Journal article

Grasshopper country before and after: a resurvey of Ken Key's collecting expeditions in New South Wales, Australia, 70 years on

Michael R Kearney, Md Anwar Hossain, Steve J Sinclair, Hojun Song

Austral Entomology | WILEY | Published : 2020


Recent reports of insect declines across Europe and other parts of the world have emphasised the generally poor baseline that exists for assessing changes in biodiversity. One important source of untapped baseline distribution data is field notebooks, which are often associated with the collection activities of museums and other scientific institutions and may be decades or even centuries old. Over 220 field notebooks are associated with the grasshopper (Caelifera) collection in the Australian National Insect Collection, containing detailed notes on the times and places species were collected as well as vegetation and soil descriptions. In 2019, we resurveyed 45 locations from three of these..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the Australian Entomological Society for a Seed Grant that supported this work; Dave Hunter, Craig Moritz, Ted Deveson, Murray Upton and Dave Rentz for support and discussion; David Yeates and David Rentz for critical reviews of the manuscript; and You Ning Su for facilitating access to the Australian National Insect Collection prior to the survey.