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Blog News: 4-year fern project in Togo concludes with the 1st ever checklist for Togo meant to help decision makers

The scientists recorded a total of 73 species previously unknown in the country, including 12 species introduced for horticultural purposes.

As a result, the pteridophyte diversity of Togo – a country barely taking up 56,600 km² – now counts 134 species.

Find the taxonomic paper published in our open access Biodiversity Data Journal at: https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.6.e24137

#PlantScience #Botany #Biodiversity #PlantsAreCoolToo #FernFriday #Ferns #Biogeography #Togo
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Blog News: Goblins & brownies from Enid Blyton’s famous childern’s books give names to 6 new species of goblin spiders

Discovered in diminishing Sri Lankan forests, the hard to see arachnids appear to be as dependent on humans as their mythological namesakes.

The six-eyed goblins are short-range endemics, with some of them only found at a few sites, while other - nowhere to be seen outside a single forest patch.

The study is published in our open access journal Evolutionary Systematics at: https://doi.org/10.3897/evolsyst.2.25200

#NewSpecies #Arachnida #Araneae #arachnology #arachnids #biodiversity #SriLanka #endemism
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Blog News: Scientists publish OA the most extensive occurrence dataset for the North America’s only native parrot - the long lost Carolina parakeet

To compile the dataset, the team combines specimen data and observations spanning 400 years.

"Making these data freely available to other researchers will hopefully help unlock the mysteries surrounding the extinction and ecology of this iconic species," says the study's lead author, Kevin Burgio.

"Parrots are the most at-risk group of birds and anything we can learn about past extinctions may be useful in going forward."

Find the Data Paper openly published in our Biodiversity Data Journal at: https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.6.e25280

#Aves #ornithology #biodiversity #biogeography #conservation #BirdLife #biogeography #taxonomy
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Blog News: Scientists auction the naming rights of 5 strikingly beautiful new species of snail-eating snakes to save Ecuadorian forests

Four of the new species are already deemed to be threatened with extinction.

Following the auction, Fundación Jocotoco is to add the purchased plot to the Buenaventura reserve, thereby expanding the only protected area where two of the new snakes are found, and prevent these endangered snake species from going extinct.

“Several companies let you name a star after a loved one,” says lead author Alejandro Arteaga, “but, generally, such names have no formal validity. Naming an entire species after someone you love or admire is different.”

“With few exceptions, this is the name that both the general public and the whole scientific community will use. So, why not let people choose the name of a species in exchange for a donation that protects its habitat?”

The snakes are described in our open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.766.24523

#NewSpecies #Reptilia #Serpentes #herps #herpetology #biodiversity #rainforests #snakes #conservation
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Towards Rwanda’s National Biodiversity Strategy: New project seeks to integrate freshwater biodiversity information to help decision makers in the country

It will use GBIF standards in order to produce and release the 1st document to report on the status of biodiversity in freshwater ecosystems in Rwanda.

Find the conference abstract published in our open access journal Biodiversity Information Science and Standards (BISS) at: https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26367

#Rwanda #biodiversity #ecosystems #EcosystemServices #biogeography
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New species of extremely hairy-legged shrimp living in tunicates in Indonesia named after Lord Of The Rings’ hobbit Bilbo Baggins

Werner de Gier, biology student at Leiden University, discovered two new species as part of his bachelor’s research project.

The other symbiotic shrimp is unique with the fact that it lives in a colonial, rather than solitary tunicate species.

“Being able to describe, draw and even name two new species in my bachelor years was a huge honour. Hopefully, we can show the world that there are many new species just waiting to be discovered, if you simply look close enough!”

Find the study published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.765.25277

#NewSpecies #Crustacea #MarineScience #MarineDiversity #crustaceans #biodiversity #LordOfTheRings #LotR #JRRTolkien
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Rebranded Social Psychological Bulletin now publishing social psychology research exclusively in English & is FREE to both readers & authors following new collaboration with the PsychOpen GOLD platform & ARPHA

The new thematic issue is dedicated to discussions on behavior & its measurement. Is social psychology more about the “what, how, and why people think” or rather the “what, why and how people act”?

Learn more on our blog at: https://blog.pensoft.net/2018/05/30/rebranded-social-psychological-bulletin-opens-up-to-the-world-with-psychopen-gold-arpha/

#SocialPsychology #Psychology #OpenAccess #OpenScience #NoAPCs #ScholarlyPublishing #SYP #publishing
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Combined, RIO Journal and Check List - both hosted on ARPHA Platform, have a total of 1,116 articles indexed & freely available via the community-focused search and discovery platform ScienceOpen

The new trial between the two high-tech innovators and Open Science proponents presents an important step forward to making research asier to find and access, and also more inviting to scientists to collaborate and share expertise.

#ScholarlyPublishing #AcademicPublishing #OpenScience #OA #ARPHA #ARPHAPlatform #OpenResearch
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Blog News: Continent-wide picture of coyotes spreading throughout North and Central America seeks to provide age-long answers & address future concerns

Scientists map the historical expansion of the canine to evaluate its chances of getting to South America.

“We began by mapping the original range of coyotes using archaeological and fossil records,” says Dr. Roland Kays.

“We then plotted their range expansion across North America from 1900 to 2016 using museum specimens, peer-reviewed reports, and game department records.”

Find the full study published in our open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.759.15149

#zoology #biodiversity #biogeography #mammals #coyotes #carnivores #InvasiveSpecies #InvSp
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Blog News: Universal math formula addresses the crucial taxonomic issue ‘What is a species?’

“If this new approach is used, then it should introduce more objectivity to taxonomic science and ultimately mean that limited conservation resources are addressed towards threatened populations which are truly distinct and most deserving of our concern,” explains the scientist.

Essentially, the equation works by measuring differences for multiple variables between two non-co-occurring populations, and then juxtaposing them to the same results for two related populations which do occur together and evidently belong to different “good” species.

His study is published in our open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.757.10965

#biodiversity #conservation #taxonomy #zoology #ornithology #biogeography
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