The ‘Star dust’ wasp is a new extinct species named after David Bowie’s alter ego

  • June 22, 2017
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    During her study on fossil insects of the order Hymenoptera at China’s Capitol Normal University, student Longfeng Li visited the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, carrying two unidentified wasp specimens that were exceptionally well-preserved in Burmese amber. This type of fossilized tree resin is known for the quality of the fossil specimens which […]

    Gender dictates camouflage strategy in this newly identified praying mantis group

  • June 14, 2017
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    Adult females and males in a newly identified genus of Latin American praying mantises have evolved sharply different camouflage strategies, according to a Cleveland Museum of Natural History-led study published in the journal ZooKeys. Adult males of the new genus retain the stubby, stick-like body configuration and brown coloration they have used as nymphs, whereas […]

    Invasive alien plant control assessed for the Kruger National Park in South Africa

  • June 6, 2017
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    Along with urban and agricultural encroachment and pollution mitigation, managing invasive alien species is a key intervention needed to protect biodiversity. Unfortunately, on a global scale there are not enough funds to meet the requirements for effective conservation everywhere, which means that scarce funds need to be allocated where they can be used most efficiently. […]

    Scopus CiteScore metrics integrated with Pensoft journals

  • June 1, 2017
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    Having long been indexed by the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature – Scopus, Pensoft journals published on the ARPHA journal publishing platform have now accommodated its latest handy products. Both Scopus CiteScore and CiteScoreTracker have been integrated with journals published by Pensoft on ARPHA, so that evidence of their impact can be […]

    Data Quality Checklist and Recommendations at Pensoft

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    As much as research data sharing and re-usability is a staple in the open science practices, their value would be hugely diminished if their quality is compromised. In a time when machine-readability and the related software are getting more and more crucial in science, while data are piling up by the minute, it is essential […]

    New species of frog from the Neotropics carries its heart on its skin

  • May 29, 2017
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    In the Neotropics, there is a whole group of so-called glassfrogs that amaze with their transparent skin covering their bellies and showing their organs underneath. A recently discovered new species from Amazonian Ecuador, however, goes a step further to fully expose its heart thanks to the transparent skin stretching all over its chest as well […]

    Three new mini thorn snails described from Georgia (USA), Belize and Panama

  • May 23, 2017
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    Although computer tomography (CT) is widely used in medicine, its application in micro snail identification is still at the pioneering stage. However, Dr Adrienne Jochum from the Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde Bern (NMBE), Switzerland and her interdisciplinary team of German and Swiss scientists (Dr. Alexander M. Weigand, University of Duisburg-Essen, Estee Bochud and Thomas Inäbnit, […]

    Conservation and nameless earthworms: Assessors in the dark?

  • May 22, 2017
  • Giant Green Earthworm Microchaetus papillatus

    Species that live exclusively in a single region are at a particular risk of extinction. However, for them to be protected, thorough assessments of the environmental impacts need to be performed. There are more than 100 earthworm species living in the soil and dead wood of KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. Most of them live exclusively […]