Ongoing research on Arthropod Diversity is conducted by Dr. Paul De Luca of the University of The Bahamas. His studies have documented 307 species of Arthropoda in 22 orders, including a new species of Katydid (Erechthis levyi) [photo at left]. The article was published in the Journal of Orthoptera Research.
According to Dr. De Luca, “This find – a new species to science – is a reflection of how much there is still left to learn about insects in The Bahamas, and it only highlights the incredibly important function of habitat preservation. We are definitely protecting many species that we don’t even know about yet.”
Future research will focus on surveys within the Permanent Forest Plots to assess:
– Differences in seasonal arthropod communities
– Differences between communities in varying micro-habitats (i.e. ground, tree and canopy) within a single Plot
– Differences between communities on different tree species within a single Plot
– Differences in communities between Plots