Hemiptera at the Museum of Entomology (FSCA)

Susan E. Halbert, Curator of Hemiptera (except Coccoidea and Aleyrodidae)
Greg Hodges, Curator of Hemiptera (Coccoidea and Aleyrodidae)
Avas B. Hamon, Emeritus Entomologist: Hemiptera (Coccoidea,Aleyrodidae)
F. W. Mead, Emeritus Entomologist: Hemiptera (Cixiidae, Cicadellidae)
Julieta Brambila, Hemiptera (Lygaeidae)

OVERVIEW

 CURATION OF HEMIPTERA AND HOMOPTERA

The Hemiptera collections of the Museum of Entomology (FSCA) in drawers and storage have been inventoried as described for the Diptera. The large holdings of slide mounted Hemiptera/Homoptera remain to be completely inventoried. Results are tabulated in the table below. About 92,000 level-6 specimens are housed in drawers; a further 121,000 prepared specimens await upgrading.

HEMIPTERA INVENTORY: CURATION LEVEL 6
Number of Specimens per Geographic Area:

Taxa

Genera

Species

Florida

N.America (non-FL)

Central America

South America

Caribb.

Africa

Palaearc.

Oriental

Austral-Oceania

Total

Hemiptera
958
2,798
24,245
11,708
3,658
9,033
3,121
1,929
210
705
128
54,735
Homoptera
635
2,490
22,474
7,518
1,729
4,598
546
93
258
345
0
37,576
Total
1,593
5,288
46,719
19,226
5,387
13,630
3,667
2,022
469
1,050
128
92,311
% by Region
-
-
51%
21%
6%
15%
4%
2%
1%
1%
<1%
100%

Heteroptera at substandard curation levels are valuable and highly complementary to current holdings. About 60% of this material is non-Floridian and not likely to be duplicated in the existing well-curated material. About 18,000 specimens are already identified to species and ready to go into drawers. Another 2,400 specimens are ‘loanable units.'

HEMIPTERA INVENTORY: CURATION LEVEL 2-4 AND UNSORTED

LEVEL

Unsorted

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Total

Number of Specimens
30,275
70,237
2,422
18,165
121,099

DISTRIBUTION

Florida

N. Amer.

Exotic

Unknown

Total

% by Region
40%
23%
35%
2%
100%

COCCOIDEA INVENTORY: CURATION LEVEL 6


The Coccoidea collection is curated to the highest level possible in the FSCA. All scale insect microscope slides are permanently mounted in Canadian balsam, and labels have been made with a typewriter or laser printer for many years. It is a collection in progress and about 5,000 microscope slides are added every year. For the past 20+ years holdings from other countries have been expanded, particularly SE Asia. The following table lists the approximate holdings in each family of the Coccoidea.

 

COCCOIDEA

No. Slides

ACLERDIDAE

116

ASTEROLECANIIDAE

1572

CONCHASPIDIDAE

180

CRYPTOCOCCIDAE

9

DACTYLOPIIDAE

142

ERIOCOCCIDAE

692

KERMESIDAE

130

KERRIDAE

170

LECANODIASPIDIDAE

81

MARGARODIDAE

405

ORTHEZIIDAE

223

PHOENICOCOCCIDAE

60

PUTOIDAE

13

TERMITOCOCCIDAE

2

COCCIDAE

10916

DIASPIDIDAE

35157

PSEUDOCOCCIDAE

25446

ALEYRODIDAE INVENTORY: CURATION LEVEL 6


The Aleyrodidae collection is curated to the highest level possible in the FSCA. It is primarily on microscope slides with a small number of dried samples. Slides are permanent mounts in Canadian balsam. The collection is mostly of Florida species; however, many samples from the circum-Caribbean area have been added in the past 24 years.

ALEYRODIDAE

No. Slides

ALEYRODINAE

9765

ALEURODICINAE

1623

 


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