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Xue, T., Gadagkar, S. R., Albright, T. P., Yang, X., Li, J., Xia, C., … Yu, S. (2021). Prioritizing conservation of biodiversity in an alpine region: Distribution pattern and conservation status of seed plants in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Global Ecology and Conservation, 32, e01885. doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01885 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01885

The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) harbors abundant and diverse plant life owing to its high habitat heterogeneity. However, the distribution pattern of biodiversity hotspots and their conservation status remain unclear. Based on 148,283 high-resolution occurrence coordinates of 13,450 seed plants, w…

Jarduli, L. R., Pereira, A. D., Garcia, D. A. Z., Ferraz, J. D., Geller, I. V., & Orsi, M. L. (2021). Distribution modeling of Psellogrammus kennedyi (Eigenmann, 1903) and new records in the Lower Paranapanema River, Brazil. Check List, 17(5), 1277–1284. doi:10.15560/17.5.1277 https://doi.org/10.15560/17.5.1277

Understanding the potential distribution of non-native species can be an important tool in preventing biological invasions. We recorded for the first time Psellogrammus kennedyi, a small non-native characiform, in the Lower Paranapanema River, Brazil. According to environmental variables and predict…

Russi, C. H., Carvalho, F., & Althoff, S. L. (2021). Phyllostomid bats distribution and richness gradient in a subtropical Brazilian state. Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia, 61, e20216160. doi:10.11606/1807-0205/2021.61.60 https://doi.org/10.11606/1807-0205/2021.61.60

Phyllostomid bats (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) are key elements for the maintenance of New World forests, but little information on their distribution is available in some regions of Brazil. Here we use occurrence records and bioclimatic variables to model the distribution of phyllostomid bats in Sa…

McManamay, R. A., Vernon, C. R., & Jager, H. I. (2021). Global Biodiversity Implications of Alternative Electrification Strategies Under the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways. Biological Conservation, 109234. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109234 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109234

Addressing climate mitigation while meeting global electrification goals will require major transitions from fossil-fuel dependence to large-scale renewable energy deployment. However, renewables require significant land assets per unit energy and could come at high cost to ecosystems, creating pote…

Wieringa, J. G., Carstens, B. C., & Gibbs, H. L. (2021). Predicting migration routes for three species of migratory bats using species distribution models. PeerJ, 9, e11177. doi:10.7717/peerj.11177 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.11177

Understanding seasonal variation in the distribution and movement patterns of migratory species is essential to monitoring and conservation efforts. While there are many species of migratory bats in North America, little is known about their seasonal movements. In terms of conservation, this is impo…

Arenas-Viveros, D., Sánchez-Vendizú, P., Giraldo, A., & Salazar-Bravo, J. (2021). A new species of Cynomops (Chiroptera: Molossidae) from the northwestern slope of the Andes. Mammalia, 0(0). doi:10.1515/mammalia-2020-0068 https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2020-0068

The systematics and taxonomy of the broadly distributed bats of the genus Cynomops has changed considerably in the last few years. Among the major changes, Cynomops abrasus was split into two species of large-bodied forms (Cynomops mastivus and C. abrasus) distributed east of the Andes. However, lar…

Cruz, J. A., Prado, J. L., & Arroyo-Cabrales, J. (2021). The mutual ecogeographical range and paleoclimatic reconstruction during the Late Pleistocene-Holocene in the Pampas (Argentina) using meso and microvertebrate fossils. The Holocene, 095968362199465. doi:10.1177/0959683621994652 https://doi.org/10.1177/0959683621994652

The Pampas of Argentina is a large grassland ecosystem located in the oriental region southern of South America. As a study case, we present the results of the paleoclimatic analysis of the Tixi Cave site. This is a paleontological and archeological locality that shows a long chronologic sequence, w…

David, K. T., & Halanych, K. M. (2021). Spatial proximity between polyploids across South American frog genera. Journal of Biogeography. doi:10.1111/jbi.14067 https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.14067

Aim: Polyploids have been theorized to occur more frequently in environments that are subjected to severe conditions or sudden disruptions. Here we test the expectation that polyploid taxa occur more frequently in extreme or disrupted environments than their diploid counterparts, whether due to inc…

Ellestad, P., Forest, F., Serpe, M., Novak, S. J., & Buerki, S. (2021). Harnessing large-scale biodiversity data to infer the current distribution of Vanilla planifolia (Orchidaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. doi:10.1093/botlinnean/boab005 https://doi.org/10.1093/botlinnean/boab005

Although vanilla is one of the most popular flavours in the world, there is still uncertainty concerning the native distribution of the species that produces it, Vanilla planifolia. To circumscribe the native geographical extent of this economically important species more precisely, we propose a new…

Freitas-Oliveira, R., Hannibal, W., Lima-Ribeiro, M. S., & Terribile, L. C. (2021). Implications of climate change for the distribution of the water opossum (Chironectes minimus): habitat loss and conservation opportunities. Mammalian Biology. doi:10.1007/s42991-021-00105-6 https://doi.org/10.1007/s42991-021-00105-6

Climate change is expected to impact the geographic distribution of marsupial species in the near future and this impact is likely to be accentuated for the more specialist species. The water opossum (Chironectes minimus) is the only semiaquatic marsupial in the world and is considered naturally rar…