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Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

1000 E. University Ave.

Department 3381

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3023

Email: wyndd@uwyo.edu

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Invertebrate Zoology


Invertebrate Zoology is responsible for developing and maintaining information on the distribution, natural history, conservation status and habitat requirements of invertebrates of conservation concern in Wyoming. Information collected from field research projects, and review of existing literature and museum resources are entered into the WYNDD database. We work with state and federal agencies to collect information that enhances our understanding of the abundance, distribution and status of Wyoming invertebrates.


Program highlights

  • Collected information on invertebrates that are petitioned and listed under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA) in Wyoming, including:
    • Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia) butterflies
    • Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
    • Western Bumble Bee (Bombus occidentalis)
    • Suckley Cuckoo Bumble Bee (Bombus suckleyi)
    • American Bumble Bee (Bombus pensylvanicus)
    • Narrow-foot Hygrotus Diving Beetle (Hygrotus diversipes)
    • Western Glacier Stonefly (Zapada glacier)
  • More than 130,000 records representing over 3,600 invertebrate species have been uploaded into WYNDD’s central database.

Expertise

  • Experience working with aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates in diverse ecosystems with assorted invertebrate taxa, including mollusks, insects and crustaceans
  • Expertise in the identification of:
    • Aquatic invertebrates
    • Butterflies
    • Bees
    • Beetles
    • Aquatic and terrestrial snails
    • Mussels
  • Water quality analysis
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Food web dynamics
  • Plant-pollinator interactions
  • Invasive species ecology
  • Statistics

2021 Program Focus

  • Develop field guide content for invertebrates with ESA status, bees and other species of management concern.
  • Update invertebrate taxonomy in WYNDD's central database.
  • Continue research projects that further the knowledge of invertebrates of management concern, surveys that document invertebrates, or information that aids land management decisions in Wyoming.
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Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

1000 E. University Ave.

Department 3381

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3023

Email: wyndd@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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