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tristanmcknight

Date

November 10, 2019 05:31 PM MST

Description

I found eight of these perching on the sides of rocks in and near a small dry wash. (In the second picture, the net handle points to the fly.)

Specimens in hand keyed out to Wilcoxia in Wood 1981, and specifically to Wilcoxia flavipennis in Pollock and Reichert 2019 (species newly described, not in iNat taxonomy yet).

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tristanmcknight

Date

November 10, 2019 04:53 PM MST

Description

Dozens of these out perching on bare twigs at shoulder height.
Specimens identified in hand using the Wood 1981 key to genera. I'll update with species ID eventually.

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tristanmcknight

Date

September 23, 2019 02:48 PM MST

Description

I'm not good with caterpillars, so this is just a guess. AI favors a Heterocampa, but it doesn't really match any that I've seen.

Picture sent to me of a caterpillar my nephew found on a walk.

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tristanmcknight

Date

August 11, 2019 01:50 PM MST

Description

Seen near the summit of Mt. Lemmon about midway between the Observatory Road top parking area and the top of the ski lift. Stump was on the edge of forest and clearing / meadow. Specimen in collection.

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What

Tuvan Toad-headed Agama Phrynocephalus versicolor

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tristanmcknight

Date

July 6, 2010 04:59 AM EDT

Description

Seen while camping with the Mongolian Aquatic Insect Survey. Site is estimated from notes; probably MAIS2010070702 collection site at Uvs Aimag, Khovd Soum, near bank of Khovd Gol near bridge at Khovd; TAM_100, CRN 9659.

This looked like an agamid to me, and the color patterns seemed close to those of Phrynocephalus versicolor I found online. but it looks like the taxonomy of that group is still being figured out and I'm not an expert.

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Tuvan Toad-headed Agama Phrynocephalus versicolor

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tristanmcknight

Date

July 20, 2010 03:26 PM EDT

Description

Seen while camping with the Mongolian Aquatic Insect Survey. Site is estimated from notes; not an official MAIS collection site. Probably Uvs Aimag, Hyargas Soum, roadside ~20 km SE of Hyargas; CRN 9659.

This looked like an agamid to me, and the color patterns seemed close to those of Phrynocephalus versicolor I found online. but it looks like the taxonomy of that group is still being figured out and I'm not an expert.

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What

Toadhead Agamas Genus Phrynocephalus

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tristanmcknight

Date

July 7, 2010 01:52 AM EDT

Description

Seen while camping with the Mongolian Aquatic Insect Survey. Site is estimated from notes; not an official MAIS collection site. Probably Bayan Olgiy Aimag, Nogoonnuur Soum, rocky ridge W of Achit Nuur; CRN 9597.

This looked like an agamid to me, and the color patterns seemed close to those of Phrynocephalus helioscopus I found online. but it looks like the taxonomy of that group is still being figured out and I'm not an expert.

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What

Siberian Wood Frog Rana amurensis

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tristanmcknight

Date

July 19, 2011 09:41 AM EDT

Description

Seen while camping with the Mongolian Aquatic Insect Survey. Khentii Aimag, Dadal Soum, Balj Gol 4.6 km N of Dadal. Site # MAIS2011071801. For my records: TAM_260, CRN 9940.

Identified by skimming through the Kuzmin 2017 Amphibians of Mongolia monograph, but I'm not an expert on frog ID.

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Mongolian Toad Strauchbufo raddei

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tristanmcknight

Date

July 1, 2011 02:06 AM EDT

Description

Seen while camping with the Mongolian Aquatic Insect Survey. Tov Aimag, Lun Soum, Tuul Gol at Lun. Site # MAIS2011070101. For my records: TAM_210, CRN 9867. Not really at 2 am (I must not have fixed my camera's clock yet.)

Identified by skimming through the Kuzmin 2017 Amphibians of Mongolia monograph, but I'm not an expert on toad ID.

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What

Mongolian Toad Strauchbufo raddei

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tristanmcknight

Date

July 20, 2011 08:11 PM EDT

Description

Seen while camping with the Mongolian Aquatic Insect Survey. Dornod Aimag, Norovlin Soum. I think this was site # MAIS2011072003. For my records: TAM_266, CRN 9952.

Identified by skimming through the Kuzmin 2017 Amphibians of Mongolia monograph, but I'm not an expert on toad ID.

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What

Desert Spiny Lizard Sceloporus magister

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tristanmcknight

Date

June 2, 2011 05:23 PM EDT

Description

The pictures and specimens we had for this species in my herpetology class didn't do it justice. When I finally saw one live, I was taken aback by how breathtakingly beautiful they are. Such an explosion of color-- orange! yellow! blue! purple! black! tan! I especially love those scales like little sunsets on the dorsum.

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What

Long-nosed Leopard Lizard Gambelia wislizenii

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tristanmcknight

Date

June 2, 2011 02:11 PM EDT

Description

Long-nosed leopard lizard, I presume?

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Northern Pacific Rattlesnake Crotalus oreganus ssp. oreganus

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tristanmcknight

Date

May 21, 2012 03:15 PM EDT

Description

Noticed this nice rattler while I was poking around looking for flies.
Not sure about the subspecies-- is this C. oreganus oreganus?

