3D avatars for three new rare ant species from Africa including the Obama ant

  • August 31, 2017
  • oo_151796

    Three new, rare ant species recently discovered in Africa were named after important figures for the African biodiversity conservation – the former United States president Barack Obama, the Nigerian writer and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, and the world-renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson. The scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), […]

    Assassins on the rise: A new species and a new tribe of endemic South African robber flies

  • December 6, 2016
  • image-1-blog

    Discovery of a new species of assassin flies led to the redescription of its genus. This group of curious predatory flies live exclusively in South Africa, preferring relatively dry habitats. Following the revisit, authors Drs Jason Londt, KwaZulu-Natal Museum, South Africa, and Torsten Dikow, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, USA, publish updated information […]

    Poorly known South African mountain endemic appears to be a very valuable keystone species

  • April 21, 2016
  • Image 1  -PhytoKeys blurb

    Mountain ecosystems are valuable providers of key resources including water. These ecosystems comprise diverse species, some of which appear to be especially important to the ecosystem’s functioning. In poorly studied mountain environments in biodiversity-rich countries, these keystone species can often be overlooked and undervalued. Macowania is a group of yellow daisy shrubs occurring in the […]

    Novel cybercatalog of flower-loving flies suggests the digital future of taxonomy

  • October 8, 2015
  • Micro 4/3 camera, 60 mm macro lens, LED dome light, StackShot

    Charting Earth’s biodiversity is the goal of taxonomy and to do so the scientists need to create an extensive citation network based on several hundred million pages of scientific literature. By providing a novel taxonomic ‘cybercatalog’ of southern African flower-loving (apiocerid) flies, Drs. Torsten Dikow and Donat Agosti demonstrate how the network of taxonomic knowledge […]