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 […]

    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.

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    Under Extinction Pressure: Rare Australian bee found after 100 years

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  • February 25, 2021
  • A widespread field search for a rare Australian native bee (Pharohylaeus lactiferus) that had not been recorded for almost a century found the species has been there all along – but is probably under increasing pressure to survive. Prior to this study, only six individuals had been found, with the last published record of this Australian endemic bee species, from 1923 in Queensland.

    Guest blog post: Unique feeding behaviour of Asian kukri snakes gutting frogs and toads

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  • February 18, 2021
  • Guest blog post by Henrik Bringsøe In September 2020, we reported the first evidence for a newly discovered behaviour in snakes, as we provided extensive photographic documentation, demonstrating a macabre feeding strategy of Asian kukri snakes of the species Oligodon fasciolatus, the Small-banded Kukri Snake: a snake cutting open the abdomen of a toad, inserting […]

    New DNA barcoding project aims at tracking down the “dark taxa” of Germany’s insect fauna

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  • February 3, 2021
  • New dynamic article collection at Biodiversity Data Journal is already accumulating the project’s findings About 1.4 million species of animals are currently known, but it is generally accepted that this figure grossly underestimates the actual number of species in existence, which likely ranges between five and thirty million species, or even 100 million.  Meanwhile, a […]

    Eurasian eagle owl diet reveals new records of threatened giant bush-crickets

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  • January 5, 2021
  • Bird diets provide a real treasure for research into the distribution and conservation of their prey, conclude scientists after studying the Eurasian Eagle Owl in southeastern Bulgaria. In their paper, published in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle “Grigore Antipa”, they report the frequent presence of the threatened Big-Bellied Glandular Bush-Cricket, and conclude that studies on the Eurasian Eagle Owl could be used to identify biodiversity-rich areas in need of protection.