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Biodiversity Data Journal

Paulo Alexandre Vieira Borges, Rosalina Gabriel, César M M Pimentel, Mariana R Brito, Artur Raposo Moniz Serrano, Luís Carlos Fonseca Crespo, Volker Assing, Peter Stüben, Simone Fattorini, António Onofre Soares, Enésima P Mendonça, Elisabete Nogueira
Background: During a LIFE research project aiming at the implementation of the conservation of the habitats and restoration of coastal wetland areas of Praia da Vitória (Terceira, Azores, Portugal), there was the opportunity undertake a systematic record of several groups of arthropods in three wetland areas: Paul da Praia da Vitória (PPV), Paul do Belo Jardim (PBJ) and Paul da Pedreira do Cabo da Praia (PPCP). The objective of the study was to perform a rapid biodiversity assessment, comparing the three sites in two different years, before and after the implementation of several conservation measures...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Roderic Page
Constructing a biodiversity knowledge graph will require making millions of cross links between diversity entities in different datasets. Researchers trying to bootstrap the growth of the biodiversity knowledge graph by constructing databases of links between these entities lack obvious ways to publish these sets of links. One appealing and lightweight approach is to create a "datasette", a database that is wrapped together with a simple web server that enables users to query the data. Datasettes can be packaged into Docker containers and hosted online with minimal effort...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Sini Seppälä, Sérgio Henriques, Michael L Draney, Stefan Foord, Alastair T Gibbons, Luz A Gomez, Sarah Kariko, Jagoba Malumbres-Olarte, Marc Milne, Cor J Vink, Pedro Cardoso
Background: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is the most widely used information source on the extinction risk of species. One of the uses of the Red List is to evaluate and monitor the state of biodiversity and a possible approach for this purpose is the Red List Index (RLI). For many taxa, mainly hyperdiverse groups, it is not possible within available resources to assess all known species. In such cases, a random sample of species might be selected for assessment and the results derived from it extrapolated for the entire group - the Sampled Red List Index (SRLI)...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Christian Hébert, Serge Laplante, Mario Fréchette, Luc Jobin
Background: During an inventory of insect diversity on Anticosti Island in 1993, we caught unprecedented numbers of Neospondylis upiformis (Mannerheim), a longhorned beetle rarely observed in eastern North America. All specimens were caught using 12-funnel Lindgren traps baited with 95% ethanol and α-pinene. This longhorned beetle was captured again in 2007 on Anticosti with the same traps. Other than that, seven specimens of N. upiformis were caught elsewhere in Quebec between 1993 and 2015...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Zoe J O Adams, Paloma Helena Fernandes Shimabukuro
Background: Sand flies (Diptera, Psychodidae, Phlebotominae) are biting flies involved in the transmission of pathogens, including the protozoan parasite Leishmania amongst human and non-human animals (Rangel and Lainson 2009). New information: A total of 60 species of American Phlebotominae (Diptera: Psychodidae), distributed amongst 16 genera were studied. A checklist of the primary and secondary type specimens held at the Natural History Museum, London (NHMUK), is given and 968 photographs of the specimens and their labels are made available on a Scratchpads website http://phlebotominaenhmtypes...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Flavio Fonseca do Carmo, Rubens Custódio da Mota, Luciana Hiromi Yoshino Kamino, Claudia Maria Jacobi
Background: Ironstone ranges are considered hotspots for higher plants α and β diversity. The lack of studies and the intense degradation of the ironstone ranges, due to mining, motivated us to compile, for the first time, a list of vascular plants collected on iron-rich derived substrates from ancient landscape of south-eastern Brazil. All existing records in the Brazilian Virtual Herbarium of Flora and Fungi for each of the 43 municipalities containing ironstone ranges were downloaded, resulting in 17,954 vouchers identified to the species level...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Nesrine Akkari, Anne-Sarah Ganske
Recent collecting on the island of La Palma has yielded two new records, Lithobius (Monotarsobius) crassipesoides and Lithobius (Lithobius) melanops, the former also being new to the Canary Islands and is recorded for the first time after its recent description. We additionally provide species records for the lithobiomorph species of the island, with new locality data and a distribution map based on recent and literature records. We update the checklist of the lithobiomorph species of the Canaries and document all the newly collected species...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Rei Itsukushima, Hiroaki Yoshikawa, Kai Morita
Background: Many studies have evaluated the ecological integrity of large-scale estuaries of continental rivers using biotic indicators such as fish, phytoplankton and benthic communities. However, few studies have focused on the river estuaries of small and medium rivers. Molluscan fauna data in large estuaries or in the estuaries of large rivers have been collected by the The National Census on River Environments (conducted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) or National Survey on the Natural Environment (conducted by the Ministry of Environment)...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Aijaz Ahmad Wachkoo, Amir Maqbool, Shahid Ali Akbar, Mostafa Rezk Sharaf
Background: There are no well defined Leptogenys species groups based on the worker morphology from the Oriental region Arimoto (2017). Leptogenys chinensis forms a complex species group with closely related species having little morphological changes Wilson (1958), Sarnat and Economo (2012). From the Oriental region, there are currently 9 species belonging to the L. chinensis group. The group is diagnosed by having edentate masticatory margin of the mandible, smooth body surface, elongate antennae and metallic green cuticle...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Megan Booysen, Derek Sikes, Matthew L Bowser, Robin Andrews
Earthworms in the family Lumbricidae in Alaska, which are known from coastal regions, primarily in south-central and south-eastern Alaska, are thought to be entirely non-native and have been shown to negatively impact previously earthworm-free ecosystems in study regions outside of Alaska. Despite occasional collections by curious citizens, there had not been a standardised earthworm survey performed in Interior Alaska and no published records exist of earthworms species from this region. Mustard extraction was used to sample six locations that differed in elevation, mostly in the College region of Fairbanks, Alaska...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Yuichi Kano, Jun Nakajima, Takeshi Yamasaki, Jyun-Ichi Kitamura, Ryoichi Tabata
