Understanding Hypervariable Polistes: Project Update

Hello all!

I've taken another deep dive into Fuscopolistes and decided to revise the criteria of my projects in order to collect better data. The new criteria are outlined in the spreadsheets and flow charts below.

A few major changes include:

  • Combined the "Valley" and "Sonoran" forms of Polistes dorsalis californicus
  • Added a project for the "Redrobe" form of Polistes fuscatus
  • Adjusted all criteria to be mutually exclusive of other color forms and avoid confusion
  • I haven't had time to update the illustrations yet unfortunately :(

Polistes fuscatus

Polistes fuscatus - "Prairie" Form
Polistes fuscatus - "Yellow-Spot" Form
Polistes fuscatus - "Decorated" Form
Polistes fuscatus - "Quilted" Form
Polistes fuscatus - "Northern" Form
Polistes fuscatus - "Coal" Form
Polistes fuscatus - "Bleeding-Heart" Form
Polistes fuscatus - "Redrobe" Form


Polistes aurifer

Polistes aurifer - "Gilded" Form
Polistes aurifer - "Central" Form
Polistes aurifer - "Red" Form
Polistes aurifer - "Baja California" Form
Polistes aurifer - "Chihuahuan" Form
Polistes aurifer - "Oil" Form
Polistes aurifer - "Northern" Form
Polistes aurifer - "Painted" Form


Polistes dorsalis

Polistes dorsalis californicus - "Gilded" Form
Polistes dorsalis neotropicus - "Ember" Form
Polistes dorsalis neotropicus - "Central American" Form
Polistes dorsalis neotropicus - "Texas" Form
Polistes dorsalis californicus - "Valley" Form
Polistes dorsalis californicus - "Charred" Form



Uncategorized Observations:

Click here to view all observations of Polistes fuscatus that have not been identified to color form.
Click here to view all observations of Polistes aurifer that have not been identified to color form.
Click here to view all observations of Polistes dorsalis that have not been identified to color form (or to subspecies, in the case of P. d. dorsalis).


Let me know what you think!
~ Alie

Posted on August 31, 2023 01:19 AM by humanbyweight humanbyweight

Comments

Great work. As for me, I've recently been focused on trying to ID all Needs ID US and Canada Polistinae observations. I have found it difficult to learn or keep in mind all of the different color forms while primarily focusing on just distinguishing which species observations are. But hopefully at least that ID work will in some ways help the project and improve the entire inat/GBIF RG records database.

Posted by bdagley 10 months ago

@bdagley Definitely! Thank you for your hard work. 😊

Posted by humanbyweight 10 months ago

Thanks, yes it was good identification work by everyone including you, and many of the North America observations are now becoming RG.

Posted by bdagley 10 months ago

@darlingbeetle Thank you!! Please use the updated resources here! 😊

Posted by humanbyweight 10 months ago

dang! did you do this today?

Posted by darlingbeetle 10 months ago

Yesterday lol
Still want to adjust the criteria for a few of the redder fuscatus forms, but for the most part it should be good

Posted by humanbyweight 10 months ago

Fuscatus has been fully updated.

Posted by humanbyweight 10 months ago

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