Saturday, December 10, 2016

[Ichthyology • 2016] Microglanis nigrolineatus • A New Species (Pseudopimelodidae) from northwestern Argentina

Microglanis nigrolineatus 
Terán, Jarduli, AlonsoMirande & Shibatta, 2016  

 paratype [CI- FML6595from Quebrada Colorada stream, Bermejo River basin, Salta province, Argentina

Microglanis nigrolineatus, new species, is described from streams of Bermejo River basin, northwestern Argentina. It is distinguished from all congeners by a combination of characters including a unique coloration pattern: a thin dark line that runs along middle body from vertical line through dorsal-fin origin to end of adipose fin, delimiting two dark-brown areas ending in a dark blotch crossing entire body depth just anterior to caudal-fin origin and dorsal region of head uniformly dark, lacking a paler area on nuchal region. Also, thorn serrae on anterior margin of pectoral-fin spine are short.

Fig. 1. Microglanis nigrolineatus, CI-FML 6596, holotype, 32.5 mm SL; Argentina: Salta province: Quebrada Colorada stream, Bermejo River basin. 

Fig.2.Microglanis nigrolineatus, CI- FML6595, paratype, 43.6mm SL; live specimen, before fixation; Argentina: Salta province: Quebrada Colorada stream, Bermejo River basin.  

Fig. 5. Type locality: Quebrada Colorada stream, Bermejo River basin, Salta, Argentina. May 2015. 

Fig. 4. Northwestern Argentina, showing the distribution of Microglanis nigrolineatus, type locality at Quebrada Colorada stream, Bermejo River basin. , paratype localities. 

Terán, Guillermo E., Lucas R. Jarduli, Felipe Alonso, J. Marcos Mirande and Oscar A. Shibatta. 2016. Microglanis nigrolineatus, A New Species from northwestern Argentina (Ostariophysi: Pseudopimelodidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters. 27(3);  193-202

Microglanis nigrolineatus, nueva especie, se describe de arroyos de la cuenca del Río Bermejo, Noroeste de Argentina. Esta nueva especie se distingue de los congéneres por una combinación de caracteres que incluyen un patrón de coloración único: una delgada línea oscura que atraviesa longitudinalmente la parte media del cuerpo, que va desde la aleta dorsal hasta el final de la adiposa delimitando dos áreas pardo oscuras que terminan en una mancha negra que atraviesa toda la altura del cuerpo justo anterior a la aleta caudal, y la región dorsal de la cabeza uniformemente oscura, sin un área más clara en la región nucal. Además, los ganchos en el margen anterior de la espina pectoral son cortos.

"Microglanis nigrolineatus, a new species from northwestern Argentina (Ostariophysi: Pseudopimelodidae)"
Guillermo E. Teran, Lucas R. JarduliFelipe Alonso, J. Marcos Mirandeand Oscar A. Shibatta.
Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwaters, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 193-202, 6 figs., 2 tabs., November 2016. ISSN 0936-9902
Artículo completo (versión preliminar):

[Entomology • 2016] Genaemirum phagocossorum, G. phacochoerus & G. fumosum • Review of the Genus Genaemirum Heinrich (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) with Interactive Identification Keys to Species

Genaemirum phacochoerus Broad, Rousse & van Noort, 2016

We describe Genaemirum phagocossorum Rousse, Broad & van Noort, sp. n., a new ichneumonine parasitoid wasp reared from Eucalyptus nitens logs infested by the cossid moth Coryphodema tristis, which is considered a major pest of forestry and food crops in South Africa. This is the first plausible host association for the genus, and fits with the host association predictions of Heinrich. Two further undescribed species were found in the collections of the Natural History Museum in London and are described as Genaemirum phacochoerus Broad, Rousse & van Noort, sp. n. and Genaemirum fumosum Broad, Rousse & van Noort, sp. n. An identification key to the eight known species and a diagnosis for each species are provided, including photographs of all the primary type specimens. Online Lucid interactive identification keys are available at:

Keywords: Africa, Afrotropical region, biocontrol, Ichneumonidae, Ichneumoninae, host, identification key, parasitoid wasp, species description, systematics

Genaemirum phagocossorum Rousse, Broad & van Noort, 2016
Genaemirum phacochoerus Broad, Rousse & van Noort, 2016
Genaemirum fumosum Broad, Rousse & van Noort, 2016

Genaemirum phagocossorum Rousse, Broad & van Noort, sp. n.

Etymology: From the latin “cossus” for “worm or grub found in wood”, which is the likely host (Cossidae), and “phago” = latin for “a glutton”. Noun in the genitive case.

