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Background The systematics of long-nosed armadillos (genus Dasypus) has been mainly based on a handful of external morphological characters and classical measurements. Here, we studied the pattern of morphological variation in the skull of long-nosed armadillos...

["Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3650
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Background With their Pan-American distribution, long-nosed armadillos (genus Dasypus) constitute an understudied model for Neotropical biogeography. This genus currently comprises seven recognized species, the nine-banded armadillo (D. novemcinctus) having the...

["Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3593
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The genus Clea from SE Asia is from one of only two unrelated families among the megadiverse predatory marine Neogastropoda to have successfully conquered continental waters. While little is known about their anatomy, life history and ecology, interest has grown...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3638
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Scutellaria wuana, a new species discovered from a xeric valley in Muli County of Sichuan Province in southwest China, is described and illustrated. Morphologically, the new species shares similarities with S. mairei, but can be readily distinguished by a suite...

["Biodiversity","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3624
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Homonota is a Neotropical genus of nocturnal lizards characterized by the following combination of characters: absence of femoral pores, infradigital lamellae not dilated, claws without sheath, inferior lamellae laterally not denticulate, and presence of a ceratobranchial...

["Biodiversity","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3523
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We describe two new species of miniaturized toadlet in the B. pernix group of Brachycephalus (Anura: Brachycephalidae) from the Atlantic Forest of the state of Paraná, southern Brazil. The first new species is distinguished from all congeners by the pale red coloration...

["Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3603
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Species in the genus Ganoderma include several ecologically important and pathogenic fungal species whose medicinal and economic value is substantial. Due to the highly similar morphological features within the Ganoderma, identification of species has relied heavily...

["Bioinformatics","Mycology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3596
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A new fossil species of salticid spider (Araneae: Salticidae) is described based on an amber-embedded specimen. The specimen was collected from lignite-sandstone early-mid Miocene sediments near the town of Totolapa in Chiapas, southwestern Mexico. The diagnosis...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3614
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Correct identification of forensically important insects, such as flies in the family Calliphoridae, is a crucial step for them to be used as evidence in legal investigations. Traditional identification based on morphology has been effective, but has some limitations...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy","Veterinary Medicine"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3516
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The selection and validation of proper distinguishing characters are of crucial importance in taxonomic revisions. The modern classifications of orchids utilize the molecular tools, but still the selection and identification of the material used in these studies...

["Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3609
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Background This paper is a comment on the idea of matrix-free Cladistics. Demonstration of this idea’s efficiency is a major goal of the study. Within the proposed framework, the ordinary (phenetic) matrix is necessary only as “source” of Hennigian trees, not as...

["Bioinformatics","Taxonomy","Computational Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3578
130 downloads
847 views

The Osmundales (Royal Fern order) originated in the late Paleozoic and is the most ancient surviving lineage of leptosporangiate ferns. In contrast to its low diversity today (less than 20 species in six genera), it has the richest fossil record of any extant group...

["Paleontology","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3433
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A new species of Scutalus Albers, 1850 (Gastropoda: Bulimulidae), Scutalus chango sp. n., is described from a coastal area of northern Chile. Empty shells of this new species were found buried in sand and under boulders and rocks in the foothills of the Chilean...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3538
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We herein examine the only known non-planispirally coiled early Devonian ammonoid, the holotype specimen of Ivoites opitzi, to investigate if the host was encrusted in vivo and if these sclerobionts were responsible for the trochospiral coiling observed in this...

["Ecology","Paleontology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3526
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Australian Oligo–Miocene mekosuchines (Crocodylia; Crocodyloidea) display wide diversity in cranial shape and inferred hunting strategies. Terrestrial habitus has been inferred for these distinctive predators. A direct morphological signal for locomotion can be...

["Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3501

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