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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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Blog News: Italian scientists demonstrate the importance of natural history collections for the identification & monitoring of biological invasions

Extremely successful invasive species of crustacean and its route were tracked down in European waters thanks to historic material from Verona and Paris museums.

Biological invasions are widely recognised as one of the most significant components of global change, note the researchers.

Their study is published in our open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.754.22884


#InvasiveSpecies #InvSp #NaturalHistory #NatHist #biodiversity #conservation #MarineScience #MarineDiversity #Crustacea #museozoologiaunipa
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Blog News: Canadian scientist names a new species of stunning cuckoo bee after English naturalist & broadcaster Sir David Attenborough just in time for the legend's 92nd birthday

In his paper, the scientist describes a total of 15 new bees from North America that are brood parasites in nests of polyester bees.

“It only seemed appropriate to name a species with such an unusual life strategy and attractive appearance after someone who has dedicated his life to illustrating the beauty and complexity of the natural world,” explains Thomas Onuferko.

“It only seemed appropriate to name a species with such an unusual life strategy and attractive appearance after someone who has dedicated his life to illustrating the beauty and complexity of the natural world,” explains Thomas.

His paper is published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.755.23939

#NewSpecies #Hymenoptera #Apidae #entomology #biodiversity #biogeography #taxonomy
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Citizen scientists from Taxon Expeditions named a new species of beetle after Hollywood actor & environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio to celebrate his nature conservation project Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

The foundation has contributed to over 200 grassroots projects around the globe in an effort to protect untouched, unexplored wildernesses just like the new water beetle’s home in Borneo.

"Tiny and black, this new beetle may not win any Oscars for charisma, but in biodiversity conservation, every creature counts", said Taxon Expeditions’ founder and entomologist Dr. Iva Njunjić.

Find the full study published in our open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.754.24276

#NewSpecies #Coleoptera #entomology #biodiversity #conservation #NatureConservation #environment #ecosystem #wildlife #LeoDiCaprio #CitizenScience
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'Russian Journal of Economics' (RuJE) is the latest journal to take advantage of the next-generation journal publishing platform ARPHA (proud to be ARPHA's developers!)

Its 2018 inaugural issue, themed 'The Austrian School of Economics: Its Reception in European Countries,' is now live on the journal's new website at: https://rujec.org.

Learn more about the new partnership between ARPHA, RuJE and their publisher “Voprosy Ekonomiki” on our blog below.

"The task of the project is to create a competent international information resource for academic economists, expert and business communities, devoted to macroeconomic policies in different national contexts, including the Russian one, institutional issues and comparative analysis," says Andrey Kotkovsky, Director at NP Voprosy Ekonomiki.

#Economics #PoliticalEconomy #EconomicHistory #PoliticalScience #SocialEconomics #SocioEconomics
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Blog News: An extraordinary blanket-hermit crab species lives in an unusual symbiosis with a sea anemone

Since 1888, it has been thought that there is a single species doing this.

Unitl now, when not one, but a total of 5 new species (and a new genus!) of these curious blanket crabs have been described from the Pacific.

What makes them marvelous is that these species demonstrate 2 different types of modified chelipeds allowing them to efficiently grab onto an anemone, so that they can cover themselves from head to toe with its outer tissue.

Find the study published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.752.23712

https://blog.pensoft.net/2018/04/24/five-new-blanket-hermit-crab-species-described-130-years-later-from-the-pacific

#NewSpecies #Mollusca #Crustacea #biodiversity #MarineScience #MarineBiology #MarineDiversity #taxonomy
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New audit finds biodiversity data aggregators ALA and GBIF "lose and confuse" data in an urge for users to always double-check

Up to 1 in 5 records have their genus and species names changed, reports the analysis performed on about 800,000 records from three Australasian museums.

Instances where programming errors have led to up to 100% data loss are also registered by author Dr. Robert Mesibov.

"The lesson from this audit is that biodiversity data aggregation isn't harmless," said Dr Mesibov. "It can lose and confuse perfectly good data."

His findings are published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.751.24791

#BiodiversityData #biodiversity #bioinformatics #taxonomy #OpenData
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New species of spectacular ant from Borneo blows itself up to protect its colony from enemies

While their peculiar behaviour was mentioned back in 1916, it wasn’t until now that an interdisciplinary research team described the 1st species of the mysterious group of the “exploding ants” since 1935.

The scientists also describe all castes, where each of them seems to have a “speciality” of its own.

Find more from their paper published in the open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.751.22661

#NewSpecies #Hymenoptera #Formicidae #entomology #biodiversity #taxonomy #ants
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Hopes are up for one of North America’s rarest bees after scientists identified a specimen in Alberta, Canada

Following the present study, the distributional range of the Macropis Cuckoo Bee is greatly expanded.

In conclusion, the authors suggest that continuing to monitor for populations of rare bees, and documenting historic records, are crucial for conservation status assessments of at-risk species.

Their article is published in our open access Biodiversity Data Journal at: https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.6.e22837

#Hymenoptera #Apidae #entomology #biodiversity #biogeography #conservation #wildlife
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Happy to present you the rebranded & refreshed ‘Research Results in Pharmacology’ & its 1st issue published jointly by Belgorod National Research University & us via high-tech journal platform ARPHA!

It is dedicated to long-year research outcomes in general & clinical pharmacology.

Check out its brand-new look-and-feel in the articles openly accessible at: https://rrpharmacology.pensoft.net/issue/1350/

#ScholarlyPublishing #Pharmacology #MedicalSiences #MedicalSience #Medicine
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