Mr Chris Raper

Mr Christopher Raper

Manager, UK Species Inventory

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Angela Marmont Centre
Contact: email
Other email: chris.raper@tachinidae.org.uk
Phones:
work: 02079425894
Hartslock Nature Reserve & SSSI
https://www.researchgate.net

Specialisms

Identification of tachinid flies, biodiversity informatics, taxonomy & biological recording.

Summary

Manager of the UK Species Inventory, a database of the names of all British wildlife and used by most biological recording & reporting systems, such as the NBN Gateway, iRecord/Indicia, Recorder6 & iSpot. I work with the team in the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity on a number of projects relating to biological recording, amateur taxonomy & digital imaging. I am a keen entomologist, naturalist & recorder with a passion for the taxonomy of 'parasite flies' (Diptera, Tachinidae) and as part of that I co-run the UK Tachinid Recording Scheme. In my spare time I am also the warden of Hartslock Nature Reserve, a site known for the rare Monkey Orchid (Orchis simia).

Employment history

Academic

Manager of the UK Species Inventory, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2012 - ongoing

Non-academic

Lead Analyst Programmer, Trio Computing Ltd, 1986 - 2012

Highlighted publications

Raper CMT (2014) UK Tachinid Recording Scheme .

O HaraJ, Raper C, Pont A, Whitmore D (2013) Reassessment of Paleotachina Townsend and Electrotachina Townsend and their removal from the Tachinidae (Diptera). ZooKeys, 361 : 27 - 36. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.361.6448

Raper CMT, Bentley H (2010) Linnaemya picta (Meigen, 1824) (Diptera, Tachinidae) new to Britain.. Dipterist's Digest (Second Series), 17 (1) : 77 - 78.

Raper CMT, Smith MN, Gibbs DJ (2006) Carcelia laxifrons Villeneuve (Tachinidae) new to Britain and a revised key to the British Carcelia species. Dipterist's Digest (Second Series),

Raper CMT, Gibbs D, Collins GA (2002) Paracraspedothrix montivaga Villeneuve and Carcelia bombylans Robineau-Desvoidy (Diptera: Tachinidae) new to Britain. Dipterist's Digest (Second Series),

Committees

Member, National Forum for Biological Recording, 2014 - on going.

Member, Dipterist's Forum committee, 2014 - on going.

Publications

Sands RJ, Kitson J, Raper CMT, Jonusas G, Straw N (2015) Carcelia iliaca (Diptera: Tachinidae), a specific parasitoid of the Oak Processionary Moth (Lepidoptera: Thaumetopeodiae), new to Great Britain.. British Journal of Entomology & Natural History, 28 (4) : 225 - 228.

Raper CMT (2014) UK Tachinid Recording Scheme .

O HaraJ, Raper C, Pont A, Whitmore D (2013) Reassessment of Paleotachina Townsend and Electrotachina Townsend and their removal from the Tachinidae (Diptera). ZooKeys, 361 : 27 - 36. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.361.6448

Raper C (2013) News from the UK Species Inventory / Species Dictionary. NBN eNews, February 2013. :

Raper C (2013) Natural History Museum Species Inventory. National Federation for Biological Recording Newsletter 45, January 2013. :

Raper CMT, Bentley H (2010) Linnaemya picta (Meigen, 1824) (Diptera, Tachinidae) new to Britain.. Dipterist's Digest (Second Series), 17 (1) : 77 - 78.

Raper CMT, Smith MN, Gibbs DJ (2006) Carcelia laxifrons Villeneuve (Tachinidae) new to Britain and a revised key to the British Carcelia species. Dipterist's Digest (Second Series),

Raper CMT, Gibbs D, Collins GA (2002) Paracraspedothrix montivaga Villeneuve and Carcelia bombylans Robineau-Desvoidy (Diptera: Tachinidae) new to Britain. Dipterist's Digest (Second Series),

Public Engagement

External activities

Science Uncovered, 7/9/2013

Science Uncovered, 28/9/2012

Internal activities

Science Uncovered, 26/9/2014

Media

Broadcasts

Wilderness Walks with Ray Mears - episode 2, the Thames Path, A brief interview on the rare orchid hybrid Orchis purpurea x simia = O. x angusticruris, ITV, Mears R, 14/10/2014.

In pursuit of the ridiculous: Rare orchids, A light-hearted discussion around the subject of hybridisation - the pros and cons and the reasons why purists dislike hybrids. The discussion took place on the Hartslock nature reserve, sitting among the Orchis simia, purpurea and the hybrid Orchis purpurea x simia = O. x angusticruris., BBC2, Westwood B, 14/11/2012.

