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[18.05.2021] SE Asia is a hotspot of the global biodiversity. The regular description of new species from SE Asia shows that the biodiversity of the area is still insufficiently known. An international team of scientists have now studied the wide-ranging lizard species Calotes mystaceus and recognized it as species complex with the description of three new species.
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[04.02.2021] Scientists from Germany (Bonn), in collaboration with Chinese researchers, have described 152 new species of “mini cockchafer” of the genus Maladera (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Sericini) from China. Many of these species were mainly collected by amateur scientists and were then found in various museums around the world.
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[06.01.2021] Knowledge about antelope populations and their dynamics is a key for conservation. Changes in the population structure and in the spatial distribution indicate that poaching in combination with further adverse factors affected negatively the pukus, but also other bovid species.
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[10.12.2020] Für die Ernährungssicherung nur auf die Vielfalt der Anbaukulturen zu setzen, reicht nicht aus.
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[16.11.2020] The researchers Jorge Brito (Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Quito, Ecuador), Claudia Koch (Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany), Alexandre Percequillo (Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil), Nicolás Tinoco (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador), Marcelo Weksler (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Miguel Pinto (Observatorio de Biodiversidad Ambiente y Salud, Quito, Ecuador) and Ulyses Pardiñas (Instituto de Diversidad y Evolución Austral, Puerto Madryn, Argentina) point out that although the new genus i
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[12.11.2020] A cooperation between Cameroonian and German researchers was started recently that aims at improving our knowledge concerning the status and the ecology of the Buffon’s kob antelope (Kobus kob kob, Erxleben 1777). A first outcome of the cooperation is this study now published conducted in Faro National Park, in Northern Cameroon. Located to the West of the Bénoué Complex, is very rich in biodiversity. It is considered a key site for the Cameroon’s protected area network. The results are remarkable: the population size decreased dramatically by 80%. Because the species plays an important role in maintaining the equilibrium of the trophic web, it is absolutely necessary to get more knowledge about the distribution, abundance and ecology of the Kob antelope. Effective conservation strategies and sustainable management of protected areas should be defined in a forceful wildlife management plan.
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[06.11.2020] More plant diversity, less pesticidesSpecies-rich plant communities help to naturally reduce herbivore impacts.Leipzig/Jena/Minnesota/Bonn. Increasing plant diversity enhances the natural control of insect herbivory in grasslands. Species-rich plant communities support natural predators and simultaneously provide less valuable food for herbivores. This was found by a team of researchers led by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), who conducted two analogous experiments in Germany and the USA.
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[26.10.2020] Two new salamander species are part of Ecuador's fauna since the beginning of October 2020. Due to the progressive destruction of their habitat, the rare species are already threatened. The discovery was made by an international team of scientists from Ecuador, USA, Great Britain, India, and Germany, who surveyed the biodiversity of Ecuador's northwestern foothills and examined material from various museum collections. The two species are assigned to the genus Oedipina, of which 38 species have been known to date. They occur from southern Mexico to the northwest of South America between sea level and 2,320 m. Surprisingly, until now only one species of the genus was known from Ecuador - and only from two individuals.
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[19.10.2020] Ethiopia is known for its highly endemic and rich herpetofaunal diversity shaped by its biogeographical patterns. Here, a new species of skinks, Trachylepis boehmei sp. nov., is described from the Ethiopian Highlands.The huge herpetological collection of the Museum Koenig includes several specimens of skinks, which were already collected almost 50 years ago in the high altitudes west of the African Rift Valley. Based on these individuals a new species of skink with the scientific name Trachylepis boehmei has now been described in the magazine Zootaxa.
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[26.05.2020] "When it comes to chameleons, most people think of the splendid play of colors that is related to intraspecific communication or camouflage", says Dr. Markus Lambertz, zoologist at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (University of Bonn, Germany) and the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig – Leibniz-Institut für Biodiversität der Tiere (ZFMK, Museum Koenig). Madagascar, however, harbors species that follow a quite different strategy. Many leaf chamelons of the genus Brookesia are small and brownish animals that live cryptic in the understorey.
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