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Environmental and geographical biases in plant specimen data from the Colombian Andes

Carlos A Vargas, Marius Bottin, Tiina Särkinen, James E Richardson, Lauren Raz, ... - (2022) Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society

Abstract Specimen records are a major source of species information for biodiversity research. However, specimen records currently available may be geographically or environmentally biased. Detailed knowledge of biases is useful for understanding and accounting for errors they introduce into analyse…

Invasive woody legumes: Climatic range shifts and their relationships to functional traits

Maribel Vásquez‐Valderrama, Carlos P. Carmona, Aníbal Pauchard, (2022) Global Ecology and Biogeography

Aim Analysis of the shifts in the climatic space for invasive species between native and introduced areas is a powerful tool for understanding their distribution patterns and the factors influencing their spread into new areas. In this study, we explored the shift in climatic distribution between ra…

Revising the global biogeography of plant life cycles

T. Poppenwimer, I. Mayrose, N. DeMalach, (2022) bioRxiv

Plants exhibit two primary life cycles - annual and perennial - which vary in their effects on ecosystem functioning. Here, we assembled a database of 235,000 species to assess the worldwide distribution of plant life cycles. We found that annuals are half as common as previously thought (6% of all …

Evaluation of animal and plant diversity suggests Greenland’s thaw hastens the biodiversity crisis

Carolina Ureta, Santiago Ramírez-Barahona, Óscar Calderón-Bustamante, Pedro Cruz-Santiago, Carlos Gay-García, ... - (2022) Communications Biology

Rising temperatures can lead to the occurrence of a large-scale climatic event, such as the melting of Greenland ice sheet, weakening the AMOC and further increasing dissimilarities between current and future climate. The impacts of such an event are still poorly assessed. Here, we evaluate those im…

Ecological niche modeling of interactions in a buzz-pollinated invasive weed

Lislie Solís-Montero, Mayumi Vega-Polanco, Monserrat Vázquez-Sánchez, Mario Ernesto Suárez-Mota, (2022) Global Ecology and Conservation

Plant species that are alien and invasive represent an important threat to biodiversity and ecosystem function. These plants compete with native flora for resources and pollinator services. Although most invasive plant species do not depend on pollinators for reproduction and can reproduce uniparent…

Evidence‐based guidelines for automated conservation assessments of plant species

Steven P Bachman, Tarciso CC Leão, Eve Lucas, Eimear Nic Lughadha, Barnaby E Walker, (2022) Conservation Biology

Assessing species’ extinction risk is vital to setting conservation priorities. However, assessment endeavours like the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species have significant gaps in taxonomic coverage. Automated assessment (AA) methods are gaining popularity to fill these gaps. Choices made in develo…

Flooding affects plant–plant interactions in tree seedlings from fertile Amazonian floodplains, Brazil

Naara Ferreira Silva, Pia Parolin, Maria Teresa Fernandez Piedade, Aline Lopes, (2022) Hydrobiologia

Several hypotheses try to explain the factors that limit the distribution of tree species in wetlands. Among them, the stress-gradient hypothesis states that interspecific ecological interactions (facilitation and competition) vary inversely across abiotic stress gradients, with facilitation being m…

Re-assessing niche partitioning in MacArthur’s Warblers: foraging behavior, morphology, and diet metabarcoding in a phylogenetic context

E. T. Miller, A. Wood, M. D. Baiz, A. J. Welch, R. C. Fleischer, ... - (2022) bioRxiv

Due in large part to MacArthurs classic 1958 paper, wood-warblers (Parulidae) are ecological icons, textbook protagonists of a story of competition and niche partitioning. As the story goes, subtle differences in foraging behavior are the principal means by which these nearly morphologically indisti…

A New Genus of Spittlebugs (Hemiptera, Cercopidae) from the Eocene of Central Tibetan Plateau

Xiao-Ting Xu, Jacek Szwedo, Di-Ying Huang, Wei-Yu-Dong Deng, Martyna Obroślak, ... - (2022) Insects

The superfamily Cercopoidea is commonly named as “spittlebugs”, as its nymphs produce a spittle mass to protect themselves. Cosmoscartini (Cercopoidea: Cercopidae) is a large and brightly colored Old World tropical tribe, including 11 genera. A new genus Nangamostethos gen. nov. (type species: Nanga…

Catalogo de Shingidade de la Colección del Laboratorio de Ecología de Insectos CLEI-ULA

Zaira Briceño, Ingrit Correa, Guillermo Bianchi, Luis Niño, (2022)

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Tracking the Effects of Climate Change on the Distribution of Plecia nearctica (Diptera, Bibionidae) in the USA Using MaxEnt and GIS

Hossam F. Abou-Shaara, Esmaeil Amiri, Katherine A. Parys, (2022) Diversity

Plecia nearctica Hardy, commonly referred to as lovebugs, is a species of march fly with a subtropical American distribution. The northern range limits of P. nearctica could alter due to climate change, which is a worldwide issue. It has been reported that flowers utilized by P. nearctica are not vi…

Reconstruction and variability of tropical pollination networks in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

Juliana Pereira, Milton Cezar Ribeiro, Federico Battiston, Ferenc Jordán, (2022) Community Ecology

Loss of biodiversity comprehends not only the extinction of individual species, but also the loss of the ecological interactions among them. Survival of species, continuation of ecosystem functioning in nature, and ecosystem services to humans depend on the maintenance of well-functioning networks o…

GBIF globe

Guillaume Larocque, (2022)

GBIF occurrences heatmap on a 3d globe.

