Senckenberg Nature Research Society transfers three journals to ARPHA Platform

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  • April 8, 2021
  • Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny, Vertebrate Zoology and Geologica Saxonica are the latest historic titles to select the various services and advanced technology provided by the OA-born scholarly publishing platform One of the largest natural research associations in Germany, the Senckenberg Nature Research Society moved three of its international, open-access scholarly journals to the publishing platform ARPHA, following a […]

    What can we learn from vanishing wildlife species: the case of the Pyrenean Ibex

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  • April 6, 2021
  • The sad history of the Pyrenean Ibex (Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica) is a powerful example of species loss due to causes related to human activity. DNA analyses of Pyrenean Ibex found evidence that, after a demographic expansion about 20,000 years ago, its population went through a bottleneck caused by hunting, inbreeding and other factors, which ultimately caused its extinction. Their research is published in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Zoosystematics and Evolution.

    New deadly snake from Asia named after character from Chinese myth ‘Legend of White Snake’

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  • In 2001, the famous herpetologist Joseph B. Slowinski died from snakebite by an immature black-and-white banded krait, while leading an expedition team in northern Myanmar. The very krait that caused his death is now confirmed to belong to the same species identified as a new to science venomous snake, following an examination of samples collected […]

    Carried with the wind: mass migration of Larch Budmoth to the Russian High Arctic

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  • March 29, 2021
  • Arctic habitats have fascinated biologists for centuries. Their species-poor insect faunas, however, provide little reward for entomologists – scientists who study insects – to justify spending several weeks or even months in the hostile environments of tundra or polar deserts. As a result, data on insects from the High Arctic islands are often based on […]

    Why we shouldn’t blame women for gender disparity in science: Perspectives of women in zoology

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  • March 25, 2021
  • A Brazilian network of female zoologists aims to oppose gender disparity in science Guest blog post by Veronica Slobodian Scientists are part of a rather sexist society and, therefore, ruled by a rather sexist social conduct. Nevertheless, women scientists attempt to thrive despite all setbacks provided by structural sexism (both explicit and implicit).  Sadly, female […]

    Call for data papers describing datasets from Russia to be published in Biodiversity Data Journal

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  • March 24, 2021
  • GBIF partners with FinBIF and Pensoft to support publication of new datasets about biodiversity from across Russia Original post via GBIF In collaboration with the Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility (FinBIF) and Pensoft Publishers, GBIF has announced a new call for authors to submit and publish data papers on Russia in a special collection of Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ). The call extends and expands […]

    Guest blog post: New ectoparasite records from Honduras came from bats recorded since 2015

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  • March 23, 2021
  • Guest blog post by Manfredo Alejandro Turcios-Casco Since its foundation in 2015, the research team “The Big Bat Theory” has filled important information gaps regarding bats and their ectoparasites in Honduras. We started as just bachelor students mist-netting bats in our university (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras- UNAH) in our free time. Then we studied […]

    Highlands of diversity: Another new chameleon from the Bale region, Ethiopia

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  • The Bale Mountains in south-central Ethiopia are considered to be one of the most unique centers of endemism, with an extraordinary number of plants and animals that can only be found there. Numerous species are already known from this Afromontane high-elevation plateau, making it a biodiversity hotspot, but ongoing research continues to reveal the presence […]

    A Red List of insect experts in Europe

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  • March 19, 2021
  • New EC-funded project will identify trends in taxonomic expertise across Europe to identify gaps in expert knowledge Insects are the largest taxonomic group in the animal kingdom. Three out of four described animal species belong to the class Insecta. They are widely distributed in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Indispensable to the ecosystem, insects drive key […]

    Celebrating Taxonomist Day with Elvis Worms and Sneaky Pipefish

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  • Happy Taxonomist Appreciation Day! On this day dedicated to the scientists who name, define and classify all living things, the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) also honors discoveries in marine biology by posting a “Top 10” of the marine species discovered throughout the year. The year 2020 saw fascinating discoveries in the world of […]