Science Enabled by Specimen Data

Lee, C. M., Lee, D.-S., Kwon, T.-S., Athar, M., & Park, Y.-S. (2021). Predicting the Global Distribution of Solenopsis geminata (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) under Climate Change Using the MaxEnt Model. Insects, 12(3), 229. doi:10.3390/insects12030229 https://doi.org/10.3390/insects12030229

The tropical fire ant Solenopsis geminata (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) is a serious invasive species that causes a decline in agricultural production, damages infrastructure, and harms human health. This study was aimed to develop a model using the maximum entropy (MaxEnt) algorithm to predict the curr…

Arnan, X., Angulo, E., Boulay, R., Molowny-Horas, R., Cerdá, X., & Retana, J. (2021). Introduced ant species occupy empty climatic niches in Europe. Scientific Reports, 11(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-021-82982-y https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-82982-y

Exploring shifts in the climatic niches of introduced species can provide significant insight into the mechanisms underlying the invasion process and the associated impacts on biodiversity. We aim to test the phylogenetic signal hypothesis in native and introduced species in Europe by examining clim…

David, K. T., & Halanych, K. M. (2021). Spatial proximity between polyploids across South American frog genera. Journal of Biogeography. doi:10.1111/jbi.14067 https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.14067

Aim: Polyploids have been theorized to occur more frequently in environments that are subjected to severe conditions or sudden disruptions. Here we test the expectation that polyploid taxa occur more frequently in extreme or disrupted environments than their diploid counterparts, whether due to inc…

Ellestad, P., Forest, F., Serpe, M., Novak, S. J., & Buerki, S. (2021). Harnessing large-scale biodiversity data to infer the current distribution of Vanilla planifolia (Orchidaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. doi:10.1093/botlinnean/boab005 https://doi.org/10.1093/botlinnean/boab005

Although vanilla is one of the most popular flavours in the world, there is still uncertainty concerning the native distribution of the species that produces it, Vanilla planifolia. To circumscribe the native geographical extent of this economically important species more precisely, we propose a new…

Chang, Z.-Y., & Liew, T.-S. (2021). A molecular phylogeny of Geotrochus and Trochomorpha species (Gastropoda: Trochomorphidae) in Sabah, Malaysia reveals convergent evolution of shell morphology driven by environmental influences. PeerJ, 9, e10526. doi:10.7717/peerj.10526 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.10526

There are currently eleven Geotrochus and four Trochomorpha species in Sabah. The primary diagnostic character that separates the two genera is the intensity of sculpture on the shell upper surface. All Trochomorpha species have a coarse nodular sculpture while Geotrochus species has a non-nodular s…

Andersen, D., Borzée, A., & Jang, Y. (2021). Predicting global climatic suitability for the four most invasive anuran species using ecological niche factor analysis. Global Ecology and Conservation, 25, e01433. doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2020.e01433 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2020.e01433

Invasive species have a massive impact on their environment and predicting geographical zones at risk of invasion is paramount to the control of further invasions. Invasive anurans are particularly detrimental to native amphibian species, other vertebrates, and even aquaculture through competition, …

Farooq, H., Azevedo, J. A. R., Soares, A., Antonelli, A., & Faurby, S. (2020). Mapping Africa’s biodiversity: More of the same is just not good enough. Systematic Biology. doi:10.1093/sysbio/syaa090 https://doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syaa090

Species distribution data are fundamental to the understanding of biodiversity patterns and processes. Yet, such data are strongly affected by sampling biases, mostly related to site accessibility. The understanding of these biases is therefore crucial in systematics, biogeography and conservation. …

Pérez-Arteaga, A., Mora-Sánchez, S. A., Zalapa, S. S., & Guerrero-Vázquez, S. (2020). Photographic Confirmation of Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens) from a Relict Maple Forest in Western Mexico. Western North American Naturalist, 80(3). doi:10.3398/064.080.0314 https://doi.org/10.3398/064.080.0314

The Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens) is globally decreasing and endangered in Mexico. Here we report new records (8 adults and 2 juveniles) from a protected relict maple forest (critically endangered Acer binzayedii) in Parque Estatal Bosque de Arce (PEBA), Talpa de Allende, Jalisco, Mexico. Our…

Clements, S. L., Powell, E. A., Mothes, C. C., & Searcy, C. A. (2020). Assessing the conservation risk of Sphaerodactylus notatus, the U.S. herpetofaunal species most vulnerable to sea level rise. Biodiversity and Conservation. doi:10.1007/s10531-020-02080-9 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-020-02080-9

While climate change and sea level rise threaten species across the globe, species in low-lying coastal regions, such as South Florida, are projected to face particularly severe threats. One such species is the Florida reef gecko (Sphaerodactylus notatus), the only gecko native to the eastern U.S., …

Ramírez‐Albores, J. E., Prieto‐Torres, D. A., Gordillo‐Martínez, A., Sánchez‐Ramos, L. E., & Navarro‐Sigüenza, A. G. (2020). Insights for protection of high species richness areas for the conservation of Mesoamerican endemic birds. Diversity and Distributions. doi:10.1111/ddi.13153 https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.13153

Aim: To assess the representativeness values of Mesoamerican endemic birds within the current network of protected areas (PAs) to determine high‐priority and complementary conservation areas to maximize the long‐term protection of species. Location: From central Mexico to southern Panama. Methods:…