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Method used in medicine found extremely useful in identifying previously unknown mini thorn snails

Scientists discover three new species from North and Central America thanks to computer tomography scans.

Find more from the study published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.675.12453

#NewSpecies #Gastropoda #gastropods #biodiversity #taxonomy #tomography


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Saving names: Common names for endemic earthworms in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa could save them

The scientists are hopeful that by giving the indigenous earthworms in KwaZulu-Natal common names, the threatened and endemic species will be conserved through inclusion in environmental impact assessments.

Furthermore, they believe that earthworms could draw attention to the areas where they occur whenever a choice for new protected areas is to be made.

Find their article openly published in the open access journal African Invertebrates at: https://doi.org/10.3897/AfrInvertebr.58.13226

#Annelida #Oligochaeta #taxonomy #biodiversity #earthworms #conservation #natureconservation #environment


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Meet the Elfin Mountain Toad - a new species of tiny amphibian living in Vietnam

The new species represents one of the smallest known mountain toads.

Check out the full study openly published with us at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.672.10624

#NewSpecies #Amphibia #Anura #herpetology #amphibians #anurans #biodiversity #taxonomy #biogeography

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Dig it! Important area for shrimp fisheries reveals 2 new species of carideans

The two new shrimps inhabit burrows dig into the bottom of the Gulf of California.

Find more from the study published in the open access journal ZooKyes at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.671.9081

#NewSpecies #Crustacea #Caridea #crustaceans #shrimps #biodiversity #MarineScience #MarineBiodiversity #MarineFauna

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The 1st microbial supertree from figure-mining thousands of papers

British scientists perform the first attempt at automated phylogenetic supertree construction using data exclusively extracted by machines from published figure images.

Find the research article in the open science RIO Journal at: https://doi.org/10.3897/rio.3.e13589

#OpenScience #phylogenetics #systematics #supertree #taxonomy #OpenData #microbes #ComputerVision

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Butterfly populations appearing as a common species turned out to be new to science

The beautiful lepidopteran that inhabits a popular Israeli ski resort is also the 1st new butterfly described from the country in 109 years.

"To me, it was a surprise that no one had already discovered it," says its discoverer Vladimir Lukhtanov.

Find more from the study published in the open access journal Comparative Cytogenetics at: https://doi.org/10.3897/CompCytogen.v11i2.12370

#Lepidoptera #NewSpecies #biodiversity #entomology #butterflies #taxonomy

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What’s the Asiatic black bear’s diet after hibernation? Direct observations from Japan

Much like gym enthusiasts, every year Asiatic black bears seem to be on the lookout for protein-rich food ahead of the summer, so that they can bulk up on lean muscle mass in place of the fat tissue formed at end of the year.

Find the research article published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.672.10078

#BlackBears #ecology #FeedingBehaviour #FeedingEcology #conservation #biodiversity


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Sugar competition: Dominance, subordination & hiding in competing hummingbirds

Scientists place artificial feeders filled with variable in concentration sugar-water solutions to observe the behaviour strategies adopted by local hummingbirds.

Having used a small area of only 6 m2 in an Atlantic Forest remnant in southeastern Brazil, the researchers report four feeding strategies.

Find their observation and conclusions in the paper published in the open access journal Zoologia at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zoologia.34.e13228

#Aves #ornithology #biodiversity #hummingbirds #biology #zoology #ecology

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British band Radiohead honored with a new species for climate change activism

Scientists from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History have discovered a total of three species of Neotropical silky ants new to science.

These insects are unusual because they cultivate ‘gardens’ - much like people, they farm fungi for food. The studied species likely use a special substance to protect their crops.

Find more from the paper published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.670.11839

#Hymenoptera #NewSpecies #entomology #NatureConservation #ClimateChange #ecology #biodiversity 

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Scientists track the origins of an enigmatic rare Asian butterfly genus 43 million years back

Having conducted the 1st for the genus analysis of molecular data in combination with an examination of both genitalia and wing patterns, the researchers identified 4 species from the 51 studied specimens collected from across the Indochina region.

The authors also conclude that the genus must have originated in the South-East Tibet in the Eocene.

Find more from the study published in the open access journal Zoosystematics and Evolution at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zse.93.10744

#Lepidoptera #Nymphalidae #taxonomy #phylogeny #biodiversity #biogeography 
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