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#1 2014-10-10 15:54:01

conopid
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Name: Nigel Jones
From: Shrewsbury
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Anthomyidae - rising to the challenge....

I have in mind to mount an assault on the family Anthomyidae this winter, having more or less mastered the Muscidae, I now aim to scale this new peak over the coming months and during the 2015 season. In previous years Mike Ackland and Steven Falk have kindly identified specimens for me, so that I at least have a few representatives of the various genera (see attached image of my "learning box"). What I really now need, to help me go further, is a bunch of specimens covering the various genera that I can refer to and check my very provisional determinations against.

So, can anyone assist by sending me some spare specimens they may have lurking in store boxes? I will gladly pay for, or supply containers and postage costs.

I am happy that I can determine Anthomyia, Hylemya, Leuchophora and Eustalomyia. It's the other genera I am not so confident over.


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#2 2014-10-10 16:56:55

JohnShowers
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Name: John Showers
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Registered: 2008-02-28
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Re: Anthomyidae - rising to the challenge....

You have put me to shame, Nigel. I have been assiduously ignoring this family until I can attend a course on them. Hence the big white hole around Northants in distribution maps. You have tempted me to at least try to set up a learning box to get started.

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#3 2014-10-10 17:21:32

Howard Bentley
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Re: Anthomyidae - rising to the challenge....

I am now in my third year of doing anthos. Unfortunately I don't have any spare specimens at the moment, but I will keep everything from now on, and you two gentlemen will be very welcome to some of them.

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#4 2014-10-10 19:02:45

conopid
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Name: Nigel Jones
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Re: Anthomyidae - rising to the challenge....

Howard,
Many thanks. You are a gent sir. I am hoping a series of specimens will help me to recognise key features for separating the genera.

John,
I'm not sure I'm putting Northants to shame. I too have been assiduously ignoring Anthomyids, but I have made an effort this last season to collect males with a view to having a go at them. They can't be that difficult compared to horrors like Coenosia and Pipiza.......


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#5 2014-10-11 13:06:12

Michael Ackland
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Name: Michael Ackland
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Re: Anthomyidae - rising to the challenge....

I am very glad to hear this!
Nigel,
I will sort out examples of all British genera, and send them to you, all determined to species.  It won't be until after Christmas I am afraid.

Nigel, John and Howard,
I have for some time wanted to make more use of the Anthomyiidae Study Group, by way of posting notes about recognising the genera, distribution etc. But an essential tool for this is to be able to post photos and drawings to the study groups. I believe this was considered some time ago. If any of you can persuade Stuart to enable this (surely essential for a study group?), I would be encouraged to take photos etc and post them regularly.  My recent study of photomicrography (see forthcoming article in the Forum Bulletin) has made this easier.

My 'Antho Pack' is available to download from the cloud, just send me an email and I will arrange it.  Members of the Dipterists Forum only please!

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#6 2014-10-13 00:14:34

conopid
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Name: Nigel Jones
From: Shrewsbury
Registered: 2008-02-27
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Re: Anthomyidae - rising to the challenge....

Hello Mike,
That is very kind of you and I am very happy for the short wait for named specimens. It will be a tremendous help, as I can run reliably named specimens forward and backward through the keys and start to gain confidence in recognising key characters.

In lieu of an active facility on this website  to upload and share files through, we could perhaps use Dropbox to share files? I will email you separately about this.

Very best wishes
Nigel


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#7 2014-10-13 00:18:08

KenMerrifield
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Name: Ken Merrifield
Registered: 2008-02-21
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Re: Anthomyidae - rising to the challenge....

I do not anticipate changes being made until Stuart gets time to upgrade the complete site, or an Assistant Administrator is appointed.
One approach would be to put your images in the 'Gallery', 'Photos of specimens' section. This would be a legitimate use of the Gallery and if you copy the location of the image in the Gallery from the 'address bar' of your Browser you could paste it as a link into a message in the Study Group thread. (Quite straightforward and the method Malcolm had to use to link to an image of a menu  in the Meetings forum.)
If there is a space at the beginning and end of the link-text it should be recognised as a hyperlink and work without having to use the bb-code as described in the Help.
(Another 'feature' of the web site is that there does not appear to be any means of editing the descriptive text that goes with the picture once it has been submitted. I would advise composing it in a word processor and checking carefully for typing errors before copying and pasting it when you upload the picture.)
An advantage of using the Gallery is that it permits larger images than in the forum sections (which has been known to cause problems for some users).

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#8 2014-10-13 00:55:28

conopid
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Name: Nigel Jones
From: Shrewsbury
Registered: 2008-02-27
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Re: Anthomyidae - rising to the challenge....

Thanks Ken,
That is helpful. It would be good to get an Anthomyidae Study Group re-activated.

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