Biodiversity and Conservation

Editors' Picks

Evolutionary genomics of endangered Hawaiian tree snails (Achatinellidae: Achatinellinae) for conservation of adaptive capacity
Rodolfo Jaffé –– This study uses genomic approaches to resolve evolutionary relationships and inform conservation planning for declining Hawaiian tree snails.
Identification problems of travelling snail species—new exotic introductions to tropical greenhouses in Gothenburg, Sweden (Gastropoda: Achatinellidae, Strobilopsidae, Helicarionidae)
Patricia Gandini –– An important contribution for Conservation
Fall supplemental feeding increases population growth rate of an endangered caribou herd
Patricia Gandini –– An interesting management action that will contribute to the recovery of an endangered species
An integrative approach to infer systematic relationships and define species groups in the shrub frog genus Raorchestes, with description of five new species from the Western Ghats, India
Patricia Gandini –– An important contribution to the Indian herpetofauna knowledge
Taxonomic revision of the Malagasy Aphaenogaster swammerdami group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Joseph Gillespie –– Csosz et al. provide a taxonomic revision of a commonly encountered, yet morphologically peculiar, ant genus in Madagascar that will improve the ability to assess ant diversity across the island.
Historical and current distribution ranges and loss of mega-herbivores and carnivores of Asia
Korakot Nganvongpanit –– This study had demonstrated the distribution of Asia’s megafauna species.
Using natural history collections to investigate changes in pangolin (Pholidota: Manidae) geographic ranges through time
José Maria Cardoso da Silva –– This is an important paper that can be useful for improving pangolin conservation.
A new genus of oryzomyine rodents (Cricetidae, Sigmodontinae) with three new species from montane cloud forests, western Andean cordillera of Colombia and Ecuador
Patricia Gandini –– A Big contribution for Andes’ biodiversity
On the genus Mesopontonia Bruce, 1967 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Palaemonidae) in Korea, with the description of a new species
Korakot Nganvongpanit –– Mesopontonia kimwoni sp. nov. is morphologically allied to M. brevicarpus, but can be distinguished by the cutting edges of the fingers of the first chela being entire. Read this article for more detail in deep.
The phylogenetics of Teleosauroidea (Crocodylomorpha, Thalattosuchia) and implications for their ecology and evolution
Graciela Piñeiro –– This nice paper is an enormous contribution to the study of Teleosauroidea, a poorly known group of ancient crocodylomorphs, encompassing their phylogenetic relationships and the corresponding evolutionary changes and ecological adaptations. It includes a well detailed taxonomic history of the involved taxa and a comprehensive phylogenetic hypothesis that show the interrelation of the constituent taxa. The paper includes nice figures, mostly showing high resolution photographs of the involved specimens and additionally provides LSID information for the new clade names and their synapomorphies for to be available in both the ICZN Code and the International Code of Phylogenetic Nomenclature (PhyloCode). I am very pleased to have been involved in the editorial history of this study, as it will be, without doubt, a reference for future studies on Teleosauroid crocodylomorphs and related groups.
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New leap: Five species of shrub frogs discovered

Five new species of shrub frogs found in Western Ghats

Five new species of shrub frogs found in Western Ghats