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Fascinating tour of the , home to 1.25 million specimens. Great to hear about the opportunities for use of and the bizarre world of fungal and !







Because we need ! Today the 500th volume of European Journal of Taxonomy is online! Since its launch in 2011 EJT has published 1791 new taxa. Impossible to list them all so we picked four beauties!



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From buckets with sand to vouchered nematodes ready for sequencing. Tool of the day? Acupuncture needles! You just love them if you have to pick single specimens. 😉







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How we take our samples? Well, we just grab a bucket and go for a snorkel to take some sand. And then all the hours of labwork starts..... That's it. :-)



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Spider taxonomy of the day: the araneid Arachnura Vinson 1863. Its name means spider tail (or perhaps spider with a tail?) but scorpion tail would be more apt (Skorpiura?). This one, A. feredayi, was photographed at Hinewai Reserve in New Zealand.



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It’s always a pleasure to have our friends from Intro Plant Biology stop by for a tour of the ! Students came by yesterday to learn how work and see all of our research resources! 🍄🌿🌺🌸🌻 //




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Even though black are well-documented in Europe, this growing in Greece & Bulgaria remained undercover until very recently. Study:




At least 3 species of jelly in the genus Rostania need to be excluded, conclude scientists having tested the current generic delimitation. Study:




Stains of 3 of keratinophilic isolated from soil in with the help of hair and feathers used as baiting material. Study:



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anonymous asked:

How come Caenagnathoidea has priority over Oviraptoroidea, but Oviraptosauria has priority over Caenagnathosauria?

Taxonomy of Technologies
  1. We know how to do it and it works
  2. It should work but is untested
  3. It should work but we lack the money
  4. It should work but it still has glitches
  5. It works but is not yet better than existing techs
  6. We are still brainstorming one key part of the technique
  7. We don’t understand how to do the core part at all
  8. We don’t even know what we want it to do
  9. This tech is taboo in our culture
  10. We haven’t realized it could be done
Sometimes I can’t get over the fact that corn is a type of grass

They share a taxonomy and it perplexes me. I only know of grass as just a single stalk/blade of green and not freaking corn.

What else has grass been hiding from me?

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Asarum spp. (wild ginger - this aromatic plant was used as a subsitute for tropical ginger, though they are not closely related. These are old photos so my species GUESS is A. hartwegii (first two)/ A. marmoratum respectively, however attempting to do this retroactively is incredibly complicated so don’t quote me as A. marmoratum looks very similar to A. caudatum and they have similar range.)

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Bee biologists all struggle with identifying what they catch. Its irritating that, even under a microscope, it is difficult to tell many species apart. Here is an example…but it does have a “tell." 

Megachile pseudobrevis has extensive black hairs at the tip of the underside of the abdomen while M. brevis has almost entirely white hairs. There you go. This specimen from Georgia. This shot by Kamren Jefferson.

Accurate identification and characterization of species is the basis of communication, conservation, resources management and material used in biological research.
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Boluda et al. 2019, “Evaluating methodologies for species delimitation…”



There’s no getting around it, we need to know the biodiversity of our planet if we want to save it. 

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anonymous asked:

If dinosaurs live today as birds, how did lizards happen? Are they dinosaurs too, but ones that kept the teeth instead of the feathers? Or did lizards come from crocodiles and other megalizards that lived in Dinosaur Times?

You should probably ask @albertonykus or @palaeofail-explained about the details, as they’re infinitely more qualified when it comes to paleontology than I am, but basically: neither. Lizards, as in these things:

were never dinosaurs, nor are they descended from dinosaurs in the first place. To put it simply, lizards are a paraphyletic group (meaning they don’t make up an entire taxonomic group, instead they’re a whole group except some members) in the clade Lepidosauria along with the snakes (in fact, some lizards are closer related to snakes than they are to other lizards) and the tuataras, while the dinosaurs, along with their descendants the birds, as well as crocodiles and a bunch of other often extinct assorted weird shit, belong in Lepidosauria’s sister clade Archosauria:

(Note that this is an extremely simplified explanation, but it gets the basic things down. Again, ask @albertonykus or @palaeofail-explained for the details, they know their evolutionary shit a lot better than I do.)

tl;dr anything called a “lizard” is not descended from dinosaurs, but it’s rather the weird scrawny evolutionary cousin of dinosaurs.