Blaine Mathison Curador

Unido: 23.sep.2018 Última actividad: 25.may.2022 iNaturalist

I am a professional parasitologist. Entomology is primarily a hobby but it does come into play in my job in the identification of arthropods of medical/public health concern.

My role here is primarily a specialist on Nearctic Elateridae and Throscidae (click beetles).

Given the volume of submission (esp. in the spring and summer) and time it takes, I am making some annotations to my identification processes and criteria:

  1. Please do not flag me for elaterids (or beetles in general) outside of the continental US, Canada, and Alaska. I don't want to appear uncooperative, but I don't have experience with extralimital taxa. Sorry.
  2. If you would like me to ID beetles other than Elateridae or Throscidae from North America, please flag my profile name so I will see them. My expertise in other families varies based on taxa and geographic distribution.
  3. In order to avoid having to sift through too many comment bubbles on things I have already reviewed, I have started to 'Unfollow' the following: 1) Coleoptera other than Elateridae and 2) Any Alaus I put an ID on. If there is anything you need me to go back and revisit or explain in detail, please flag my name so I am aware of it. Thanks.
  4. I am not infallible. If you feel I have made a misidentification of need explanation, please reach out and flag me.
  5. I will no longer put identifications on dead specimens that have been poorly preserved or mounted. If you want a dead specimen identified, please mount it properly per collection standards. If I see a misidentified beetle that is improperly mounted or preserved, I will ID it at the order level with a comment that a definitive ID will be given once the specimen is properly curated.
  6. Images that are not cropped properly, out-of-focus, taken in the shadows, or at unhelpful angles may not be identified (I will do my best to explain why).

For those of you who collect models, toys, and figures of your favorite critters, I am an administrator for the Animal Toy Forum and editor for Animal Toy Blog. I have probably the most extensive collection of insect/arthropod figures :-D

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