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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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Blog News: Blog News: Author of famous series about animal reproductive behaviour Isabella Rossellini ‘awarded’ with a new species of remarkable beetle

The new insect discovered in Malaysian Borneo is even featured in Rossellini’s upcoming stage show, devoted to animal behaviour, which will be touring Europe this fall.

"This is better than winning the Oscar," comments honoured Isabella Rossellini.

Find the study published in our open access journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.777.23212

#NewSpecies #Coleoptera #entomology #biodiversity #biogeography
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Blog News: 217 species of sharks, chimaeras, skates & rays inhabit the waters of Mexico, report scientists from @ipn.mx

“The species richness will undoubtedly continue to increase, due to the current investigations in progress, as well as the exploration of deep-water fishing areas in the country’s Economic Exclusive Zone,” conclude the researchers.

Check out their paper openly accessible with our journal ZooKeys at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.774.25028

#MarineScience #MarineBiology #MarineDiversity #biodiversity #ichthyology #fishes #taxonomy #EndangeredSpecies #sharks #chondrichthyans
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Blog News: 6 new species of unique “scaly” land snails discovered in Malaysian Borneo are worth a group of their own

To describe the minute gastropods, the researchers used a set of modern tools, including high-magnification scanning electron microscope and 3D modelling.

Check out the study openly accessible in our ZooKeys journal at: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.773.24878

#NewSpecies #Gastropoda #gastropods #biodiversity #taxonomy #morphology
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Happy 10th anniversary to our very own ZooKeys!

Time to celebrate the 1st decade of the most prolific open-access journal in zoology with a special blog post looking back to some of the coolest ZooKeys-described new species from the last 10 years!

Also, find more about the anniversarial 770th issue at: ZooKeys celebrates 10 years at the forefront of zoological research with issue No. 770

#zoology #biodiversity #animals #AnimalKingdom #entomology #taxonomy #scicomm #ConservationBiology
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Small, dark, wet & muddy cave in southern Indiana turned out to be the one & only home of a new species of sheet weaver spider

At about 2 mm in size, the newly described Islandiana lewisi thought to feed on springtails, and is most likely harmless to humans.

Over 30 years have elapsed since the last species in this genus has been added.

The study is openly accessible with us at: https://doi.org/10.3897/subtbiol.26.25605

#NewSpecies #Arachnida #arachnology #arachnids #biodiversity #biogeography #EndemicSpecies #spiders
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What do characters Daenerys Targaryen, Xenomorph, movie Crocodile Dundee, chocolate Toblerone & several natrural history institutions have in common?

Hint: Our OA Journal of Hymenoptera Research holds the key!

Answer on our blog below!

Meanwhile, find the latest JHR issue here: https://jhr.pensoft.net/issue/1408/

#Hymenoptera #entomology #biodiversity #NewSpecies
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Blog News: Action comedy Crocodile Dundee & chocolate brand Toblerone give names to 2 new genera of wasps

Meanwhile 5 new species are named after the major natural history institutions of the Canadian National Collection of insects, Smithsonian’s NMNH, NHM London, Hungarian Natural History Museum and Naturalis, in appreciation of their “outstanding” wasp collections.

In their study, the entomologists study museum specimens collected from across all tropical regions to describe a total of 17 new genera and 29 species new to science.

Their paper is published in the open access Journal of Hymenoptera Research at: https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.64.25453

#NewSpecies #Hymenoptera #entomology #biodiversity #taxonomy #wasps #insects #zoology #CrocodileDundee #Toblerone #NaturalHistory #NatHist
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