New species of marine spider emerges at low tide to remind scientists of Bob Marley

  • December 22, 2017
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    It was 02:00h on 11 January 2009 when the sea along the coastline of Australia’s “Sunshine State” of Queensland receded to such an extent that it exposed a population of water-adapted spiders. The observant researchers who would later describe these spiders as a species new to science, were quick to associate their emergence with reggae […]

    Life in marine driftwood: The case of driftwood specialist talitrids

  • December 20, 2017
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    Driftwood in the sea – either floating or stranded on beaches – is a common feature particularly in temperate regions. Large quantities of driftwood, termed driftwood depositories, may collect at the mouth of small streams associated with marshes and have been present for some 120 millennia – since the origin of flowering plants. Once marine […]

    The world’s 3rd oldest entomological journal Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift (DEZ) turns 160 years

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    Near the closure of an extremely successful year at Pensoft, we’re pleased to be part of yet another great celebration – the 160th anniversary of the Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift (DEZ) journal. Being the third oldest of world’s currently existing entomological periodicals, the Museum für Naturkunde’s historical journal has never ceased to progressively make a difference […]

    Special issue: Natura 2000 appropriate assessment and derogation procedure

  • December 19, 2017
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    The focus is on the case-law of the European Court of Justice and the German Federal Administrative Court With over 27,500 sites, Natura 2000 is the greatest nature conservation network in the world. It covers more than 18 percent of the land area in the European Union and around 395,000 km2 of its marine territory. Projects and […]

    Citizen scientists discover 6 new species of beetles in Borneo

  • December 6, 2017
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    Scientists estimate that 80% of the world’s animal and plant species are still unknown. Although the work of taxonomists (whose job is to describe and name those) is appreciated by the general public, funding for taxonomy is dwindling. Moreover, while the areas hosting most of the unknown biodiversity are under threat, time is running out. […]

    Chance record of an annual mass emergence of enigmatic mantis-flies

  • December 4, 2017
  • Neuroptera are holometabolous insects (they are meant to pupate as butterflies and beetles do), however Ditaxis meridiei moults in a similar way to hemimetabolous insects such as cicadas. Instead it is a hypermetabolous insect (a type of holometaboly), meaning that at least one of the larval stages differs considerably from the others.

The pupal stage of Ditaxis meridiei is motile and seemed to emerge from the ground to find the nearest tree to moult on. More to come, including images of the eggs, first instar larvae and adults.

Taken in a macadamia orchard near Byron Bay, NSW. 

This image is a composite of four images of different individuals in the same location.

    Being neither mantids nor flies, the peculiar mantis-flies are in fact predatory lacewings which use their mantis-like forelegs to catch prey. While most mantis-flies are known to feed on spider eggs in their immature stages, the larval lifestyle of one subfamily–the Drepanicinae–has remained a mystery. That is until James Dorey, an accomplished insect photographer and student […]

    New partnership between Pensoft and BEXIS 2 encourages Data Paper publications

  • November 29, 2017
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    Following the new partnership between the German open source platform BEXIS 2 and the academic publisher Pensoft, scientists are now able to publish data papers in three of the most innovative Pensoft journals: Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ), One Ecosystem and Metabarcoding and Metagenomics (MBMG), using EML data packs from BEXIS 2. In order to encourage and facilitate high-quality data publication, the collaboration […]

    New butterfly species discovered in Russia with an unusual set of 46 chromosomes

  • November 27, 2017
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    What looked like a population of a common butterfly species turned out to be a whole new organism, and, moreover – one with a very peculiar genome organisation. Discovered by Vladimir Lukhtanov, entomologist and evolutionary biologist at the Zoological Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Alexander Dantchenko, entomologist and chemist at the Moscow State University, the startling discovery was named […]

    Swiss-born rebranded Alpine Entomology journal joins Pensoft’s open access portfolio

  • November 20, 2017
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    Formerly dedicated to all fields in entomology, the journal now focuses on insect research from mountainous regions from around the world Launched about a century and a half ago, the Swiss Entomological Society‘s official journal Die Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft (Journal of the Swiss Entomological Society) is the latest historical scientific journal to join the lines of Pensoft’s portfolio. […]

    Poison ivy an unlikely hero in warding off exotic invaders?

  • November 14, 2017
  • Anna Freundlich, student co-author of the research paper in Biodiversity Data Journal, heading into a survey site.

    Dozens of studies have looked at the effects of Japanese knotweed on natural communities in Europe and North America. Yet Bucknell University professor Chris Martine still felt there was something important to learn about what the plant was doing along the river in his own backyard. “The more time I spent in the forests along the Susquehanna […]