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A new endemic scorpion species discovered in California, USA

The relatively small scorpion is named after the Maidu people of northern California, in whose traditional lands it is found.

The team found all of the scorpions on or near the bottom of a rocky embankment next to the highway in El Dorado County.

The full journal article is openly available from: http://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.584.6026

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Recent fieldwork by researchers Warren Savary and Rob Bryson uncovered a new species of scorpion in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in northeastern California. It is related to several species in its genus, and is only the fourth new species of scorpion to be described from California in the past twenty years. The description is published in the open access journal ZooKeys.
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1 of the most important & diverse dung beetles groups evolved from a single common ancestor

These dung beetles show such diverse behaviors that some of the species actually feed on fungi, carrion, and dead millipedes instead.

“This is one of the most important groups of dung beetles that finally has a hypothesis on how they evolved and diversified on earth,” notes author Dr T. Keith Philips.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/pp-tta042516.php
One of the largest and most important groups of dung beetles in the world evolved from a single common ancestor and relationships among the various lineages are now known, according to new research by entomologist Dr T. Keith Philips, Western Kentucky University. His research, recently published in the open access journal Zookeys, provides important insights into the evolution and diversity of these species, which make up about half of the world'...
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Poorly known South African mountain endemic flower might be a very valuable keystone species

Rediscovered after 40 years, the plant is not only the dominant species in the area, but is likely to also protect its co-habitants from fire and invaders.

The full study is openly available on: http://doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.62.8348

#biodiversity  #biogeography  #botany  #flora  #plants  #endemic  #Africa
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City of Angels & Flies: 12 unknown scuttle fly species have been flying around L.A.

The concrete city of Los Angeles yet again amazes with its rich insect diversity, which is unfortunately largely neglected.

“There is an enormous taxonomic deficiency, including (or, perhaps, especially) in rapidly changing urban environments,” stress the authors.

“Taxonomists and their funding agencies must give time, attention and money to the environments surrounding their towns and cities.”

The full study is openly accessible at: http://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.4.e7756

#NewSpecies  #Diptera  #entomology  #insect  #diversity  #biodiversity  #urbanenvironment  #taxonomy  #ecology  #preservation
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Open access journal Nature Conservation’s 4th Anniversary: Achievements and challenges recap

Four years ago, the open access journal Nature Conservation was launched to specifically address the need for a stronger link between science, policy makers and management in the name of applied biodiversity conservation.

Find the Editorial on: http://doi.org/10.3897/natureconservation.14.8773

#ecology  #conservation  #OA  #OpenAccess #OpenScience  #AcWri
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Extraordinary pace of black wattle growth at a Chinese airport threatens flight safety and biodiversity

The invasive flowering tree was observed to be invade the airport grounds with an average speed of 300 m per month.

“I have never found such rapid expansion like that of the black wattle trees at this airport in my career,” said the Head of Bird Strike Prevention Office of Changshui Airport.

The full study is available from open-access journal Neobiota: http://doi.org/10.3897/neobiota.29.7230

#invasivespecies  #acacia  #flightsafety  #biodiverisity
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Critically Endangered and ancient Himalayan wolf suffers from heavy mortality in Nepal

The “woolly wolf” is visibly and evolutionary divergent from the whole globally distributed wolf-dog branch.

“These genetically distinct Himalayan wolves deserve special conservation attention, at the same time that the conservation of this species in a context of human-wildlife conflict is challenging.”

The full paper is openly available from: http://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.582.5966
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South African endemic mountain plant gives itself up after 147-year absence

Described back in the 19th century, ‘Mrs Barber’s Beauty’, was finally photographed by the authors of the present paper.

The full research paper is openly accessible from: http://doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.62.8348

#botany  #plants  #flora  #biodiversity  #montanediversity  #SouthAfrica
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Grid-based schemes can help citizen scientists in butterfly monitoring schemes reach overlooked habitats and avoid bias in resulting datasets.

Free and systematic site selection should not be seen as mutually exclusive. Instead, they can be used together to ensure high quality and inclusiveness of data for better assessing of future biodiversity trends.

The full study is openly accessible on: http://doi.org/10.3897/natureconservation.14.7497

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Dragons out of the dark:  6 new species of dragon millipedes discovered in Chinese caves

These cave species have extraordinarily long legs and antennae, with one of them resembling a stick insect.

Some of them never leave their underground homes resulting in their being ghostly white in colour and even semi-transparent.

The full study: http://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.577.7825

#Myriapoda  #millipede  #Diplopoda  #cave  #biodiversity  #dragonmillipede
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A new exotic looking fungus gnat species discovered in Germany’s Alexander Koenig Museum

The strikingly coloured new fly showed closer associations with species native to New Zealand than with any European one. The authors believe it’s migrated to the Old continent quite recently.

Read the full study from the open access Biodiversity Data Journal: http://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.4.e6460

#NewSpecies  #gnat  #flies  #Diptera  #biodiversity  #biogeography  #nativespecies  #migration
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100k species of fungi are known to science – millions are not.

“It is frustrating, in the year 2016, not to be able to assign a name to a fungal sequence even at the phylum level,” comment the authors.

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http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/pp-t5m032116.php
There are many millions of undescribed fungi. As a result, public DNA sequence databases abound with fungal sequences that are unidentified even at the phylum level. Frustrated at this situation, an international group of researchers presents a search function to highlight the fungi we know the least about. The effort hopes to encourage community participation and speed up scientific progress in the enigmatic fungal kingdom. Their research is pub...
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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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