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The First New Zealand Insects Collected on Cook's Endeavour Voyage

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Title:The First New Zealand Insects Collected on Cook's Endeavour Voyage
Authors:Andrews, JRH
Gibbs, G.W.
Date Issued:Jan 1989
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Andrews JRH, Gibbs GW. 1989. The first New Zealand insects collected on Cook's endeavour voyage. Pac Sci 43(1): 102-114.
Abstract:The Banks collection of 40 insect species, described by J. C.
Fabricius in 1775, is critically examined to explore the possible methods of
collection and to document changes to the insect fauna and to the original
collection localities since 1769. The assemblage of species is regarded as unusual.
It includes insects that are large and colorful as well as those that are small and
cryptic; some species that were probably common were overlooked, but others
that are today rare were taken. It is concluded that the Cook naturalists caught
about 15 species with a butterfly net, but that the majority (all Coleoptera) were
discovered in conjunction with other biological specimens, especially plants.
Possible reasons for the omission of wetas, stick insects, etc., are discussed. This
early collection shows that marked changes in abundance may have occurred in
some species since European colonization. One new record is revealed: The
cicada Notopsalta sericea (Walker) was found to be among the Fabricius specimens
from New Zealand, but its description evidently had been overlooked.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 43, Number 1, 1989

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