53 Works

Serial sections of Magelona mirabilis head

Patrick Beckers
Image stacks of histological sections of Magelona mirabilis head displaying head morphology and nervous system.

ZFMK Scorpiones collection

ZFMK Arthropoda Working Group
The collections of basal arthropods including Scorpiones at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig Bonn

Larval development stages and husbandry of the Rice Frog Microhyla mukhlesuri Hasan et al., 2014 (Anura: Microhylidae)

Nils Behr & Dennis Rödder
We describe captive management and larval development of Microhyla mukhlesuri, a recently described microhylid frog from Bangladesh, southern Yunnan, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, at the scientific animal keeping facility of the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK). Beginning at Gosner stage 25, for each larval stage detailed characteristics are provided and additionally developmental time is compared to other members of the genus Microhyla. Herein, we present first observations on captive reproduction of the species.

ZFMK Digitization Strategy

Peter Grobe, Björn Quast, Fabian Herder & Ahrens Dirk
The digitization strategy describes the planning and implementation of the digitization of the scientific collections and research data to build a digital collection catalogue as part of the virtual collection and research environment at ZFMK. The digitization strategy aims at long-term and sustainable processes and methods for the creation and handling of digitized material. It defines the goals, describes the infrastructures, names the necessary resources and defines responsibilities.

Biogeographic history of Gerbillus campestris (Rodentia, Muridae) in Morocco as revealed by morphometric and genetic data

Oussama Bouarakia, Christiane Denys, Violaine Nicolas, Touria Benazzou & Abdelaziz Benhoussa
Gerbillus campestris is a widely distributed small rodent that lives in various habitats in North Africa and can be a potential agricultural pest. We conducted a biogeographic study of this species with an integrative approach using mor-phometric data from body and craniomandibular distances and molecular genetic data from the cytochrome b gene of the mitochondrial DNA. We collected 96 individuals in six localities from central, northern and eastern Morocco. Data from 18 morphological characters were...

ZFMK Blattodea collection

ZFMK Hymenoptera Working Group
The Blattodea Collection at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig contains large parts of the collection of Johann Klapperich as well as the collections of D. Bornhalm, Sigfrid Ingrisch, Josef Szijj and the permanent loan of the Zoo Cologne.

Paraneotype of Tubulanus polymorphus

Daria Krämer & Jörn V. Döhren
Image stacks of histological sections of the Paraneotype of Tubulanus polymorphus. Species identification in Tubulanus (Nemertea, Paleonemertea) species can be accomplished by internal morphological characters and barcoding techniques.

On the identity of some taxa of Sericinae described by C. P. Thunberg and L. Gyllenhal (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae)

Dirk Ahrens, Silvia Fabrizi, Katharina Nikolaev, Lisa Knechtges & Jonas Eberle
The type specimens of a number of species of Sericinae described by C.P. Thunberg and L. Gyllenhal wererevised. The study of the type material of the Zoological Museum of the Uppsala University revealed the identity of theseforgotten species and resulted in five new combinations and four new synonymies: Ablaberoides fuliginosus (Thunberg,1818) comb. n., Ablabera haemorrhoa (Thunberg, 1818) comb. n.; Camenta caffra (Thunberg, 1818) comb. n., Maladerasetifera (Gyllenhal, 1817) comb. n., and Microserica pusilla (Thunberg, 1818)...

Things are not always as they seem: High-resolution X-ray CT scanning reveals the first resin-embedded miniature gecko of the genus Ebenavia

Juan D. Daza, Jordan P. Hunziker, Aaron M. Bauer, Philipp Wagner & Wolfgang Böhme
We identify a presumed specimen of Sphaerodactylus in amber from the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig as being embedded in copal, rather than amber. Further, the specimen matches the morphology not of a Hispaniolan gecko, but of the extant Madagascan species Ebenavia boettgeri, which occurs in a known area of copal deposits.

Specimen labelling errors: birds collected on the Falkland Islands prior to 1861, now in Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, Netherlands

Justin J.F.J. Jansen
Historical museum specimens are often documented by labels or by handwritten notations on the pedestal underside. However, mistakes and misinterpretations of specimen data often occur due to a complete lack of such data or in the transcription of data from original sources (either in the form of original labels or personal communications). This paper discusses the errors and omissions in data found on 89 specimens collected in the Falkland Islands before 1861, present or formerly...

The Ichthyology collection at Zoological Research Museum Koenig

ZFMK Ichthyology Working Group
The ichthyological collection at the collection at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig contains mainly freshwater fishes, with emphasis on South American and later on European, African and Asian species.

Serial sections of Magelona mirabilis head

Patrick Beckers
Image stacks of histological sections of Magelona mirabilis head displaying head morphology and nervous system.

