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 Post subject: Orthoporus ornatus and elevation
PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:04 am 
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Hello,

I am just throwing this out there due to my recent experiences in hunting these critters. I am slowly coming to the conclusion that their presence is based on elevation. I cant imagine why though. I havent found a single one, anywhere......

The one thing all my locations have in common though is elevation. 5000+ feet.

Based on many sources, Orthoporus ornatus found are usually at lower elevation.

Do I sound crazy, or could this be a possibility?


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 Post subject: Re: Orthoporus ornatus and elevation
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:04 am 
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Quite possible. Elevation can effect a number of things, with temperature being the most obvious. Even if the summer temps are nice and hot, if it gets cold enough to freeze in the winter it may be too cold for many critters.

In the southwest you sometimes hear the term "sky island", which refers to high altitude areas where you find very different animals and plants from what you see in the surrounding desert "sea".

One of my favorite examples of this is Mt Lemmon in Tucson. You start driving up Catalina highway from the low desert, it's 105 degrees and you see lots of saguaros and other cacti all over. Fifteen minutes and a few thousand feet higher and it's mostly junipers and pinion the temp has dropped to the mid 80's. 15 minutes after that you're near the top and you're surrounded by 30 foot pine trees and you wish you brought a sweater because the temperature has dropped to 65!

Wade


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 Post subject: Re: Orthoporus ornatus and elevation
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:15 am 
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I see. Well I am planning a drive down south this Friday, assuming I get the day approved off. We will see!

Thanks for the feedback Wade.


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