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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...

ZFMK Opiliones collection

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

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...

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.

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 Owenia fusiformis head

Patrick Beckers
Image stacks of histological sections of Owenia fusiformis displaying head morphology and nervous system.

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)...

ZFMK Lepidoptera collection

ZFMK Lepidoptera Working Group
The Lepidoptera collection of the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) is one of the largest collections of this insect order in Germany, containing about 2 million specimens.

ZFMK Phasmatodea collection

ZFMK Hymenoptera Working Group
The Phasmatodea 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.

ZFMK Hymenoptera collection

ZFMK Hymenoptera Working Group
The Hymenoptera collection at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig contains parts of the collection of Johann Klapperich as well as the collections of W. Aerts, Johannes Gallasch, R. Oberthür, August Reichensperger, R. Roesler, A. Schoop and the permanent loan of the Zoo Cologne.

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....

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.

Diet composition of Ameerega pitta (Tschudi, 1838) from the Serra da Bodoquena region in central Brazil, with a summary of dietary studies on species of the genus Ameerega (Anura: Dendrobatidae)

Paulo Landgref Filho, Fabricio H. Oda, Fabio T. Mise, Domigos J. de Rodrigues & Masao Uetanabaro
We provide data on the diet composition of Ameerega picta from the region of Serra da Bodoquena in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, central Brazil. We also provide a summary of dietary studies on species of the genus Ameerega.

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 Pseudoscorpiones collection

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

ZFMK Coleoptera Oberthuer Collection

ZFMK Coleoptera Working Group
The Oberthuer collection at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig.

Developmental Ecology and Larval Staging in Polypedates otilophus (Boulenger, 1893) (Anura: Rhacophoridae)

Katharina Galunder & Dennis Rödder
Tadpoles of Polypedates otilophus originating from two different foam nests were raised at water temperatures between 19°C and 27°C. A larval staging table according to Gosner is provided for the first time for the genus. The clutch sizes of the foam nests differed (19 and 49 eggs, respectively), but only 14 and 17 tadpoles hatched at stage 25. The first tadpole of nest one completed metamorphosis after 120 days and the first tadpole of nest...

ZFMK Odonata collection

ZFMK Arthropoda Working Group
The collections of Odonata at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig Bonn

ZFMK Herpetology collection

ZFMK Herpetology Working Group
The herpetological collection houses more than 100,000 catalogued specimens. Amphibians and reptiles are traditionally combined in the collection, with the latter making up nearly two thirds of the total specimens. The collection includes type specimens of around 650 taxa, among them more than 300 primary types (i.e. holotypes, lectotypes, and neotypes) and 100 syntypes that objectively define a scientific name and are literally irreplaceable. The majority of specimens is wet material preserved in ethanol, but...

New records of big-headed flies (Diptera: Pipunculidae) from the Mediterranean Basin

Christian Kehlmaier, David J. Gibbs & Phil Withers
Despite great progress in Pipunculidae (Insecta: Diptera) systematics during the past decades, the Mediterrane-an fauna of big-headed flies remains largely unknown. Here, we present new faunistic and taxonomic data for 98 named species from Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, and Turkey, based on our own collecting efforts and museum specimens. Besides 56 first national records, the paper includes the description of Cephalops(Semicephalops) brachium Kehlmaier Withers sp. n. from France and...

On the Psammophis sibilans group (Serpentes, Lamprophiidae, Psammophiinae) north of 12°S, with the description of a new species from West Africa

Jean-François Trape, Pierre-André Crochet, Donald G. Broadley, Patricia Sourouille, Youssouph Mané, Marius Burger, Wolfgang Böhme, Mostafa Saleh, Anna Karan, Benedetto Lanza & Oleg Mediannikov
Based on molecular, morphological and field data, the status and zoogeography of the taxa of the Psammophissibilans group north of 12°S are reviewed. Molecular data including sequences from 20 of the 22 described species known to occur north of 12°S suggest that P. sibilans distribution is restricted to northeastern Africa, from Egypt to Ethiopia. Po-pulations from West Africa are described as a new species, P. afroccidentalis sp. nov., and those from Chad, Cameroon and Central...

ZFMK Mammalia collection

ZFMK Mammalia Working Group
The mammalian collection at the collection at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig houses about 100,000 specimens representing 1,800 species of mammals. All recent orders and 87% of the families are represented. There are 100 primary type specimens (holo-, lecto- and neotypes) and 500 paratypes; including those of extinct species.

Terrestrial small mammal assemblage from pellets of three sympatric owl species in the Mount Oku area (Northwest Cameroon), with implications for conservation

Guy Martial Ntoungwa Ebague, Alain Didier Missoup, Ernest Keming Chung, Maurice Tindo & Christiane Denys
Mount Oku is well known for its exceptional species diversity for both animals and plants. A total number of 27 species of rodents and six species of shrews are reported from the area. Ten of these species are endemic at local or regional level and are considered as endangered or vulnerable, with a decreasing population trend. They are thus conside-red as having a high conservation importance. We sampled terrestrial small mammals from owl pellets during...

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....

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