The state of Utah's nickname is "The Beehive State" and the moniker could not be more apt, says Utah State…
The state of Utah’s nickname is “The Beehive State” and the moniker could not be more apt, says Utah State University scientist. One of every fourth bite in the United States is in Utah and the dry western state is home to more biards than most states in the nation. About half of these species live in the original limits of the recently-reduced Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
“The monument is a biodiversity hotspot,” said USU Tooele entomologist Joseph Wilson, associate professor at USU’s biological institution, with researchers and USU alum Olivia Messinger Carril, USDA entomologist Terry Griswold and USU Emeritus Professor James Haefner, reported 660 species now identified in the protected area in the November 1
9, 2019 edition of PeerJ .
. ] Carril is the leading author of the paper, describing a four-year study funded by the US Bureau of Land Management and USDA, in southern Utah’s GSENM. “We identified almost as many species known throughout the East of the United States,” said Carril, a senior researcher based in Santa Fe, NM. “We discovered 49 previously unknown species, like 150 morphospecies”, there are some unique species that do not match known species. “
Located in southern central Utah, about 250 miles south of Salt Lake City and 200 kilometers northeast of Las Vegas, Grand Staircase is located in the dry sandstone Kaiparowits Plateau and adjacent canyons.
” Many are surprised to learn 87 percent of Utah’s flowering plant species live within the monuments, says Carril. “Which probably contributes to the rich diversity of pollinators.”
Bin finds itself within the original boundaries of the monument, she says, includes markers, cavities and beggars, cleptoparasites, narrow specialists, generalists, lonely and social species. During the team’s studies, the bikans reached top diversity every spring, but also experienced a second peak in the diversity of the summer after monsoon rain. “It’s a fantastic natural laboratory with pollinators, which we do not know much,” says Wilson. “The major reduction of these protected areas can have an impact on future biodiversity.”
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