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 […]

    Behind Green Eyes: New species of deep-water hermit crab finds itself unusual shelters

  • July 12, 2017
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    ‘Green-eyed hermit crab’ is the common name for a new species recently discovered off the West Coast of South Africa. Apart from its magnetic stare, however, there is a number of characteristic morphological traits and an unusual home preference that all make the crustacean unique. Formally named after the University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Dr Lara […]

    Journal of Orthoptera Research joins scholarly publisher Pensoft’s open access portfolio

  • July 10, 2017
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    The Orthopterists’ Society’s Journal of Orthoptera Research (JOR) joins the growing portfolio of open access titles published on the Pensoft-developed journal publishing platform ARPHA (abbreviation for Authoring, Reviewing, Publishing, Hosting and Archiving). The first issue in collaboration with Pensoft is live on the new journal’s website as of June 2017. While preserving its attractive and […]