Science Enabled by Specimen Data

Boag, T. H., Gearty, W., & Stockey, R. G. (2021). Metabolic tradeoffs control biodiversity gradients through geological time. Current Biology. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2021.04.021 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.04.021

The latitudinal gradient of increasing marine biodiversity from the poles to the tropics is one of the most conspicuous biological patterns in modern oceans.1, 2, 3 Low-latitude regions of the global ocean are often hotspots of animal biodiversity, yet they are set to be most critically affected b…

Oyinlola, M. A., Reygondeau, G., Wabnitz, C. C. C., & Cheung, W. W. L. (2020). Projecting global mariculture diversity under climate change. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.14974 https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14974

Previous studies have focused on changes in the geographical distribution of terrestrial biomes and species targeted by marine capture fisheries due to climate change impacts. Given mariculture’s substantial contribution to global seafood production and its growing significance in recent decades, it…

Bañón, R., Carlos, A., Alonso‐Fernández, A., Ramos, F., & Baldó, F. (2020). Apparently contradictory routes in the expansion of two fish species in the Eastern Atlantic. Journal of Fish Biology. doi:10.1111/jfb.14290 https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.14290

One specimen of the boreal Clupea harengus (Clupeidae) was caught southerly, in the Gulf of Cádiz (southern Spain), whereas a specimen of the subtropical Epinephelus aeneus (Serranidae) was caught northerly, in Galician waters (northwest of Spain). These catches represent a new southernmost record i…

Bañón, R., Punzón, A., Barros-García, D., & De Carlos, A. Range extension of the Atlantic herring Clupea harengus (Clupeiformes: Clupeidae) southern part of the Northeast Atlantic Ocean. Société Française d'Ichtyologie. https://doi.org/10.26028/CYBIUM/2019-433-011 https://doi.org/10.26028/cybium/2019-433-011

Five specimens of the Atlantic herring Clupea harengus were caught in the north of Spain (Galicia and Asturias waters) during the last years. The identification of two preserved specimens was done considering morphometric and meristic characters and was confirmed by DNA barcoding. These catches repr…

Milheiras, S. G., & Mace, G. M. (2019). Assessing ecosystem service provision in a tropical region with high forest cover: Spatial overlap and the impact of land use change in Amapá, Brazil. Ecological Indicators, 99, 12–18. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.12.013 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.12.013

Ecosystem service (ES) assessments have flourished globally in recent years and are now frequently used by policymakers and environmental managers. However, data scarce regions continue to be less well studied, limiting the comprehensiveness of the approach and its potential benefits. Here we aim to…

Van Puijenbroek, P. J. T. M., Buijse, A. D., Kraak, M. H. S., & Verdonschot, P. F. M. (2018). Species and river specific effects of river fragmentation on European anadromous fish species. River Research and Applications, 35(1), 68–77. doi:10.1002/rra.3386 https://doi.org/10.1002/rra.3386

Fragmentation is one of the major threats to riverine ecosystems and this is most explicitly expressed by the decline in numbers of migratory fish species. Yet each species has different migration requirements and their natural distribution can include several catchments with multiple dams. Hence, t…

Rosso, J. J., Rosso, F. del, Mabragaña, E., Schenone, N. F., Avigliano, E., & Astarloa, J. M. D. de. (2017). Molecular and taxonomic characterisation of introduced specimens of Poecilia reticulata in the lower Paraguay River basin (Cyprinodontiformes: Poeciliidae). Neotropical Ichthyology, 15(4). doi:10.1590/1982-0224-20170046 https://doi.org/10.1590/1982-0224-20170046

ABSTRACT Poeciliids comprise around 300 species inhabiting the fresh and brackish waters of the Americas and Africa. Poecilia reticulata is native to Northeastern South America and Trinidad and Tobago. In this paper, introduced specimens of P. reticulata collected in the lower Paraguay River in Arge…