Introduction

Summary

Manager of the UK Species Inventory, a database of the names of all British wildlife and used by most biological recording & reporting systems, such as the NBN Gateway, iRecord/Indicia, Recorder6 & iSpot. I work with the team in the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity on a number of projects relating to biological recording, amateur taxonomy & digital imaging. I am a keen entomologist, naturalist & recorder with a passion for the taxonomy of 'parasite flies' (Diptera, Tachinidae) and as part of that I co-run the UK Tachinid Recording Scheme. In my spare time I am also the warden of Hartslock Nature Reserve, a site known for the rare Monkey Orchid (Orchis simia).

Employment history

Academic

Manager of the UK Species Inventory, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2012 - ongoing

Non-academic

Lead Analyst Programmer, Trio Computing Ltd, 1986 - 2012

Highlighted publications

Raper CMT (2014) UK Tachinid Recording Scheme .

O HaraJ, Raper C, Pont A, Whitmore D (2013) Reassessment of Paleotachina Townsend and Electrotachina Townsend and their removal from the Tachinidae (Diptera). ZooKeys, 361 : 27 - 36. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.361.6448

Raper CMT, Bentley H (2010) Linnaemya picta (Meigen, 1824) (Diptera, Tachinidae) new to Britain.. Dipterist's Digest (Second Series), 17 (1) : 77 - 78.

Raper CMT, Smith MN, Gibbs DJ (2006) Carcelia laxifrons Villeneuve (Tachinidae) new to Britain and a revised key to the British Carcelia species. Dipterist's Digest (Second Series),

Raper CMT, Gibbs D, Collins GA (2002) Paracraspedothrix montivaga Villeneuve and Carcelia bombylans Robineau-Desvoidy (Diptera: Tachinidae) new to Britain. Dipterist's Digest (Second Series),

Professional activities

Committees

Member, National Forum for Biological Recording, 2014 - on going.

Member, Dipterist's Forum committee, 2014 - on going.

Publications

Publications

Sands RJ, Kitson J, Raper CMT, Jonusas G, Straw N (2015) Carcelia iliaca (Diptera: Tachinidae), a specific parasitoid of the Oak Processionary Moth (Lepidoptera: Thaumetopeodiae), new to Great Britain.. British Journal of Entomology & Natural History, 28 (4) : 225 - 228.

Raper CMT (2014) UK Tachinid Recording Scheme .

O HaraJ, Raper C, Pont A, Whitmore D (2013) Reassessment of Paleotachina Townsend and Electrotachina Townsend and their removal from the Tachinidae (Diptera). ZooKeys, 361 : 27 - 36. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.361.6448

Raper C (2013) News from the UK Species Inventory / Species Dictionary. NBN eNews, February 2013. :

Raper C (2013) Natural History Museum Species Inventory. National Federation for Biological Recording Newsletter 45, January 2013. :

Raper CMT, Bentley H (2010) Linnaemya picta (Meigen, 1824) (Diptera, Tachinidae) new to Britain.. Dipterist's Digest (Second Series), 17 (1) : 77 - 78.

Raper CMT, Smith MN, Gibbs DJ (2006) Carcelia laxifrons Villeneuve (Tachinidae) new to Britain and a revised key to the British Carcelia species. Dipterist's Digest (Second Series),

Raper CMT, Gibbs D, Collins GA (2002) Paracraspedothrix montivaga Villeneuve and Carcelia bombylans Robineau-Desvoidy (Diptera: Tachinidae) new to Britain. Dipterist's Digest (Second Series),

Impact and outreach

Public Engagement

External activities

Science Uncovered, 7/9/2013

Science Uncovered, 28/9/2012

Internal activities

Science Uncovered, 26/9/2014

Media

Broadcasts

Wilderness Walks with Ray Mears - episode 2, the Thames Path, A brief interview on the rare orchid hybrid Orchis purpurea x simia = O. x angusticruris, ITV, Mears R, 14/10/2014.

In pursuit of the ridiculous: Rare orchids, A light-hearted discussion around the subject of hybridisation - the pros and cons and the reasons why purists dislike hybrids. The discussion took place on the Hartslock nature reserve, sitting among the Orchis simia, purpurea and the hybrid Orchis purpurea x simia = O. x angusticruris., BBC2, Westwood B, 14/11/2012.