Checklist of Fireflies (Lampyridae) in Vermont, USA

Latest version published by Vermont Center for Ecostudies on Dec 24, 2022 Vermont Center for Ecostudies
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24 December 2022
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This is a checklist of the known species of fireflies (Lampyridae) recorded in Vermont. The checklist is derived from Fallon, C., A. Walker, S. Lewis, and S. Jepsen (2022). State of the Fireflies of the United States and Canada: Distributions, Threats, and Conservation Recommendations. 64 pp. Portland, OR: The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation., with additional verified records from the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist and other occurrence records at GBIF.

The checklist is comprised of 13 confirmed species. Five additional species may be found in Vermont, but lack verified records. Fallon et. al (2022) listed this three species as having "no known records but habitat or locality is appropriate and species may occur here" for Vermont and records exist in nearby states of provinces: Photinus macdermotti, P. marginellus, and P. obscurellus. Additionally, there are many photo-observations of P. pyralis shared with, but these are of adults which are difficult to reliably identify. Pyractomena linearis is known from a few records nearby in New Hampshire and Quebec. There may be additional species but Vermont has not been fully surveyed.

Two species are recommended as Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Vermont by Fallon et. al (2022): Pyractomena dispersa and P. sinuata. Neither of these species have occurrence localities in GBIF yet.

Data Records

The data in this checklist resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 14 records.

2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

McFarland K (2022): Checklist of Fireflies (Lampyridae) in Vermont, USA. v1.0. Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Dataset/Checklist.


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: fca013b3-d6f4-4638-b0fc-654f5c84a73b.  Vermont Center for Ecostudies publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF-US.


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Kent McFarland
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conservation biologist
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
05055 Norwich

Geographic Coverage

State of Vermont, USA

Bounding Coordinates South West [42.686, -73.411], North East [45.027, -71.334]

Taxonomic Coverage

All known fireflies (Lampyridae) that have been documented in Vermont, USA.

Family Lampyridae (fireflies)

Project Data

Title Vermont Atlas of Life
Identifier VAL
Study Area Description State of Vermont, USA
Design Description

The personnel involved in the project:

Kent McFarland

Sampling Methods

Examined distribution information from literature, museum specimens, and occurrence records at GBIF.

Study Extent State of Vermont, USA
Quality Control Occurrence records were examined for accuracy.

Method step description:

  1. This checklist relied mostly on the State of Fireflies report, with additional records from GBIF.

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Fallon, C., A. Walker, S. Lewis, and S. Jepsen. 2022. State of the Fireflies of the United States and Canada: Distributions, Threats, and Conservation Recommendations. 64 pp. Portland, OR: The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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