Russell Pfau Curator

Joined: Sep 29, 2015 Last Active: Dec 13, 2019

I'm a biologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at Tarleton State University. I have a life-long interest in natural history and broad experience including paleontology, wildlife biology, and population and evolutionary genetics. I don't consider myself to be an expert in anything, but I'm interested in almost everything.

I enjoy learning how to distinguish groups of related species and helping to curate them here on iNaturalist. Taxa that I've been curating include:
Bombus (only the TX species) in North America [ID guide]
Apiomerus assassin bugs in the U.S.
Zelus assassin bugs in the U.S. [ID guide]
Perillus stink bugs in the U.S.
Mantidflies in the U.S.
Anemones (the plants) in TX [ID guide]
Arabidea species in TX [ID guide]
Agalinis (false foxglove) species in TX [ID guide]
Geomys (gophers) in North America [ID information]

iNat Tips & Tricks

I recommend not agreeing to an ID just because someone else gave that ID--only ID things based on your OWN knowledge and research.

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