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  • January 16, 2017
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    During the last months of 2016, we asked our users about their experience with the ARPHA Platform and its inbuilt ARPHA Writing Tool (AWT) that backends journals like Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO Journal), Biodiversity Data Journal, One Ecosystem, and others. We got some fantastic feedback and have since been busy implementing some of the […]

    Twenty-five frogs added to the amphibian fauna of Mount Oku, Cameroon

  • January 12, 2017
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      While amphibians all over the world are undergoing a continuous decline, their status in certain regions, such as Central Africa, remains unknown due to incomplete information. New paper, published by two scientists in the open access journal ZooKeys, addresses the knowledge gap by providing an updated list of already 50 amphibian species living on […]

    New species of ground beetle described from a 147-year-old specimen

  • January 10, 2017
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    While new species are most commonly described based on recent field collections, undertaken at poorly explored places, some are identified in museum collections, where they have spent decades before being recognised as new to science. Such is the case of an unusually large and likely extinct ground beetle found at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, […]

    Hidden diversity: 3 new species of land flatworms from the Brazilian Araucaria forest

  • January 9, 2017
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    A huge invertebrate diversity is hidden on the forest floor in areas of the Araucaria moist forest, Brazil. Land flatworms constitute a numerous group among these invertebrates occurring in the Neotropical region. Flatworms are considered to be top predators within the soil ecosystem, preying on other invertebrates. The Araucaria moist forest is part of the […]

    New plant named to honor the peace-making efforts of the Colombian President

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    Named to honour the peace-making efforts of the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, recently awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize, a new species of the sunflower family genus Espeletia is described from the Páramo de Presidente. The study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. Located 28 km south from the closest city Chitagá, […]

    A colorful yet little known snout moth genus from China with 5 new species

  • January 5, 2017
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    A group of beautiful snout moths from China was revised by three scientists from the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In their study, recently published in the open access journal Zookeys, entomologists Dr. Mingqiang Wang, Dr. Fuqiang Chen and Prof. Chunsheng Wu describe five new species and two newly recorded for […]

    Long-distance survival: Effects of storage time and environmental exposure on soil bugs

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    Contaminated soil frequently arrives at the borders through transported items, and is widely recognised as a vector for non-native species, potentially threatening the local agriculture, horticulture and natural ecosystems. However, although soil is the target of management practices that aim to minimise the spread of invasive alien species, crucial knowledge of the biosecurity hazards that […]

    It’s a girl! Tweaking the names of a pest fanworm group

  • January 4, 2017
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    The largest group of fanworm species with rigid chalky (calcareous) tubes belong to the Hydroides genus, and are easily recognised thanks to the shape of their beautifully ornate tube plugs. Hydroides is economically important as its members have the potential to cover immersed marine structures with massive nuisance settlements of chalky biofouling. The best-known example […]