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Dept. of Unusual Jobs

Bob Merz was appointed the North American Regional Studbook Keeper for the American Burying Beetle by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  This document will maintain a genetic record of the beetle populations held in North America.

Did you know beetles had studbooks?  I didn't.   But if the population's very small, and you're trying to bring it back and maintain all the available genetic diversity, I guess you'd need one. 

The beetle in question, in case you're suddenly struck with unbearable curiosity, has the scientific name of
Nicrophorus americanus. 

 http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12145_12204-32983--,00.html

http://www.texasento.net/ABB.htm

I'm now on the lookout for this handsome beetle (but don't expect to find it here.  It needs a regular supply of corpses to bury.)

Tags: biodiversity, oddjobs
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