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Kansas Wesleyan University is a private four-year college founded in Salina, Kansas in 1886. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 850 students attend the 28-acre campus.The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the National League for Nursing, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education , and the Kansas State Department of Education. Wikipedia.

Opitz W.,Kansas Wesleyan University
Annales de la Societe Entomologique de France | Year: 2013

The checkered beetle genus Neorthopleura Barr is revised to include 27 species, of which 11 are described as new: N. patula n. sp. (Honduras), N. epitoma n. sp. (Mexico), N. abunca n. sp. (Mexico), N. ardia n. sp. (Virgin Islands), N. minas n. sp. (Mexico), N. galbina n. sp. (Panamá), N. loba n. sp. (Brazil), N. guayasensis n. sp. (Ecuador), N. uncopanda n. sp. (Puerto Rico), N. baja n. sp. (Mexico), N. apletosa n. sp. (Panamá) and N. sonora n. sp. (Mexico). A lectotype is designated for N. ichnoides (Chevrolat), and neotypes for N. quadraticollis (Spinola) and N. thoracica (Say). Neorthopleura duplicata Barr is considered a junior synonym of N. quadraticollis (Spinola), and Orthopleura pulchra Pic a junior synonym of N. velutina (Klug). Pelonium subfasciatum Chevrolat is removed from synonymy and is considered the senior synonym of Orthopleura guadeloupensis Wolcott and Neorthopleura nesiotes Barr. A key to the known species is provided. It is hypothesized that ancestral Neorthopleura diversified in Middle America with ancestral stocks projecting into the West Indies and South America during the Cenozoic. Twenty-two plates depicting line drawings, electron micrographs, distribution maps and habitus figures are included. Résumé. Révision du genre Neorthopleura Barr (Coleoptera: Cleridae). Les clérides du genre Neorthopleura Barr sont révisés. Ce groupe comprend maintenant 27 espèces, dont 11 sont décrites ici comme nouvelles: N. patula n. sp. (Honduras), N. epitome n. sp. (Mexique), N. abunca n. sp. (Mexique), N. ardia n. sp. (Iles Vierges), N. minas n. sp. (Mexique), N. galbina n. sp. (Panamá), N. loba n. sp. (Brésil), N. guayasensis n. sp. (Equateur), N. uncopanda n. sp. (Porto Rico), N. baja n. sp. (Mexique), N. apletosa n. sp. (Panamá), et N. sonora n. sp. (Mexique). Un lectotype est désigné pour N. ichnoides (Chevrolat) et des néotypes le sont pour N. quadraticollis (Spinola) et N. thoracica (Say). Neorthopleura duplicata Barr est considéré comme synonyme junior d'Orthopleura quadraticollis (Spinola), et Orthopleura pulchra Pic comme synonyme junior de N. velutina (Klug). Pelonium subfasciatum Chevrolat est considéré comme une espèce valide, Orthopleura guadeloupensis Wolcott et Neorthopleura nesiotes Barr en étant des synonymes juniors. Une clé des espèces connues du genre est proposée. L'hypothèse est émise d'une diversification des Neorthopleura ancestraux en Amérique Centrale, avec une dispersion vers les Antilles et l'Amérique du Sud durant le Cénozoïque. Vingt-deux planches de dessins, de photographies au microscope électronique à balayage, de cartes de distribution et d'illustrations d'habitus sont incluses. © 2013 Société entomologique de France.

Opitz W.,Kansas Wesleyan University
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society | Year: 2014

Considered is the taxonomy of 5 previously described genera (Solervicensia Barr, Boschella Barr, Pyticara Spinola, Pelonides Kuwert, Parapelonides Barr) and two new genera (Agnatis Opitz, Undecima Opitz). Two new species are described: Agnatis variabilis Opitz, new species and Undecima arta Opitz, new species. Seventeen characters were evaluated phylogenetically and analyzed with WINCLADA, in combination with NONA. Three trees were produced. It is hypothesized that the ancestral stock that generated the genera under study originated in the clerofaunas of South America, probably within the environs of the Altiplano Complex. It is further hypothesized that there were two independent invasions into the terrain of Middle America. These northern excursions would have taken place after the early closure of the Panamanian portal, some 25 million years ago. Moreover, the ancestors of the Middle American stocks would have also traversed the Nicaraguan Depression. Included in this work are descriptions of generic taxa, descriptions of two new species, key to genera, 102 line drawings, 16 Scanning Electron Micrographs, 3 phylogenetic trees, and 15 color habitus illustrations. © Kansas Entomological Society.

Opitz W.,Kansas Wesleyan University
Coleopterists Bulletin | Year: 2014

The genus Parapelonides Barr consists of five species: Parapelonides beckeri Barr, Parapelonides bellamyi Opitz, new species, Parapelonides chamelae Barr; Parapelonides nigrescens (Schaeffer), and Parapelonides penrosei Barr. Morphological evidence suggests that the sister genus of Parapelonides is Pelonides Kuwert. Included in this work are a generic description of Parapelonides, description of one new species, a key to species, 15 line drawings, eight scanning electron micrographs, one species distribution map, three color photos of male genitalia, five color habitus illustrations, and a discussion of the diversification of the species.

Four new genera and one new species of the subfamily Tarsosteninae (Coleoptera: Cleridae) are described. The new genera are: Agapetilus Opitz, gen. nov., Fallopylus Opitz, gen., nov, Globoclava Opitz, gen. nov., and Pseudopylus Opitz, gen. nov. The new species involves Agapetilus vietus Opitz. sp. nov. Liostylus Fairmaire is synonymized with Rhophaloclerus Fairmaire. New combinations, Fallopylus pallipes (MacLeay, 1872), comb. nov., Globoclava quadrimaculata (Chevrolat, 1876), comb. nov., Parapylus sedlaceki (Kolibáč, 2003), comb. nov., Pseudopylus okei (Elston, 1929), comb. nov., and Rhophaloclerus pictus (Fairmaire, 1902), comb. nov., are established. A key and phylogeny of the genera of Tarsosteninae is provided. Copyright © 2012 Weston Opitz.

A treatise involving eight genera that form a monophyletic group within Neorthopleurinae is presented. Three new species of the subfamily are described: Agaphalera corallina, sp. nov., A. cymatilis, sp. nov., and Loedelia westcotti, sp. nov. An intergeneric phylogeny is proposed and a key to genera is included. Keys to the species of Agaphalera Opitz 2009b and Loedelia Lucas 1920 are included. © 2013 Pacific Coast Entomological Society.

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