Join Michael Sharkey (The Hymenoptera Institute) in a webinar miniseries presented by the Symbiota Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN), The Taxonomic Impediment in Ichneumonoidea: A Hyperdiverse, Dark Taxon.
Part one (June 3, 2021) will focus on impediments caused by morphological and integrative approaches. The number of species of Ichneumonoidea is estimated to be greater than one million with 5% of that number described to date. At this pace it would take more than 2,000 years to complete the inventory of the world fauna. In the first webinar Sharkey will present problems concerning the quality and efficiency of our current approaches to alpha taxonomy in the Ichneumonoidea, morphology-based approaches and integrative approaches which combine morphological data with sequence data.
Part two (June 17, 2021), entitled The taxonomic impediment, how do we move forward?, will focus on what Sharkey considers a different approach to alpha taxonomy in Ichneumonoidea based primarily on COI barcodes that streamline the descriptive process.
A recording of part two is available at https://vimeo.com/564792107.