Specimen 219 - Jason Lamb

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Location of collection:

GGC site 3

Date of collection:

September 2012

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity:

Distinguishing Order Characteristics:

  • 1. Possess elytra, or hardened forwings, that protect their fragile hindwings located underneath.
  • 2. Have mandibulate mouthparts used for eating.
  • 3. Several antennae forms.
  • 4. Variety of compound eyes.
  • 5. Three pairs of thoracic legs



After sequencing, genus and species?

Geographical Lcoation:

Throughout the entire world

Life cycle:

Egg, larva, pupa.

Sexual dimorphism:

The size of incisors can be used to determine if the species is male or female. The second incisor in the female is usually bigger than the males'.

What it eats:

They eat plants, insects, mammals, and even decaying organic matter. They also feed on nectar, seeds, timber, rotting wood,dung, and fungi. They can be predators, scavengers, or hhebivores.


  • Exist in terrestrial envrionments such as logs, soil, and leaf litter.

Ecological Importance

  • Can play a role by increasing mortality of weed seeds, insects, and slugs.

Economic/human importance:

  • Considered major pests of plants, but useful as decomposers and recyclers of organic nutrients.

PCR product: gel picture?

Sequence data:

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Other specimens done by Jason Lamb this term

Specimen 216 - Jason Lamb

Specimen 217 - Jason Lamb

Specimen 218 - Jason Lamb

Specimen 220 - Jason Lamb

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