Science Enabled by Specimen Data

Oegelund Nielsen, R., da Silva, R., Juergens, J., Staerk, J., Lindholm Sørensen, L., Jackson, J., … Conde, D. A. (2020). Standardized data to support conservation prioritization for sharks and batoids (Elasmobranchii). Data in Brief, 33, 106337. doi:10.1016/j.dib.2020.106337 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2020.106337

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Freitas, T. M. da S., Stropp, J., Calegari, B. B., Calatayud, J., De Marco, P., Montag, L. F. de A., & Hortal, J. (2020). Quantifying shortfalls in the knowledge on Neotropical Auchenipteridae fishes. Fish and Fisheries. doi:10.1111/faf.12507 https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12507

The Neotropics harbour the greatest diversity of freshwater fish on Earth. Despite recent advances in characterizing the fish fauna, the total number of species, distributional range, evolution and ecological traits remain uncertain. Thus, we quantify shortfalls in the knowledge of taxonomy (Linnean…

Alvarez, F., Gerhard, P., Paiva Silva, D., Spacek Godoy, B., & Montag, L. F. de A. (2020). Effects of different variable sets on the potential distribution of fish species in the Amazon Basin. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. doi:10.1111/eff.12552 https://doi.org/10.1111/eff.12552

Estimating species’ potential distribution is one of the main objectives of macroecology, especially when sampling biases can affect knowledge on how environmental variables affect species distribution. Ecological niche models estimate species’ environmental niches from different variables and their…

Peyre, G., Lenoir, J., Karger, D. N., Gomez, M., Gonzalez, A., Broennimann, O., & Guisan, A. (2020). The fate of páramo plant assemblages in the sky islands of the northern Andes. Journal of Vegetation Science. doi:10.1111/jvs.12898 https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.12898

Aims: Assessing climate change impacts on biodiversity is a main scientific challenge, especially in the tropics, therefore, we predicted the future of plant species and communities on the unique páramo sky islands. We implemented the Spatially Explicit Species Assemblage Modelling framework, by i) …

Freitas, T. M. S., Montag, L. F. A., De Marco, P., & Hortal, J. (2020). How reliable are species identifications in biodiversity big data? Evaluating the records of a neotropical fish family in online repositories. Systematics and Biodiversity, 1–11. doi:10.1080/14772000.2020.1730473 https://doi.org/10.1080/14772000.2020.1730473

The increase of free and open online biodiversity databases is of paramount importance for current research in ecology and evolution. However, little attention is paid to using updated taxonomy in these “biodiversity big data” repositories and the quality of their taxonomic information is often ques…

Blanton, C. S., Perkin, J. S., Menchaca, N., & Kollaus, K. A. (2020). A Gap in the Armor: Spearfishing Reduces Biomass of Invasive Suckermouth Armored Catfish. Fisheries. doi:10.1002/fsh.10410 https://doi.org/10.1002/fsh.10410

Introduced Suckermouth Armored Catfish (SAC; family Loricariidae) have invaded freshwater ecosystems globally. In the San Marcos River, Texas, control of invasive SAC includes spearfishing through public tournaments and contracted spearfishing, yet the effectiveness of these control efforts is unqua…

Antonelli, A., Zizka, A., Carvalho, F. A., Scharn, R., Bacon, C. D., Silvestro, D., & Condamine, F. L. (2018). Amazonia is the primary source of Neotropical biodiversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(23), 6034–6039. doi:10.1073/pnas.1713819115 https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1713819115

The American tropics (the Neotropics) are the most species-rich realm on Earth, and for centuries, scientists have attempted to understand the origins and evolution of their biodiversity. It is now clear that different regions and taxonomic groups have responded differently to geological and climati…