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Gino Nearns, New Mexico, USA

Posted by Blaps on Feb 28, 2012 11:47:55 AM


Gino Nearns


Visiting from: Department of Biology, Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque


Working with: Max Barclay, Coleoptera Collections Manager; Nathan Lord


Arrived at the Museum: 27th September 2011

Leaving date: 8th October 2011


Whilst at the museum, aside from his own research Gino idenitifed three drawers of Neo-tropical Lamiines from the Martin Cooper Collection which is a great contribution to Coleoptera collections enhancement.




Research interests:


Gino is a Phd candidate (Systematics and Ecology of Longhorned Beetles (Cerambycidae)) at the University of New Mexico in the Miller lab.


His interests are in the systematics and biodiversity of longhorned beetles: researching phylogenetic relationships among Cerambicyd taxa considering morphological, molecular, and ecological data.

Ongoing research includes a molecular phylogenetic analysis of the subfamilies Parandrinae and Prioninae, developing Lucid identification keys to the subfamilies and tribes of longhorned beetles, and describing 20+ new species of Onciderini from French Guiana.


Relevant webpages: - A Resource for Wood Boring Beetles of the World - Cerambycid holotype website and database for the Smithsonian - A lucid key

Relevant publications:


Nearns, E.H. & I.P Swift. 2011. New taxa and combinations in Onciderini Thomson, 1860 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae). Insecta Mundi, 0192: 1-27.


Lord, N.P., Nearns, E.H., and K.B. Miller. 2011. Ironclad ID: Tool for diagnosing ironclad and cylindrical bark beetles (Coleoptera: Zopheridae) of North America north of Mexico. The University of  New Mexico and Center for Plant Health Science and Technology, USDA, APHIS, PPQ.


Nearns, E.H., Lord, N.P., and K.B. Miller. 2011. Oncid ID: Tool for diagnosing adult twig girdlers (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae: Onciderini). The University of New Mexico and Center for Plant Health Science and Technology, USDA, APHIS, PPQ.


Santos-Silva, A., Swift, I., & E.H. Nearns. 2010. Division of the genus Nothopleurus Lacordaire, 1869 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Prioninae). Zootaxa, 2643: 1-44.

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