Australian Institute of Alpine Studies

Chris Palmer



Australian National University & CSIRO Entomology


contact details

School of Botany & Zoology, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia, Tel: (02) 6125 3059 (ANU) / 6246 4372 (CSIRO), Fax: (02) 6125 5573 (ANU)

research interests


current research or projects

PhD Project: The biology and evolution of snow scorpionflies (Insecta: Hecoptera: Apteropanorpidae)

Apteropanorpa Carpenter is a small genus of Mecoptera (Scorpionflies) wndemic to Tasmania, comprising two described species. Adults are wingless, are found on shrubs and on the ground, in alpine heath habitat, and are active in winter. Very little ecology/biology is known. Project objectives include: 1. assessing the number of species, distribution and evolutionary relationships of members of the Apteropanorpidae, formally describing new species; 2. obtaining a good understanding of the life habits of apteropanorids, and; 3. based on the above data, identify processes currently threatening populations and/or species of snow scorpionflies.

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