The (non) accuracy of mitochondrial genomes for family‐level phylogenetics in Erebidae (Lepidoptera)

Hamid Reza Ghanavi, Tobias Joannes Hartman, Victoria Twort, Niklas Wahlberg, Reza Zahiri, (2022) Zoologica Scripta

The use of molecular data to study the evolutionary history of organisms has revolutionized the field of systematics. Now with the appearance of high throughput sequencing (HTS) technologies, more and more genetic sequence data are available. One of the important sources of genetic data for phylogen…

Issues with species occurrence data and their impact on extinction risk assessments

Bruno R. Ribeiro, Karlo Guidoni-Martins, Geiziane Tessarolo, Santiago José Elías Velazco, Lucas Jardim, ... - (2022) Biological Conservation

Species extinction risk status is critical to support conservation actions. However, full assessments published on the Red List are slow and resource intensive. To tackle assessments for mega-diverse groups, gains can be made through preliminary assessments that can help prioritize efforts toward fu…

Reptile richness and genetic divergence patterns were shaped by current and past climate in and around the Irano‐Anatolian global biodiversity hotspot…

Anooshe Kafash, Michaël P J Nicolaï, Masoud Yousefi, (2022) Diversity and Distributions

Aim The Irano-Anatolian biodiversity hotspot is among the least-known biodiversity hotspots on earth. In this study, we aim to map the richness and genetic divergence of lizards in the biodiversity hotspot and its surrounding areas and identify the most important determinants of the richness and gen…

Strong phylogenetic signals in global plant bioclimatic envelopes

Neil Brummitt, Christina A Cobbold, Claire Harris, Richard Reeve, (2022) Global Ecology and Biogeography

Aim The environmental preferences of species are an important facet of their response to changing conditions, and these have long been thought to exhibit phylogenetic conservatism. However, these bioclimatic envelopes have not previously been imputed from climate records at the date and location of …

Potential European Geographical Distribution of Gnathotrichus materiarius (Fitch, 1858) (Coleoptera: Scolytinae) under Current and Future Climate Cond…

Radosław Witkowski, Marcin K. Dyderski, Marta Bełka, Andrzej Mazur, (2022) Forests

Gnathotrichus materiarius (Fitch, 1858) is an alien ambrosia beetle from North America, that has been spreading across Europe since the 1930s. The species infests coniferous trees, excavating galleries in sapwood. However, to date very few studies have predicted changes in ambrosia beetle habitat su…

Country‐level checklists and occurrences for the world's Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

Walter Jetz, Stefan Pinkert, Emily L Sandall, (2022) Journal of Biogeography

Aim Biogeographical inference and assessments of species' threat status and trends depend on comprehensive information on the current geographical distribution of species. Even country-level presences remain poorly known for many insect species and consistent global overviews for those species are m…

Three quarters of insects are insufficiently covered by protected areas

Shawan Chowdhury, Myron Zalucki, Jeffrey Hanson, Sarin Tiatragul, David Green, ... - (2022)

Insects dominate the biosphere, driving ecosystem processes and functions that sustain humanity, yet insect populations are plummeting worldwide1. Massive conservation efforts will be needed to halt and reverse these declines2,3. Protected areas (PAs) could play a decisive role in safeguarding insec…

Admixture of evolutionary rates across a butterfly hybrid zone

Tianzhu Xiong, Xueyan Li, Masaya Yago, James Mallet, (2022) eLife

Hybridization is a major evolutionary force that can erode genetic differentiation between species, whereas reproductive isolation maintains such differentiation. In studying a hybrid zone between the swallowtail butterflies Papilio syfanius and Papilio maackii (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae), we made t…

Comparison between optimized MaxEnt and random forest modeling in predicting potential distribution: A case study with Quasipaa boulengeri in China

Ziyi Zhao, Nengwen Xiao, Mei Shen, Junsheng Li, (2022) Science of The Total Environment

Random forest (RF) and MaxEnt models are shallow machine learning approaches that perform well in predicting species' potential distributions. RF models can produce robust results with the default automatic configuration in most cases, but it is necessary for MaxEnt to optimize the model settings to…

Diversity and Climatic Distribution of Moths in the Tribe Arctiini (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae) in Mexico

M Montañez-Reyna, J L León-Cortés, F Infante, E J Naranjo, A Gómez-Velasco, (2022) Annals of the Entomological Society of America

Abstract The Mexican lepidopteran fauna is particularly diverse, but many moth groups remain poorly documented. The tribe Arctiini is a species-rich group that has been used as a reliable indicator of environmental change. However, little is known about the fauna of the tribe Arctiini in Mexico, and…

Divergent roles of herbivory in eutrophying forests

Josiane Segar, Henrique Pereira, Lander Baeten, Markus Bernhardt-Römermann, Pieter De Frenne, ... - (2022) Research Square

Abstract Ungulate herbivore populations are increasing across Europe with important implications for forest plant communities. Concurrently, atmospheric nitrogen (N) deposition continues to eutrophy forests, threatening many rare plant species. These pressures may critically interact to shape biodiv…

phylogatR : Phylogeographic data aggregation and repurposing

Bryan C Carstens, Stephanie Crouch, Sydney K Decker, Eric Franz, Jeffery Ohrstrom, ... - (2022) Molecular Ecology Resources

Patterns of genetic diversity within species contain information about the history of that species, including how they have responded to historical climate change and how easily the organism is able to disperse across its habitat. More than 40,000 phylogeographic and population genetic investigation…