The Western Ghats of India revealed two new primitive species of earthworm

  • August 18, 2017
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    The Western Ghats mountains lie at the southwestern continental margin of Peninsular India and extend all the way from Gujarat to Kerala. The massif has earned its place amongst the eight ‘hottest’ biodiversity hotspots in the world. There is a great variety of vegetation types which, coupled with the high rainfall and the moderate yearly […]

    New proposal for a subspecies definition triggered by a new longhorn beetle subspecies

  • August 17, 2017
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    The discovery of a new subspecies of longhorn beetle from Scandinavia triggered a discussion on the vague organism classification rank ‘subspecies’. As a result, a newly proposed definition of subspecies has been published along with the description of the taxon in the open access journal ZooKeys by the research team of Henrik Wallin and Johannes Bergsten from […]

    A new critically endangered tree species depends on unique habitat found only on Kaua’i

  • August 16, 2017
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    A new tree species, Melicope stonei(Rutaceae or citrus family), endemic to the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, is already assessed as Critically Endangered according to IUCN criteria. The newly described Melicope is apparently restricted to unique old growth forest featuring a combination of tree species that are only found on Kaua’i. The volcanic island of Kaua`i is the oldest of the […]

    A decade of monitoring shows the dynamics of a conserved Atlantic tropical forest

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    Characterised with its immense biodiversity and high levels of endemism, the Atlantic Tropical Forest has been facing serious anthropogenic threats over the last several decades, demanding for such activities and their effects to be closely studied and monitored as part of the forest dynamics. Cattle farming, expanding agricultural land areas and mining have reduced the […]

    Two new beetle genera and 4 new species from the Australopacific in a new monograph

  • August 15, 2017
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    An outstanding monograph of the Australopacific Region’s saprinine hister beetles supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Amid his ongoing revisionary work on a number of hister beetle genera, the Slovakian-born naturalised Dutch entomologist and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation researcher, Dr. Tomáš Lackner, Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, together with fellow entomologist Dr. Richard Leschen, Landcare Research, discovered two […]

    The Oriental eye fly that transmits conjunctivitis newly recorded in China

  • August 3, 2017
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    The conjunctivitis-transmitting Oriental eye fly (Siphunculina funicola) has been recorded for the first time in China. In the same paper, published in the open access journal ZooKeys, a team of three scientists further describe three species of the same genus, which are new to science. The studied flies in the genus Siphunculina present a number of curious insects, […]

    The new yellow sea snake assumes an unusual ambush posture

  • July 31, 2017
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    Carrying its petite frame and all-yellow skin, the recently scrutinized sea snake populations from Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, already seem different enough to be characterized as a new subspecies. However, their most extraordinary trait is only exposed at night when the serpents opportunistically feed on small fish by hanging upside down from the water surface, […]

    The biodiversity data journal Check List joins Pensoft’s open access portfolio

  • July 14, 2017
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    The well-reputed and established journal Check List is the latest biodiversity-themed title to join scholarly publisher Pensoft’s peer-reviewed and open access family. Its first issue in collaboration with Pensoft is now published on the journal’s new website. Check List is an online open access journal launched in 2005 in Brazil. It publishes distribution summaries, annotated lists of species and notes on the […]