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Biodiversity Data Journal

Diego Galvão Pádua, Lidianne Salvatierra, Jober Fernando Sobczak, Marcio Luiz Oliveira
BACKGROUND: A parasitoid wasp Hymenoepimecis manauara Pádua & Oliveira, 2015 was recorded parasitizing, for the first time, a female spider of Leucauge henryi Mello-Leitão, 1940 in the Amazon rainforest, Brazil. Images, description of the cocoon and comments about this interaction were added. NEW INFORMATION: First record of Hymenoepimecis manauara parasitizing Leucauge henryi with description of cocoon and comments about this interaction.
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Dimitra Mavraki, Lucia Fanini, Marilena Tsompanou, Vasilis Gerovasileiou, Stamatina Nikolopoulou, Eva Chatzinikolaou, Wanda Plaitis, Sarah Faulwetter
BACKGROUND: This article describes the digitization of a series of historical datasets based οn the reports of the 1908-1910 Danish Oceanographical Expeditions to the Mediterranean and adjacent seas. All station and sampling metadata as well as biodiversity data regarding calcareous rhodophytes, pelagic polychaetes, and fish (families Engraulidae and Clupeidae) obtained during these expeditions were digitized within the activities of the LifeWatchGreece Research Ιnfrastructure project and presented in the present paper...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Paulo A V Borges, Clara Gaspar, Luís Carlos Fonseca Crespo, François Rigal, Pedro Cardoso, Fernando Pereira, Carla Rego, Isabel R Amorim, Catarina Melo, Carlos Aguiar, Genage André, Enésima P Mendonça, Sérvio Ribeiro, Joaquín Hortal, Ana M C Santos, Luís Barcelos, Henrik Enghoff, Volker Mahnert, Margarida T Pita, Jordi Ribes, Arturo Baz, António B Sousa, Virgílio Vieira, Jörg Wunderlich, Aristeidis Parmakelis, Robert J Whittaker, José Alberto Quartau, Artur R M Serrano, Kostas A Triantis
BACKGROUND: In this contribution we present detailed distribution and abundance data for arthropod species identified during the BALA - Biodiversity of Arthropods from the Laurisilva of the Azores (1999-2004) and BALA2 projects (2010-2011) from 18 native forest fragments in seven of the nine Azorean islands (all excluding Graciosa and Corvo islands, which have no native forest left). NEW INFORMATION: Of the total 286 species identified, 81% were captured between 1999 and 2000, a period during which only 39% of all the samples were collected...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Anna Novichkova
BACKGROUND: Information on freshwater invertebrates of the Russian Arctic is very scarce, especially concerning insular biota. The species composition of microcrustaceans (Cladocera, Copepoda) of many arctic islands is still unknown and have never been explored. Here we report the results of the first investigation of the zooplankton of the Shokalsky Island (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia). Information on freshwater invertebrates of the Russian Arctic is very scarce, especially concerning insular biota...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Giorgos Chatzigeorgiou, Sarah Faulwetter, Thanos Dailianis, Vincent Stuart Smith, Panagiota Koulouri, Costas Dounas, Christos Arvanitidis
BACKGROUND: Citizen Science (CS) as a term implies a great deal of approaches and scopes involving many different fields of science. The number of the relevant projects globally has been increased significantly in the recent years. Large scale ecological questions can be answered only through extended observation networks and CS projects can support this effort. Although the need of such projects is apparent, an important part of scientific community cast doubt on the reliability of CS data sets...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Rachel Collin, Suzanne Fredericq, D Wilson Freshwater, Edward Gilbert, Maycol Madrid, Svetlana Maslakova, Maria Pia Miglietta, Rosana M Rocha, Estefanía Rodríguez, Robert W Thacker
BACKGROUND: Correctly identifying organisms is key to most biological research, and is especially critical in areas of biodiversity and conservation. Yet it remains one of the greatest challenges when studying all but the few well-established model systems. The challenge is in part due to the fact that most species have yet to be described, vanishing taxonomic expertise and the relative inaccessibility of taxonomic information. Furthermore, identification keys and other taxonomic resources are based on complex, taxon-specific vocabularies used to describe important morphological characters...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Aijaz Ahmad Wachkoo, Shahid Ali Akbar
BACKGROUND: The taxonomy of Camponotus ants in India is mostly based on the worker caste, described in about 96% of the known species (AntWeb 2016). However, nearly 48% of these ant species are only known from workers, with no record of sexual forms. To improve knowledge of Indian Camponotus, we here describe sexuals of Camponotus opaciventris Mayr 1879. NEW INFORMATION: The hitherto unknown sexuals of Camponotus opaciventris Mayr 1879 are described for the first time...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Tavis Forrester, Tim O'Brien, Eric Fegraus, Patrick A Jansen, Jonathan Palmer, Roland Kays, Jorge Ahumada, Beth Stern, William McShea
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2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Hironori Iwai, Daiki D Horikawa, Kazuharu Arakawa, Masaru Tomita, Takashi Komatsu, Munetoshi Maruyama
BACKGROUND: The hoverfly Microdon (Chymophila) katsurai Maruyama et Hironaga 2004 was speculated to be a myrmecophilous species associated with the ant Polyrhachis lamellidens based on observations of adults near the ant nest. However, there have been no reports regarding the observation of immature stages of this species in association with P. lamellidens. NEW INFORMATION: For the first time, we found three M. katsurai larvae inside a P. lamellidens nest and conducted rearing experiments on the larval M...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
István Mikó, Lubomír Masner, Andrew Robert Deans
BACKGROUND: Pteroceraphron is a monotypic genus that can be recognized by its unique, lanceolate wing shape. Until now the only described species, Pteroceraphron mirabilipennis Dessart 1981, was known only from specimens collected in Canada. NEW INFORMATION: Here, for the first time, we report Pteroceraphron mirabilipennis Dessart 1981 specimens collected in the USA. We also provide an extended diagnosis.
2016: 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
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2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Christos Arvanitidis, Eva Chatzinikolaou, Vasilis Gerovasileiou, Emmanouela Panteri, Nicolas Bailly, Nikos Minadakis, Alex Hardisty, Wouter Los
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2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
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