Shelah Morita

Fly Girl

My info

Full name
Shelah Morita
I am
a professional scientist
Curator level
Full Curator


8 objects curated
4 taxa curated
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0 articles selected for Overview
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0 common names curated

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Curator qualifications

I am an NSF International Research Fellow working on long-proboscid flies in South Africa. I have a PhD dealing with Tabanidae taxonomy and have published three papers on Tabanidae thus far. (see below) I am also a member of the Entomological Society of America, and the North American Society of Dipterists. References: 1) Lying to Pinocchio: floral deception in an orchid pollinated by long-proboscid flies. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 152(2006):271-278. 2) A revision of the Philoliche aethiopica species complex (Diptera: Tabanidae). African Invertebrates 49(2008):129–158. 3) A phylogeny of long-tongued horse flies (Diptera: Tabanidae: Philoliche) with the first cladistic review of higher relationships within the family. Invertebrate Systematics 22(2008):311–327.
Curation scope
I am a co-PI on the NSF funded Tabanid PEET grant and did my PhD research on Tabanidae