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A new species of endemic treefrog from Madagascar
A new species of the Boophis rappiodes group is described from the hidden streams of Ankarafa Forest, northwest of Madagascar. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. View News Article (2014-08-19)

A taxonomic toolkit ends a century of neglect for a genus of parasitic wasps
In 1912, three species in the parasitic wasp genus Ophion were described by two different entomologists, increasing the number of known species in North America to eleven. View News Article (2014-12-16)

Why does species diversity vary so much?
The diversity of life varies predictably with climate and is greatest where it is warm and wet (the humid tropics). But the question "why" has puzzled biologists for over a century. In the December issue of Ecology Letters, Currie and colleagues examine three hypotheses about the origin of climatic gradients of diversity. The "Species-energy" hypothesis proposes that high... View News Article (2005-01-11)

Manipulating biotope space can enhance beneficial biodiversity effects
Using diverse plant mixtures instead of monocultures can increase yield and other ecosystem goods and services on which humans depend. Recent studies showed that such beneficial effects of biodiversity depend on complementarity between species in resource use, as is the case if species root in different soil depths. This knowledge led to the further hypothesis that the biotope space, for example... View News Article (2004-06-10)

Looking beyond biodiversity to explain community invasibility
Most existing experimental and theoretical studies suggest that diversity is an effective barrier to plant invasion. However, these studies may be limited in their generality, because they involve relatively small numbers of species or examine only short time periods. To evaluate how invasions are controlled in more realistic situations, Meiners, Cadenasso, and Pickett analysed data from 42... View News Article (2004-02-05)

Common garden plant threatened by climate change
Cyclamen, a common, pretty garden flower, is at risk of extinction because of climate change. In a study published today in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology (, researchers show, using mathematical modelling, that the ideal climate for Cyclamen will become increasingly rare and might have totally disappeared by the 2050's. View News Article (2006-09-20)

Waiting to be discovered for more than 100 years -- new species of bush crickets
Museums of Natural History are an important source of evidences of existing variety and diversity of animal species. View News Article (2015-01-20)

Researchers register new species using DNA-based description
The previously unknown species of ribbon worm discovered in Kosterhavet National Park in 2007 has now been scientifically named using a new method. View News Article (2011-01-25)

Continuing management needed for most threatened and endangered species
The Endangered Species Act (ESA)-the key US law protecting species listed as threatened or endangered-focuses on boosting species' numbers until they reach recovery thresholds and so can be taken off the ESA list. View News Article (2012-09-10)

Philippines May Have More Unique Bird Species: CCNY Biologist
Recent work by Dr. David Lohman, assistant professor of biology at The City College of New York, suggests the Philippines, considered by biologists to be a "biodiversity hotspot," could have more unique species of birds than previously thought.  View News Article (2010-10-21)

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