Background: Loach is one of the major cypriniform fishes in freshwater habitats of Japan; 35 taxa/clades have, until now, been recognised. Parallel to genetic studies, morphological examinations are needed for further development of loach study, eventually ichthyology and fish biology. Digital archiving, concerning taxonomy, ecology, ethology etc., is one of the progressive challenges for the open science of biology. This paper aimed to online publish photo images, 3D models and CT scanned data of all the known clades of loaches inhabiting Japan (103 individuals in total with several type specimens), contributing to ichthyology and public interest of biodiversity/biology...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Maria Auxiliadora Mora, José Enrique Araya
Taxonomic literature keeps records of the planet's biodiversity and gives access to the knowledge needed for its sustainable management. Unfortunately, most of the taxonomic information is available in scientific publications in text format. The amount of publications generated is very large; therefore, to process it in order to obtain high structured texts would be complex and very expensive. Approaches like citizen science may help the process by selecting whole fragments of texts dealing with morphological descriptions; but a deeper analysis, compatible with accepted ontologies, will require specialised tools...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Kevin R Burgio, Colin J Carlson, Alexander L Bond
Background: Despite much present-day attention on recently extinct North American birds species, little contemporary research has focused on the Carolina parakeet ( Conuropsis carolinesis ). While the last captive Carolina parakeet died 100 years ago this year, the Carolina parakeet was officially declared extinct in 1920, but they likely persisted in small, isolated populations until at least the 1930s, and perhaps longer. How this once wide-ranging and plentiful species went extinct remains a mystery...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
M Andrew Johnston, Rolf L Aalbu, Nico M Franz
Generating regional checklists for insects is frequently based on combining data sources ranging from literature and expert assertions that merely imply the existence of an occurrence to aggregated, standard-compliant data of uniquely identified specimens. The increasing diversity of data sources also means that checklist authors are faced with new responsibilities, effectively acting as filterers to select and utilize an expert-validated subset of all available data. Authors are also faced with the technical obstacle to bring more occurrences into Darwin Core-based data aggregation, even if the corresponding specimens belong to external institutions...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Komla Elikplim Abotsi, Kouami Kokou, Jean-Yves Dubuisson, Germinal Rouhan
Background: The present work proposes, for the first time, a study exclusively focused on the diversity of Pteridophytes in Togo.The study was based on fieldwork that resulted in 869 new collections gathered between 2013 and 2017 in the country and on yet existing herbarium specimens kept at the Herbaria of Lomé and Paris. Thus, a total number of 1092 specimens collected throughout the country served as a basis for this work, to which were added the known, published occurrences of Pteridophytes for the country...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Bruno Cancian de Araujo, Stefan Schmidt, Olga Schmidt, Thomas von Rintelen, Agustinus Kilmaskossu, Rawati Panjaitan, Michael Balke
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Nikola Bankov, Milcho Todorov, Anna Ganeva
Background: Until now, a complete checklist of Sphagnum -dwelling testate amoebae in Bulgaria has never been published. Records for species diversity and distribution in the country were scattered in many faunistic and ecological publications. The aim of the present study is to summarise all data for the species distribution at the level of country by reviewing the existing literature and by additional data obtained in our research over the past two years. New information: The checklist comprises 171 species, classified into 43 genera, 20 families, three orders, three classes and three phyla...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Keita Kuroda
Background: Pristaulacus emarginaticeps Turner, 1922 was described from a single female from Hòa Bình Province, Vietnam and it has remained the only recorded specimen. New information: The male of Pristaulacus emarginaticeps Turner, 1922 is described for the first time and the species is newly recorded from Hà Tĩnh Province, Vietnam and Houaphanh Province, Laos.
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Katherine Parys, Terry Griswold, Harold W Ikerd, Michael Christopher Orr
Background: The native bee fauna of Mississippi, USA has been historically poorly sampled, but is of particular relevance to determine range limits for species that occur in the southern United States. Currently published literature includes 184 species of bees that occur within the state of Mississippi. Additions to the list of native bees known for Mississippi are reported with notes on range, ecology and resources for identification. New information: The geographic ranges of seven additional species are extended into the state of Mississippi: Andrena (Melandrena) obscuripennis Smith, 1853, Anthemurgus passiflorae Robertson, 1902, Dieunomia bolliana (Cockerell 1910), Diadasia (Diadasia) enavata (Cresson 1872), Peponapis crassidentata (Cockerell 1949), Triepeolus subnitens Cockerell and Timberlake, 1929 and Brachynomada nimia (Snelling and Rozen 1987)...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
Phillip L Stephenson, Terry L Griswold, Michael S Arduser, Ashley P G Dowling, David G Krementz
Background: Here we present the results from a two-year bee survey conducted on 18 managed emergent wetlands in the lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley of Arkansas, USA. Sample methods included pan traps, sweep netting and blue-vane traps. We document 83 bee species and morphospecies in 5 families and 31 genera, of which 37 species represent first published state records for Arkansas. The majority of species were opportunistic wetland species; only a small number were wetland-dependent species or species largely restricted to alluvial plains...
2018: Biodiversity Data Journal
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