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Scientists Identify Factors Limiting Hybridization Of Closely-related Woodrat Species
2014-03-31 08:41:24

A pair of new studies from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Idaho State University, and the University of Nevada Reno look at the surprising variety of factors that prevent two closely related species of woodrats from becoming a single hybrid species despite the existence of hybrid individuals where the two species come into contact.

Taxonomy Boris Vinatzer
2014-02-24 04:45:12

A new naming system proposed by one Virginia Tech scientist proposes moving beyond the current biological naming system and supplementing it with a new classification method based on an organism’s genome sequence.

Ocean Acidification Long Term Research
2014-01-28 13:43:59

More long-term research is necessary for an accurate determination of how marine species will cope with increasing ocean acidification, according to new research.

Our View On How Nature Is Structured Changed By DNA Barcodes
2014-01-21 14:11:58

To understand how feeding interactions are structured, researchers from Finland and Canada chose to focus on one of the simplest food webs on Earth: the moths and butterflies of Northeast Greenland, as attacked by their specialist enemies, parasitic wasps and flies developing on their prey (called host), killing it in the process.

Genes And Calls Reveal Greater Diversity Of Amazon Frog Species
2014-01-15 15:12:22

Amazonian biodiversity has been studied for hundreds of years. Despite this long history of exploration, new studies are resulting in the discovery of a large number of new species. The key of these discoveries lies in the use of advanced new tools for species detection.

Clymene Dolphin Natural Hybridization
2014-01-09 12:44:22

Natural hybridization between two dolphin species likely helped to bring about the mysterious clymene dolphin, according to a study.

Marine Mammal Diversity Can Be Monitored Accurately With DNA
2013-12-30 16:05:20

Researchers have collaborated to determine whether or not DNA barcoding could be useful for monitoring marine mammal biodiversity. They determined that it could be a useful method in conjunction with a stranding network.

Developing DNA Barcode Libraries From Museum Collections
2013-12-30 13:26:26

The ability to sequence the DNA of plants and animals has revolutionized many areas of biology, but the unstable character of DNA poses difficulties for sequencing specimens in museum collection over time.

Museum Bird DNA Is Ready To Use In Naturalis Biodiversity Center
2013-12-30 12:35:31

DNA barcoding is used as an effective tool for both the identification of known species and the discovery of new ones.

Evolution Of Species Does Not Always Follow Darwin's Theories
2013-12-23 04:19:44

Evolutionary scientists have long argued that species that live together must evolve in different ways in order to avoid direct competition with each other, but new research published Sunday in the journal Nature suggests otherwise.


Latest Species Reference Libraries

Paleozoology
2013-09-30 13:34:57

Paleozoology, also spelled Palaeozoology, is a branch of many other sciences including zoology and paleontology that focuses on recovering cellular matter from animal remains that are large enough to be seen without the help of a microscope, known as macrofossils. This study is primarily used in the context of archeology and geology and aids in recreating ancient ecosystems and prehistoric environments. Paleozoologists study the tissues of many types of animals including sharks, echinoderms,...

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2007-06-24 20:15:53

The Three-Spined Stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus, is a fish native to much of northern Europe, northern Asia and North America. It has been introduced into parts of southern and central Europe. Three subspecies that are currently recognized by the IUCN are Gasterosteus aculeatus aculeatus, which is found in most of the species range, and is the subspecies most strictly termed the Three-Spined Stickleback; its common name in England is the Tiddler, although "tittlebat" is also sometimes...

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