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New tarantula named after Johnny Cash among 14 new spider species discovered in the USA 

These charismatic spiders, or “teddy bears with 8 legs”, as their discoverer Dr Chris Hamilton calls them, belong to a unique genus with extreme size differences between species.

#Arachnida #NewSpecies  #tarantula  #diversity  #spider  #USA
http://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.560.6264
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Emerald & gold: 2 new precious-eyed tree frog species from Taiwan 

Both new species have their tadpoles feeding on eggs, while still inside the mother’s womb.

Curiously enough, this kind of reproductive behaviour hasn’t been observed with related species from mainland China and Southern Asia.

#Anura   #NewSpecies   #Amphibia   #amphibian   #frog   #tadpole   #biodiversity
http://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.557.6131
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Described from a single specimen 15 years ago, now this Madagascan chameleon is found a female partner thanks to modern technologies

The scientists call for urgent further research in order to take the relevant conservation measures for this rare species and its extremely threatened habitat.

#Reptile  #Squamata  #chameleon  #conservation  #Madagascar  #biodiversity

http://doi.org/10.3897/zse.92.6464
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A behemoth in Leviathan’s crypt: Second Cryptomaster daddy longlegs species 

Called Cryptomaster behemoth the new large travunioid harvestman is smaller than its sibling and has a much more restricted distributional range, yet its populations show higher diversity.

“This research highlights the importance of short-range endemic arachnids for understanding biodiversity and further reveals mountainous southern Oregon as a hotspot for endemic animal species,” point out the authors. 

#Opiliones  #Arachnida  #harvestmen  #biodiversity  #Oregon  #taxonomy 
http://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.555.6274
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New species and genus of “horned necked” praying mantis from a French museum collection 

#Mantodea  #mantis  #Madagascar  #entomology  #taxonomy   #biodiversity  

http://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.556.6906
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Lizard of consistency: New iguana species which sticks to its colours found in Chile 

Named after its uniformity, its colours don’t vary between populations or sexes.

The new lizard inhabits highland rocky habitats with sparse greenery.

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#Reptile  #NewSpecies  #lizard  #iguana  #Chile  #biodiversity
http://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.555.6011
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Smooth hunters: How environment awareness helped the Bushmen to poison their game 

The San tribes from Africa have learnt long ago how to derive and prepare poison from various sources to make their bowhunting more lethal and effective. 

“Although these San communities live short distances apart, their arrow poisons are diverse, pointing to an incredibly intimate knowledge of their environment,” explain the researchers.

#ethnology #entomology  #poison  #beetle  #Coleoptera  #bowhunting  
http://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.558.5957
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Global Plant Conservation’s Phase One: The world checklist of hornworts and liverworts

The first world checklist of the two phyla is just a step to a complete and accessible catalogue of all plant taxa, scheduled for 2020 and first thought by Charles Darwin himself.

#plant  #conservation   #biodiversity  #taxonomy  #checklist  

http://doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.59.6261
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This new toad species, discovered in India, proved tiny enough for a genus of its own

Its name literally translates to "small frog" in Andamanese. Its average length is only 24 mm.

‪#‎NewSpecies‬ ‪#‎Anura‬ ‪#‎frog‬ ‪#‎toad‬ ‪#‎herpetology‬ ‪#‎India‬ ‪#‎biodiversity
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Neglected for more than 75 years weevil genus updated with 24 Australian endemic species

During a limited amount of field work the scientists have also encountered beetles from the same genus dwelling in rainforest leaf-litter, but all of them remain undescribed. 

The scientists suggest that further solution to the problematic taxonomy of this weevil genus could be more efficiently provided by additional new specimens and DNA analyses.

#Coleoptera  #weevil  #beetle  #taxonomy
http://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.556.6126
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Peer reviewers are now welcome to opt-in for an easy automatic peer review submission to Publons every time they complete a review for any of the 15 Pensoft journals. 

This will help reviewers to build a verified record of their review contributions that can be included in promotion applications.

#PeerReview   #openaccess   #oa   #openresearch   #openscience   #AcWri   #Academia  
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/pp-apj012116.p
With both Pensoft and Publons aiming to facilitate scientific research and its introduction to the world, it only makes sense for the two to join efforts in a campaign to speed up publication, while giving the rightful credit to reviewers. From now on, anyone who makes this contribution to any Pensoft journal will be able to opt-in to get credit for their peer reviews on Publons.
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There are at least 1541 Snout Moth Species across the USA & Canada

“A check list is one of the most important pieces of research, with many applications,” says Dr. Solis.

“Knowing the fauna of a geographic area makes it possible to track species and, in this case, potential invasive species. The caterpillars of snout moths are economically important worldwide as pests of planted crops for food or biofuel, of forest trees, and of stored products such as wheat and nuts.”

‪#‎Lepidoptera‬ ‪#‎moth‬ ‪#‎USA‬ ‪#‎Canada‬ ‪#‎taxonomy‬ ‪#‎biodiversity‬
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Pensoft Publishers is a company specializing in the field of academic and professional book and journal publishing. Founded in 1994, Pensoft has established itself as one of the leading academic publishers in Eastern Europe with more than 800 books and e-books published so far. We largely perform our activities in English, with only a minor fraction of our publications being in other languages. 

In 2008, Pensoft launched its first open access journals named ZooKeys which is now considered as being the most technologically advanced journal in taxonomy. The successful model of ZooKeys was shortly followed by PhytoKeys, MycoKeys and Nature Conservation. In the last years Pensoft has developed and implemented several innovations in its openaccess journal publishing platform. Currently the company publishes 10 open access biodiversity journals. Pensoft is actively developing new methods for dissemination of taxonomy information, including publishing of atomized, semantically enhanced automated exports to global data aggregators, such as Encyclopedia of Life, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Species-ID and others. The company is partnering with several world institutions in the development of common data publishing standards and workflows. The complete list of our publishing services is available here.

Since 2003, Pensoft has been publishing for or partnering in several European Union FP5 and FP6 projects, such as  ALARMBIOFORUMMACMANMACISEUROLIMPACSRUBICODE. Presently, Pensoft is taking part in the projects SCALESSTEPMOTIVECLIMITViBRANTLEGATO, BESAFE, PROIBIOSPHERE and EUBON. 

Within the FP projects, the company has specialised in dissemination, communication and publishing, as well as in creating and maintaining websites and Internal Communication Platforms, designing of logos, flyers, leaflets and posters. For more information, please visit our Description of Services for Projects page.

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