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Coral Reef News: Scientists from California Academy of Sciences diving off the remote Brazilian archipelago of St. Paul’s Rocks were so captivated by the colors of this new species that they named it after Aphrodite.

Captivated by its beauty, the scientists didn't notice a large sixgill shark right above their heads.

The species is the first member of its genus known from the Atlantic, rather than the Pacific Ocean.

Check out the full article published in our open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.786.27382

#NewSpecies #ichthyology #MarineScience #MarineDiversity #Aphrodite #fishes #biodiversity #taxonomy
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Blog News: Praying mantis recorded to fish for the 1st time in history

No data of mantises observed to fish existed until the present study published in our open access Journal of Orthoptera Research.

A male mantis was seen to hunt and devour guppies from a pond located in a private roof garden in Karnataka, India.

Importantly, the phenomenon, which occurred for 5 days in a row, occurred without any interference on the human side.

Check out the study at: https://doi.org/10.3897/jor.27.28067

#Mantidae #Mantodea #mantises #entomology #evolution #biodiversity #zoology #ecosystems
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Blog News: Disease infecting pistachio trees in Sicily, Italy, found to be the result of a previously unknown pathogenic fungus species

For the past several years, farmers in the Catania, Agrigento and Caltanissetta provinces have been reporting a disease characterised with cankers and declines, sometimes leading to the collapse of entire plants.

After surveying 15 pistachio orchards from three provinces, as well as potted plants, scientists identified a previously unknown species of pathogenic fungus as the culprit.

Their study is published in our open access journal MycoKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/mycokeys.40.28636

#NewSpecies #mycology #fungi #pathogens #agriculture #PlantScience #pistachio
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Blog News: Response paper in Rethinking Ecology points problems in the largest-scale analysis of species abundance which refutes relation between geographic range & population density

The scientists discuss the main issues and conclude that these problems hinder a robust conclusion about the original question

Find the article openly accessible at: https://doi.org/10.3897/rethinkingecology.3.24827

#NicheModelling #biogeography #biodiversity #zoology #ecology #conservation
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Blog News: Native to Asia fast-spreading leaf-mining moth already established in 10 US states + 2 Canadian province

“Even though Stigmella multispicata does not seem to be a real problem, it would be a good idea to follow its invasion over North America, and to monitor whether the species may also attack native elm species,” the researchers point out.

Find their study published in our open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.784.27296

#Lepidoptera #InvasionBiology #InvSp #entomology #ecology #biodiversity #moths
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Blog News: Scientists bring the world’s count of parasitoid wasps in the genus Chromoteleia to 27, following discovery of 21 new species based on collections from around the world

With their monograph, published in our OA journal ZooKeys, the scientists also expand the biogeographic data for these species and clarify their generic concept.

Check it out here: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.778.25775

#NewSpecies #Hymenoptera #entomology #biodiversity #taxonomy #biogeography
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Blog News: Why do male cuckoo wasps wind their antennae around their partner’s when mating?

Thanks to their glands, the males are able to transfer pheromones onto their partners. However, scientists are still undecided what is the very reason behind this behaviour.

Having observed and studied 3 species of kleptoparasitic bees in both lab and field settings, German scientists record the phenomenon for the 1st time in the genus Nomada and further the discussion on the biological purpose of this behaviour.

Find the full study published in our open access Journal og Hymenoptera Research here: https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.65.24947

#Hymenoptera #entomology #bees #cuckoos #biodiversity #biology #zoology #evolution #reproduction
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Blog News: New species of endemic earless pygmy toad discovered in Angola could hold key knowledge about evolutionary ear loss and hearing

A closer look at the toad’s anatomy, DNA and skeleton reveals that its ancestor used to have a fully developed ear, and has no close relatives demonstrating the same evolutionary loss.

Whether the species has a mating call and, if yes, how it could hear it, remains unknown.

Check out the full research paper published in our open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.780.25859

#NewSpecies #Amphibia #Anura #amphibians #herps #herpetology #biodiversity #endemism #evolution #ecology #ConseravationBiology
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Blog News: Lichen-mimicking new species of spider has been living unnoticed in central Spain

Whether the orb-weaver uses its mimicry to avoid predators or rather surprise its prey remains is still unknown.

The scientists point out that the description of this new species once again stresses the need of working harder on completing the list of the spiders of the Old World.

Check out their paper published in our open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.779.26944

#NewSpecies #Arachnida #Araneae #arachnology #spiders #arachnids #biodiversity #biogeography #taxonomy
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Blog News: Scientist analyses chromosomes of larvae from 3 separate mosquito populations in Caucasus to study the role of geographical & genetic proximity

Apart from discovering rearrangements which appear unique for Caucasus, Dr Mukhamed Karmokov finds evidence for ongoing microevolution processes in the region and the existence of separate subspecies in the group.

Check out his study published in our open access journal Comparative Cytogenetics at: https://doi.org/10.3897/CompCytogen.v12i3.25832

#Diptera #entomology #mosquitoes #phylogeny #genetics #cytogenetics #chromosomes #taxonomy #biodiversity #biogeography
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