Tag Archives: Wikispecies

The rove beetle Dalotia coriaria is featured on Wikispecies

Today’s Open Access File of the Day comes straight from the Main Page of Wikispecies: the rove beetle Dalotia coriaria. Fig. 46 of the article New Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) records with new collection data from New Brunswick, Canada. I. Aleocharinae, published in 2009 by Reginal … Continue reading

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A dino on the move

Yesterday, I came across a post by Stuart Shieber, in which he highlighted a quote and linked to a blog post about an interview that Richard Poynder had done with Jan Velterop, in which the latter had said the following: … Continue reading

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A snapshot of versatility

Wolbachia is one of the favourite model systems in evolutionary biology and theoretical biology, as it has such a wide range of effects on the hosts it resides in. When the first Wolbachia genome was published in 2004, the paper was … Continue reading

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Pāpalōmōyotl, the blood-feeding sandfly

Nahuatl is the language spoken by the Aztecs. It is also one of the languages in which a Wikipedia exists, and on December 22 last year, Marrovi started its entry on Pāpalōmōyotl, the blood-feeding sandfly scientifically known as Lutzomyia longipalpis (no English-language Wikipedia … Continue reading

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Critically endangered: Taudactylus eungellensis, the Eungella Torrent Frog

As explained on Saturday, Wikimedia Commons has three files (WebCite) categorized both under IUCN Critically endangered species and Open access (publishing). Following in the footsteps of Camarhynchus heliobates.png and Gyps bengalensis PLoS.png, today’s Open Access File of the Day shall thus be Taudactylus eungellensis.png.   Fig. 1 of the synopsis (presumably by Liza Gross) of … Continue reading

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Critically endangered: the Galapagos mangrove finch (Camarhynchus heliobates), the rarest of Darwin’s finches

By definition, endangered species consist of low numbers of individuals, which also affects the probability of being able to take good images or recordings of the species, or to find such materials if they already exist. Wikimedia Commons has the … Continue reading

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Two or three sexes, that is the question

Today’s Open Access File of the Day is an excursion to the world of green algae, featuring Gonium pectorale (A), Eudorina elegans (B), Pleodorina californica (C), and Volvox carteri (D) as witnesses on the relative size of gametes in an investigation about whether Pogonomyrmex ants have two or three … Continue reading

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Preparing for its 78th birthday, a species of fly begins to thrive on Wikimedia projects

Apocephalus borealis is a species of small parasitoid fly that had long been known to science - in fact, the original paper from 1924 by Charles T Brues is in the Public Domain already – but had not been covered by any Wikimedia project before … Continue reading

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Chamaeleon on the watch

Chamaeleons are famous for their camouflage skills. This exemplar of Bradypodion taeniabronchum, though, can’t hide its pride about being on today’s Open Access File of the Day as it sticks up its nose.   Cropped from Fig. 2 of the article Selection for Social Signalling … Continue reading

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Blue legs, baby’s got blue legs

In our species, blue eyes have received many an artistic treatment (here is one). Other species tend to have other preferences, but for those into blue legs, males of the spider Oligoxystre diamantinensis may well be worth a look (for … Continue reading

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