James C. Cokendolpher (Retired, August 2016)

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photo by Dr. Jean Krejca

Assistant Curator and Research Scientist, Invertebrate Collection, Museum of Texas Tech University

  • Graduate Studies, Texas Tech University, biological systematics 1978-1980, electron microscopy 2008, museum science 2009
  • M.S., Biology, Midwestern State University 1978
  • B.S., Biology, Midwestern State University 1976
  • A.A.S., Chemical Technology, Midwestern State University 1976

photo by Heath Garner


I am the chief caretaker of the invertebrate collections at the Museum of Texas Tech University. I am assisted by a team of graduate and undergraduate students.

My training as a biologist covers both invertebrates and vertebrates as well as botany. I am a world authority on two orders of arachnids and have published papers and books on a variety of arthropods, protozoa, vertebrates, and plants.

Although, I am most interested in arachnid taxonomy, biodiversity of the Llano Estacado, and natural history museum collections. I also have interests in biospeleology and  insect plant interactions: especially those of the carnivious plants and orchids.  I am also very interested in the ex situ breeding of endangered or "extinct in the wild" plants and animals: particularly Nepenthes (tropical pitcher plants) and Cyprinodon (desert pupfishes).

My interests are broad and therefore my publications have dealt with a variety of topics: archaeology, behavior, conservation, documentation, ecology, chemistry, faunal surveys, history of arachnology, karyology, morphology, natural history, paleontology, parasitology, pathology, phylogenetics, physiology, pollination, speleology, taxonomy, ultrastructure, human and veterinary medicine.

See and here me speak about a new pseudoscorpion. [offsite]

 

Current Research and Long-term Projects

  • Biota of the Llano Estacado of the Southern High Plains of Texas & New Mexico
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  • Isopods and arachnids from the Virgin Islands
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  • Taxonomic studies on various taxa of Arachnida (Opiliones, Pseudoscorpiones, Schizomida, Araneae) and Insecta (Dermaptera, Hymenoptera) from around the world.