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tristanmcknight

Date

May 9, 2012 04:22 PM EDT

Description

These guys are really abundant on the beach dunes. You recognize them by the all white hairs, dusty grey tomentum, relatively long scutal bristles, and small body size.

Observation on Bugguide as https://bugguide.net/node/view/858795

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Texas Blind Snake Rena dulcis

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tristanmcknight

Date

June 19, 2016 09:55 PM EDT

Description

Noticed this feller wriggling through a gap between the sidewalk slabs in the middle of UT campus at night and thought it was an earthworm at first. Seeing scales soon set me straight on that, but then I had to puzzle through the fact that it didn't have the typical snake head-- no (apparent) eyes, no tapered snout. Crouching over the edge of the sidewalk eventually caught the notice of a nearby cop, who came over to make sure I wasn't drunk and incapacitated. He didn't know what to make of my unbridled enthusiasm for a (harmless, and by then hidden) snake! And all the while my dad was waiting patiently on hold on my pocket (I had been talking to him on my cell when I noticed the snake). A nice bit of serendipity to add to my life list.
There had been a misting of rain in the hour before this guy came out.

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What

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake Crotalus oreganus ssp. oreganus

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tristanmcknight

Date

June 9, 2013 12:28 PM EDT

Description

Driving through the mountains, we spooked a golden eagle that was perching on a forest service road. When it took off, it dropped this impressive mostly-dead rattler and then perched nearby to watch us (see second photo). Note how the head was mauled, but within a few minutes this snake scared us all by starting to rattle, then starting to slither, then trying to eat every rock in his agony-laden path.
I'm guessing this is Crotalus oreganus, the great basin rattlesnake, but I'm no expert.

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Pacific Banana Slug Ariolimax columbianus

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tristanmcknight

Date

May 14, 2015 02:54 PM EDT

Description

In Linnton park.

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Gopher Snake Pituophis catenifer

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tristanmcknight

Date

May 1, 2014 08:17 PM EDT

Description

Scouting out the Owyhee River below the dam, I came across the poor lovely roadkilled gopher snake.

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

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tristanmcknight

Date

March 6, 2014 01:42 PM EST

Description

While I was looking for flies, I came across this fellow.
Guessing it's a western fence lizard based on the Peterson's field guide.

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What

Zebra-tailed Lizard Callisaurus draconoides

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tristanmcknight

Date

October 6, 2013 10:21 AM EDT

Description

While I was looking for flies, I came across this feller who had obviously had a bad day recently, but hey, he lived to run another day!
I'd guess a zebra tailed lizard based on the Peterson's field guide.

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tristanmcknight

Date

October 6, 2013 03:15 PM EDT

Description

Series of specimens from this site in my collection, ID'd with the key in Wilcox 1961.
Note that the tibiae are black and the white pollinose bands on the tergites are all interrupted.

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What

Agassiz’s Desert Tortoise Gopherus agassizii

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tristanmcknight

Date

October 5, 2013 10:41 AM EDT

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tristanmcknight

Date

May 25, 2015 03:33 PM EDT

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What

Fisher Pekania pennanti

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tristanmcknight

Date

March 2, 2019 02:30 PM EST

Description

Fresh tracks from last night.

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tristanmcknight

Date

April 18, 2014 04:15 PM EDT

Description

Lots of these on the sandy riverbanks; specimens in my collection. Lasiopogon ripicola can have a variety of color morphs, with white, black, or mixed mystax hairs. But note the broad grey bands on the tergites, the strong dorsocentral stripes on the scutum, and the relatively rounded epandrium.

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tristanmcknight

Date

May 3, 2015 02:10 PM EDT

Description

Lots of these perching on the boulders in the stream.

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tristanmcknight

Date

June 17, 2010 05:08 PM EDT

Description

From my notes: "These were perching on sticks and logs on the ground. The area is open, where power lines cut through the forest near a big bedrock reef; within 50 m of a stream. Sandy/leaf litter substrate."

Don't know what the prey is. This is a good, reliable population; they've been here every year for the last decade.

Also on bugguide: https://bugguide.net/node/view/858822

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tristanmcknight

Date

June 20, 2013 07:07 PM EDT

Description

From my notes: "These are common on the beaches of Oregon and Washington. They perch on bare sand between vegetation clumps, especially around the front dune."
Also on bugguide: https://bugguide.net/node/view/858866

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tristanmcknight

Date

June 3, 2011 06:52 PM EDT

Description

From my notes: These were perching on head-sized boulders in the creek.
I also collected them at the same locality on 7 May 2012.
Specimen in collection."
Also on bugguide: https://bugguide.net/node/view/858856

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What

Tanner's Black Camel Cricket Utabaenetes tanneri

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tristanmcknight

Date

May 7, 2012 12:19 PM EDT

Place

Utah, US (Google, OSM)

Description

From my notes: "Nice endemic sand treader camel cricket, from the type locality. There were hundreds of them crawling around on the sand in the morning, seemed to thin out by noonish.
Specimen in my collection (as well as some ethanol specimens). ID by Dan Swanson." Also on Bugguide as https://bugguide.net/node/view/858848

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