1.Invertebrate‐derived DNA (iDNA), in combination with high throughput sequencing, has been proposed as a cost‐efficient and powerful tool to survey vertebrate species. Previous studies, however, have only provided evidence that vertebrates can be detected using iDNA, but have not taken the next step of placing these detection events within a statistical framework that allows for robust biodiversity assessments. 2.Here, we compare concurrent iDNA and camera‐trap surveys. Leeches were repeatedly collected in close vicinity to 64...
Data from: Cryptic phylogeographic history sheds light on the generation of species diversity in sky-island mountainsKai He, Eliécer E. Gutiérrez, Neander M. Heming, Klaus-Peter Koepfli, Tao Wan, Shuiwang He, Jin Wei, Shao-Ying Liu & Xue-Long Jiang
Biodiversity hotspots should be given high priority for conservation under the situation of global climate change. The sky islands in southwestern China are characterized by extraordinarily high species diversity and are among one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots. However, neither the actual species diversity in this region or mechanisms generating this diversity are well explored. Here, we report on the phylogeographic analysis of the long-tailed mole (Scaptonyx fusicaudus), a semi-fossorial mammal that inhabits the...
Predicting barrier effects of transportation networks on Asian elephants: Implications for environmental impact assessmentCheng Huang, Xueyou Li, Wenqiang Hu & Xuelong Jiang
The rapid proliferation of transportation networks (TNs) is a threat to wide–ranged animals through habitat erosion, road–kill, and indirect socio–ecological interaction. In most cases, environmental impact assessments of TNs about animals are descriptive and targeted to direct impacts of the “linear features”, while indirect and cumulative impacts are relatively neglected. Using spatially explicit data of elephant–caused damage during 2012–2015 in China, we quantified barrier effects of TN on Asian elephants and predicted the effects under...
Data from: Chromosomal level reference genome of Tachypleus tridentatus provides insights into evolution and adaptation of horseshoe crabsLi Gong, Guangyi Fan, Yandong Ren, Yongjiu Chen, Liqin Liu, Qiang Qiu, Yanli Qin, Bing-Jian Liu, Lihua Jiang, Haorong Li, Yan Zeng, Qionghua Gao, Chen Zhang, Zhongkai Wang, Hui Jiang, Jinfu Tian, He Zhang, Xin Liu, Xun Xu, Wen Wang, Zhenming Lv, Yongxin Li, Bingjian Liu & Zhenming Lü
Horseshoe crabs including Tachypleus tridentatus are a group of marine arthropods living fossil species which have existed on the earth for 500 million years. However, the genetic mechanisms underlying their unique adaptive ability are still unclear. Here, we assembled the first chromosome-level T. tridentatus genome, and proofed that this genome is of very high quality with contig N50 1.69 Mb. By comparison with other arthropods, some gene families of T. tridentatus experienced significant expansion, whichare...
Scalopini is one of the two fully fossorial mole tribes in the family Talpidae, with remarkable adaptations to subterranean lifestyles. Most living Scalopini species are distributed in North America while a sole species occurs in China. On the other hand, scalopine fossils are found in both Eurasia and North America from upper Oligocene strata onwards, implying a complex biogeographical history. The systematic relationships of both extant and fossil Scalopini across North America and Eurasia are...
Kunming Institute of Zoology5
Huazhong University of Science and Technology1
Universidade Federal de Santa Maria1
University of Macau1
Northwestern Polytechnical University1
Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz1
Sichuan Academy of Forestry1
Chinese Academy of Sciences1
Zhejiang Ocean University1