Selected Publications

  • Drummond, F. A., J. A. Collins, B. Choate, D. Woodman, D. T. Jennings, H. Y. Forsythe, & J. C. Cokendolpher, 2010. Harvestman (Opiliones) fauna associated with Maine Lowbush Blueberry fields in the major production areas of Washington and Hancock Counties. Environmental Entomology, 39(5):1428-1440. PDF
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  • Cokendolpher, J. C., D. W. Sissom, & J. R. Reddell, 2010. A new species of Apozomus (Arachinda: Schizomida: Hubbardiidae) from Peninsular Malaysia. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University, No. 298, 8 pp. PDF
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  • Cokendolpher, J. C. & J. K. Krejca, 2010. A new cavernicolous Parobisium Chamberlin 1930 (Pseudoscorpiones: Neobisiidae) from Yosemite National Park, U.S.A. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University, No. 297, 28 pp. PDF
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  • Cokendolpher, J. C., 2009. New troglobitic Tyrannochthonius from Fort Hood, Texas (Pseudoscorpionida: Chthoniidae) [Un nuevo Tyrannochthonius troglobio de Fort Hood, Texas (Pseudoscorpionida: Chthoniidae)]. Texas Memorial Museum Speleological Monographs, number 7. Studies on the Cave and Endogean Fauna of North America, Part V, Pp. 67-78. PDF
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  • Cokendolpher, J. C., J. R. Reddell, S. J. Taylor, J. K. Krejca, A. V. Suarez, & C. E. Pekins, 1990. Further ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from caves of Texas [Hormigas (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) adicionales de cuevas de Texas]. Texas Memorial Museum Speleological Monographs, number 7. Studies on the Cave and Endogean Fauna of North America, Part V, Pp. 151-168. PDF
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  • Cokendolpher, J. C., S. M. Torrence, J. T. Anderson, W. D. Sissom, N. Dupérré, J. D. Ray, & L. M. Smith, 2008. Arachnids associated with wet playas in the Southern High Plains (Llano Estacado), U.S.A. Special Publications, Museum of Texas Tech University, Number 54, 77 pp. PDF
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  • Cokendolpher, J. C. & K. MacDonald, 2008. Egg guarding and spiderling group-feeding in crevice weaver spiders (Araneae: Filistatidae). Cuidado del huevo y alimentación en grupo de las crías en filistatidos (Araneae: Filistatidae). Revista Ibérica de Aracnología, 16 (2007):67-70. PDF
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  • Cokendolpher, J. C., 2007. Chapter 15 - Preservation of parasites and pathogens. pp. 516-520. Methods and Techniques of Study. R. Pinto da Rocha, G. Machado, & G. Giribet, editors. The Harvestmen: The Biology of Opiliones. Harvard University Press, Cambridge. PDF
  • Cokendolpher, J. C., 2007. Chapter 4 - Neopilionidae Lawrence, 1931. pp. 121-123. R. Pinto da Rocha, G. Machado, & G. Giribet, editors. The Harvestmen: The Biology of Opiliones. Harvard University Press, Cambridge. PDF
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  • Cokendolpher, J. C., 2007. Chapter 4 - Protolophidae Banks, 1893. pp. 127-128. R. Pinto da Rocha, G. Machado, & G. Giribet, editors. The Harvestmen: The Biology of Opiliones. Harvard University Press, Cambridge. PDF
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  • Cokendolpher, J. C., 2007. Tropical pitcher plant (Nepenthes: Nepenthaceae) pollen germinability and storage: conservation implications. Journal of the International Carnivious Plant Society, 35:23-29. PDF
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  • Cokendolpher, J. C. & P. G. Mitov, 2007. Chapter 9 Natural – Enemies. pp. 339-373. R. Pinto da Rocha, G. Machado, & G. Giribet, editors. Harvestmen: The Biology of Opiliones. Harvard University Press, Cambridge. PDF
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  • Cokendolpher, J. C. & C. K. Taylor, 2007. Chapter 4- Taxonomy, 1948. pp. 118-121. R. Pinto da Rocha, G. Machado, & G. Giribet, editors. The Harvestmen: The Biology of Opiliones. Harvard University Press, Cambridge. PDF
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  • Cokendolpher, J. C., S. M. Torrence, L. M. Smith, & N. Dupérré, 2007. New Linyphiidae spiders associated with playas in the Southern High Plains (Llano Estacado) of Texas (Arachnida: Araneae). Zootaxa, 1529:49-60. PDF
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  • Cokendolpher, J. C., N. Tsurusaki, A. L. Tourinho, C. K. Taylor, J. Gruber, & R. Pinto-da-Rocha, 2007. Euonoi - Historical systematic synopsis. pp. 108-114. R. Pinto da Rocha, G. Machado, & G. Giribet, editors. The Harvestmen: The Biology of Opiliones. Harvard University Press, Cambridge. PDF
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  • Cantley, R., C. Clarke, J.C. Cokendolpher, B. Rice, & A. Wistuba, 2006. Nepenthes Clipeata Survival Project. Journal of the International Carnivorous Plant Society, 34:116-120. PDF
  • Blick, T., J. C. Cokendolpher, H. Bellmann, & K. Schrameyer, 2006. Schizomida/Zweggeisselskorpione (Arachnida): eingeschleppt nach Europa - ein Aufruf. Arachnologische Mitteilungen, 31:58. PDF
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  • Cokendolpher, J. C., T. Blick, H. Bellmann, & K. Schrameyer, 2006. Schizomida, short tailed whipscorpions (Arachnida) introduced into Europe - request for specimens, references & information. Newsletter of the British Arachnological Society, 107:14.PDF
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  • Cokendolpher, J. C., R. W. Peck, & C. G. Niwa, 2005. Mygalmorph spiders from southwestern Oregon, U.S.A., with descriptions of four new species. Zootaxa, 1058:1-34. PDF
  • Ledford, J., D. Ubick, & J. Cokendolpher, 2005. Leptonetidae. Pp. 122-123. Ubick, D., P. Paquin, P. E. Cushing, & V. Roth, editors. Spiders of North America: an Identification Manual. American Arachnological Society, 377 pp. PDF

 

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