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Biodiversity Data Journal

Adam J Brunke
The adventive rove beetle Ocypus nitens (Staphylinidae: Staphylininae) is newly recorded in Canada (Ontario) and the state of Vermont, and additional range expansion is documented. The updated distribution of this large, conspicuous species is based mostly on data from digital photographs posted by users of the online community BugGuide. All available data are summarized and made available as a DarwinCore dataset, and an updated distribution map is provided. Citizen-generated distributional data continues to be a valuable ally in the detection of adventive insects and the study of their distributional dynamics...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Vasilis Gerovasileiou, Antonietta Rosso
BACKGROUND: Until today, a complete checklist of Bryozoa of the Greek seas had never been published and species records were scattered in several taxonomic and ecological studies. The aim of this paper is to produce a first checklist of marine bryozoan species of Greece, in the framework of the Greek Taxon Information System (GTIS) initiative of the LifeWatchGreece Research Infrastructure (ESFRI), by reviewing the existing literature and following the recent trends in the taxonomy of this group...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Roy Canty, Enrico Ruzzier, Quentin Cronk, Diana Percy
BACKGROUND: Chrysomelid beetles associated with willow (Salix spp.) were surveyed at 41 sites across Europe, from Greece (lat. 38.8 °N) to arctic Norway (lat. 69.7 °N). NEW INFORMATION: In all, 34 willow-associated chrysomelid species were encountered, of which eight were very abundant. The abundant species were: Crepidodera aurata Marsham, 1802 at 27 sites, Phratora vitellinae (Linnaeus, 1758) at 21 sites, Galerucella lineola (Fabricius, 1781) at 19 sites, Crepidodera fulvicornis (Fabricius, 1792) at 19 sites, Plagiodera versicolora (Laicharting, 1781) at 11 sites, Crepidodera plutus (Latreille, 1804) at nine sites, Chrysomela vigintipunctata Scopoli, 1763 at nine sites and Gonioctena pallida (Linnaeus, 1758) at eight sites...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Paul Henri Bourobou Bourobou, Raoul Niangadouma, Yves Issembe, Thomas L P Couvreur
BACKGROUND: Gabon is an important center of biodiversity in Central Africa. The country contains to date 27 species of palms. However, palms are generally poorly collected as these massive plants are hard to press and curate. Thus, our understanding remains incomplete, especially in Central Africa. NEW INFORMATION: We report three new records of two palm species for Gabon: Sclerosperma profizianum Valk. & Sunder. and Eremospatha quiquecostulata Becc.. The former species was collected in southeast Gabon, near Ndindi, while the later was collected in the Massif du Chaillu and Monts de Cristal National Park (Crystal Mountains National Park)...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Spyros Gkelis, Iordanis Ourailidis, Manthos Panou, Nikos Pappas
BACKGROUND: The checklist of Greek Cyanobacteria was created in the framework of the Greek Taxon Information System (GTIS), an initiative of the LifeWatchGreece Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) that has resumed efforts to compile a complete checklist of species reported from Greece. This list was created from exhaustive search of the scientific literature of the last 60 years. All records of taxa known to occur in Greece were taxonomically updated. NEW INFORMATION: The checklist of Greek Cyanobacteria comprises 543 species, classified in 130 genera, 41 families, and 8 orders...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Tanya Smith, Samantha Page-Nicholson, Kerryn Morrison, Bradley Gibbons, M Genevieve W Jones, Mark van Niekerk, Bronwyn Botha, Kirsten Oliver, Kevin McCann, Lizanne Roxburgh
BACKGROUND: The International Crane Foundation (ICF) / Endangered Wildlife Trust's (EWT) African Crane Conservation Programme has recorded 26 403 crane sightings in its database from 1978 to 2014. This sightings collection is currently ongoing and records are continuously added to the database by the EWT field staff, ICF/EWT Partnership staff, various partner organizations and private individuals. The dataset has two peak collection periods: 1994-1996 and 2008-2012. The dataset collection spans five African countries: Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia; 98% of the data were collected in South Africa...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Chang-Jun Kim, Jong-Wook Lee
BACKGROUND: The monotypic genus Acanopsilus (Hymenoptera: Diapriidae), is hitherto known only from Europe, where it is widely distributed. NEW INFORMATION: The genus is here recorded for the first time from South Korea and China, which constitutes the first formal record of the species from the entire Eastern Palaearctic region. A detailed redescription and photographs of Acanopsilus heterocerus (Haliday, 1857) are provided. Also, Acanopsilus brevinervis Kieffer, 1909 is proposed as junior synonym of Anommatium ashmeadi Mayr, 1856 (syn...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Kleoniki Keklikoglou, Sarah Faulwetter, Eva Chatzinikolaou, Nikitas Michalakis, Irene Filiopoulou, Nikos Minadakis, Emmanouela Panteri, George Perantinos, Alexandros Gougousis, Christos Arvanitidis
BACKGROUND: During recent years, X-ray microtomography (micro-CT) has seen an increasing use in biological research areas, such as functional morphology, taxonomy, evolutionary biology and developmental research. Micro-CT is a technology which uses X-rays to create sub-micron resolution images of external and internal features of specimens. These images can then be rendered in a three-dimensional space and used for qualitative and quantitative 3D analyses. However, the online exploration and dissemination of micro-CT datasets are rarely made available to the public due to their large size and a lack of dedicated online platforms for the interactive manipulation of 3D data...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Eva Chatzinikolaou, Sarah Faulwetter, Dimitra Mavraki, Tilemachos Bourtzis, Christos Arvanitidis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Christos Arvanitidis, Eva Chatzinikolaou, Vasilis Gerovasileiou, Emmanouela Panteri, Nicolas Bailly, Nikos Minadakis, Alex Hardisty, Wouter Los
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
