomopterella Zaitzev was discovered in the eastern United States. The only currently recognized Nearctic congener of the new species occurs in the far western United States and Canada. One adult male flew to a Malaise trap in an ecotone between swamp and second-growth forest domin...
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The previously unknown female of the fungus gnat genus Paratinia Mik is described and illustrated. The specimen presumably belongs to the single Nearctic species Paratinia recurva Johannsen. Sexual dimorphism between the female and several males that might be conspecific with the female and with each other is discussed with intrasexual variation ob...
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A new Nearctic species of the fungus gnat genus Dziedzickia Johannsen was discovered in western Michigan. One adult male flew to a Malaise trap in an ecotone between swamp and second-growth forest dominated by black ash (Fraxinus nigra Marshall), paper birch (Betula papyrifera Marshall), red maple (Acer rubrum L.), and black cherry (Prunus serotina...
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A new species of Erioptera Meigen crane fly was discovered from Utah. Erioptera brauni Taber is most closely related to Erioptera villosa Osten Sacken, but the two species can be distinguished by structures of the male genitalia and by the color of the halteres. Adult females and juveniles remain unknown.
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Two new species of Nearctic fungus gnats were discovered in western Michigan. One adult male of Anatella nigrohalterata n. sp. and three adult males of Platurocypta bicorna n. sp. flew to a Malaise trap in an ecotone between swamp and second-growth forest dominated by black ash (Fraxinus nigra Marshall), paper birch (Betula papyrifera Marshall), re...
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The chironomid midge Micropsectra manistee Taber is described from the western Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Numerous adult males and females were collected in a Malaise trap in late April in a paper birch-red maple-black ash-black cherry woods. The new species belongs to a scarcely studied genus but appears to be most closely related to the flies o...
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Three new Nearctic fungus gnat species were discovered in western Michigan. Adult males and females of Tetragoneura caliga n. sp., adult males of Ectrepesthoneura vacca n. sp., and three adult males of Ectrepesthoneura complexa n. sp. flew to a Malaise trap in an ecotone between swamp and second-growth forest dominated by black ash (Fraxinus nigra...
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Two new species of Molophilus Curtis crane fly were discovered in Michigan. Molophilus michigan Taber and Molophilus muscarius Taber were collected in black ash (Fraxinus nigra Marshall) swamp in much of July, and the former species was collected well into August. Both flies belong to the gracilis species group. They are most similar to Molophilus...
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A new species of Docosia Winnertz fungus gnat was discovered in western Michigan. One male and four females appeared in a Malaise trap in mostly deciduous woods in spring. Docosia fimbria Taber with its orange and black coloration resembled Docosia dichroa Loew and the newly discovered Docosia walpurga Taber, but male and female terminalia and wing...
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A new species of Docosia Winnertz fungus gnat was discovered in western Michigan. Males and females were collected in mid-spring in a Malaise trap in a paper birch-red maple-black cherry woods adjacent to a black ash swamp and cattail marsh. Docosia walpurga Taber resembles Docosia dichroa Loew but male terminalia and female coloration indicate a s...
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The Berlese funnel is an apparatus developed by Antonio Berlese to extract small arthropods from leaf litter, soil, and other organic materials. The basic apparatus is a funnel that contains medium sized wire mesh upon which organic material is placed. Beneath the funnel a vial containing alcohol is attached to catch and preserve the specimens that...
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A new species of Boletina Staeger fungus gnat was discovered in western Michigan. Adult males and females were collected in early spring in a Malaise trap in a paper birch-red maple-black cherry woods adjacent to black ash swamp and cattail marsh. The late March collection date is the earliest reported from the eastern United States for any species...
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One insect species parasitizing adults of the green lacewing Chrysopa chi Fitch and the cocoon of a second species were encountered in western Michigan. Adult females of the ectoparasitic ceratopogonid midge Forcipomyia eques (Johannsen) were found attached to the forewings of two adult hosts but the cocoon of the endoparasitic species remains unid...
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A recently discovered parasite of crane flies is reported for the first time from Michigan. The single previous report of such a natural enemy was the original discovery in Pennsylvania as published in 2007. A larva of a big-headed fly of the genus Nephrocerus Zetterstedt exited the abdomen of an adult female Tipula tephrocephala Loew that was caug...
