Biodiversity and Conservation

Editors' Picks

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
Diogo Provete –– Comprehensive description of new species for India.
Quinquelaophonte enormis sp. nov., a new interstitial copepod (Harpacticoida: Laophontidae) from Korea
Patricia Gandini –– A description of New species in Korea
Five new pseudocryptic land planarian species of Cratera (Platyhelminthes: Tricladida) unveiled through integrative taxonomy
Jean-Lou Justine –– The paper describes five new species of land flatworms on the basis of integrative taxonomy including five molecular markers and a detailed morphological study. A tour de force of modern systematics!
High moon brightness and low ambient temperatures affect sloth predation by harpy eagles
Patricia Gandini –– The Article improves the knowledge on the predator-prey systems and how environmental variables affect it in a tropical environment.
Effects of cost surface uncertainty on current density estimates from circuit theory
Rodolfo Jaffé –– This paper assesses the sensitivity of current density estimates from circuit theory to varying relative cost values, fragmentation, and number of cost classes. Results reveal a low sensitivity of current density estimates to relative costs weights, suggesting that the measure may be reliable for landscape planning applications.
A new large canopy-dwelling species of Phyllodytes Wagler, 1930 (Anura, Hylidae) from the Atlantic Forest of the state of Bahia, Northeastern Brazil
Patricia Gandini –– A detailed description of a anuran species. An importante taxonómica Study with great importance for Conservation
The mitochondrial genome of Apion squamigerum (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea, Brentidae) and the phylogenetic implications
Jia-Yong Zhang –– The new mitochondrial genome of Apion squamigerum (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea, Brentidae) is interesting to discuss the evolution of Coleoptera.
Gene drives as a new quality in GMO releases—a comparative technology characterization
Axel Tiessen –– The biosafety concerns of the public have focused more on plants than on transgenic animals or inclusive transgenic bacteria. Maybe because plants provide our basic food needs, and our food is sacred for many cultures. The authors explain how gene drives may behave as invasive selfish genes. Therefore the precautionary principle may still apply for transgenic organisms before releasing them into the wild. Research on risk assessment strategies is valuable for worldwide prevention. This may constitute a paradigm shift in the handling of GMOs.
Biodiversity and Conservation

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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