Parasitic on bird or mammal? Echinopon monounguiculatum gen. nov., spec. nov, representative of a new family (Echinoponidae fam. nov.) in the Amblycera (Insecta: Psocodea: Phthiraptera)

Eberhard Mey
On the study skin of a Bornean Black Magpie Platysmurus aterrimus (Passeriformes, Corvidae) collected in 1888, stored in the collection of the Museum für Tierkunde [Zoological Museum] Dresden, a female specimen of a pha-rate amblyceran third instar larva was found. The possibility that the larva originally lived on this bird can be definitively excluded, therefore it can only be considered as a straggler from an unknown host species. Its morphology showed a com-bination of unusual...

Atlanta astigmatica Stackelberg, a new synonym of Wiedemannia lota Walker (Diptera: Empididae: Clinocerinae)

Bradley J. Sinclair & Igor V. Shamshev
An uncatalogued species of Empididae, Atalanta (Philolutra) astigmatica Stackelberg, 1937 was recently dis-covered. This species is a new synonym of Wiedemannia lota Walker, 1851.

Revision of Francis Walker’s female types of North American Rhamphomyia Meigen (Diptera: Empididae)

Bradley J. Sinclair & Toyohei Saigusa
Five Nearctic species described by Walker (1849) on the basis of female specimens are revised and illustrated. Rhamphomyia agasicles Walker is recognized as a subjective synonym of R. minytus Walker and by First Reviser action, the latter is chosen as the senior of the two names. The following additional new synonyms are proposed: R. dana Walker, 1849 and R. valga Coquillett, 1895 = R. poplitea Wahlberg, 1844; and R. pulla Loew, 1861 = R. cophas...

Freshwater halacarid mites (Acari: Halacaridae) from Madagascar – new records, keys and notes on distribution and biology

Ilse Bartsch
Four freshwater halacarid species were previously recorded from Madagascar. They had been extracted from sandy deposits at the banks of streams and creeks. Recently another two species were found, namely Porohalacarusalpi-nus and Soldanellonyxmonardi. On the basis of individuals of these two species, as well as of additional material of the four formerly recorded species (Limnohalacarus cultellatus, Limnohalacarus novus, Lobohalacarus weberi, and Ropo-halacaruspallidus), morphological characters are added to previous descriptions and the male of P. alpinus...

ZFMK Diptera collection

ZFMK Diptera Working Group
The dipteran collection at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig contains some 300,000 specimens of more than 6000 species. The majority of specimens are pinned, but also includes of large alcohol collection of Tipulidae s.lat. In addition to 327 primary types (excluding the Phoridae), 32 are represented by syntypes and 295 species represented by secondary types. The holdings include the following important specialist collections: Phoridae (H. Schmitz, E. Beyer, E. Baumann), Tipuloidea (B. Mannheims, H....

Hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) of Cyprus: results from a collecting trip in October 2017

Jeroen van van Steenis, Menno P. van Zuijen, Wouter van Steenis, Christodoulos Makris, André van Eck & Ximo Mengual
In October 2017 an international expedition to Cyprus was made in order to collect hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) and to improve knowledge of the local fauna. In twelve days, numerous localities were visited in a wide range of habitats, where Syrphidae were collected by hand net. Malaise and pan traps were placed in some sam-pling localities around the Troodos Mountains. In total, 52 Syrphidae species were collected, 23 of which represent new species records for the...

Azara’s spinetails (Aves: Furnariidae). The identity of No. 236 Chiclí and No. 237 Cógogo

Paul Smith
The descriptions of birds provided by Félix de Azara (1742–1821) from his time in Paraguay constituted some of the first and most detailed descriptions of the South American avifauna from the period. Whilst many formed the basis for scientific names still in use today, others have remained inconclusively identified. In this paper the identities of two of these descriptions referring to spinetails of the genus Synallaxis are elucidated. There has been considerable disagreement amongst previous...

Automatic accoustic Monitoring and Inventoring of BIODiversity

AMIBIO Consortium
Animals use acoustic vocalisation as a very efficient means of communication because the sound does not require visual contact between emitter and receiver, it can travel over long distances and can carry the information content under low visibility conditions. Animals use sound for mate attraction, territorial defence and for early warning of other members of the species of the presence of dangerous predators. Acoustic surveying can be used for rapid assessment programmes (RAP), which quickly...

The Ichthyology collection at Zoological Research Museum Koenig

ZFMK Ichthyology Working Group
The ichthyological collection at the collection at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig contains mainly freshwater fishes, with emphasis on South American and later on European, African and Asian species.

Southeast Asian pholcid spiders: diversity and phylogenetic relationships and multiple convergent shifts among microhabitats

Bernhard A. Huber
Pholcid spiders are among the most diverse spider families but their mainly tropical distribution and lack of specialists have long hampered knowledge about the group. A concentrated effort over the last 15 years has dramatically improved the situation but Southeast Asian taxa remain a major gap of knowledge. The present project aims at closing this gap and focuses, apart from the taxonomy, on three major questions: (1) how do Southeast Asian taxa fit into the...

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