Conservationists concerned about illegal hunting and exploitation of porcupines in Indonesia

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  • May 11, 2021
  • Porcupines are being illegally hunted and exploited throughout their range in Indonesia for local subsistence and commercial trade. They are reportedly in decline, yet there seems to be little control or monitoring on uptake and trade. A new study examining seizure data of porcupines in Indonesia found a total of 39 incidents from January 2013 to June 2020 involving an estimated 452 porcupines. The research was published in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Nature Conservation.

    The ants, bees and wasps of Canada, Alaska and Greenland – a checklist of 9250 species

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  • May 7, 2021
  • Knowing what species live in which parts of the world is critical to many fields of study, such as conservation biology and environmental monitoring. This is also how we can identify present or potential invasive and non-native pest species. Furthermore, summarizing what species are known to inhabit a given area is essential for the discovery […]

    Bees thrive where it’s hot and dry: a unique biodiversity hotspot located in North America

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  • May 5, 2021
  • The United States-Mexico border traverses through large expanses of unspoiled land in North America, including a newly discovered worldwide hotspot of bee diversity. Concentrated in 16 km2 of protected Chihuahuan Desert are more than 470 bee species, a remarkable 14% of the known United States bee fauna. This globally unmatched concentration of bee species is […]

    New ant species named in recognition of gender diversity

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  • A newly discovered miniature trap jaw ant from the evergreen tropical forests of Ecuador bears the curious Latin name Strumigenys ayersthey, among hundreds, which are also named in honour of people, but end with -ae (after females) and –i (after males). This makes the newly described ant perhaps the only species in the world to […]

    Dating in a jungle: Female praying mantises jut out weird pheromone gland to attract mates

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  • April 22, 2021
  • Scientists from the Ruhr-University and the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology discovered that females of a South American species protrude a Y-shaped organ on their backs to release pheromones and attract males. Found in none of the over 2,500 species of praying mantises worldwide, the behaviour is reported for the first time in the peer-reviewed scientific Journal of Orthoptera Research.

    Unlocking Australia’s biodiversity, one dataset at a time

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  • Australia’s unique and highly endemic flora and fauna are threatened by rapid losses in biodiversity and ecosystem health, caused by human influence and environmental challenges. To monitor and respond to these trends, scientists and policy-makers need reliable data. Biodiversity researchers and managers often don’t have the necessary information, or access to it, to tackle some […]

    Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria signs with Pensoft and moves to ARPHA

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  • April 19, 2021
  • The scholarly publisher and technology provider Pensoft welcomes the latest addition to its diverse portfolio of scholarly outlets – the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria (AIeP), which publishes research in the fields of ichthyology and fisheries. AIeP is an international scientific journal publishing articles in any aspect of ichthyology and fisheries concerning true […]

    Novak Djokovic now has a tiny new snail species named after him

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  • April 15, 2021
  • Do freshwater snails make good tennis players? One of them certainly has the name for it. Enter Travunijana djokovici, a new species of aquatic snail named after famous Serbian ten­nis player Novak Djokovic. Slovak biospeleologist Jozef Grego and Montenegrin zoologist Vladimir Pešić of the University of Montenegro discovered the new snail in a karstic spring […]

    Roadside invader: the higher the traffic, the easier the invasive common ragweed disperses

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  • April 14, 2021
  • Common ragweed is an annual plant native to parts of the United States and southern Canada. It’s an invasive species that has spread to Europe. An important agricultural weed, this plant is particularly well-adapted to living at roadsides, and there are several theories why. Its rapid expansion in Europe can’t be explained by its natural […]

    Pandemic-inspired discoveries: New insect species from Kosovo named after the Coronavirus

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  • April 12, 2021
  • While the new Coronavirus will, hopefully, be effectively controlled sooner rather than later, its latest namesake is here to stay – a small caddisfly endemic to a national park in Kosovo that is new to science. Potamophylax coronavirus was collected near a stream in the Bjeshkët e Nemuna National Park in Kosovo by a team […]