ASU scientist discovered new genus of Brazilian butterflies at Natural History Museum in London

30 January 2020 Department of Information and Media Communications
In 2019, Roman V. Yakovlev, Professor at the Department of Ecology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology of the Faculty of Biology at Altai State University, Doctor of Biology, visited two large entomological depositories in the UK.

First of all, of course, the scientist visited Natural History Museum in London and African Natural History Research Trust in Leominster. Interestingly, working in museums often provides more than expeditionary activity. After working for two weeks in the UK, the professor collected material for a large number of publications, with some objects waiting for him for more than 100 years.

In 2020, an article has been published describing the new genus of carpenter moth Klagesiana, living in Brazil. Instances of a new object for science were collected in 1906 by the famous naturalist Samuel Klages, who devoted his whole life to the study of birds and insects in Latin America. The article was prepared jointly with Argentine entomologist Fernado Penko and ASU student Artem Naidenov, whose graduation project will be devoted to the fauna of Latin America.

Currently, there are several more interesting articles that Roman V. Yakovlev plans to complete by the end of the year.

No less important findings were made by the scientist in Leominster. The private museum specializes in African themes. Articles have already been published on the fauna of Gabon and Sierra Leone. A large amount of new work lies ahead in Madagascar, Zambia and Ghana, from where the museum has a lot of interesting materials.

“Serious international cooperation generates high-quality scientific content. The environmental agenda is now one of the dominant in the world, and the work of specialists on the planet’s biodiversity is becoming more and more relevant,” Roman V. Yakovlev emphasized.

The well-known entomologist of Altai State University intends to visit major entomological depositories in the UK this year to continue scientific research.

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