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Paropsis sp (GFM #54) A scarce beetle known from museum collections and maybe the only known live photograph.    <br />
Ironbark forest Whipstick Bendigo,  Found on Mallee Gum.      Australia,Geotagged,Summer,paropsis Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Paropsis sp (GFM #54)

A scarce beetle known from museum collections and maybe the only known live photograph.
Ironbark forest Whipstick Bendigo, Found on Mallee Gum.

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  1. We're getting into interesting territory here, regarding rareness. What GFM mean, is it some kind of code used by the museum? Posted 3 years ago
    1. GFM is indeed an arbitrary code allocated by Gunter Maywald, (using his own initials). The museums these days do not find beetles commercially 'interesting' to invest resources into. Gunter is describing each species in this genus as a PhD (ie, unpaid) project in impressive detail over almost a decade. Paropsis do all have allocated names now but confidential and unofficial until publication.

      My category is the Paropsisterna genus with even more undetermined species and presenting a steep learning curve for me. I will likely do only enough work to establish identifications but not phylogenics. That will mean no molecular work and only dissections. Yeah, that is what Gunter said too - we'll see how far it goes. It might be considered a 'seachange' or 'midlife crisis' for me and cheaper than buying a red car or a Harley.
      Posted 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago
      1. Well, I absolutely love specialists who go all the way in their own niche. What you're doing, documenting and sharing is absolutely unique. It would be awesome for you to ultimately have one named after you, you certainly deserve it. Posted 3 years ago

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Uploaded Jun 19, 2016. Captured Dec 29, 2015 20:37 in 2004 Welshs Rd, Neilborough VIC 3570, Australia.
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