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  1. by Thomas Blanchard. Apropos of spring, whatever you make of the message:
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    GIRL Skateboards Typo

    I too am appalled by this grotesque breach of taxonomic authority! There oughta be a law...
  3. Very lucid explanation; thanks much!
  4. Translation please! Inquiring minds -- and my pet beetles -- want to know! 😉
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    Baby rhino roaches!

    Congratulations on this; the updates are fascinating and very informative. Best wishes for the whole amazing family!
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    Question for Dr. Kim

    Thanks! To the taxonomically naive - like me - it seemed the two genera would be more closely linked than mere occupants of the same superfamily. However, your note that larval similarity must always take a taxonomic back seat to adult form is very appropriate.
  7. To a layman, there are remarkable morphological and lifestyle similarities between Platerodrilus and Lamprigera. Yet the latter are Lampyrids! What is the phylogenetic relationship between these taxa?
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    AAA's Swarm

    Great collection and photos!
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    Hug me.

    Hi Jacob, Don't forget to upload a video, so forum members can share your enjoyment!
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    Hug me.

    Enough to pay for a chainmail gauntlet
  11. An interesting read in this regard is Jen-Pan Huang's "The great American biotic interchange and diversification history in Dynastes beetles" in the Sep 1 2016 issue of the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, wherein, among other strong assertions, granti and tityus are absolutely classed as separate and distinct species. What's the point of all this? I contend: 1. The 2 million year figure for granti/tityus bifurcation may well be accurate but could also be off by an order of magnitude or more. 2. Although taxonomy has come a long way in the last few centuries, a precise understanding of species and speciation remains frustratingly elusive. 3. Ultimately, Stellar's queries re hybrid viability can only be addressed via experiment.
  12. Well, when querying www.timetree.org to determine the phylogenetic distance between Dynastes granti and Dynastes tityus, I get an error message telling me the two taxa are the same. Guess this means I have to power up my trusty time machine again, carefully setting the dial for 2,000,000 years...
  13. How is this figure determined for particular species?
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    Beetle Wish List

    I'd be satisfied with a _Titanus giganteus_ L3.