Herpetologists describe an elf frog from the elfin forests in southern Vietnam

  • May 19, 2017
  • Ophryophryne elfina

    Deep in the foggy, moss-covered forests of Southern Vietnam, herpetologists uncovered one of the smallest species of horned mountain toads. The name of the new amphibian (Ophryophryne elfina) derives from European mythology and translates to “elfish eyebrow toad”. Despite being recently discovered, the new species is already considered to be endangered. Having remained hidden in […]

    What could be the importance of marine and coastal cultural ecosystem services

  • May 15, 2017
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    A detailed scientific literature review published in the open access journal One Ecosystem confirmed that research on marine and coastal cultural ecosystem services is scarce compared to other ecosystem service categories, revealing curious insights and identifying major knowledge gaps. Available knowledge is not only primarily focused on local and regional sociocultural or economic assessments, but […]

    New butterfly species discovered in Israel for the first time in 109 years

  • May 9, 2017
  • Hermon fritillary BLOG

    Vladimir Lukhtanov, entomologist and evolutionary biologist at the Zoological Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, made a startling discovery: what people had thought was a population of a common species, turned out to be a whole new organism and, moreover – one with an interesting evolutionary history. This new species is named Acentria’s fritillary (Melitaea acentria) […]

    Feeding strategies in competing hummingbird species observed in a small area in Brazil

  • May 2, 2017
  • BLOG Clytolaema rubricauda macho

    Being the vertebrates with the highest metabolic rate thanks to their rapid wing flaps, the hummingbirds have evolved various types of feeding behaviour. While the nectar-feeders tend to go for food high in energy, strong competition affects greatly their preferences and behaviour towards either dominance, subordination, a strategy known as trapline and a fourth one […]

    The Radiohead ant: A new species of ‘silky’ ant grows fungus gardens for food

  • April 24, 2017
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    The ants of the genus Sericomyrmex – literally translated as ‘silky ants’ – belong to the fungus-farming ants, a group of ants that have figured out how to farm their own food. The silky ants are the less well-known relatives of the famous leaf-cutter ants – well-studied, photogenic model organisms that you simply cannot avoid […]

    Mapping Ecosystem Services: Collection of theories, methods and practical applications

  • April 3, 2017
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    The new book Mapping Ecosystem Services provides a comprehensive collection of theories, methods and practical applications of ecosystem services (ES) mapping, for the first time bringing together valuable knowledge and techniques from leading international experts in the field. Published by Pensoft, the book is both available in an online open access version via the publisher’s […]

    Brazilian Zoologia joins Pensoft’s portfolio of open access journals

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    In a new partnership between Sociedade Brasileira de Zoologia (Brazilian Society of Zoology) and the academic publisher Pensoft, one of the most prestigious scientific journals in South America, Zoologia joins Pensoft’s portfolio of open access peer-reviewed journals. In 1982, Sociedade Brasileira de Zoologia‘s launched the Revista Brasileira de Zoologiajournal, which resulted in 25 volumes published bimonthly. […]