R Edward DeWalt, Scott A Grubbs, Brian J Armitage, Richard W Baumann, Shawn M Clark, Michael J Bolton
BACKGROUND: We provide volume II of a distributional atlas of aquatic insects for the eastern USA state of Ohio. This treatment of stoneflies (Plecoptera) is companion to Armitage et al. (2011) on caddisflies (Trichoptera). We build on a recent analysis of Ohio stonefly diversity patterns based on large drainages (DeWalt et al. 2012), but add 3717 new records to the data set. We base most analyses on the United States Geological Survey Hierarchical Unit Code eight (HUC8) drainage scale...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Aline Machado Oliveira, Rodrigo Machado Feitosa, Heraldo Luis Vasconcelos, Jonas Maravalhas
BACKGROUND: The fungus-farming ant genus Cyatta (Formicidae: Myrmicinae) is represented by a single species, C. abscondita Sosa-Calvo et al., known from a few localities in Brazil (in the states of Ceará, Minas Gerais, São Paulo and the Distrito Federal), and a single locality in the Misiones province, Argentina. Cyatta is known to occur predominantly in savanna habitats and occasionally in the transition zones between the Atlantic Forest and Cerrado. NEW INFORMATION: The new records reported here significantly expand the previously known distribution of Cyatta abscondita and provide further support for the intimate relation between this species and the savannas of South America...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Matthias F Geiger, Jerome Moriniere, Axel Hausmann, Gerhard Haszprunar, Wolfgang Wägele, Paul D N Hebert, Björn Rulik
BACKGROUND: Biodiversity patterns are inherently complex and difficult to comprehensively assess. Yet, deciphering shifts in species composition through time and space are crucial for efficient and successful management of ecosystem services, as well as for predicting change. To better understand species diversity patterns, Germany participated in the Global Malaise Trap Program, a world-wide collection program for arthropods using this sampling method followed by their DNA barcode analysis...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Oliver L Pescott
BACKGROUND: Human settlements are of increasing interest to ecologists, a fact demonstrated by the recent cluster of book-length treatments of the topic (Forman 2008, McDonnell et al. 2009, Gaston 2010, Niemelä et al. 2011, Wilson 2011, Forman 2014). The natural world as a fascinating feature of towns and cities has a much longer history (e.g. Fitter 1945), and has also played a strong part in local biological conservation in some countries over the late 20th Century (Goode 2014​)...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Oleksandr Holovachov
BACKGROUND: The diversity of organisms is being commonly accessed using metabarcoding of environmental samples. Reliable identification of barcodes is one of the critical steps in the process and several taxonomy assignment methods were proposed to accomplish this task, including alignment-based approach that uses Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) algorithm. This publication evaluates the variability of 5' end of 18S rRNA barcoding region as expressed by similarity scores (alignment score and identity score) produced by BLAST, and its impact on barcode identification to family-level taxonomic categories...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Gabriella Papastefanou, Anastasios Legakis, Igor Shogolev
BACKGROUND: The Zoological Museum of the University of Athens (ZMUA) was established in 1858. It is the oldest natural history museum of Greece. The museum began its operation with the acquisition of a core collection and has been expanding ever since. One of the most substantial parts of the museum's collection consists of the avian exhibits, originating from around the world. NEW INFORMATION: Today, the avian collection consists of 2,948 specimens, preserved mostly through taxidermy, along with a significant number of eggs...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Yuichi Kano, Prachya Musikasinthorn, Akihisa Iwata, Sein Tun, Lkc Yun, Seint Seint Win, Shoko Matsui, Ryoichi Tabata, Takeshi Yamasaki, Katsutoshi Watanabe
BACKGROUND: Inle (Inlay) Lake, an ancient lake of Southeast Asia, is located at the eastern part of Myanmar, surrounded by the Shan Mountains. Detailed information on fish fauna in and around the lake has long been unknown, although its outstanding endemism was reported a century ago. NEW INFORMATION: Based on the fish specimens collected from markets, rivers, swamps, ponds and ditches around Inle Lake as well as from the lake itself from 2014 to 2016, we recorded a total of 948 occurrence data (2120 individuals), belonging to 10 orders, 19 families, 39 genera and 49 species...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Xiaosheng Chen, Xiufeng Xie, Shunxiang Ren, Xingmin Wang
BACKGROUND: Nephaspis indus Gordon, 1996 was imported into Taiwan from Hawaii in 1990 as a biological control agent for the spiralling whitefly, Aleurodicus dispersus Russell, 1965 (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae). However, its establishment was not known prior to this study. NEW INFORMATION: Nephaspis indus Gordon, 1996, a natural enemy of Aleurodicus dispersus Russell (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) native to the Neotropical region, is recorded as established in Taiwan for the first time...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Stefano Mammola, Filippo Milano, Pedro Cardoso, Marco Isaia
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Thomas Vattakaven, Rohit M George, Dhandapani Balasubramanian, Maxime Réjou-Méchain, Gowrappan Muthusankar, Brahmasamudra Ranganna Ramesh, R Prabhakar
BACKGROUND: This paper describes a growing biodiversity platform, launched in 2008, which organizes knowledge on the biodiversity of India. The main objective and originality of the India Biodiversity Portal (IBP) is to aggregate curated biodiversity data of different kinds (e.g. distribution maps, temporal distribution or life history) in an integrated platform where amateurs and experts can easily interact. NEW INFORMATION: Since its launch, the platform has seen an exceptional increase in both user activity and biodiversity data...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
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