Lev Bely, 09.02.2013 22:41
The "Contributions to the systematics of New World macro-moths" series in ZooKeys, a peer-reviewed open access academic journal for the field of zoology by Pensoft Publishers, since its very first 2009 edition has been known as a major bulletin in the world of taxonomy news and new discoveries of moths in North America. 49 publications by 38 authors have been issued over the last few years, and the series became highly popular just as another ZooKeys edition Canadian Staphylinidae.
The back issues covered mostly the North American fauna — Canada, United States and Mexico. The latest broadened to tropical areas and included regions from all over North and South America, the contiguous islands and territories.
The issue also describes 27 new species including moths from North America, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and the Dominican Republic. 5 newly described species enlarged the big family of the neotropical Arctiidae that are called “tigermoths” due to their specific tiger stripe pattern.
Another curious and either newly described species Paectes longiformis was discovered near the Brazilian Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport. Despite its modest appearance, the moth has the potential to make up a particular weapon for biological control of invasive and troublesome Schinus terebinthifolius spreading in Florida, since this plant serves as the moth's habitat and food source.
The latest issue of the Contributions to the systematics of New World macro-moths IV ZooKeys 264 (2013): Special issue: 1-2 is available on the publisher website http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/issue/264/.
Photo: the new species Paectes longiformis, Dr. Michael Pougue, http://www.eurekalert.org
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