Genaemirum phacochoerus Broad, Rousse & van Noort, sp. n.

Etymology: The name is derived from the genus name for warthogs, after the resemblance of the head to that of a warthog. Noun in apposition.

Genaemirum fumosum Broad, Rousse & van Noort, sp. n.

Etymology: The name is derived from the Latin for "smoky", in reference to the infuscate wings. Noun in apposition.

 Pascal Rousse, Gavin R. Broad and Simon van Noort. 2016. Review of the Genus Genaemirum Heinrich (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Ichneumoninae) with Interactive Identification Keys to Species. ZooKeys. 636: 77-105. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.636.10216

'Monstrous' wasps could reveal their species' secrets
Scientists have identified three new species of parasitoid wasp - including two that previously lay undescribed in the Museum's collections.

[Ichthyology • 2016] Leptobotia bellacauda • A New Species of Loach (Cypriniformes: Botiidae) from the lower Yangtze Basin in China

Leptobotia bellacauda
Bohlen, & Šlechtová, 2016


A new species, Leptobotia bellacauda is described from the lower Yangtze River basin. The new species is distinguished from all other species of Leptobotia by a combination of the following characters: body plain brown, prominent black bar in caudal fin, dorsal half of head dusky black, ventral half of head cream colour, eye well developed, lobes of caudal fin rounded, origin of pelvic fins beneath or anterior to dorsal-fin origin, and pectoral fin in adult males enlarged, with numerous tubercles.

Keywords: Pisces, Morphology, taxonomy, Anhui, Shitai, Ningguo, sexual dimorphism

Bohlen, J. and  Šlechtová, V. 2016. Leptobotia bellacauda, A New Species of Loach from the lower Yangtze Basin in China (Teleostei: Cypriniformes: Botiidae).
  Zootaxa.  4205(1);  DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4205.1.5

[Botany • 2014] Orchidantha virosa • A New Species (Lowiaceae) endemic to northern Vietnam

Orchidantha virosa 
  Škorničk. & Q.B.Nguyễn 


Orchidantha virosa Škorničk. & Q.B.Nguyễn, sp. nov. (Lowiaceae), a new species from Phú ọ province, northern Vietnam is described and illustrated here. Thee new species is unique among other species in Vietnam and Laos in its robust habit and size (up to 2 m) and the non-petiolate leaves in mature individuals. e key to Orchidantha N.E.Br. species of Laos and Vietnam is accordingly updated.

Jana Leong-Škorničkováa, Quc Bình Nguynb and Otakar Šídac. 2014. Orchidantha virosa Škorničk. & Q.B.Nguyn, sp. nov. (Lowiaceae), A New Species endemic to northern Vietnam. Adansonia 36(2); 237-243. DOI:  10.5252/a2014n2a6

[Crustacea • 2012] Discoplax celeste • The Blue Crab of Christmas Island (Decapoda: Brachyura: Gecarcinidae)

Discoplax celeste Ng & Davie, 2012

The indigenous Blue Crab of Christmas Island, previously misidentified as “Discoplax hirtipes (Dana, 1851)”, is here recognised as a distinct new species, Discoplax celeste. In addition to its unique blue-coloured carapace when adult, the new species can be distinguished from true D. hirtipes by carapace, male abdominal, and male first gonopod characters. To stabilise the taxonomy of Cardisoma hirtipes Dana, 1851, a neotype from the original type locality in Fiji, is selected. A separate eastern Indian Ocean taxon, Discoplax aff. hirtipes, present in the Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands and western Sumatra is also found in small numbers on Christmas Island.

KEY WORDS: Crustacea, Brachyura, Discoplax, new species, Christmas Island

Etymology. — The name is derived from the French céleste meaning sky or heaven and alludes to the sky or powder blue live colour of adults of this species. The name is used as a noun in apposition. 

Peter K. L. Ng & Peter J. F. Davie. 2012. The Blue Crab of Christmas Island, Discoplax celeste, New Species (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Gecarcinidae). Raffles. Bull. Zool. 60(1); 89–100.

[Botany • 2007] Corybas fanjingshanensis • A New Species of Orchidaceae from Guizhou, China

Corybas fanjingshanensis Y. X. Xiong

Corybas (Orchidaceae), a genus of some 100 species, is distributed from the Himalayas and southern China, through the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and New Guinea, to Australia, New Caledonia, Tasmania, New Zealand and the islands of Polynesia. There are three recorded species in China, C. sinii Tang & Wang, C. daliensis Tang & Wang, and C. taiwanensis T. P. Lin & S. Y. Leu. In this paper, a new species, Corybas fanjingshanensis from Fanjing mountain nature reserve is described and illustrated. It is related to C. taliensis Tang & Wang, but differs by having rather short bract and lateral sepals and lacking lamellae on the disc. Its habitat and population size was reported in details.

