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New species of North American moth named in honour of Donald J. Trump ahead of swearing-in ceremony

Discoverer Dr. Vazrick Nazari is hopeful the stardom surrounding the moth will encourage conservation efforts.

The study is published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.646.11411

#NewSpecies #Lepidoptera #biodiversity #entomology #conservation #America #DonaldTrump #Trump
Days before Donald J. Trump steps forward on the Inaugural platform in Washington to assume the role of the 45th President of the United States of America, evolutionary biologist and systematist Dr…
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The amphibians of little known Sub-Saharan Africa: New inventory adds 25 further species for Mount Oku, Cameroon

“The proportion of threatened species on Mt Oku is 44.2%, but projected to increase to 47.9% due to new species descriptions and recent dramatic declines,” point out the researchers.

The study is published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.643.9422

#Amphibia #amphibians #Africa #biodiversity #biogeography #conservation
While amphibians all over the world are undergoing a continuous decline, their status in certain regions, such as Central Africa, remains unknown due to incomplete information. New paper, pu…
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3 new species of land flatworms described from a moist forest in southern Brazil

Their colour patterns are among the features by which they can be differentiated from the rest flatworms within the genus.

The paper is published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.643.11093

#NewSpecies #Platyhelminthes #flatworms #worms #biodiversity #taxonomy

A huge invertebrate diversity is hidden on the forest floor in areas of the Araucaria moist forest, Brazil. Land flatworms constitute a numerous group among these invertebrates occurring in the Neo…
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Long-distance survival: Effects of storage time & environmental exposure on soil bugs

Biosecurity risks from soil organisms are to increase with declining transport duration and increasing protection from environmental extremes, according to an international research team.

Find the full study published in the open access journal Neobiota at: https://doi.org/10.3897/neobiota.32.9784

#soilscience #biosecurity #invasivespecies #agriculture #horticulture #ecosystem #soil #biocontrol #biorisk
Contaminated soil frequently arrives at the borders through transported items, and is widely recognised as a vector for non-native species, potentially threatening the local agriculture, horticultu…
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A long-term biodiversity project conducted at the Azores Islands has resulted in a large arthropod dataset, including detailed information on individual species distribution and abundance, and ranking of conservation priorities for the fauna of the archipelago

As a result of the studies, the arthropod richness for each island increased by 10% on average.

Find the full study published in the open access Biodiversity Data Journal at: https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.4.e10948

#Arthropoda #arthropods #invertebrates #biodiversity #taxonomy #Azores #biogeography
In 1999, a long-term biodiversity project started at the Azores Islands (Portugal, Atlantic Ocean), the Biodiversity of Arthropods from the Laurisilva of the Azores (BALA) project (1999-2004). Its …
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This new species named in honor of US President Barack Obama

The new basslet species lives exclusively in the Papahānaumokuākea National Monument, the largest permanent marine protected area, since President Obama expanded it on September, 1st.

On September 1, during his trip to Midway Atoll within the Monument, legendary scientist, conservationist and deep ocean explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle gave the President a photograph of the fish that now bears his name (pictured). The exchange will be featured in the National Geographic global broadcast special, “Sea Of Hope” scheduled to be released on January 15, 2017.

The full study is published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.641.11500

#NewSpecies #ichthyology #fishes #MarineScience #BarackObama #natureconservation
The new species is the only coral-reef fish that lives exclusively within the marine protected area, which was recently expanded by the President Scientists from the Bishop Museum, NOAA, and the As…
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This African rattan palm is an endangered species, new Species Conservation Profile shows

Although poorly known, the species is most likely currently declining due to a number of factors, including habitat loss, fragmentation, and over-harvesting.

International team of scientists make use of a unique publication type, available from Biodiversity Data Journal, to publish a Species Conservation Profile in IUCN-compliant format for the endangered palm. It is open access at: https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.5.e11176

#EndangeredSpecies #RedList #conservation #PlantScience #botany #ecology #Rattan #HabitatLoss 
An African rattan palm species has recently been assessed as Endangered, according to the IUCN Red List criteria. Although looking pretty robust at height of up to 40 m, the palm is restricted to s…
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New species of ground beetle described based on a unique specimen from the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris

The new beetle, which has likely gone extinct, is distinct with its unusually large body size.

Find the full paper published in the open access journal Zoosystematics and Evolution at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zse.93.10802

#NewSpecies #Coleoptera #Carabidae #beetles #entomology #biodiversity
While new species are most commonly described based on recent field collections, undertaken at poorly explored places, some are identified in museum collections, where they have spent decades befor…
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New plant species named to honor the peace-making efforts of the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

Located 28 km south from the closest city Chitagá, the Colombian Páramo de Presidente has been considered unsafe for decades due to the country's turbulent history. The peace agreement facilitated by President Juan Manuel Santos opened this and other places for fruitful botanical explorations during the post-conflict times in Colombia.

Read more in the openly accessible paper: https://doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.76.11220

#Asteraceae #botany #Colombia #peace #paramo #flora #plant
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5 new species of a beautiful snout moth group discovered in China

Another 2 species of the same genus are newly reported for the country. With a total of 10 species now known from China, it is likely that the genus originates from there.

Read the full study published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.642.7157

#Lepidoptera #NewSpecies #entomology #biodiversity #moths #fauna
A group of beautiful snout moths from China was revised by three scientists from the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In their study, recently published in the open access j…
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Tweaking the names of a pest fanworm group following discovery a genus is feminine

Discovery of a fanworm genus name being feminine leads to a major digging into these pests’ origins.

“Hydroides itself is a very old name, but it arose in a somewhat accidental and misleading way, because the worms have absolutely no connection to true hydroids, the well-known group of colonial animals related to corals,” note the scientists.

The full study is published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.642.10443

#Annelida #taxonomy #fanworms #worms #biodiversity #MarineScience 
The largest group of fanworm species with rigid chalky (calcareous) tubes belong to the Hydroides genus, and are easily recognised thanks to the shape of their beautifully ornate tube plugs. Hydroi…
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The whole team of Pensoft wishes you joyous holidays and a new year full of happiness & good fortune!

May the Light of knowledge be with you! :)

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Pensoft Publishers is a company specializing in the field of academic and professional book and journal publishing. Founded in 1994, Pensoft has established itself as one of the leading academic publishers in Eastern Europe with more than 800 books and e-books published so far. We largely perform our activities in English, with only a minor fraction of our publications being in other languages. 

In 2008, Pensoft launched its first open access journals named ZooKeys which is now considered as being the most technologically advanced journal in taxonomy. The successful model of ZooKeys was shortly followed by PhytoKeys, MycoKeys and Nature Conservation. In the last years Pensoft has developed and implemented several innovations in its openaccess journal publishing platform. Currently the company publishes 10 open access biodiversity journals. Pensoft is actively developing new methods for dissemination of taxonomy information, including publishing of atomized, semantically enhanced automated exports to global data aggregators, such as Encyclopedia of Life, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Species-ID and others. The company is partnering with several world institutions in the development of common data publishing standards and workflows. The complete list of our publishing services is available here.

Since 2003, Pensoft has been publishing for or partnering in several European Union FP5 and FP6 projects, such as  ALARMBIOFORUMMACMANMACISEUROLIMPACSRUBICODE. Presently, Pensoft is taking part in the projects SCALESSTEPMOTIVECLIMITViBRANTLEGATO, BESAFE, PROIBIOSPHERE and EUBON. 

Within the FP projects, the company has specialised in dissemination, communication and publishing, as well as in creating and maintaining websites and Internal Communication Platforms, designing of logos, flyers, leaflets and posters. For more information, please visit our Description of Services for Projects page.

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