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Weston Opitz, USA

Posted by Blaps Aug 29, 2011

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Weston on the left (optimistically tropical for our British summertime climate!)
Visiting from: Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, USA
Working with: Beulah Garner, Curator Cleroidea, Max Barclay, Collections Manager, Justin Bartlett, Cleridae of Australia expert
Arrived at the Museum:  8th August 2011
Leaving date: 10th August 2011 onwards to Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris
Research interests: Coleoptera: Cleroidea: Cleridae
About: Weston is Professor of Biology at Kansas Wesleyan University. His research focuses on the classification, natural history and evolution of the world Cleridae and related families within the superfamily Cleroidea.
Goal of research at the Museum: View the world Cleridae collection. Gifted the Museum 53 specimens of Cleridae including 11 species new to our collection! Thanks Weston!
Relevant publications:
Classification, natural history and evolution of the Epiphloeinae (Coleoptera, Cleridae). Part 2, The genera Chaetophloeus Opitz and Plocamocera, Spinola.
Opitz W. (2010) Classification, natural history, phylogeny, and subfamily composition of the Cleridae and generic content of the subfamilies. Entomologica Basiliensia et Collections Frey 32: 31–128.