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A new species of Philomycus mantleslug from eastern Texas, USA, is described. Philomycus texanus Taber and Fleenor is distinguished from the remaining eight currently recognized Nearctic Philomycus species by its internal reproductive anatomy and by its external coloration. It is currently known only from the relict Lost Pines loblolly forest, whic...
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A new species of meniscus midge is reported from western Michigan. Adults of Dixella fraxina Taber appear in spring in tussock sedge, Carex stricta Lamarck, understory of black ash, Fraxinus nigra Marshall, swamp. No new species of this genus have been discovered in the United States in the last 40 years. Dark wing coloration suggests a close relat...
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The highly variable and strongly sexually dimorphic crane fly Tanyptera dorsalis (Antlered Crane Fly) is reported as a new state record from Michigan. The geographic distribution of the species and its biology are summarized, and a photograph of an adult of each sex is provided.
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A new crane fly species is reported from western Michigan. Adults of Tricyphona (Pentacyphona) michiganensis Taber appear in late summer in the bracken fern understory of aspen-birch-red maple forest. The most remarkable feature of the new species is the wing of the female, which is not reduced like that of its presumably closest relative Tricyphon...
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The chironomid midge Polypedilum (Polypedilum) newaygo Taber is described from the western Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Numerous adult males and several adult females were collected in clearings of quaking aspen, Populus tremuloides Michaux, and red maple, Acer rubrum L., forest while flying from both emergent and marginal herbaceous vegetation ass...
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The previously undescribed female of Jacob's crane fly, Tipula (Yamatotipula) jacobus Alexander, is described and the known range of the species is summarized and extended more than 400 km northwestward with a first record from Michigan. The habitat was birch-red maple forest, and a mating flight was observed in mid-June.
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Adults of the crane flies Tipula (Platytipula) ultima Alexander and Tipula (Platytipula) spenceriana Alexander appear in early autumn in western Michigan. This is the first report of T. spenceriana from the state and the first report of the association between drying ferns (Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn) of autumn and the two cryptically-protected...
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The black fly Greniera michiganensis Taber is described from the western Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Larvae were found in a cold, shallow, narrow, ephemeral rill, on the lower surface of barely submerged leaves of black oak, Quercus velutina Lamarck, and on a few barely submerged leaves of quaking aspen, Populus tremuloides Michaux. The species is...
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The Lost Pines forest of East Central Texas is a relict ecosystem of the last glacial age that ended 10,000 years ago. A crossroads mixture of flora and fauna classified as Eastern, Western, Central, Southern, Widespread, and Introduced is the result of a Pleistocene expansion from the southeastern United States combined with the ecosystem's margin...
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A Berlese-sample survey was conducted over an 8-month period to determine the manner in which a prescribed burn affected arthropod abundance in a relict pine-oak forest of central Texas. One arthropod taxon (i. e., Diplopoda) was more abundant in the burned section than in the control, one (i. e., Psocoptera) was less abundant, and juvenile stages...
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A new species of Poecilanthrax Osten Sacken is described from south-central Arizona. Poecilanthrax arizonensis Taber was collected near the top of Usery Peak in Maricopa County, in upland Sonoran Desert. Similar species include Poecilanthrax arethusa (Osten Sacken), Poecilanthrax effrenus (Coquillett), and Poecilanthrax signatipennis (Cole). Photog...

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... Supplementing phylogenetic studies, a number of new species have been described during the last few decades from the Palaearctic (e.g. [8][9][10][11][12][13]), Nearctic [14,15], Oriental [16] and Neotropical [17,18] realms. Altogether, 86 extant Docosia species have been described, including 62 from the Palaearctic realm [7]. ...
... Azana malin-amoena Kerr, 2010, A. frizzelli Kerr, 2010and A. sinusa Coher, 1995 have distinctly longer R 1 veins relative to the length of R 4+5 (ratios = 0.37, 0.34, 0.39 and 0.36, respectively). In addition, all three of these species have a distinct Rs vein, although in A. sinusa the length of Rs is only about the width of the vein itself (Coher, 1995;Taber, 2017). In A. atlantica Balbi, 2008 (in Amorim et al., 2008a), collected in Brazil, Rs and r-m are separated by slightly more than a vein width but the base of r-m is absent and "r-m indistinct from Rs" (Amorim et al., 2008b). ...
