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 […]

    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 […]

    A genus of European paper wasps revised for the first time using integrative taxonomy

  • November 13, 2017
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    The European and Mediterranean species of the paper wasp genus Polistes were recently revised by scientists at the SNSB-Zoologische Staatssammlung München (ZSM). For the first time for this group scientists applied an integrative taxonomic approach which combines traditional morphological methods with modern DNA barcoding. As a result, the researchers were able to identify a new species […]

    Artificial neural networks could power up curation of natural history collections

  • November 2, 2017
  • Smithsonian researchers classifying digitized herbarium sheets that have been stained with mercury to build a training dataset.

    Deep learning techniques manage to differentiate between similar plant families with up to 99 percent accuracy, Smithsonian researchers reveal Millions, if not billions, of specimens reside in the world’s natural history collections, but most of these have not been carefully studied, or even looked at, in decades. While containing critical data for many scientific endeavors, […]

    DNA study in the Pacific reveals 2000% increase in our knowledge of mollusc biodiversity

  • October 10, 2017
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    Scientists working in the new frontier for deep-sea mining have revealed a remarkable 2000% increase in our knowledge of the biodiversity of seafloor molluscs. Tweny-one species, where only one was previously known, are reported as a result of the research which applied the latest DNA-taxonomy methodology to mollusc specimens collected from the central Pacific Clarion […]

    New open-access journal Metabarcoding & Metagenomics joins the lines of publisher Pensoft

  • September 25, 2017
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    The new innovative academic journal makes use of the one-of-a-kind publishing platform ARPHA and its collaborative writing tool via the ARPHA-XML workflow A new innovative open-access academic journal Metabarcoding and Metagenomics (MBMG) is launched to welcome novel papers from both basic and applied aspects. Focusing on genetic approaches to study biodiversity across all ecosystems, MBMG covers a […]

    Heat-loving Australian ants believe in diversity, hint 74 species new to science

  • September 21, 2017
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    The ‘furnace ants’ or ‘honeypot ants’ present a very large genus of ants, Melophorus, confined to Australia. Long believed to be megadiverse, some scientists have even suggested that the group may contain ‘well over 1000 species’. However, to this point, only 32 species and subspecies had been described. Scientists Dr Brian Heterick of Curtin University, Dr Mark Castalanelli of Ecodiagnostics Pty […]

    An extraordinary cave animal found in Eastern Turkmenistan

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    A remote cave in Eastern Turkmenistan was found to shelter a marvelous cave-adapted inhabitant that turned out to represent a species and genus new to science. This new troglodyte is the first of its order from Central Asia and the first strictly subterranean terrestrial creature recorded in the country. Kaptarhana cave is located at the […]