WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2021
2 new species named after UM researchers
TWO new beetle species discovered by a team of biologists from Daugavpils University in Latvia, Eastern Europe in Palawan and Mindoro are named after the University of Mindanao’s own Dr. Analyn Cabras and Dr Milton Medina of the Research and Publication Center. Discovered in Palawan is Cleomenes medinai, while Cleomenes cabrasae was found in Mindoro, and the two new beetle species belong to the genus Cleomenes, which is noted to have 43 species worldwide, 8 of which are found in the Philippines. The study in Palawan and Mindoro was led by Dr. Arvids Barsevskis, regarded as a premier coleopterist and biologist, who heads the Institute of Systemic Biology at Daugavpils University as its Rector, and functions as Vice Rector of Research of the Institute of Life Sciences and Technology of the Coleoptera Research Center in the same university, and is the Editor in Chief of the Baltic Journal of Coleopterology. These new species are described by the team of Dr. Arvids and Dr. Zeltite Barsevska, in their study titled “Two new species of Cleomenes Thomson, 1864 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from the Philippines,” published in the December 2020 issue of the Baltic Journal of Coleopterology.
Dr. Cabras and Dr. Medina manage the university’s Coleoptera Research Center located at UM Matina campus, which is the first research center in the country devoted to the study of beetles; regarded as an important determiner of the ecological health of an area. They are
responsible for the 2018 discovery of Metapocyrtus willietorresi, also a new species of Philippine beetle; as well as the December 2020 discoveries of Metapocyrtus zamboanganu and Thopeutica barsevskis, discovered in Zamboanga and Bohol, respectively.