... The mycetophilid fly genus Docosia Winnertz has been the subject of renewed interest in recent years. More than 65 species are known from the Nearctic, Palaearctic, and Neotropics ( Laštovka and Ŝevčik 2006;Oliviera and Amorim 2011;Taber 2011Taber , 2012Taber , 2013. At my previous field site in the Manistee National Forest in Michigan, one species was abundant in April and May. ...
... Supplementing phylogenetic studies, a number of new species have been described during the last few decades from the Palaearctic (e.g. [8][9][10][11][12][13]), Nearctic [14,15], Oriental [16] and Neotropical [17,18] realms. Altogether, 86 extant Docosia species have been described, including 62 from the Palaearctic realm [7]. ...
... Females of this species are reported here for the first time. They have white apical segments of antennae, similar to the Nearctic Paratinia recurva Johannsen, 1910 (see Taber [39]). ...
... The great heteromorphism displayed by Micropsectra Kieffer has so far resulted in a large number of species described (the second largest genus in the tribe Tanytarsini), and in a similarly high number of systematic and nomenclatural errors. Despite advanced knowledge on the systematics and faunistics nowadays, new species of Micropsectra are still being discovered in the Holarctic, even in Europe, and trigger subsequent emendations (Stur & Ekrem 2006, 2008 Giłka & Paasivirta 2008; Giłka & Jażdżewska 2010, 2012 Ekrem et al. 2010; Taber 2012; Anderson et al. 2013). Presently, the genus Micropsectra is divided into several species groups/clusters (Anderson et al. 2013), of which the atrofasciata group can be considered as the best studied tanytarsines, in the West Palaearctic in particular (Stur & Ekrem 2006). ...
... Two species of the D. dichroa Loew, 1869 group are easily recognizable thanks to their rufous abdomen, a unique feature among all species of Docosia. We follow here the interpretation of these two species by Taber (2011Taber ( , 2012, although Petr Laštovka in his unpublished material (original figures plus handmade notes available to the first author) came to the conclusion that the species recently named by Taber (2011) as D. walpurga is actually true D. dichroa, and D. dichroa sensu Johannsen (1909) and Taber (2011Taber ( , 2012) needs a new name. However, we leave this issue here as open, until a re-examination of the type material is made (see also discussion in Taber 2018). ...
... ( Distribution: Canada: NB (Roch 2020), NS (Prebble 1933, Roch 2020), ON, QC, SK (Scudder 2008). United States: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, FL (Blatchley 1928), GA, IA (Osborn 1892;Stoner 1916Stoner , 1920, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD (Henry 2008), ME (Roch 2020), MI, MN (Rider 2012, Pezzini et al. 2018, MO, NC (Brimley 1938, Torre-Bueno 1939b, ND (Rider 2012), NE, NH (Roch 2020), NJ, NM (Bundy 2012), NY, OH, OK (Ortenburger 1927, Domínguez & Carillo 1976, Arnold & Drew 1988, Kondratieff et al. 2005, PA, RI, SC, SD (Harris 1937), TN, TX (Domínguez & Carillo 1976, McPherson & Sites 1989, Taber 2008, UT, VA (Hoffman 1971, Allen & Hoffman 1975, VT (Roch 2020), WI, WV. ...
... Despite there being an estimated 256 species of Simuliidae in the US, there is a lack of available barcodes to account for this diversity [27,83]. Therefore, to assess our morphological identifications, we extracted DNA from morphologically confirmed voucher specimens of 11 species common to the southwestern US held in the Moulton collection at University of Tennessee. ...
... Chrysoperla species are widely used as insect predators of insect pests in biological control programs, they are reproduced in multiple commercial laboratories in several countries and are part of the integrated pest management (McEwen et al., 2007). During the reproduction process, lacewings can acquire diseases that decimate their population, associated with bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses, although sometimes it has not always been possible to determine the etiological agent (Kleespies et al., 2008;Taber, 2011). Although, for Chrysoperla spp., pathogenic bacteria such as Enterobacter spp. ...