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We publish biodiversity and cybertaxonomy academic literature
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New Blog Post: When lemons give you life: Herpetofauna adaptation to citrus orchards in Belize

The herps in Belize seem to be no less adapted to citrus orchards than they are to natural forests, confirms new comparative study.

Scientist Russell Gray and his research team compared forested areas to manicured citrus orchards and reclaimed orchard forests in Stann Creek, Belize.
Further intriguing discoveries were made when the Category 1 hurricane Earl hit the study site.

“Some animals appear to forecast weather events due to sudden or drastic changes in environmental conditions. I wonder if this is a similar case,” comments Gray.

Find the study published in the open-access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.707.14029

#Belize #Conservation #Herpetology #herps #Reptilesandamphibians #Ecology #ToucanRidgeEcologyandEducationSociety #TREES
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DNA study in the Pacific reveals 2000% increase in our knowledge of mollusc biodiversity

Using the latest DNA-taxonomy methodology, scientists describe 21 species, where only one was previously known.

"Our work has highlighted obvious gaps in our knowledge, but also shown that with even relatively modest effort, we can greatly increase our understanding of baseline biodiversity using DNA-taxonomy," says Principal Investigator of the NHM Deep-sea Systematics and Ecology Research Group, Dr Adrian Glover.

Find the paper published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.707.13042

#NHMDeepSea #NewSpecies #MarineScience #NHMDigital #DigitalCollections #Mollusca #molluscs #biodiversity
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Welcome the latest journal to join our ranks: the brand new & highly innovative #OA Metabarcoding & Metagenomics (MBMG)

The journal comes to shed new light on genetic approaches to study biodiversity across all ecosystems and covering a large scope of research (including environmental, microbial and applied metabarcoding and metagenomics).

It is published on our next-generation ARPHA-XML journal publishing platform, meaning the authors will take full advantage of the signature ARPHA service - the ARPHA Writing Tool.

Check out the first articles, including an Editorial here: https://mbmg.pensoft.net/articles

#ScholarlyPublishing #AcademicPublishing #STMpublishing #publishing
#metabarcoding #metagenomics #MBMG #Pensoft
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Total of 74 new species of furnace ants enjoy the heat in Australia

Although long-considered to be megadiverse, their genus used to include merely 32 species until the present study.

Among their relatives in the same group, there is a peculiar species, whose eyes resemble ice-cream cones.

Find the full study published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.700.11784

#NewSpecies #Hymenoptera #entomology #biodiversity #taxonomy #endemism
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In a remote and unique, yet hugely underresearched cave in Turkmenistan, scientists discovered a new extraordinary strictly subterranean creature

Known as two-pronged bristletail, it amazes with its looks, but also with the fact that it's the very 1st of its order in Central Asia.

Moreover, it's the 1st exclusively subterranean terrestrial creature known from Turmenistan.

The paper is published in the open access journal Subterranean Biology at: https://doi.org/10.3897/subtbiol.23.14631

#NewSpecies #taxonomy #biodiversity #Diplura #bristletails #speleology #biospeleology #Turkmenistan
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Plants for society and society for plants.

Unanimously supported by participants at the XIX International Botanical Congress, held in July 2017, Shenzhen, China, the Shenzhen Declaration for Plant Sciences, runs under the slogan “Uniting plant sciences and society to build a green, sustainable Earth” and comes in response to the rapid changes experienced by both our Planet and society.

The Declaration for Plant Sciences is now openly published with us alongside an editorial by Editor-in-Chief John Kress, Smithsonian & Deputy Editor-in-Chief Sandra Knapp, Natural History Museum, London.

Declaration: https://doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.86.20859
Editorial: https://doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.86.20712

#plantsciences #sustainability #sustainablefuture #scienceforsociety
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These are 3 of the 94 sponge species recorded from the Indonesian coral triangle

The study also reports 6 new to science and two new symbiotic sponge associations.

Find more from the paper published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.680.12135

#NewSpecies #Porifera #sponges #biodiversity #taxonomy
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Scientists & locals successfully revived a rainforest in Benin & turned it into a sanctuary for endangered species

Today, the rehabilitated forest in Drabo harbours about 600 species of plants and constitutes a sanctuary for many animals, including the critically endangered and endemic red-bellied monkey.

The study is published in the open access journal Nature Conservation at: https://doi.org/10.3897/natureconservation.21.13906

#conservation #ForestConservation #rainforests #Benin #CriticallyEndangered #endemism
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Threatened Painted Rocksnail turns out to have even narrower distribution range

A new study highlights the importance of natural history museums’ collections in biodiversity conservation.

Only after careful examination of shells collected in the last 150 years and analyses of live animals were the researchers able to confidently determine that the Painted Rocksnail never occurred outside the Coosa River system.

Find their study published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.697.14060

#Gastropoda #gastropods #biodiversity #snails #conservation
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Saving the iconic carnivore: Towards better conservation for lions through international law

Scientists assess the present role of wildlife treaties with a view to improving their combined contribution to the conservation and sustainable use of lions.

Their Review Article is published in the open access journal Nature Conservation at: https://doi.org/10.3897/natureconservation.21.13690

#EndangeredSpecies #wildlife #conservation #Panthera #lions #carnivores
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