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We've implemented a new integration with Catalogue of Life, so that we can encourage our authors publishing global taxonomic review to upload their taxonomic contributions to the database

Authors submitting a manuscript containing a world revision or checklist of a taxon to any of our journals will be offered the possibility to upload their datasets in CoL-compliant format, so that they can contribute to CoL, gain more visibility and credit for their work, and support future research and conservation initiatives.

#biodiversity #taxonomy #taxonomists #OpenData #conservation
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Post-fire logging rather than wildfires is responsible for the steep decline in territory occupancy of the rare Spotted owls of California.

The study’s results coincide with the strong consensus among hundreds of U.S. scientists opposing post-fire logging operations due to a wide range of ecological harms.

“These results were not surprising considering that spotted owls evolved with forest fires, but logging is a new disturbance to which they are not adapted,” says Monica Bond, a wildlife ecologist with the Wild Nature Institute, and a co-author of the study.

The study is published in the open access journal Nature Conservation at:

#Aves #biodiversity #owls #logging #NatureConservation #conservation #wildlife
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Recommendations for molecular biodiversity researchers on how to adhere to access & benefit-sharing best practices, new OA book

As molecular biodiversity approaches, such as DNA barcoding, become more commonly used worldwide, there is growing need to ensure compliance with existing international treaties and framework agreements.

In their new book, authors Kate Davis and Alex Borisenko outline the basics of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Nagoya Protocol, and their ramifications on molecular biodiversity research and application.

Their work is openly published with us at:

#DNA #DNAbarcoding #genetics #sequencing #NagoyaProtocol #biodiversity
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One of two new species of treefrogs discovered in the Amazon named after filmmaker Stanley Kubrick in reference to his masterpiece ‘A Clockwork Orange’

Its sibling is called Devil's Treefrog, because of its horn-like projections visible on its eyelids.

Both new species used to be misidentified as the superficially identical species - the Sarayacu treefrog.

Curiously, both new frogs are characterized by having a bright orange blotch in the hidden areas of the shanks and under arms, reminiscent of the ‘orange pieces of nature’.

Find more from the study published in the open access journal ZooKeys at:

#NewSpecies #Anura #Amphibia #amphibians #herps #herpetology #biodiversity
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NEWS: Latest study in ZooKeys announces 7 new spider species each named after a famous spider character from 7 fantasy classics

The species now formally going by the names of Aragogue, Laracna, Varys, Ungoliant, Atlach-Nacha, Miss spider and Charlotte were recently discovered in Brazilian caves.

The full research article is openly accessible with us at:

#Araneae #Arachnida #arachnlogy #arachnids #LotR, #GameofThrones #TheSilmarillion #HarryPotter #biodiversity #spiders
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Pan-European study into theplankton diversity in surface freshwaters ends up with the largest freshwater dataset

Sampling survey at 218 lakes & ponds refutes long-year belief that plankton do not differ show significant diversity between freshwater bodies & geographic regions the way plants and animals do.

Find the research article published in the open access journal Metabarcoding and Metagenomics at:

“Our pan-European diversity analysis indicated that biodiversity and richness of high mountain lakes differed from that of lowland lakes,” reports the team from Universität Duisburg-Essen.

“Further, the taxon inventory of high-mountain lakes strongly contributed to beta-diversity despite a low taxon inventory.”

#plankton #biodiversity #ecosystem #environment #ecology #DNAbarcoding #eDNA
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This new species of zoantharian was named after president of Palau Tommy Remengesau in honour of his support & contribution to marine conservation

In their paper, the scientists describe a total of three new species all living a solitary life across the Indo-Pacific Ocean, where they hide in either marine caves, cracks, and deeper depths.

“This is yet another example of how much diversity is right underneath our noses, but we still know nothing about it,” says lead researcher Hiroki Kise.

The study is published in the open access journal ZooKeys at:

#NewSpecies #Anthozoa #Hexacorallia #corals #biodiversity #taxonomy
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There’s a good reason why a new species of marine spider was named after legendary Bob Marley

Check out the story on our blog and read the full study in the open access journal Evolutionary Systematics here:

The arachnid was spotted at 02:00 AM on 11th January 2009 along the coastline of Australia’s “Sunshine State” of Queensland.

#NewSpecies #Arachnida #Araneae #arachnology #biodiversity #MarineScience
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Throughout evolution driftwood hoppers become successively smaller, reasons explained in a recent review article

Dwarfism in driftwood hoppers has evolved due to poor diet, in turn resulting to slowed metabolism and growth.

Furthermore, the empty gribble burrows consequently occupied by talitrids typically measure between 0.6 to 5 mm in diameter with the smaller ones being more widespread.

“The size gradient in gribble burrow diameter provides a satisfactory explanation for serial dwarfism within the driftwood talitrids and is why each species becomes successively smaller,” explains David Wildish.

The paper is published in the open access journal Zoosystematics and Evolution at:

#talitrids #Amphipoda #Crustacea #biodiversity #MarineDiversity #MarineScience
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