Keywords: CorybasCorybas fanjingshanensis Y. X. Xiong; Orchidaceae; new species; distribution; Guizhou; China

Xiong Yuan-Xin, Luo Ying-Chun, Shangguan Fa-Zhi and Wang Hui. 2007. Corybas fanjingshanensis Y. X. Xiong, A New Species of Orchidaceae from Guizhou, China.  Acta Phytotaxonomica Sinica. 45(6); 808–812.

[Crustacea • 2013 “2015”] Six New Species of Freshwater Crabs of the Genera Microthelphusa & Fredius (Decapoda: Pseudothelphusidae) from Pantepui, Venezuela

Plate 2. Dorsal view of the cephalothorax of six freshwater crab new species: A.- Microthelphusa aracamuniensis, n. sp.; B.- Mmarahuacaensis, n. sp.; C.- Mguaiquinimaensis, n. sp.; D.- M. maigualidaensis, n. sp.; E.- Mroraimaensis,n. sp.; F.- Fredius cuaoensis,n. sp.  
Suárez, 2013 “2015”.  DOI:  10.5281/zenodo.18333


Six new species of  pseudothelphusid crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura) are described from several rivers of the Pantepui region of Venezuela, in the states of Amazonas and Bolívar: Microthelphusa aracamuniensis, n. sp.M. guaiquinimaensis, n. sp.M. maigualidaensis, n. sp., M. marahuacaensis, n. sp.M. roraimaensis, n. sp., and Fredius cuaoensis, n. sp.

Keywords: Brachyura, Cerro Guaiquinima, Cerro Marahuaca, Fredius, Microtelphusa, Monte Aracamuni, Serranía de Mai-gualida, Río Cuao, Roraima.

Plate 2. Dorsal view of the cephalothorax of six freshwater crab new species:
A.- Microthelphusa aracamuniensis, n. sp.; B.- M. marahuacaensis, n. sp.; C.- M. guaiquinimaensis, n. sp.; D.- M. maigualidaensis, n. sp.; E.- M. roraimaensis,n. sp.; F.- Fredius cuaoensis,n. sp. 

Suárez, Héctor. 2013 “2015”. Six New Species of Freshwater Crabs from Pantepui, Venezuela (Crustacea: Decapoda: Pseudothelphusidae).
ANARTIA. 25; 64–94. DOI:  10.5281/zenodo.18333

Seis nuevas especies de cangrejos de agua dulce del Pantepui, Venezuela (Crustacea: Decapoda: Pseudothelphusidae)
Resumen: Se describen seis nuevas especies de cangrejos pseudotelfúsidos (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura) procedentes de varios ríos de la región pantepuyana de Venezuela, en los estados Amazonas y Bolívar: Microthelphusa aracamuniensis, n. sp., M. guaiquinimaensis, n. sp., M. maigualidaensis, n. sp. M. marahuacaensis, n. sp., M. roraimaensis, n. sp., y Fredius cuaoensis, n. sp.


[Botany • 2016] Fordiophyton zhuangiae • A New Species (Melastomataceae) from Guangdong, China based on Morphological and Molecular Evidence

(A, B, D, E) Fordiophyton zhuangiae S. Jin Zeng & G. D. Tang  (F, I) Fordiophyton brevicaule  C. Chen 

Historically, the taxonomic study of the Asian genus Fordiophyton has had some gaps. Several specimens from Guangdong (China) have been misidentified as Fordiophyton brevicaule C. Chen. The new species proposed here shares with F. brevicaule the densely hirsute stem, rosetted leaves and glabrous hypanthia, but it is distinguished by its glabrous leaves, winged petioles, oblong petals lacking a single trichome at the apex, and purplish anthers in the longer set of stamens. The phylogenetic analyses indicate that it is a member of Fordiophyton and sister to F. brevicaule. Based on morphological and molecular data, we here recognize it as a new speciesFordiophyton zhuangiae S. Jin Zeng & G. D. Tang, which is described and illustrated.

 Zeng Sijin, Ge-Han Huang, Qiang Liu, Xiao-Kai Yan, Guo-Qiang Zhang and Guang-da Tang. 2016.  Fordiophyton zhuangiae (Melastomataceae), A New Species from China based on Morphological and Molecular Evidence.  
Phytotaxa. 282(4); 259–266. DOI:  10.11646/phytotaxa.282.4.2

In Memoriam: King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 1927-2016 | พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดชฯ บรมนาถบพิตร

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Thai: ภูมิพลอดุลยเดช; pronounced [pʰuːmípʰon ʔàdunjádèːt], 5 December 1927 – 13 October 2016), conferred with the title King Bhumibol the Great in 1987, was the ninth monarch of Thailand from the Chakri Dynasty as Rama IX. Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he was, at the time of his death, the world's longest-serving head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history, serving for 70 years, 126 days.  

