Collection Database

I provide here a PDF version of the spreadsheet I keep of all the slides in my aphid collection.  This might be useful to other aphid specialists interested in whether I might have found certain rare species, or with an eye toward borrowing material, or perhaps studying the known ranges of species they are interested in. Regarding the latter, for example, I know for a fact that my field work has substantially expanded the known geographical and host ranges of several species.  If you want to borrow material, I am open to requests, but if you want many slides, or need them shipped outside the United States and Canada, I may request some financial assistance (ALL my aphid work is a hobby, and paid for out of my own bank account). One thing I definitely welcome is exchange of specimens.  If I have something of interest to you, perhaps you can find something of interest to me and we can exchange.

Some of the Macrosiphum slides.

Some of the Macrosiphum slides.

A few notes about my collection:

  1. Species identifications were completed to the best of my ability at the time I processed the sample and filed the slides in the collection.  Some identifications were inadequately informed and quite probably wrong.  On the other hand, there are some groups that I do not assign species names to, such as some Nasonovia (Kakimia) or Ericaphis; I do this because I think the species-level taxonomy is inadequate and that therefore a species name on a slide means little. If you find a long list of specimens in my collection without species names it is usually because of this issue, or because I know with some confidence that I have an undescribed species.
  2. You may notice that in the host plant column I often have only plant genus listed.  This is simply because my plant taxonomy skills are strong at the family and genus level, but I lack the time (or staff) and resources to get species identifications on my host plants (remember, this is my hobby).
  3. I do not use GPS coordinates when I collect.  I tried this for a while, and found it time consuming, then I left my GPS on the top of my car once and drove off.  It was crushed on the highway.  Also, because I make all my own slides with limited equipment, I hand-write my labels and would rather not write GPS coordinates on them all!  My collection is old-school.

With that said, and more caveats possibly to come, here it is:

Jensen Aphid Slide Collection as of December 2016