Dear ABOL Community,

It was 2004 when Christian & Szeptycki revealed the Leopoldsberg to be the worldwide biodiversity hotspot of Protura, reporting 23 species from the soil of a very dry slope. Applying DNA barcoding to re-assess the diversity of these very small and blind soil dwellers at the genetic level reported 4 additional species from the same locality, one of which was new to science (Resch et al 2014).

This species named Acerentomon christiani is now formally described in a publication (Shrubovych et al. 2016) including the DNA-Barcode in its description.

Shrubovych, J., Bartel, D., Szucsich, N. U., Resch, M. C., & Pass, G. (2016). Morphological and Genetic Analysis of the Acerentomon doderoi Group (Protura: Acerentomidae) with Description of A . christiani sp. nov. PLOS ONE, 11(4), e0148033. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0148033
Resch, M. C., Shrubovych, J., Bartel, D., Szucsich, N. U., Timelthaler, G., Bu, Y., Walzl, M., & Pass, G. (2014). Where Taxonomy Based on Subtle Morphological Differences Is Perfectly Mirrored by Huge Genetic Distances: DNA Barcoding in Protura (Hexapoda). PLoS ONE, 9(3), e90653. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0090653
Calliptamus italicus (c) N. Szucsich

Recently a new associated project joined ABOL – DNA barcoding of Central European Orthopterans

A first transnational cooperation between GBOL, SwissBOL and ABOL adresses the genetic diversity of many species of Central European grasshoppers. The project funded by the Verein der Freunde des Naturhistorischen Museums will be extended by further national projects.

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