• หมึกสายราชา Amphioctopus rex (Nateewathana & Norman, 1999)

• 'ปูเจ้าพ่อหลวง' Indochinamon bhumibol (Naiyanetr, 2001)

เพื่อเป็นการเฉลิมพระเกียรติพระบาทสมเด็จพระเจ้าอยู่หัว เนื่องในวโรกาสมหามงคลเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษา 6 รอบ จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัยได้ค้นพบปูชนิดใหม่ของโลก เป็นปูน้ำจืดตัวใหญ่ที่สุดในประเทศไทย ณ บริเวณภูหลวง อำเภอวังสะพุง จังหวัดเลย โดย ศาสตราจารย์ ไพบูลย์ นัยเนตร ภาควิชาชีววิทยา คณะวิทยาศาสตร์ จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย ได้ทำหนังสือกราบบังคมทูลขอพระราชทานพระบรมราชานุญาตอัญเชิญพระปรมาภิไธย พระบาทสมเด็จพระเจ้าอยู่หัวเป็นนามปูน้ำจืดชนิดใหม่ของโลก โดยเรียกชื่อวิทยาศาสตร์ของปูที่พบใหม่ว่า Potamon bhumibol ชื่อไทยว่า ปูเจ้าพ่อหลวง มีชื่อสามัญว่า Giant Mountain Crab และได้รับพระบรมราชานุญาต เมื่อวันที่ 5 มกราคม 2543 โดยจะทำการพิมพ์เผยแพร่ปูที่พบใหม่นี้ในวารสารต่างประเทศชื่อ Crustacena, International Journal of Crustacean Research 
ลักษณะเด่นของปูเจ้าพ่อหลวงมี 3 สี คือ สีน้ำตาลเข้ม สีม่วง และสีส้ม โดยกระดองจะเป็นสีน้ำตาลเข้ม ขาเดิน 4 คู่ และขาก้ามทั้งสองข้างเป็นสีน้ำตาลเข้ม ยกเว้นด้านในของก้ามหนีบอันล่างเป็นสีม่วง และปลายก้ามหนีบทั้งสองข้างเป็นสีส้ม เป็นปูน้ำจืดตัวใหญ่ที่สุดในประเทศไทย

• 'เต่าทรงพระเจริญ'  Basilochelys macrobios  Tong, Claude, Naksri, et al, 2009

• เทียนพระบารมี Impatiens charisma Suksathan & Keerat. (2009)

• มะลิเฉลิมนรินทร์ Jasminum bhumibolianum Chalermglin (2013)

• ภูมิพลินทร์ Paraboea bhumiboliana Triboun & Chuchan (2012)

• Nateewathana, A. and Norman, M.D. 1999. Phuket Mar. Biol. Center Special Publ. 19(2); 445-462.
• Naiyanetr, P. 2001. Potamon bhumibhol n. sp., a new giant freshwater crab from Thailand (Decapoda, Brachyura, Potamidae). Crustaceana 74(3); 309-316.
• Haiyan Tong, Julien Claude, Wilailuck Naksri, Varavudh Suteethorn, Eric Buffetaut, Sasidhorn Khansubha, Kamonrak Wongko and Phisit Yuangdetkla. 2009.  Basilochelys macrobios n. gen. and n. sp., A Large Cryptodiran Turtle from the Phu Kradung Formation (latest Jurassic-earliest Cretaceous) of the Khorat Plateau, NE Thailand. In: Buffetaut, E.; Cuny, G.; Le Loeuff, J. & Suteethorn, V. (eds.). Late Palaeozoic and Mesozoic Ecosystems in SE Asia. Geological Society, London, Special Publications. 315: 229-243. DOI:  10.1144/SP315.12

• Suksathan, P. and P. Triboun. 2009. Ten new species of Impatiens (Balsaminaceae) from Thailand. Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore. 61 (1): 159-184.
• Pramote Triboun and David J. Middleton. 2012. Twenty new species of Paraboea (Gesneriaceae) from Thailand. Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore. 64(2): 333–370.

• Chalermglin, P. and Kiew, R. 2013. A new species of Jasminum (Oleaceae) from Thailand. Blumea - Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants. 58 (3); 80-81. DOI: 10.3767/000651913X673216



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