Welcome to the House of Slytherin: Salazar’s pit viper, a new green pit viper from India

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  • April 21, 2020
  • Trimeresurus salazar sp. nov. paratype female BNHS 3555 in life

    During an expedition to Arunachal Pradesh in India, part of the Himalayan biodiversity hotspot, a new species of green pit viper Trimeresurus salazar with unique stripes and colouration patterns was discovered near Pakke Tiger Reserve. Scientists named the snake after J.K. Rowling’s fictional character, the Parselmouth wizard and the founder of one of the houses in the magical school Hogwarts, Salazar Slytherin. The discovery is published in the open-access journal Zoosystematics and Evolution.

    Rare South American ground beetles sport unusual, likely multi-purpose antennal cleaners

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  • April 20, 2020
  • For 157 years, scientists have wished they could understand the evolutionary relationships of a curious South American ground beetle that was missing a distinctive feature of the huge family of ground beetles (Carabidae). Could it be that this rare species was indeed lacking a characteristic trait known in over 40,000 species worldwide and how could […]

    Scientists discover bent-toed gecko species in Cambodia

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  • April 13, 2020
  • Originally published by North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences A new species of bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus phnomchiensis) has been described from Cambodia’s Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary by Wild Earth Allies Biologist Thy Neang in collaboration with North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences‘ Herpetologist Bryan Stuart. This new species is described in ZooKeys. The species was discovered […]

    Plazi and Pensoft join forces to let biodiversity knowledge of coronaviruses hosts out

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  • April 7, 2020
  • Pensoft’s flagship journal ZooKeys invites free-to-publish research on key biological traits of SARS-like viruses potential hosts and vectors; Plazi harvests and brings together all relevant data from legacy literature to a reliable FAIR-data repository To bridge the huge knowledge gaps in the understanding of how and which animal species successfully transmit life-threatening diseases to humans, […]

    Tiny fly from Los Angeles has a taste for crushed invasive snails

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  • April 1, 2020
  • As part of their project BioSCAN – devoted to the exploration of the unknown insect diversity in and around the city of Los Angeles – the scientists at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (USA) have already discovered numerous insects that are new to science, but they are still only guessing about the lifestyles of these species. […]

    Research on bats and pangolins – potential vectors of zoonotic pandemics like COVID-19 – invited to a free-to-publish special issue in ZooKeys

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  • March 31, 2020
  • Accepted papers will be published free of charge in recognition of the emergency of the current global situation Was it the horseshoe bat or could it rather be one of the most traded mammal in the world: the pangolin, at the root of the current devastating pandemic that followed the transmission of the zoonotic SARS-CoV-2 […]

    All microgastrinae wasps from around the world finally together in a 1,089-page monograph

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  • March 24, 2020
  • With 3,000 known species and thousands more left to describe, the wasps of the subfamily Microgastrinae are the single most important group of parasitoids attacking the larvae of butterflies and moths, many of which are economically important pests. Consequently, these wasps have a significant impact on both the world’s economy and biodiversity. Due to their […]

    Vibes before it bites: 10 types of defensive behaviour for the False Coral Snake

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  • March 23, 2020
  • Oxyrhopus rhombifer

    The False Coral Snake (Oxyrhopus rhombifer) may be capable of recognising various threat levels and demonstrates ten different defensive behaviours, seven of which are registered for the first time for the species. Scientists from the Federal University of Viçosa (Brazil) published their laboratory observation results based on a juvenile specimen in the open-access journal Neotropical Biology and Conservation.

    Taxonomist Day at Pensoft: Three species in the WoRMS’ Top 10 Marine Species of 2019 described in our journals

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  • March 19, 2020
  • Happy Taxonomist Appreciation Day, everyone! In a lovely tradition, the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) issued the Top 10 Marine Species of 2019 for the ninth time around on time for this special day!  In what has also already become a tradition we are particularly proud of, it’s not one, but several species described […]