Highlights

Scientific publication:

Locked in the icehouse: Evolution of an endemic Epimeria (Amphipoda, Crustacea) species flock on the Antarctic shelf, by Verheye ML, Backeljau T, D'Acoz CD'Udekem, 2017, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 114: 14 - 33 (June 2017).

Running project:

Dwarf spider dimorphism investigated using whole genome resequencing: whole genome resequencing of four specimens of each morph has been performed and is being investigated (May 2017).

Running project:

Molecular characterization of recent Echinoderms: COI sequences of a total of 351 specimens collected during five different campaigns (from 1999 to 2016) in the North and South of the KwaZulu-Natal Province, across two distinct offshore environments have been obtained. Morphological and molecular identifications allowed distinguishing ca. 114 species, including a number of new records for the country and some putative new species. These included Crinoidea (96 specimens and ca. 10 species), Ophiuroidea (95 specimens and ca. 44 species), Asteroidea (48 specimens and ca. 19 species), Echinoidea (27 specimens and ca. 12 species) and Holothuroidea (85 specimens and ca. 29 species)(Apr. 2017).

Scientific publication:

A longitudinal genetic survey identifies temporal shifts in the population structure of Dutch house sparrows, by Cousseau L, Husemann M, Foppen R, Vangestel C, Lens L, 2016, Heredity, 117: 259 - 267 (Jan. 2016).

Scientific publication:

Re-identification of an exotic bee introduced to the Hunter Valley region, New South Wales – Seladonia hotoni (vachal, 1903) (hymenoptera: halictidae), by Batley M, Pauly A, Gollan JR, Ashcroft MB, Sonet G, 2016, Australian Entomologist, 43: 109 - 112 (Dec. 2016).

Scientific publication:

Patterns of neutral and adaptive genetic diversity across the natural range of sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana Dougl.), by Vangestel C, Vázquez-Lobo A, Martínez-García PJ, Calic I, Wegrzyn JL, Neale DB, 2016, Tree Genetics & Genomes, 12:51, doi:10.1007/s11295-016-0998-7 (Nov. 2016).

Scientific publication:

Leapfrogging into new territory: How Mascarene ridged frogs diversified across Africa and Madagascar to maintain their ecological niche, by Zimkus BM, Lawson LP, Barej M, Barratt CD, Channing A, Dash KM, Dehling M, Preez LDu, Gehring PS, Greenbaum E, Gvoždík V, Harvey J, Kielgast J, Kusamba C, Nagy ZT, Pabijan M, Penner J, Rödel MO, Vences M, Lötters S, 2016, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (Oct. 2016).

Scientific publication:

Description of new Ceratitis species (Diptera: Tephritidae) from Africa, or how morphological and DNA data are complementary in discovering unknown species and matching sexes, by De Meyer M, Mwatawala M, Copeland RS, Virgilio M, 2016, European Journal of Taxonomy (Sep. 2016).

Scientific publication:

Patterns of species richness, endemism and environmental gradients of African reptiles, by Lewin A, Feldman A, Bauer AM, Belmaker J, Broadley DG, Chirio L, Itescu Y, LeBreton M, Maza E, Meirte D, Nagy ZT, Novosolov M, Roll U, Tallowin O, Trape JF, Vidan E, Meiri S, 2016 (early online publication), Journal of Biogeography. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12848 (Aug. 2016).

Contribution to the conference Island Biology 2016, 2nd International Conference on Island Evolution, Ecology and Conservation, 18-22 July 2016, University of the Azores at Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal: The role of allele sorting in a parallel speciation gradient of Calosoma beetles in the Galápagos archipelago. See pages 386 and 392 of the book of abstracts of the conference (Jul. 2016).

The BeBoL workshop “New methods for old DNA” took place on 2 and 3 June 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Optimal DNA extraction methods for old biological material and next-generation sequencing library preparation protocols were presented to 66 participants from more than 25 research units. Here is the full program with a link to the pdf files of the presentations (Jun. 2016).

Scientific publication:

Species limits, interspecific hybridization and phylogeny in the cryptic land snail complex Pyramidula: The power of RADseq data, by Razkin O, Sonet G, Breugelmans K, Madeira MJosé, Gómez-Moliner BJuan, Backeljau T, 2016, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 10, 267-278 (May 2016).

The JEMU call for proposals 2016 is now open. It is addressed to all O.D. and departments of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and of the Royal Museum for Central Africa. It aims at promoting and supporting collaborative work related to the use of the natural history collections of both institutes. Please read the submission guidelines and download the submission form. Deadline for sending an expression of interest: 17 May 2016. Deadline for the submission of the proposal: 30 June 2016 (Apr. 2016).

Scientific publication:

Comparative phylogeographies of six species of hinged terrapins (Pelusios spp.) reveal discordant patterns and unexpected differentiation in the P. castaneus/P. chapini complex and P. rhodesianus, by Kindler C, Moosig M, Branch WR, Harvey J, Kehlmaier C, Nagy ZT, Prokop H, Široký P, Fritz U, 2016, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 117, 305 - 321 (Mar. 2016).

Scientific publication:

DNA analyses reveal abundant homoplasy in taxonomically important morphological characters of Eusiroidea (Crustacea, Amphipoda), by Verheye ML, Martin P, Backeljau T, D'Acoz CD'Udekem, early online publication, Zoologica Scripta, DOI:10.1111/zsc.12153 (Feb. 2016).

Scientific publication:

Towards a revision of the Neotropical soldierless termites (Isoptera: Termitidae): redescription of the genus Grigiotermes  Mathews and description of five new genera, by Bourguignon T, Scheffrahn RH, Nagy ZTamás, Sonet G, Host B, Roisin Y, 2016, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 176 ,15-35 (Jan. 2016).

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith