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Project for Conservation of Sea Birds in the Azores was considered one of the best in Europe

The project "Sanctuary Islands for the Sea Birds" implemented in the Azores by SPEA was considered one of the best in Europe.

This project is one of the 11 finalists for the "Best LIFE Projects 2013" awards which recognize the iniciatives co-financed by the European Comission that had the biggest impact. This project is a candidate for the "Best of the Best" distinction.

Link: http://naturlink.sapo.pt/Noticias/Noticias/content/Projeto-de-conservacao-de-aves-marinhas-nos-Acores-foi-considerado-um-dos-melhores-a-nivel-europeu

Projeto de conservação de aves marinhas nos Açores foi considerado um dos melhores a nível europeu

The domestic mouse came to Madeira four centuries before the Portuguese colonization

A study made by the Higher Council for Scientific Research of Spain (CSIC) suggests that four centuries before the Portuguese colonization Man had already been on the island of Madeira.This was based on the dating of ancient bones found in an archaeological expedition held in São Lourenço. The results published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, indicate that the domestic mouse came to Madeira before 1036, probably introduced from ships that passed through there.

Current populations of this species in Madeira have similarities, at the mitochondrial DNA level, with the populations of Scandinavia and northern Germany, and not with those of Portugal.
This aspect indicates that the Vikings probably introduced the domestic mouse to this island. It is a study that needs further research under Josep Antoni Alcover, researcher at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (CSIC-IMEDEA), because there are no historical references of the Vikings traveling to the Macaronesian region.

The researcher also highlights the fact that, due to their high reproductive potential, the mice have probably reached high population densities, generating major changes in the natural ecosystem, including the extinction of endemic and non-endemic birds, at least four hundred years earlier than thought until now.

Rando JC, Pieper H, Alcover JA. 2014 Radiocarbon evidence for the presence of mice on Madeira Island (North Atlantic) one millennium ago. Proc. R. Soc. B 281: 20133126.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2013.3126

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O rato doméstico terá chegado à Madeira quatro séculos antes da colonização dos Portugueses

Rare orchid rediscovered in São Jorge (Azores)

A group of researchers that includes the biologist Monica Moura from the University of Azores, rediscovered an orchid considered rare in Europe. This species is Platanthera azorica, whose known distribution is restricted to the Pico da Esperança, Island of São Jorge (Azores), and some places around it. About 250 flowering plants have been recorded by this group of researchers that now advocate their protection.

Bateman RM, Rudall PJ, Moura M. (2013) Systematic revision of Platanthera in the Azorean archipelago: not one but three species, including arguably Europe’s rarest orchid. PeerJ 1:e218

http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.218

Orquídea rara redescoberta em São Jorge

A new species of endemc spider described for the Island of São Jorge

Savigniorrhipis topographicus Crespo, 2013, is a new species is described from the Azores by scientists of Azorean Biodiversity Group (CITA-A). This new species of spider with only 1.45 mm is restricted to the Mountain of Topo in São Jorge Island. Given the extremely restricted and increasingly disturbed habitat, S. topographicus new species should be classified as Critically Endangered.
The Topo Natural Reserve is now the top ranked hotspot in Azorean endemic spiders, with 15 of the 24 currently known species and should increase its current protection level to a strict nature reserve.
Topo as one of the most pristine areas of the Azores, and the presence of two single island endemics, Acorigone zebraneus and S. topographicus n. sp., restricted to this forest reveal a great conservation value of this protected area. Yet, this area is currently classified in category V of the IUCN, a protected landscape managed mainly for landscape conservation and recreation, one of the lowest protection levels. We strongly recommend a future change to category I, a wilderness area managed mainly for wilderness protection, so that its natural features can be properly safeguarded.

Read more in

Crespo, L.C., Bosmans, R., Cardoso, P. & Borges, P.A.V. (2013). On the endemic spider species of the genus Savigniorrhipis Wunderlich, 1992 (Araneae: Linyphiidae) in the Azores (Portugal), with description of a new species. Zootaxa, 3745: 330-342. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3745.3.2 (IF: 0.974)


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Nova espécie de aranha endémica descrita para a ilha de São Jorge

Very rare plant found on Terceira Island

During the fieldwork for the project NetBiome and ISLANDBIODIV were found two specimens of Grammitis azorica. This is a small fetus, endemic of Azores, discovered on the island of Flores, the only place where its occurrence was confirmed. G. azorica is a fetus epiphyte found especially in the trunks of Juniperus brevifolia, Ilex perado subsp. azorica and Picconia azorica. Individuals found in Terceira island were found on trunks of Juniperus brevifolia, located in the Natural Reserves of Biscoito da Ferraria/Pico Alto e Terra Brava/Criação das Lagoas.

Rui Elias e Fernando Pereira

Photo By Rui Elias

Planta muito rara encontrada na ilha Terceira

New exotic species in Azores

In a recent publication Borges et al. (2013) list thirteen widespread exotic invertebrate species (two Araneae, one Orthoptera, four Hemiptera, four Coleoptera and two Diptera) that were recorded from the Azorean Islands in the last few years for the first time.

In addition, another ten invertebrate species (two Araneae, one Orthoptera, two Phasmatodea, one Hemiptera, three Coleoptera and one Diptera) that expanded their known range in the archipelago.

The pathways of entrance for species in the Azores, their impact on the local economy and biodiversity, as well as strategies to halt the introduction of alien species are discussed.

How can the introduction of exotic species be halted?

a) As the quantity of imports to the Azores is rising continuously, a first possibility would be to increase the number of random shipment inspections of imports by the agriculture officials.

b) A second possibility would be the improvement of the efficacy of inspection training officials to detect recognizable signs of symptoms of critical pests (e.g. termites).

c) A third possibility is to implement mandatory fumigation (Liebhold et al. 2012), or controlled temperature techniques to eradicate potential pests during the transport and storage of commercial goods to the Azorean main ports.

Borges, P.A.V., M. Reut, N.B. da Ponte, J.A. Quartau, M. Fletcher, A.B. Sousa, M. Pollet, A.O. Soares, J.A.P. Marcelino, C. Rego & P. Cardoso 2013. New records of exotic spiders and insects to the Azores, and new data on recently introduced species. Arquipelago. Life and Marine Sciences 30: 57-70


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Artigo cientifico identifica espécies exóticas recentemente descobertas nos Açores

New bee species in the Azores - Chalicodoma pyrenaica (Lepeletier, 1841)

This bee specie Chalicodoma pyrenaica (Lepeletier 1841) family Apidae, was first seen in the Azores near the Santa Maria airport in the years 2012 and 2013.
Specie identification was confirmed by Prof. Dr. Anselm Kratochwil from the University of Osnabrück in Germany. This specie is known from the southwest and southern Europe: Spain, Pyrenees, Alps, Greece, Turkey and Caucasus.
The nests of these bees are built by mortar in rocky places, house walls or stones. It is thought that its introduction in the Azores, near the Santa Maria airport, may have occurred by the presence of a nest, or several, fixed in a stone, terracotta pot or similar object from another part of Europe.

Nova espécie de abelha nos Açores - Chalicodoma pyrenaica (Lepeletier, 1841)

“S (specie) File” Steatoda nobilis (Thorell, 1875) – April 2013

Carvalho, R. (2013). Steatoda nobilis (Thorell, 1875). Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores. Universidade dos Açores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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“S (specie) File” Steatoda nobilis (Thorell, 1875) – Abril de 2013

Azoreans over Millions of Years - Exhibition of Extreme Macro Photos of Insects in the streets of Angra do Heroismo

Starts April 3, in the center of Angra do Heroismo, an unprecedented urban intervention in the region. Unique macro photographs of insects will be placed in 12 buildings in the main arteries of the city, in order to acquaint the Azorean one unique natural heritage.

This initiative results from a study leaded by Azorean Biodiversity Group (CITA-A, GBA), dedicated to the study of processes of speciation of Azorean endemics. The species photographed are unique and exclusive to the region (endemics.

"Azoreans millions of years ago" resulted from collaboration between experts in evolutionary biology, entomology, social psychology, communication design and extreme macro photography of Azorean Biodiversity Group (CITA-A, GBA) and funding and supported from various partner institutions : FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology [Proj. PTDC/BIA-BEC/104571/2008] Association "The Montanheiros" ART - Regional Tourism Association, Regional Secretary of Natural Resources, Municipality of Angra do Heroismo, Board Autonomous Port of Angra do Heroismo and Parish of St. Peter and yet for all citizens angrenses who accepted the challenge to participate in this initiative.

The photos are by Javier Torrent (http://500px.com/Javier_Torrent) and communication design was led by Ana Moura Arroz in a team that also includes Rita São Marcos, Rosalina Gabriel, Isabel Amorim and Paulo A. V. Borges.

See more details in the attched file.


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Açorianos à Milhões de anos - Exposição de fotos Macro de Insectos nas ruas de Angra do Heroísmo

"Chama-lhe Nomes!" - creative naming of endemic insects of the Azores

Last July the Azorean Biodiversity Group (CITA-A, ABG) launched the page "Chama-lhe Nomes!" on Facebook. This page presents 12 insect species from the Azores (endemic) in a fun appeal appealing for the public. Visitors of "Chama-lhe Nomes!" were invited until the end of 2012 to suggest common names for these insects that only exist in the region, and the most creative names would forever become part of the Natural History of the Azores!
Now on Facebook you can find the 12 insect species cards with their common names and the identity of the person who came up with that name. Soon this information will be available on the Azorean Biodiversity Portal - Arthropods (http://www.azoresbioportal.angra.uac.pt).
Visit the page "Chama-lhe Nomes!" (www.facebook.com/Chama.lhe.Nomes) to discover the "aguarelho" and the "gorgulho-trovisqueiro" amongst other insects.
Every day, an average of 400 people have seen contents associated with "Chama-lhe Nomes!" facebook page, likely related with ths initiative great media coverage both at the regional regional sparked by media coverage at the regional (RTP Açores, RDP Açores, A União, Diário Insular) and national level (RTP1, Público, Visão Júnior).
The Facebook page "Chama-lhe Nomes!" draws attention to the endemic insects of the Azores, which represent approximately half of the terrestrial endemic species of the archipelago. In fact, many of the species found in the Azores only occur on these islands so an important first step towards their conservation is to make people aware of their existence.

The ABG would like to thank all those involved in this iniciative to raise awareness about the unique biological heritage of the Azores: partner institutions (Os Montanheiros, Amigos dos Açores e Centro de Ciência de Angra do Heroísmo), media and mostly to all participants in the creative naming of the insects.

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www.facebook.com/Chama.lhe.Nomes
http://www.azoresbioportal.angra.uac.pt

Azorean Biodiversity Group collaborate with Photo Competition - Rare Bird Species occurring in Azores

The Azorean Biodiversity Group collaborates with the II Meeting of Bird Observation in Azores" and the Photo contest about the observation of rare birds. The best photos will receive books about the Azorean Biodiversity. The photos will also be available in Azorean Biodiversity Portal

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Leafhopper Cicadella viridis in Azores(S. Miguel)

Cicadella viridis is a polyphagous Holarctic leafhopper widespread in the Old World including Europe (Young 1977). It prefers wet areas, feeding on grassy plants (e.g., Phragmites, Arundo and Juncus). Occasionally it has been reported as a minor pest in orchards (Frediani 1956). The forewings of the female are bright turquoise green, but those of the male are much darker blue-purple and may even be blackish.
This leafhopper was first spotted in Ponta Delgada (São Miguel) and a few more specimens were captured later on September, 2010 at Fenais da Luz (S.Miguel)

Cigarrinha Cicadella viridis nos Açores (S. Miguel)

Give a common name to an Azorean Endemic species

The Azorean Biodiversity Group (GBA, CITA-A, University of Azores) launched an initiative to highlight the diversity of species endemic to the Azores. Insects represent nearly half of terrestrial endemic species that exist in the archipelago, but given their small size and habitats where they occur, they are not easy to observe and so are mostly unknown by the general public. Under a project funded by the FCT on the formation of new species on islands, which uses insects that speciated in the archipelagos of Macaronesia as a study model, the GBA has created a facebook page "Gave him names!" (www.facebook.com/Chama.lhe.Nomes). On this page people are invited to suggest common names for species of insects that exist only in the Azores:

Are you good observer? Are you creative? You have a knack for names? So get yourself a name for an animal and enables you to go down in history! B

y the end of 2012 open your imagination and suggest common names for 12 insect species endemic to the Azores The selected names will appear in the Azorean Biodiversity Portal (http://www.azoresbioportal.angra.uac.pt/) followed by the name of their authors. If the name you suggested is chosen, you will be forever linked to the Natural History of the Azores!


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Dá um nome comum a um insecto endémico dos Açores

“S (species) File” Colura calyptrifolia (Hook.) Dumort. – Julio 2012

Coelho, M., Homem, N. & Gabriel, R. (2012). “S (specie) File”: Colura calyptrifolia (Hook.) Dumort. Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores. Universidade dos Açores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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“S (species) File” Colura calyptrifolia (Hook.) Dumort. – Julho de 2012

“S (species) File” Asio otus “– June 2012

Nunes, R. (2012). “S (species) File” Asio otus “. Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores. Universidade dos Açores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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“S (species) File” Cryptotermes brevis (Walker) – May 2012

Guerreiro, O. (2012). “S (specie) File”: Cryptotermes brevis (Walker). Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores. Universidade dos Açores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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“S (species) File” Cryptotermes brevis (Walker) – Maio de 2012

“S (species) File" Nyctalus azoreum (Thomas, 1901) – April 2012

Borges, A.(2012). “S (species) File”: Nyctalus azoreum (Thomas, 1901). Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores. Universidade dos Açores, Angra do Heroísmo.


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“S (species) File" Nyctalus azoreum (Thomas, 1901) – Abril de 2012

NATURA 2000 ~in Macaronesia – Azores, Madeira, Salvages and Canaries

Vera Galván, M.A., Bello, C.M., Castro, G.D. & Ruiz, G.V. (2010). NATURA 2000 en Macaronesia – Azores, Madeira, Salvages Y Canarias. Gobierno de Canarias. Consejería de Medio Ambiente Y Ordenación Territorial

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RAVE – Terra Brava (23 & 24 Setembro 2011). Preview of Images taken by Luís Ferreira

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2012). Preview of Images taken at the RAVE – Terra Brava (23 & 24 Setembro 2011) by Luís Ferreira, to be posted during April 2012. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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RAVE – Terra Brava (23 & 24 Setembro 2011). Preview of Images taken by Luís Ferreira

“S (species) File” Juniperus brevifolia (Seub.) Antoine – March 2012

Elias, R. (2012). “S (species) File”: Juniperus brevifolia (Seub.) Antoine. Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores. Universidade dos Açores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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“S (species) File” Juniperus brevifolia (Seub.) Antoine – Março de 2012

Photos from Miguel Ramos

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011).
New photo colaboration – Miguel Ramos - photos to be posted during March 2012. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.


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Fotos de Miguel Ramos

Exotic species of spider Phidippus audax: confirmed presence in Terceira

Within the field activities that took place in Fórum da Praia, from 8 to 11th March, we confirmed the presence of exotic species of spider Phidippus audax (Hentz, 1845) in Terceira Island. This species that so far in the Azores was only recorded in one location in the airport of the Island of Santa Maria (captured by Dalberto Pombo) was detected in Paul of Praia da Vitória. The arachnid is originally from North America and belongs to the family of jumper spiders (Araneae, Salticidae). These spiders are able to jump 50 times their body length. It has a stereoscopic vision with its eight eyes, four small at the top of the head and four large facing-forward, which is useful in pursuit of prey and also in intra-specific communication.
Males measure between 6 and 13mm, while females that are slightly larger can be between 8 and 15mm. They are quite hairy and cephalothorax and abdomen are black, with some white hairs. In the middle of the abdomen, there is a large, triangular white spot. There are several other spots, ranging in color from white to yellow or orange. Many individuals have green iridescent chelicerae.
The Bold Jumper Spider is an important insect predator, and as such can have an impact on ecosystems. As an exotic in the Azores it may be a threat for the populations of native insects.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phidippus_audax
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Phidippus_audax.html


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Espécie de aranha exótica Phidippus audax: presença confirmada na ilha Terceira

Aphanus rolandri new insect for Terceira Island

It was found in the parish of Terra-Chã, Terceira Island, the species of insect Aphanus rolandri, with distribution previously known only on the island of São Miguel.
This bug that feeds on sap of plants has diurnal habits. It can be found on dry, sheltered and well-drained habitats which have a thin covering of leaf litter or stones, such as chalk pits, cliff sides and cultivated arable fields.


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Aphanus rolandri novo Percevejo para a ilha Terceira

Potentially invasive insect with wider distribution in Terceira Island

In February the species of insect Carausius morosus (Indian Walking Stick) was found in two more locations of Terceira Island: São Carlos and Vinha Brava. This species that until now in the Azores was only recorded in Terceira and Faial is originally from southern India. Its quiet sold as a pet, fact that can justify its extensive worldwide distribution, by the escape of insects to the nature, as well as the lack of care in cleaning the cages and handling loose debris that can contain eggs. This species reproduces mainly by parthenogenesis, a strategy of asexual reproduction used when no males are available. The female gamete develops creating a new being without fecundation. Adult females can live for several months and produce several hundred eggs during their lifetime.
The proliferation of this species in a non-native environment, like the Azorean islands, can lead to environmental problems, as has happened in Southern California (especially San Diego) and Britain. Indian Walking Stick feeds on a wide variety of plants, from trees, fruit shrubs and vegetables.


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Insecto potencialmente invasor com maior distribuição na ilha Terceira

Preview of Images taken by Paulo A.V. Borges to be Posted during March 2012

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011). Preview of Images taken by Paulo A.V. Borges to be posted during March 2012. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Preview of Images taken by Paulo A.V. Borges to be Posted during March 2012

Monochamus galloprovincials and the pine wilt disease potentially present in Faial (Azores)

Monochamus galloprovincialis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) is known as the most important vector of the pine wood nematode and was found in the Summer of 2011 in Varadouro (Faial).

The nematode Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (Nematoda: Aphelenchoididae) is causal agent for the pine wilt disease (PWD). Native in North America in 1999, B. xylophilus was found in Portugal on Pinus pinaster. In the meantime the whole territory of continental Portugal is classified as infested area and a first outbreak in Spain was reported in the year 2008. However the damage potential of B. xylophilus on Azores is limited, since Pinus species are not common in Azores.

Longicórnio-do-pinheiro  (Monochamus galloprovincialis) e a doença do pinheiro potencialmente  presentes no Faial

Found in Terceira island: New species for the Azores Lixus pulverulentus

A new species of beetle found in the Azores!

The presence of a new species of Coleoptera was confirmed in the Azores. The species Lixus pulverulentus (Snout Beetle) was found in Santa Luzia and Corpo Santo (Angra do Heroísmo), Terceira Island. This beetle also occurs in Madeira Island, having a worldwide distribution that extends from the Mediterranean region and Central Europe, to Iran and Afghanistan.
It feeds on the flowers and leaves of the plants in which it develops (Malvaceae plants, but also Vicia faba, Cirsium arvense, etc.). Preferentially inhabit slopes and in dry pastures.


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Nova espécie de coleóptero para os Açores encontrado na ilha Terceira: Lixus pulverulentus

TERMODISP Project - The dry wood termite (Cryptotermes brevis) in Angra Heorismo and Ponta Delgada

Over the past two years have elapsed the TERMODISP Project, a monitoring project of this kind of termite in the Azores, funded by the Regional Directorate for Science, Technology and Communications.

One of the most important results has to do with the comparison between the years 2010 and 2011 on the monitoring carried out in the cities of Angra do Heroísmo and Ponta Delgada, by the Azorean Biodiversity Group (CITA-A).

According to the data obtained by the monitoring team of the Termites, of the Azores, is possible to see an increase in density of the pest in both cities.


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Projecto TERMODISP - A térmita de madeira seca (Cryptotermes brevis) nas cidades de Angra Heorismo e Ponta Delgada

“S (species) File” Alestrus dolosus (Crotch, 1867) – February 2012

Rego, C. (2012). “S (species) File”: Alestrus dolosus (Crotch, 1867). Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores. Universidade dos Açores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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“S (species) File” Alestrus dolosus (Crotch, 1867) – Fevereiro de 2012

The Value of Our Natural Resources: Now and Future

The Biodiversity Group Azorean Biodiversity joins to the forum called "The Value of Our Natural Resources: Now and Future" to be held in Praia da Vitoria 8 to 11 March 2012.

Some group members will be leaders of so-called "Identification Group ":

Identification Group of arthropods - Come and see this group of organisms where we find the insects, crabs, centipedes, and more ...
Led by Prof. Paulo Borges
March 10th, from 14:00 pm to 17:00 pm
Meeting point: Paul da Praia

Identification group of Spiders
Led by researcher Pedro Cardoso
March 10th, from 14:00 pm to 17:00 pm
Meeting point: Paul da Praia

Identification group of Bryophytes. Come and see mosses and related plants!
Led by Prof. Rosalina Gabriel
March 10 from 15:00 pm to 17:00 pm
Meeting point: Cabo da Praia

What is an Identification group?

During three hours in the Saturday and Sunday the group will work together with researchers from the University of the Azores in the identification of living organisms around us. Each group is led by a specialist. The goal is identify the greatest number of possible species of a given group of animals or plants together. All interested are welcome. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal. Do not need any prior knowledge. You must pre-register! Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: helenaguimaraes@uac.pt or 968829444

For more informations: http://forumnapraia.blogspot.com/

Record of occurrence of species in the Azores

The Azorean Biodiversity Portal offers from today, online, a form where all interested can register the occurrence of species of mosses, lichens, vascular plants, marine invertebrates, terrestrial mollusks, arthropods and vertebrates in the Azores, thus to enrich the database of the responsibility of the Azorean Biodiversity Group.

For filling the form you have to necessarily fill a number of fields such as species name, place and date of observation and provide information about the observer such as address and contact.

The form can be sent electronically to pborges@uac.pt or by regular mail to Paulo A. V. Borges, Universidade dos Açores – Departamento de Ciências Agrárias, Rua Capitão João d`Ávila, São Pedro, 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira.

The form is available online at the Azorean Biodiversity Portal in the menu "Publications" in the category of "Register of occurrence of species in the Azores" or directly from the link:
http://www.azoresbioportal.angra.uac.pt/publicacoes.php?tipo=91

Note: All information received is subject of validation by an prior investigator before being inserted into the database.


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Scientific Report - Azorean Biodiversity Group - Year 2011

The “Azorean Biodiversity Group” (CITA-A) conducts basic and applied research in ecology and related disciplines (e.g. taxonomy, biogeography, evolutionary biology, conservation, science communication), to understand and predict the functioning of island communities and ecosystems.

The number of people that is involved in the group has been steadily increasing since its creation and in 2011 includes 18 Permanent members with Ph.D. (8 of them Post-Docs), 16 research collaborators in several countries (with Ph.D.) and seven Ph.D. students.

In 2011 the Azorean Biodiversity Group (CITA-A) was particularly productive in terms of publications with about 46 papers in International Journals with Impact Factor, four (4) books and nine (9) book chapters.



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Relatório de Actividades do Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores - 2011

RAVE – Terra Brava 23 & 24 September 2011. Preview of Images taken by Francisco Valle

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011). Preview of Images taken at the RAVE – Terra Brava (23 & 24 Setembro 2011) by Francisco Valle, to be posted during December 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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RAVE – Terra Brava 23 & 24 September 2011. Preview of Images taken by Francisco Valle

Preview of some Images of marine fishes made available by several authors to be posted during February 2012

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2012).
Preview of some Images of marine fishes assigned by several authors to be posted during February 2012. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.


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Preview of some Images of marine fishes made available by several authors to be posted during February 2012

Preview of Images taken at the RAVE in Terra Brava, Terceira Island (23 & 24 Setembro 2011) by Filomena Ferreira

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011). Preview of Images taken at the RAVE – Terra Brava (23 & 24 Setembro 2011) by Filomena Ferreira, to be posted during December 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Preview of Images taken at the RAVE in Terra Brava, Terceira Island (23 & 24 Setembro 2011) by Filomena Ferreira

Preview of Images taken by Paulo A.V. Borges to be posted during February 2012

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011).
Preview of Images taken by Paulo A.V. Borges to be posted during February 2012. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.


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Preview of Images taken by Paulo A.V. Borges to be posted during February 2012

“S (species) File” Regulus regulus sanctae-mariae – January 2012

Ferreira, F. (2012). “S (species) File”: Regulus regulus sanctae-mariae. Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores. Universidade dos Açores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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“S (species) File” Regulus regulus sanctae-mariae – Janeiro de 2012

"S (species) Files" of animal and plant species of the Azores

The Azorean Biodiversity Group will make available online, every month, from the current month of January, a record called "S (species) File" of an animal or plant species of the Azores.

The “S (species) File” contains various information on the species, chosen for this month, as the common and scientific name, conservation status, distribution in the Azores, morphology, habitat, diet, ecological importance, economic importance, the importance of conservation and some curiosities.

You can access the online content in the thematic galleries of the Azorean Biodiversity Portal at:

http://galeria.azoresbioportal.angra.uac.pt/temas/index.php?cat=6

or download the pdf file from the "news" of the portal at:

http://www.azoresbioportal.angra.uac.pt/noticias.php?lang=en

“S (species) Files” das espécies animais e vegetais dos Açores

Book dedicated to Charles Darwin edited by the Journal Açoreana

Martins, A.M.F., & M.C. Carvalho (eds.)(2011), Celebrating Darwin: Proceedings of the Symposium -Darwin s Mistake and what we are doing to correct it-, Ponta Delgada, 19-22 September, 2009. Açoreana, Supl. 7.

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The Azorean Biodiversity Portal is now exploring the Marine Vertebrates of Azores

We list now the biodiversity of marine vertebrates in the Azores Vertebrates database. This was partly finnanced by the PROCONVERGENCY - "Aplicação da Base de Dados ATLANTIS ao Ambiente Marinho dos Açores" (Direcção Regional dos Assuntos do Mar - Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e do Mar)

O Portal da Biodiversidade dos Açores avança para a listagem dos Verterbrados  Marinhos dos Açores

Naturdata published summary report 2011/2012

It is available online at the Naturdata the summary report for the year 2011.This publication presents the most relevant results of the year and can be found on the site Naturdata in: http://naturdata.com/images/stories/2011.pdf or can be downloaded directly here in the Azorean Biodiversity Portal.

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Naturdata publica relatório sumário de 2011/2012

Preview of Images taken at the RAVE in Terra Brava, Terceira Island (23 & 24 Setembro 2011) by Bruno Ribeiro

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011). Preview of Images taken at the RAVE – Terra Brava (23 & 24 Setembro 2011) by Bruno Ribeiro, to be posted during December 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Preview of Images taken at the RAVE in Terra Brava, Terceira Island (23 & 24 Setembro 2011) by Bruno Ribeiro

Preview of Images taken at the RAVE in Terra Brava, Terceira Island (23 & 24 Setembro 2011) by Alfredo Lemos

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011). Preview of Images taken at the RAVE – Terra Brava (23 & 24 Setembro 2011) by Alfredo Lemos, to be posted during December 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Preview of Images taken at the RAVE in Terra Brava, Terceira Island (23 & 24 Setembro 2011) by Alfredo Lemos

Preview of Images taken at the RAVE in Terra Brava, Terceira Island (23 & 24 Setembro 2011) by Airidas Dapkevicius

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011). Preview of Images taken at the RAVE – Terra Brava (23 & 24 Setembro 2011) by Airidas Dapkevicius, to be posted during December 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Preview of Images  taken at the RAVE in Terra Brava, Terceira Island (23 & 24 Setembro 2011) by Airidas Dapkevicius

Preview of Images taken by Paulo A.V. Borges & Nuno Bicudo to be Posted during December 2011

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011). Preview of Images taken by Paulo A.V. Borges & Nuno Bicudo to be posted during December 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.


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Preview of Imagestaken byPaulo A.V. Borges & Nuno Bicudo to be Posted during December 2011

Preview of Images taken by Paulo A.V. Borges & Rosalina Gabriel to be Posted during December 2011

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011). Preview of Images taken by Paulo A.V. Borges & Rosalina Gabriel to be posted during December 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Preview of Imagestaken byPaulo A.V. Borges & Rosalina Gabrielto be Posted during December 2011

Migrant Botaurus lentiginosus rescued in Terceira island

On last October 31st a heron of the species Botaurus lentiginosus was found in São Bartolomeu. The bird that looked numb was collected and brought to the University, to Azorean Biodiversity Group. It was then taken to the vet that gave it antibiotics and vitamins, being released shortly after in Paúl at Praia da Vitória.
Often the migrants arrive to the archipelago completely exhausted and ill, but recovering centres are missing in the islands as well as professionals specialized in exotic birds, that can treat it properly. This specimen was the 17th to appear in the Azores, so therefore it’s considered a rare occurrence in the archipelago.
The American bittern breeds in United States and northern Canada, and migrates to south in winter.


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Ave de arribação Botaurus lentiginosus salva na ilha Terceira

New exotic bug fund in Terceira Island - Oxycarenus lavaterae (Hemiptera)

Oxycarenus lavaterae is a species of ground bugs belonging to the family Lygaeidae, subfamily Oxycareninae.

It is mainly found in France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Yugoslavia, Spain and the Afro-tropical region

Now it seems very common in several gardens in the town of Angra do Heroísmo

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Novo Insecto exótico encontrado na Ilha Terceira - Oxycarenus lavaterae (Hemiptera)

European Red List of Vascular Plants released

In this publication, 1,826 European vascular plant species were assessed, which compares to around 8% of Europe’s flora. A total of 467 species are threatened with extinction. The following three groups were assessed:
• Plants listed under European or global policy instruments such as the Habitats Directive, Bern Convention, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulation
• Crop wild relatives (CWR) of priority crops
• Aquatic plant species


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Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition in Terra-Brava

RAVE on Terra Brava

Took place between September 23 and October 2 a RAVE (Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition) on Terra Brava Terceira Island.

The aim of a RAVE is to get in a short time, a portrait of a natural area. It is intended that, when inserted into a general scheme of conservation, in collaboration with scientists or politicians, inspire a change of attitudes in the portrayed ecosystem and in the environment in general.

This RAVE was organized by the Azorean Biodiversity Group of the Center for Agricultural Research and Technologies of the Azores, by the Museum of Angra do Heroísmo and by the Natural Park of Terceira.

It was attended by 12 professional and amateur photographers, resulting in a selection of 31 photographs that will be on exposition at the Museum of Angra do Heroísmo from the 15th of October and for a period of two months.


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RAVE (Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition) na Terra Brava

New Azorean Biodiversity Gallery Improved

New features are available in the Gallery of Biodiversity of the Azores as is the ability to identify the species of endemic plants. See Link.

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Nova Galeria da Biodiversidade dos Açores Reformulada

New images available in the site, and photos of a new record from a grasshopper to Azores, the species: Trigonnidium cicindeloides Rambur, 1839

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011). Preview of Images taken by Paulo A.V. Borges, José P. Borges & Nuno Bicudo to be posted during September 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Novas imagens disponíveis e novo registo para os Açores do gafanhoto: Trigonnidium cicindeloides Rambur, 1839

New images of Paulo Araújo

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011). Preview of Images taken by Paulo Araújo to be posted during September 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Novas imagens de Paulo Araújo

New images of Paulo A. V. Borges (19)

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011). Preview of Images taken by Paulo A.V. Borges & Nuno Bicudo to be posted during September 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Novas imagens de Paulo A. V. Borges (19)

Eight million, seven hundred thousand species (give or take 1.3 million). That is a new, estimated total number of species on Earth

Mora C, Tittensor DP, Adl S, Simpson AGB, Worm B (2011) How Many Species Are There on Earth and in the Ocean? PLoS Biol 9(8): e1001127. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001127


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Estima-se em quase 9 milhões o numero de espécies no Planeta

New - Book - Terrestrial arthropods of Macaronesia – Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution

Serrano, A.R.M., Borges, P.A.V., Boieiro M. & Oromí, P. (Eds.) (2010). Terrestrial arthropods of Macaronesia – Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution. Sociedade Portuguesa de Entomologia, Lisboa, 327 pp

See all Chapters in Publications - Book - Terrestrial arthropods of Macaronesia – Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution

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Novo Livro - Terrestrial arthropods of Macaronesia – Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution

Explore the Panorama images from Azores Giga-Pan

We are starting a list of Panorama images of Azores using teh Giga-Pan software. See the first image in the link below

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Explore as imagens em Panorama Giga-Pan dos Açores

New E-Book - Predicting extinctions on oceanic islands: arthropods and bryophytes

Borges P.A.V. & Gabriel, R.G. (2009). Predicting extinctions on oceanic islands: arthropods and bryophytes /Estimar extinções em ilhas oceânicas: artrópodes e briófitos. Universidade dos Açores, Angra do Heroísmo, 80 pp. (Book Celebrating the BES Award for Excellence in the Conservation of Biodiversity in Portugal, 2008).

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Novo E-Book - Estimar extinções em ilhas oceânicas: artrópodes e briófitos

New images of Paulo A. V. Borges (18)

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011). Preview of Images from birds taken by Paulo A.V. Borges to be posted during July 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Novas imagens de Paulo A. V. Borges (18)

Nuevas imagenes de Hanno Schaefer

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011). Preview of Images taken by Hanno Schaefer to be posted during July 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Novas imagens de Hanno Schaefer

Unmanaged plantations favour endemic beetles in Azores - Santa Maria

Meijer, S.S., Whittaker, R.J. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011). The effects of land-use change on arthropod richness and abundance on Santa Maria Island (Azores): unmanaged plantations favour endemic beetles. Journal of Insect Conservation, 15: 505-522

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Plantações de Criptoméria abandonadas favorecem os escaravelhos endémicos de Santa Maria - Açores

The Linnean shortfall in oceanic island biogeography: a case study in the Azores

Schaefer, H., Moura, M., Maciel, M.G.B., Silva, L., Rumsey, F., Carine, M.A. (2011). The Linnean shortfall in oceanic island biogeography: a case study in the Azores. Journal of Biogeography, 38: 1345-1355

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Diversidade por descobrir nas plantas endémicas dos Açores

New images of Paulo A. V. Borges (17)

Ferreira, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011). Preview of Images to be posted during July 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Novas imagens de Paulo A. V. Borges (17)

Global patterns of guild composition and functional diversity of spiders

Cardoso, P., Pekár, S., Jocqué, R. & Coddington, J.A. (2011) Global patterns of guild composition and functional diversity of spiders. PLoS ONE, 6: e21710 -doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021710.

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Global patterns of guild composition and functional diversity of spiders

Atlas de biodiversidad de Canarias by José Luis Martín

Martín, J.L. 2010. Atlas de biodiversidad de Canarias. Ed. Gobierno de Canarias. 287 pp

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Atlas de biodiversidad de Canarias por José Luis Martín

Project "BioDiversity4All"

The project BioDiversity4All - Biodiversity for all aims to create an online database on Biodiversity in Portugal, based on active participation of civil society and the scientific community

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Projecto "BioDiversity4All" - Biodiversidade para todos

Presentation about the Azorean Biodiversity Portal (in portuguese)

Gabriel, R. et al. (2011) O Portal da Biodiversidade dos Açores. Seminário Cidadania e Sustentabilidade para o Século XXI
Painel 3: A biodiversidade e a geodiversidade contada para miúdos: utilizações pedagógicas
Angra do Heroísmo (Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Angra do Heroísmo) – 14 de Maio de 2011

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Apresentação sobre o Portal da Biodiversidade dos Açores

Celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity with Images from Paulo A. V. Borges to be posted during May 2011

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010). Celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity with Images from Paulo A. V. Borges to be posted during May 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.


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Celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity with Images from Paulo A. V. Borges to be posted during May 2011

European species portal is now available

The European Species Portal is already available where is possible to have the names and distribution of all species in Europe


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Portal das espécies europeias está já disponível

New website about the birds of the Azores

A new web portal is available on the birds of the Azores. Here is information on birds that occur in the Azores and the best places to observe them.


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Novo site sobre as Aves dos Açores

Invasive speciesTrachemys scripta elegans found in the wild inTerceira Island

On last February 22nd a fresh water turtle of the species Trachemys scripta elegans was found, by the technician of the Azorean Biodiversity Group, Fermando Pereira, in the dry stream next to the University Campus of Angra do Heroísmo. This turtle, commonly known as Red-eared sliders is probably the most common reptile pet in the world. This species has been nominated as among 100 of the World Worst invaders (http://www.issg.org/worst100_species.html).
It has an incredible ability to adapt to new environments, so that it can cause a very negative impact in the natural ecosystems. This species originates from the United States of America, but it is currently distributed in the wild all over the world, due to human introductions. It occurs in lakes, ponds, swamps, riparian zones, water courses, etc.

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Espécie invasora Trachemys scripta elegans encontrada no meio natural na ilha Terceira

Termite presence confirmed in Pico Island

Under the Project TERMODISP - "The dry wood termite Cryptotermes brevis (Walker) in the Azores: Monitoring the flights of dispersion and prevention of colonization, " financed by the DRCT-C, the team EMCTA – Equipa de Monitorização e Controlo das Térmitas nos Açores (Monitoring and Control of Termites in the Azores), headed by Professor Paulo Borges, University of the Azores, visited Pico, between 15 and 23 February, to search for evidence of termites in the island.
We confirmed the presence of dry wood termite (Cryptotermes brevis) in a house, located in the village of Ribeiras, in the municipality of Lajes, adding this way Pico to the list of Azorean islands with infestation confirmed.

Presença de térmitas confirmada na ilha do Pico

Azorean Biodiversity Portal - Partner of PESI

This initiative aims to establish a uniform taxonomic nomenclature in Europe. The partners contribute to a European list of species present in each country and ensure updated taxonomic information portal in a future European biodiversity.

With this partnership the Azores Biodiversity Portal and the Azorean Biodiversity Group are now recognized as a national authorities to the European Union.


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O Portal da Biodiversidade dos Açores, é o novo parceiro da Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure (PESI).

New Checklist of the Vascular Flora of Continental Portugal, Azores and Madeira

It was completed in September 2010 the Checklist of Flora de Portugal (Mainland, Azores and Madeira). Worked in his review 18 authors under the auspices of the Association of Phytosociology Lusitana (ALFA).


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Nova Listagem da Flora Vascular de Portugal Continental, Açores e Madeira

New images of Paulo A. V. Borges (16)

Mendonça, E. & Gabriel, R. (2011). Preview of Images of Bryophytes taken by
Paulo A. V. Borges to be posted during February 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Novas imagens de Paulo A. V. Borges (16)

New images of Pedro Cardoso (8)

Soares, R. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011). Preview of Images from Pedro Cardoso to be posted during February 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Novas imagens de Pedro Cardoso (8)

New images of Paulo A. V. Borges (15)

Soares, R. & Borges, P.A.V. (2011).
Preview of Images of the bird Nyctanassa violacea (Linnaeus, 1758) taken by Paulo A. V. Borges to be posted during February 2011. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.


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Novas imagens de Paulo A. V. Borges (15)

Rare bird found in Terceira (Nyctanassa violacea (Yellow-crowned night heron)

It‘s called Nyctanassa violacea (Yellow-crowned night heron) and for the first time ever it’s presence was recorded in the Western Palearctic. Since late July, this bird is frequently observed in the marina of Angra do Heroismo.
This is a juvenile bird whit brown plumage, tiny white spots on the wings and narrow and indistinct streaks on the under parts. . The bill is black and the legs are greenish.
When fully grown (with about two years old) this heron presents grey plumage, black face and bill, with white cheeks and a characteristic yellow crown stripe. The legs are yellow, but they acquire a reddish tone in male breeders.
Yellow-crowned Night Heron is originally from North America. It breeds in several North American states, from California to Maine, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, etc., but also in Mexico, Gulf Coast, Middle America, Bahamas, Antilles an South America, including Galapagos Islands and Brazil, where it’s known by the common name of Savacu-de-coroa.
It’s a fairly sedentary bird and it usually winters in the same places where it breeds. Occasionally it can be seen wandering in other North American states and some regions of Canada.
As habitat this bird prefers forested wetlands, such as marshes, ponds, lakes or mangroves. It is common to be found in shallow tidal waters, as well as along the lowland rivers with trees nearby (Kaufman 1996).
As the common name indicates, the Yellow-crowned night heron feeds mainly in the evening and night, although some activity may happen during the day time, especially in coastal areas (Kaufman 1996).

References
Kaufman, K. (1996). Lives of North American Birds. Boston: Houghton Mifflin


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Ave rara encontrada na ilha Terceira: Nyctanassa violacea (garça-nocturna-coroada ou goraz-coroado)

New list of all terrestrial biodiversity of Canary Islands 2010

Arechavaleta, M., S. Rodríguez, N. Zurita & A. García (coord.) 2010. Lista de especies silvestres de Canarias. Hongos, plantas y animales terrestres. 2009. Gobierno de Canarias. 579 pp


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Nova Listagem da Biodiversidade terrestre das Canárias 2010

Ecologi@ - The new Online Journal of the Portuguese Ecological Society -SPECO

The SPECO launched the first issue of Ecologi@.

This is an online magazine that aims to create a new space dedicated to issues and themes related to ecology, which we hope will be especially cherished by the Lusophone community.

Full View Number below.


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Ecologi@ - Nova Revista Online da SPECO - Soc. Portuguesa de Ecologia

The subterranean fauna of a biodiversity hotspot region - Portugal:

Reboleira, A.S.P.S., Borges, P.A.V., Gonçalves, F., Serrano, A.R.M. & Oromí, P. (2011). The subterranean fauna of a biodiversity hotspot region - Portugal: an overview and its conservation. International Journal of Speleology, 40: 23-37

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A fauna subterrânea de Portugal

TOP10 of the Portuguese species

During the 2010 Naturdata Portal - biodiversity online (www.naturdata.com) and the Azores Biodiversity Portal (www.azoresbioportal.angra.uac.pt) launched the "Top 10 species of Portuguese. " It was intended to make a small list of species that for whatever reason that stood out as the most emblematic of all described from Portugal between 2000 and 2010. The polls were held open to the public later this year.

The public voted and chose. They picked up 303 votes. The selected species have five arachnids, insects 2, a sea-snail, a fish and a bird. Here are the 10 species most voted (see Link below)

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TOP10 das espécies portuguesas

A Working list of all plants in the world

The Plant List is a working list of all known plant species. Version 1 aims to be comprehensive for species of Vascular plant (flowering plants, conifers, ferns and their allies) and of Bryophytes (mosses and liverworts).

Collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden enabled the creation of The Plant List by combining multiple checklist data sets held by these institutions and other collaborators.

The Plant List provides the Accepted Latin name for most species, with links to all Synonyms by which that species has been known. It also includes Unresolved names for which the contributing data sources did not contain sufficient evidence to decide whether they were Accepted or Synonyms.



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Paper about the Azorean Biodiversity Portal

Borges, P.A.V., Gabriel, R., Arroz, A., Costa, A., Cunha, R., Silva, L., Mendonça, E. Martins, A.F., Reis, F. & Cardoso, P. (2010). The Azorean Biodiversity Portal: an internet database for regional biodiversity outreach. Systematics and Biodiversity, 8: 423-434.

Request the PDF to pborges@uac.pt

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Publicação sobre o Portal da Biodiversidade dos Açores

TOP10 Endemic Portuguese Species

Vote in the species in the LINK Naturdata

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TOP 10 Espécies endémicas de Portugal

Contest "Biodiversity of the Azores - Photos with Stories" awards ceremony in Santa Maria.

On 4 and 5 November, Dr. Alison Neilson and Enésima Mendonça from the Biodiversity Azorean Group, travelled to the island of Santa Maria to conduct the delivery of prizes to winners of the contest "Biodiversity of the Azores - Photos with Stories", ranking under 13. The contest was promoted by the RCE Azores as part of the celebrations of the year 2010 as International Year of Biodiversity.
Besides the awards were held several lectures and activities with students in order to promote awareness of biodiversity in the Azores.
This event was reported in "O Baluarte" from Santa Maria, edition of 12 November 2010, p. 21, in an article written by Professor José Andrade Melo.


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Concurso “Biodiversidade dos Açores – Fotografias com Histórias” entrega de prémios em Santa Maria.

New Images of Paulo Henrique Silva

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010). Preview of Images from Paulo Henrique Silva from http://siaram.azores.gov.pt/ to be posted during November 2010. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Imagens novas de Paulo Henrique Silva

New photo gallery now available in the Azorean Biodiversity Portal

The Azorean Biodiversity Gallery allows you to enjoy and learn about various aspects of the unique and peculiar nature of Açores. Our gallery offers a wealth of information about plants and insects, as well as many photos. You can use tools to identify species as browse through our thematic galleries. We hope this new tool is useful for research or mere curiosity


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Nova galeria de imagens disponivel agora no Portal da Biodiversidade dos Açores

Ecological Detective: New species of exotic bug (Cicadella viridis) found in S. Miguel Island

It was photographed by Nuno Bicudo in S. Miguel Island the species of leafhopper (Cicadella viridis) (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae). This is an exotic species introduced in the Azores. View photos in the Link

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Detective Ecológico: Nova espécie de cigarrinha  exótica encontrada (Cicadella viridis) na ilha de São Miguel

New images of Arthropods, Terrestrial Molluscs and Vertebrates from Hanno Schäfer

Soares, R. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010).
Preview of Images of Arthropods, Terrestrial Mollusca and Vertebrates from Hanno Schäfer to be posted during October 2010. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.


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Novas imagens de Artrópodes, Moluscos Terrestres e Vertebrados de Hanno Schäfer

New images of Vascular Plants of Hanno Schäfer

Soares, R. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010).
Preview of Images of Vascular Plants from Hanno Schäfer to be posted during October 2010.
Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.


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Novas imagens de Plantas Vasculares de Hanno Schäfer

SIARAM - feel and interpret the environment of the Azores

Already available is a new website on the environment and biodiversity of the Azores, a regional initiative of the Government of the Azores. This is a great resource, and we must highlight the quality and beauty of Paulo Henrique Silva photos. Soon we will also provide some of those images in our system.

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SIARAM - Sentir e interpretar o ambiente dos Açores

Images of Dejalme Vargas

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010).
Preview of Images from Dejalme Vargas to be posted during september 2010.
Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.


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Imagens de Dejalme Vargas

Pre submissions to top 10 new species of Portugal already in list

Now you can see the pre-applications received for the initiative "Top 10 - Species Portuguese from 2000 to 2010," sponsored by Naturdata - online biodiversity and the Azorean Biodiversity Portal
The list is available here

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Pré candidaturas ao top 10 espécies novas de Portugal já em lista

Checklist of Azorean terrestrial and marine biodiversity already available - See Link

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity (http://www.countdown2010.net/year-biodiversity) and we want to celebrate biodiversity in the Azores. Thus we published the first list of all terrestrial and marine biodiversity, in a Principia edition:

Borges, P.A.V., Costa, A., Cunha, R., Gabriel, R., Gonçalves, V., Martins, A.F., Melo, I., Parente, M., Raposeiro, P., Rodrigues, P., Santos, R.S., Silva, L., Vieira, P. & Vieira, V. (Eds.) (2010). A list of the terrestrial and marine biota from the Azores. Princípia, Oeiras, 432 pp.

The official release will be in the 20th November in Terceira Island (University of Azores)

If you are not author or collaborator,to get a printed copy contact:

Princípia
Rua Vasco da Gama, 60-C – 2775-297 Parede – Portugal
principia@principia.pt • www.principia.pt

This book lists the updated terrestrial and marine (mainly costal) biodiversity of Azores. Book of great importance, lists about 8,050 species and subspecies that breed in the Azores, plus more three hundred potentially breeding birds. This book was coordinated by 14 investigators, 12 from the University of Azores, one from University of Lisbon and one from University of Évora, and had the participation of plus 120 national and foreign scientists.
The book is organized in two sections (terrestrial and marine), including a total of 15 chapters. The first chapter describes the Azorean biodiversity in terms of numbers and propose the strategy for the study and conservation of the biodiversity of this archipelago. The remaining chapters list the biodiversity of 14 large taxonomic groups, presenting their distribution by the nine islands and information on colonization origin of the species and subspecies (ex. endemic from Azores, native, introduced).


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Lista da Biodiversidade Terrestre e Marinha dos Açores já disponível - Ver Link

Paper on the extinction debt of Azorean arthropods is now free online

Triantis, K.A., Borges, P.A.V., Ladle, R.J., Hortal, J., Cardoso, P., Gaspar, C., Dinis, F., Mendonça, E., Silveira, L.M.A., Gabriel, R., Melo, C., Santos, A.M.C., Amorim, I.R., Ribeiro, S.P., Serrano, A.R.M., Quartau, J.A. & Whittaker, R.J. (2010). Extinction debt on oceanic islands. Ecography, 33: 285-294

Online in: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-0587.2010.06203.x/pdf

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Artigo sobre extinções potenciais dos artrópodes dos Açores está agora disponível "Free Online!

New specie of reptile found for Azores

It’s the first record of Tarentola mauritanica Linnaeus, 1758) (Reptilia; Gekkonidae) in the Azores, recently published by researchers from University of Azores.

Barreiros, J.P., R.B. Elias, J. Lourenço, E. Dias & P. Borges 2010. First records of
Tarentola mauritanica (Linnaeus, 1758) (Reptilia; Gekkonidae) in the Azores.
Arquipelago. Life and Marine Sciences, 27: 73-75.


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Nova espécie de réptil encontrado para os Açores

New images of Paulo A. V. Borges (14)

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010).
Preview of Images from Paulo A. V. Borges to be posted during August 2010. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.


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Novas imagens de Paulo A. V. Borges (14)

A rare Azorean Bryophyte in the ARKive website

The images from the Azorean Biodiversity Group of the rare bryophyte species Echinodium renauldii (IUCN, Vulnerable) are now live on the ARKive website. To view these images, please go to:



http://www.arkive.org/echinodium/echinodium-renauldii/images.html



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Espécie de musgo raro dos Açores com ficha especial no Site "ARKive website"

Protected Areas and Climate Change

The report, authored by Prof. Miguel Bastos Araújo and with the collaboration of Raquel Garcia, offers a diagnosis of the potential impacts of climate change on biodiversity in protected areas (including Natura 2000 areas) in Europe. Based on the diagnosis are discussed adaptation strategies for biodiversity, particularly as regards the preservation in situ in protected areas and surrounding areas. Political and management mechanisms to face the challenges posed by climate change are also reviewed and discussed.

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Áreas protegidas e Mudanças Climáticas

Endemic cave species classified as critically in danger of extinction by IUCN

Cave-adapted, with a distribution area restricted to the karst system of the Frade (Sesimbra), in the Natural Park Arrábida, the smallest European spider has been classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Critically Endangered, the highest level of possible threat.

http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/176265/0



http://naturdata.com/index.php?option=com_species&spid=38071:Anapistula-ataecina&Itemid=66


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Aranha endémica de Portugal classificada pela IUCN como Criticamente em Perigo de Extinção

Nuevas imagenes de Pedro Cardoso (7)

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010).
Preview of Images from Pedro Cardoso to be posted during July 2010. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.


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Novas imagens de Pedro Cardoso (7)

Global Biodiversity: Indicators of Recent Declines

Butchard et al. (2010). Global Biodiversity: Indicators of Recent Declines. Sciencexpress. www.sciencexpress.org / 29 April 2010 / Page 1 / 10.1126/science.1187512

In 2002, world leaders committed, through the Convention on Biological Diversity, to achieve a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. We compiled 31 indicators to report on progress toward this target. Most indicators of the state of biodiversity (covering species’ population trends, extinction risk, habitat extent and condition, and community composition) showed declines, with no significant recent reductions in rate, whereas indicators of pressures on biodiversity (including resource consumption, invasive alien species, nitrogen pollution, overexploitation, and climate change impacts) showed increases. Despite some local successes and increasing responses (including extent and biodiversity coverage of protected areas, sustainable forest management, policy responses to invasive alien species, and biodiversity-related aid), the rate of biodiversity loss does not appear to be slowing.

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Assessing the completeness of bryophyte inventories: an oceanic island as a case study (Azores: Terceira).

Aranda, S.C., Gabriel, R., Borges, P.A.V. & Lobo, J. (2010). Assessing the completeness of bryophyte inventories: an oceanic island as a case study (Azores: Terceira). Biodiversity and Conservation, 19: 2469-2484.

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Assessing the completeness of bryophyte inventories: an oceanic island as a case study (Azores: Terceira).

Science "Darwin 200 Collection Booklet"

Collection of papers from the journal Science devoted to Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution

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Science "Darwin 200 Collection Booklet"

New images from Paulo Borges (13)

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010).
Preview of Images from Paulo A. V. Borges to be posted during July 2010.
Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo


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Novas imagens de Paulo Borges (13)

Extinction debt in the Azorean arthropods

The Azorean Biodiversity Group published recently a paper in which reveal dramatic and hitherto unrecognized levels of extinction debt, as a result of the extensive destruction of the native forest: more than 95%, in less than 600 years.

Triantis, K.A., Borges, P.A.V., Ladle, R.J., Hortal, J., Cardoso, P., Gaspar, C., Dinis, F., Mendonça, E., Silveira, L.M.A., Gabriel, R., Melo, C., Santos, A.M.C., Amorim, I.R., Ribeiro, S.P., Serrano, A.R.M., Quartau, J.A.& Whittaker, R.J. (2010). Extinction debt on oceanic islands. Ecography, 33: 285-294.

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Habitat destruction is the leading cause of species extinctions. However, there is typically a time-lag between the reduction in habitat area and the eventual disappearance of the remnant populations. These ‘surviving but ultimately doomed’ species represent an extinction debt. Calculating the magnitude of such future extinction events has been hampered by potentially inaccurate assumptions about the slope of species–area relationships, which are habitat- and taxon- specific. We overcome this challenge by applying a method that uses the historical sequence of deforestation in the Azorean Islands, to calculate realistic and ecologically-adjusted species–area relationships. The results reveal dramatic and hitherto unrecognized levels of extinction debt, as a result of the extensive destruction of the native forest: more than 95%, in less than 600 years. Our estimations suggest that more than half of the extant forest arthropod species, which have evolved in and are dependent on the native forest, might eventually be driven to extinction. Data on species abundances from Graciosa Island, where only a very small patch of secondary native vegetation still exists, as well as the number of species that have not been found in the last 40 years, despite the extensive sampling effort, offer support to the predictions made. We argue that immediate action to restore and expand native forest habitat is required to avert the loss of numerous endemic species in the near future


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Extinções futuras nos artrópodes dos Açores

TOP10 Portuguese species described in the last 10 years

Top 10 Portuguese species
Hundreds of new species for science have been described from Portugal during the last decade. From common insects never before recognized as new, to moss species with restricted distributions. From spiders with fractions of a millimeter to birds seen at a distance. However, most of these novelties go unnoticed to the general public. Very few realize one doesn’t have to travel to the Amazon in large expeditions to discover species no one has ever seen. It is possible to do it literally on our backyard.
The portal Naturdata - biodiversity online (www.naturdata.com) and the Azorean Biodiversity Portal (www.azoresbioportal.angra.uac.pt) present during this International Year of Biodiversity the initiative “Top 10 Portuguese species”. We intend to list the species that for whatever reason are representative from all the species described between 2000 and 2010. The choice will have three distinct stages:
1. Until August 31 any person, taxonomist or not, expert or not at all, may send “candidate” species which could be listed. Such species should have been described between 2000 and 2010 in the Portuguese territory (including Azores and Madeira). They may be rare and endangered species, they may exhibit a particular behavior or simply be so common that no one would think that they have been described only recently. Just send an e-mail to info@naturdata.com with the following data (if available):
- Scientific name
- Common name
- Why should the species be among the “Top10” (max 200 words)
- Photos (self authored or with the author’s approval)
- Links to online information regarding the species
To facilitate the search you may find a probably incomplete list of about 300 species
below.
2. The portal coordinators will do a pre-selection of the eligible species considered as most interesting (according to the data provided) and create a file for each species. We will then start a voting period so that the public may vote in their “favorite” species. This voting period will run until November 30.
3. According to the public vote (50%) and the coordinators vote (50%) we will announce the Top10 species during December 2010.


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TOP 10 das espécies novas para a ciência de Portugal descritas nos últimos 10 anos

New list of Iberian spiders

Cardoso, P. & Morano, E. (2010). The Iberian spider checklist (Araneae). Zootaxa, 2495: 1-52

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Nova lista das Aranhas da Peninsula Ibérica

The top 100 management priority species for Macaronesia - Paper published in the Journal Biodiversity and Conservation

Abstract
Oceanic islands have been the grand stage of documented extinctions. In view of limited resources, efficient prioritization is crucial to avoid the extinction of taxa. This work lists the top 100 management priority species for the European archipelagos of the Macaronesian region (Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands), taking into account both their protection priority and their management feasibility. Bryophytes, vascular plants, molluscs, arthropods and vertebrates were scored by species experts following two sets of criteria: (i) protection priority, including ecological value, singularity, public institutions’ management responsibilities and social value; (ii) management feasibility, including threats knowledge and control feasibility, external socio-economical support for management and biological recovery potential. Environmental managers weighted the same criteria according to their management importance. Final species scores were determined by the combination of both species valuation and criteria weighting. Vascular plants dominate the Top 100 list, followed by arthropods and vertebrates. The majority of listed taxa are endemic to one archipelago or even to a single island. The management feasibility criteria did not dictate that all taxa must be eminently endangered, as for most of the species it should be relatively easy to control threats. The main advantages of this process are the independent participation of scientists and conservation managers, the inclusion of criteria on both protection priority and management feasibility and the taxonomically unbiased nature of the process. This study provides a potentially useful biodiversity conservation tool for the Macaronesian archipelagos that could be readily implemented by the respective regional governments in future legislation.

Martín, J.L., Cardoso, P., Arechavaleta, M., Borges, P.A.V, Faria, B.F., Abreu, C., Aguiar, A.F., Carvalho, J.A., Costa, A.C., Cunha, R.T., Gabriel, R., Jardim, R., Lobo, C., Martins, A.M.F., Oliveira, P., Rodrigues, P., Silva, L., Teixeira, D., Amorim, I.R., Fernandes, F., Homem, N., Martins, B., Martins, M. & Mendonça, E. (2010). Using taxonomically unbiased criteria to prioritize resource allocation for oceanic island species conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation, 19: 1659-1682

See more in - http://www.naturdata.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=169:top-100-especies-prioritarias-para-a-conservacao-na-macaronesia&catid=44:ultimas&Itemid=72

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As 100 espécies prioritárias em termos de conservação da Macaronésia - Publicado na revista Biodiversity and Conservation

Contest Winners "Biodiversity Azores Photos with Stories"

In this International day of Biodiversity we announce Contest Winners "Biodiversity Azores Photos with Stories"

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Vencedores Concurso “Biodiversidade dos Açores Fotografias com Histórias”

Biodiversity Scenarios: Projections of 21st century change in biodiversity and associated ecosystem services

Leadley, P., Pereira, H.M., Alkemade, R., Fernandez-Manjarrés, J.F., Proença, V., Scharlemann, J.P.W., Walpole, M.J. (2010) Biodiversity Scenarios: Projections of 21st century change in biodiversity and associated ecosystem services. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal. Technical Series no. 50, 132 pages


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Cenários para a Biodiversidade: Projecções para o Século XXI

New spiders described for Portugal

Pedro Cardoso and Luís Crespo from the Azorean Biodiversity Group published recently a paper in whicg six new species of spiders are described for Portugal.

Bosmans, R., Cardoso, P. & Crespo, L.C. (2010) A review of the Linyphiid spiders of Portugal, with the description of six new species (Araneae: Linyphiidae). Zootaxa, 2473: 1–67.


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Novas aranhas descritas para Portugal

Mew images from Paulo Borges (12)

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010).
Preview of Images from Paulo A. V. Borges to be posted during May 2010.
Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Novas imagens de Paulo Borges (12)

Azorean Biodiversity Portal is now a Focal Point of PESI (Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure)

Dr. Yde de Jong, PESI project coordinator,invite us to join PESI Project as an associate, non-contracted Focal Point, contributing to relevant discussions, e-conferences and proposals, as well as attending themed meetings on invitation.
The PESI Project (Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) is an ongoing 3-year EU-funded project, building high quality taxonomic name services, including valid species names and names relationships, functioning as authoritative taxonomic reference system:

http://www.eu-nomen.eu/pesi/

The PESI Focal Points are national representatives for biodiversity and taxonomic research, forming the communication channel between the local level knowledge resources and the Pan-European integrated Taxonomic community network. Their activities within PESI include the inventory of the country-based biodiversity data and the transfer of these data to the PESI database experts, who are building the multilingual PESI data portal:

http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/index.php

At this site standardised European species information will be available to a European-wide user community, including a taxonmatch tool for name-verification and updated synonymies for species in national checklists. The data contribution of the contracted focal points includes: vernacular names in all European languages (sensu latu), species occurrence, cross-validation of species names, legal instruments and local expertise (e.g. experts, journals, societies, collections).

PESI is working towards a larger geographic coverage of the European expertise network. The current PESI Focal Point network comprises 34 contracted partners and 11 non-contracted partners, including the EU neighbouring countries Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine and Russia. A clickable map is available on:

http://www.eu-nomen.eu/pesi/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=64

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O Portal da Biodiversidade dos Açores passa a ser um ponto focal do Projecto Europeu PESI (Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure)

Paper of the week - Arthropods as surrogates of diversity in Azores

Gaspar, C., Gaston, K.J. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010). Arthropods as surrogates of diversity at different spatial scales. Biological Conservation, 143: 1287–1294

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Publicação da semana - Indicadores de diversidade em Artrópodes nos Açores

Images of insects of Nuno Bikudo da Ponte

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010).
Preview of Images from Nuno Bicudo da Ponte to be posted during April 2010. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Imagens de insectos de Nuno Bicudo da Ponte

New images of Pedro Cardoso (6)

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010).
Preview of Images from Pedro Cardoso to be posted during April 2010. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Novas imagens de Pedro Cardoso (6)

Paper of the week: Conservation of oceanic island floras

The special issue on oceanic islands in Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics (PPEES) is meanwhile available in print and can be viewed on the PPEES webpage (Vol. 12, Issue 2):

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/14338319

Conservation of oceanic island floras: Present and future global challenges
Pages 107-129
Juli Caujapé-Castells, Alan Tye, Daniel J. Crawford, Arnoldo Santos-Guerra, Ann Sakai, Katy Beaver, Wolfram Lobin, F.B. Vincent Florens, Mónica Moura, Roberto Jardim, Isildo Gómes, Christoph Kueffer


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Publicação da semana: Conservação das Plantas das Ilhas oceânicas

Conference cycle - Knowing and protecting nature: 2010 International Year of Biodiversity

The Azorean Biodiversity Group of CITA-A is organizing this event. 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity (http://www.countdown2010.net/year-biodiversity) and we want to celebrate biodiversity in the Azores

The next conference is on the 23 and 24 of April (see Program in appendix)

Financed By:
SRCTE – Secretaria Regional da Ciência, Tecnologia e Equipamentos da Região Autónoma dos Açores e Universidade dos Açores- Projecto DRCT- M.4.2.2 / I / 002 / 2010; “Os Montanheiros”; “Europe Direct”.

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Ciclo de Palestras - Conhecer e proteger a natureza: 2010 Ano Internacional da Biodiversidade

Images of detail for the identification of Azorean spiders v. 9.0

The identification of spiders could be facilitated if we have access to good images of the male pedipalp and female epigyne. We are starting a long-term project to produce high quality images of all the Azorean spider species of both the imago habitus and details on male palp and female epigyne. These images will be posted both in the Azorean Biodiversity Portal and in the Azorean Spider Portal
http://www.jorgenlissner.dk/azoreanspiders.aspx

See 79 of the first images in this document belonging to 41 species

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010). Images of Azorean Spiders with details for male and female identification v. 9.0. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo


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Imagens de detalhes para identificação de Aranhas dos Açores v. 9.0

New images from Paulo Borges (11)

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010).
Preview of Images from Paulo A. V. Borges to be posted during March 2010. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Novas imagens de Paulo Borges (11)

Paper of the week -The Study of Species in the Era of Biodiversity: A Tale of Stupidity

Research policies ensuing from the Convention on Biological Diversity made huge funds available to study biodiversity. These were mostly dedicated to projects aimed at providing services to taxonomy via information and technology, or to develop “modern”, i.e., molecular, approaches to taxonomy. Traditional taxonomy was overly neglected and is in serious distress all over the world. It is argued that both novel and traditional ways to study biodiversity are essential and that the demise of traditional taxonomy (based on phenotypes) in the era of biodiversity is the result of an unwise policy, mainly fostered by portions of the scientific community that aim at taking total advantage of the funds dedicated to the study of biodiversity.

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Publicação da semana - "The Study of Species in the Era of Biodiversity: A Tale of Stupidity"

New invasive insect found at Terceira (Azores)

Belonochilus numenius Say (Lygaeidae Orsillinae) is a true bug native from California who began to spread in southern Europe. Here in the urban area of Angra do Heroísmo, lives on Cryptomeria japonica

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Novo insecto invasor encontrado na ilha Terceira

New images of Pedro Cardoso (5)

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010).
Preview of Images from Pedro Cardoso to be posted during March 2010. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Novas imagens de Pedro Cardoso (5)

Paper of the week - The ecological research needs of business

Armsworth, P.R. et al. (2010). The ecological research needs of business. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47: 235-243.

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Publicação da semana - Investigação em Ecologia e negócio

Aerial images of the nine Azorean Islands

Service of environmental occurrences in the Azores

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Fotografia aérea das nove ilhas dos Açores

New images of Pedro Cardoso (4)

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010). Preview of Images from Pedro Cardoso to be posted during February 2010. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Novas imagens de Pedro Cardoso (4)

New images of Paulo Borges (10)

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010). Preview of Images from Paulo A. V. Borges to be posted during February 2010. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Novas imagens de Paulo Borges (10)

Are the Portuguese spiders dangerous for people? Pedro Cardoso says that it is a Myth!

Cardoso, P. & Almeida, A.P.G. (2010). Envenenamento por aranhas em Portugal. Verdade ou Mito? Acta Médica Portuguesa, 23: 33-38

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Será que as aranhas de Portugal são venenosas. Pedro Cardoso diz que é um Mito!

Paper of the week - Rattus rattus eradication allows the recovery of breeding birds in an Azorean islet

Amaral, J., Almeida, S., Sequeira, M. & Neves, V. (2010). Black rat Rattus rattus eradication by trapping allows recovery of breeding roseate stern Sterna dougallii and common tern S.hirundo populations on Feno Islet, the Azores, Portugal. Conservation Evidence, 7, 16-20

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Worldwide database of Jumping Spiders

See the Worldwide database of Jumping Spiders coordinated by Dr. Heiko Metzner
The database contains informations to 5277 species worldwide
A total of 1589 species are illustrated with:
1408 photos, 6474 figures and 47 videos


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Base dados das Aranhas Saltadoras do Mundo

New images of Vascular Plants of Hanno Schaefer

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010).
Preview of Images from Hanno Schaefer to be posted during February 2010.
Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.


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Novas Imagens de Plantas Vasculares de Hanno Schaefer

Identification of the Birds of the Paul da Pedreira do Cabo da Praia Moor at Terceira by Carlos Leal

Leal, C. (2010). Caderno de identificação de aves - Paul da Pedreira do Cabo da Praia. Universidade dos Açores.

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Identification of the Birds of the Praia da Vitória Moor at Terceira by Carlos Leal

Leal, C. (2010). Caderno de identificação de aves - Paul da Praia da Vitória. Universidade dos Açores.

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The study of Ecosystem Services of the Special Protection Area Pico da Vara / Ribeira do Guilherme is published

Socio-economic Benefits of Natura 2000 – a Case Study on the ecosystem service provided by Pico Da Vara / Ribeira Do Guilherme

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O estudo dos Serviços dos Ecossistemas da Zona de Protecção Especial Pico da Vara/ Ribeira do Guilherme está públicado

International Symposium FloraMac2010

The meeting will take place from 23-25 September 2010 in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal. It will be hosted by the Biology Department, University of the Azores. See details in the Link below

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Simpósio Internacional FloraMac2010

Pedro Cardoso publish a Protocol for standardization and optimization of arthropod inventories – the case of Iberian spiders

Given their richness and abundance in all habitat types, one of the greatest challenges in conservation and biogeography of arthropods is to obtain detailed and comparable data on their distribution. The only solution is to use sampling protocols that are both exhaustive and standardized, enough to convey a rigorous image of the sampled sites. However, resource optimization is paramount but never attempted. For the first time a new methodology allowing to define optimized and standardized protocols was proposed. This methodology was tested with Portugal spiders and is now being implemented all over the country, including its islands.

See more in: Cardoso, P. (2009). Standardization and optimization of arthropod inventories – the case of Iberian spiders. Biodiversity and Conservation. 18: 3949-3962


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Pedro Cardoso publica Protocolo para padronização da amostragem das Aranhas

New Images of birds from Pedro Cardoso

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2010).
Preview of Images from Pedro Cardoso to be posted during January 2010.
Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Novas imagens de aves de Pedro Cardoso

TOP10 - The ten most downloaded publications in 2010

See in the Publications, the list of the 10 most accessed publications in 2009.

TOP 10 - As publicações mais acedidas em 2009

Activities Report of the Azorean Biodiversity Group (2008-2009)

The Azorean Biodiversity Group (ABG) is one of the four research groups of the Research Centre CITA-A (“Centro de Investigação em Tecnologias Agrárias dos Açores”). This centre is included in the University of Azores and is mainly sponsored by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the Regional Direction of Science and Technology (DRCT). Here we present the list of Projects and publications for the period 2008-2009.

More details in: http://cita.angra.uac.pt/biodiversidade/

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Relatório actividades do Grupo Biodiversidade dos Açores (2008-2009)

Frontiers of Biogeography — the scientific magazine of the International Biogeography Society Vol 1(2)

The second issue of Frontiers of Biogeography — the scientific magazine of the International Biogeography Society (December 2009) is now freely available at http://www.biogeography.org/html/fb/FBv1i2/FBv1i2_All.pdf

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Frontiers of Biogeography — the scientific magazine of the International Biogeography Society Vol 1(2)

Bryophytes from the Laurel Forest of Canary Islands

Paino, J., Gonzalez-Mancebo, J.J., Fernadez, A., Pena, M. A. & Leal, J. (2009). Briófitos en bosques de niebla delas islas Canarias. El Indiferente, 20: 23-35.

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Os Briófitos da Laurissilva das Canárias

GBIF - World s largest digital biodiversity database

The GBIF consists of 50 member countries and 40 member international organisations. 52 of these have published datasets via GBIF and, as of July 2009, more than 177 million primary biodiversity records covering more than a million species have been published. However, the records are mainly from North America and Europe with 42 per cent coming from USA, 15 per cent from Sweden and 13 per cent from the UK. Although Africa, Asia and Oceania (lands in the Pacific Ocean) have high levels of biodiversity, they are severely under-represented, contributing only 1.2 per cent, 1.6 per cent and 2.8 per cent respectively of the total GBIF records.
There are a number of obstacles to providing the missing data. Collecting data and digitally converting it for the internet needs funding and expertise. In addition, many researchers are reluctant to share information due to concerns over intellectual property rights and improper use of data. The researchers suggest that relevant policies and funding could help overcome these barriers, for example, by requiring researchers to make data freely available.

See http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature_biodiversity/index_en.htm
See also: www.gbif.org
Source: Gilman, E., King, N., Peterson, T., Chavan, V., Hahn, A. In Press. (2009). Building the Biodiversity Data Commons - The Global Biodiversity Information Facility. In: ed. Maurer, L. ICT for Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation. ICT Ensure, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria. (2009). 79-102.

Contact: ericlgilman@gmail.com

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GBIF - Base de Dados Digital Online da Biodiversidade Mundial

New Images of Paulo Borges (9)

Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Preview of Images from
Paulo A. V. Borges to be posted during December 2009 – part 2.
Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Imagens novas de Paulo Borges (9)

Paper of the week - Robert May - Ecological science and tomorrow s world

May, R.M. (2009). Ecological science and tomorrow s world. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 365: 41-47.

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Publicação da Semana - Robert May - Ecological science and tomorrow s world

NATURDATA -Biodiversity of Portugal Online

The Naturdata is the portal of Biodiversity of Portugal.
Here you can find information about the species of Portugal, request information or request services. Access the site via the link below

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NATURDATA -Biodiversidade de Portugal Online

Project NET_BIOME Newsletter

Please find enclosed the first edition of NET-BIOME newsletter, in which there is an article about the Azorean Biodiversity Group. In this editionn tehre is a description of the NET-BIOME project and of its main activities along the past months of implementation. Three partners, one from each corner of the earth (or better, oceans) present themselves: Reunion Island, the Azores archipelago and French Polynesia. Finally, the voices of local initiatives regarding biodiversity are spelled out in the News in Brief.


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Boletim informativo do Projecto NET-BIOME

New website of "The Azorean Biodiversity Group (CITA-A)


See the new website at
http://cita.angra.uac.pt/biodiversidade/


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Novo Portal do "Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores - (CITA-A)

New images of Paulo Henrique Silva

Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Preview of Images from
Paulo Henrique Silva to be posted during December 2009. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Imagens novas de Paulo Henrique Silva

Paper of the week Borges & Hortal (2009) in Journal of Biogeography now of free access

Borges, P.A.V. & Hortal, J. (2009). Time, area and isolation: Factors driving the diversification of Azorean arthropods. Journal of Biogeography 36: 178-191.

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Publicação Borges & Hortal (2009) no Journal of Biogeography agora de livre acesso

New images of Paulo Borges (8)

Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Preview of Images from Paulo A. V. Borges to be posted during December 2009. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Imagens novas de Paulo Borges (8)

RCE-Azores, UNESCO Research Centre of Expertise Approved

The Ubuntu Committee of Peers for the Regional Centres for Expertise (RCEs) held its fourth meeting on 10 November 2009 in Tokyo, Japan and considered the 23 RCE applications from all over the world for formal acknowledgement. Among all, the Committee recommended UNU to acknowledge 8 RCEs, including RCE Atlantis (Azores) submitted by the Azorean Biodiversity Group (CITA-A) early this year! The Committee members acknowledged that the proposal for RCE Atlantis was well prepared and showed an excellent understanding of the ESD/RCE principles

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Book from the Azorean Biodiversity Group Celebrating the BES Award for Excellence in the Conservation of Biodiversity in Portugal, 2008

To be Lauched on the 7th December 2009 at University of Azores (Terceira). See here the PDF.

Borges P.A.V. & Gabriel, R.G. (2009). Predicting extinctions on oceanic islands: arthropods and bryophytes. Universidade dos Açores.

This book is based on a Project with the same designation that received one of the BES - Biodiversity prize of 2008. The started in 1998 with the aim of obtaining the first time a standardizing sampling of island arthropods. Later, the same study was extended to bryophytes. This knowledge to the terrestrial biodiversity – based on a rigorous scientific study – allowed the complete listing of species, the identification of the rarest and threatened species, and the selection of the hotspot areas of biodiversity. The research group published several studies that demonstrated the need to include more sites in the Azorean network of protected areas, some of which were later considered by the Azorean Government to be included in the new Azorean system of protected areas. The project implied for the first time in oceanic islands the simultaneous study of both soil and canopy arthropods and bryophytes. The studied forest was the native "Laurisilva". Many species new for science were discovered. One of the most important achievements was the Azorean Biodiversity Portal.

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Livro do Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores Celebrando a Menção Honrosa no Prémio BES-Biodiversidade 2008

Report on the termite infestation at Angra do Heroísmo (2009)

See the summary here of (in portuguese):

Guerreiro, O., Borges, A. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). A térmita de madeira seca Cryptotermes brevis (Walker) na cidade de Angra do Heroísmo: monitorização e controle dos voos de dispersão e prevenção da colonização. Departamento de Ciências Agrárias, Universidade dos Açores, Angra do Heroísmo. 30 pp


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Relatório sobre o estado da infestação de térmitas em Angra do Heroísmo 2009

Paper of the week: IUCN criteria are difficult to be applied to islands

Martín, J.L. (2009). Are the IUCN standard home-range thresholds for species a good indicator to prioritise conservation urgency in small islands? A case study in the Canary Islands (Spain). Journal of Nature Conservation, 17: 87-98.

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Publicação da semana: critérios da IUCN são dificeis de aplicar em ilhas

New book about the Conservation of Azorean Native Flora

Silva, L., M. Martins, G. Maciel & M. Moura (2009). Flora Vascular dos Açores. Prioridades em Conservação. Azorean Vascular Flora. Priorities in Conservation

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Novo livro sobre a conservação da Flora Vascular dos Açores

Paper of the week: Parthenogenetic Ischnura hastata revisited

Lorenzo-Carballa, M. O., Beatty, C. D., Utzeri, C., Vieira, V. & Cordero-Rivera, A. (2009). Parthenogenetic Ischnura hastata revisited: present status and notes on population ecology and behaviour (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). International Journal of Odonatology, 12(2): 395-411.

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Publicação da semana: Partenogénese na libelinha Ischnura hastata

New images of Paulo Borges (7)

Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Preview of Images from
Paulo A. V. Borges to be posted during November 2009. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Imagens novas de Paulo Borges (7)

Maps of endemic species richness distribution in Azores - 8. Bryophytes

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Distribution of the endemic Bryophytes from the Azores. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Mapas de riqueza de espécies endémicas. 8. Briófitos

New images of Pedro Cardoso - Arthropoda

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Preview of Images from Pedro Cardoso to be posted during November 2009. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Imagens novas de Pedro Cardoso - Artrópodes

A new species of subterranean termite was found at Terceira island

Based on a request by the owner of a house located at Santa Rita (Praia da Vitória, Terceira), termite experts of the Azorean Biodiversity Group (University of Azores) made a survey of two houses and found evidences of the occurrence of a subterranean termite. A detailed investigation of abandoned wood in the surrounding fields allowed the discovery of a large population of a subterranean termite of Reticulitermes, the same genus of the species occurring at Faial (Reticulitermes grassei). We suspect that this population now discovered at Terceira belongs to another species, confirmed as Reticulitermes flavipes, the eastern subterranean termite, very common in the USA. Subterranean termites live in the soil and have very large populations that can number several million termites per colony. To control this situation two urgent measures are needed: i) the first step requires the delimitation of the infested area followed by an ongoing process of monitoring. Once delimited, a multi-year management program should be initiated in which a number of management practices are implemented in an integrated manner. A key component of such programs is a colony-level control methodology based on baiting and the Trap-Treat-Release method; ii) Yard Wood Management is a crucial part of area-wide termite management. This means that every item of dead wood must be either removed and disposed or elevated off the ground so that termites can not access it, e.g., sheds, firewood, edging boards, doghouses, posts, wood chip mulch, and most of all: stumps. Stumps are of critical importance because these provide ideal reproductive sites.

SEE A DETAILED REPORT IN APPENDIX (In Portuguese).

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Nova espécie de Térmita subterrânea encontrada na ilha Terceira (Praia da Vitória)

Paper of the week - island species richness increases with habitat diversity

Hortal, J., Triantis, K.A., Meiri, S., Thébault, E. and Sfenthourakis, S. (2009). Island species richness increases with habitat diversity. American Naturalist, 174: E205-E217

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Publicação da semana - a riqueza das espécies das ilhas aumenta com a diversidade de habitats

Paper of the week- the smallest spider of the world discovered in Portugal

Anapistula ataecina sp. n. is one of the smallest spiders described to date. The species is almost exclusively known from the Frade Cave System in Portugal which is partly endangered by limestone quarries.

Cardoso, P. & Scharff, N. (2009). First record of the spider family Symphytognathidae in Europe and description of Anapistula ataecina sp. n. (Araneae). Zootaxa, 2246: 45-57

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Publicação da semana - A aranha mais pequena do Mundo descoberta em Portugal

Hotspots of invasise species richness. 1. Vascular Plants

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P. A. V. (2009). Distribution of the Exotic invasive Vascular plants from the Azores (Top 100 Invasive Species of Macaronesia). Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Mapas de riqueza de espécies invasoras. 1 Plantas Vasculares

Important Book - The Theory of Island Biogeography Revisited

See here the available chapter from:

Wilson E.O. (2009). Island Biogeography in the 1960s - Theory and Experinent. In: Ricklefs, R.E. & Losos, J.B (eds.), The Theory of Island Biogeography Revisited. pp. 1-12. Princeton University Press
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9096.html

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Livro Importante - The Theory of Island Biogeography Revisited.

Paper of the week - In Vitro Propagation of Viburnum treleasei

Moura, M., Candeias, M.I. & Silva, L. (2009). In Vitro Propagation of Viburnum treleasei Gand., an Azorean Endemic with High Ornamental Interest.
Hortoscience 44(6):1668–1671.

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Publicação da semana - Propagação de planta endémica Açores

New Images of Paulo Borges (6)

Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Preview of Images from Paulo Borges to be Posted during October 2009 – Part 2. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Imagens novas de Paulo Borges (6)

Paper of the week - spatial scale assessment of habitat effects on arthropod communities of Terceira Island

Cardoso, P., Lobo, J.M., Calvo, S., Dinis, F., Gaspar, C. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). A spatial scale assessment of habitat effects on arthropod communities of an oceanic island. Acta Oecologica, 35: 590-597

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Publicação da semana - Impacto uso solo na diversidade artrópodes da Ilha Terceira

Paper of the week - The robustness to undersampling for beta diversity measures

Cardoso, P., Borges, P.A.V. & Veech, J.A. (2009). The robustness to undersampling for beta diversity measures based on presence-absence data. Diversity and Distributions, 15: 1081-1090

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Publicação da semana - Impacto da subamostragem na beta diversidade

Book - Azores a Natural Portrait - Apresentation of Virgílio Vieira (in Portuguese)

Cardoso, P.; Gaspar, C.; Borges, P.A.V.; Gabriel, R.; Amorim, I.R.; Martins, A.F.; Maduro-Dias, F.; Porteiro, J.M.; Silva, L. & Pereira, F. (2009). Açores - um retrato natural. Veraçor, Ponta Delgada, 240 pp.
To buy Online see http://www.veracor.pt/

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Livro - Açores um Retrato Natural - Apresentação de Virgilio Vieira

Paper of the week -Species distribution models - Azores

Jiménez-Valverde, A., Diniz, F., Azevedo, E.B. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Species distribution models do not account for abundance: the case of arthropods in Terceira Island. Annales Zoologici Fennici, 46: 451-464

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Publicação da semana - Modelos de distribuição de espécies -Açores

New Images from Paulo Henrique Silva

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P. A. V. (2009). Preview of Images from Paulo Henrique Silva to be posted during October 2009. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Imagens novas de Paulo Henrique Silva

New Website ANGROSFERA - Biodiversity of Angra Heroismo- Terceira - Azores

Biodiversity of Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira - Azores) in Images and video

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Novo Site ANGROSFERA - Biodiversidade de Angra Heroismo- Terceira - Açores

New Images of Pedro Cardoso - Vascular Plants

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Preview of Images from Pedro Cardoso to be posted during October 2009. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Imagens novas de Pedro Cardoso - Plantas Vasculares

BES Virtual Issue for Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Rgis paper:

Hortal, J., Borges, P.A.V. & Gaspar, C. (2006). Evaluating the performance of species richness estimators: Sensitivity to sample grain size. Journal of Animal Ecology, 75: 274-287.

Was selected for the
Virtual Issue for Methods in Ecology and Evolution
http://www.methodsinecologyandevolution.org/view/0/virtualIssues.html

See the other papers on a New section in the Publications

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Publicação do GBA no BES Virtual Issue for Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Paper of the week - Infralittoral molluscs of Vila Franca - Azores

Martins, A. M. de Frias, Borges, J.P., Ávila, S. P., Costa, A.C., Madeira, P. & Morton, B. (2009). Illustrated checklist of the infralittoral molluscs of Vila Franca do Campo. Açoreana (Suppl. 6): 15-103.

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Publicação da semana - Moluscos Marinhos litorais de Vila Franca - Açores

New Images of Paulo Borges (5)

Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Preview of Images from Paulo Borges to be Posted during October 2009 . Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Imagens novas de Paulo Borges (5)

Book "Azores - A Natural Portrait

Cardoso, P.; Gaspar, C.; Borges, P.A.V.; Gabriel, R.; Amorim, I.R.; Martins, A.F.; Maduro-Dias, F.; Porteiro, J.M.; Silva, L. & Pereira, F. (2009). Azores - a natural portrait. Veraçor, Ponta Delgada, 240 pp
To buy Online ver http://www.veracor.pt/

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Livro "Açores - Um Retrato Natural"

Frontiers of Biogeography — the scientific magazine of the International Biogeography Society

The inaugural issue of Frontiers of Biogeography — the scientific magazine of the International Biogeography Society (September 2009) is now freely available at http://www.biogeography.org/html/fb/FBv1i1.html


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Frontiers of Biogeography — the scientific magazine of the International Biogeography Society

We are putting available PDFs of historical papers on Azorean Biodiversity

We are putting available PDFs of historical papers on Azorean Biodiversity. See Publications.
Example:

Méquignon, A. (1935). Voyage de MM. L. Chopard et A. Méquignon aux Açores (Août-Septembre 1930). VIII - Coléoptères américains acclimatés aux Açores. Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France, 40: 203-204.

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Vamos disponibilizar PDFs de artigos históricos sobre a biodiversidade dos Açores

Hotspots of exotics in Azores. 1. Arthropods

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P. A. V. (2009). Distribution of the Exotic Arthropods from the Azores. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Mapas de Riqueza de exóticos. 1: Artrópodes

The wicked problem of Biodiversity

Martin Sharman
"The wicked problem of biodiversity"
Perspectives about biodiversity and sustainability"

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The wicked problem of Biodiversity

Preparing a paper for publication: an action plan for rapid composition and completation

Harvey, J.A. (2009). Preparing a paper for publication: an action plan for rapid composition and completation. — Ann. Zool. Fennici 46: 158–164

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Publicação da semana - Preparação de um manuscrito para publicação

Azorean Biodiversity Group - Projects and publications 2008-2009

The Azorean Biodiversity Group (CITA, Univ Azores) presents its scientific production in the years 2008-2009

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Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores - Projectos e publicações 2008-2009

Paper of the week - Macaronesia concept

Vanderpoorten, A. et al. (2007). Does Macaronesia exist? Conflicting signal in the bryophyte and pretidophyte floras. American Journal of Botany, 94: 625-639.

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Publicação da semana - Conceito de Macaronésia

Paper of the week - Chapter on Azores in Encyclopedia of Islands

Borges, P.A.V., Amorim, I.R., Cunha, R., Gabriel, R., Martins, A. F., Silva, L., Costa, A. & Vieira, V. (2009). Azores – Biology. In: R. Gillespie & D. Clagu (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Islands, pp 70-75. University of California Press, California.

© 2009 by The University of California Press, California.

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Paper da semana - Capitulo livro dos Açores na Enciclopédia das Ilhas

Application for a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) for Education for Sustainable Development

The University of Azores in Angra do Heroísmo (Azorean Biodiversity Group- CITA-A) in collaboration with other organizations in the Azores who work on broad issues of education for sustainable development, have submitted an application to the United Nations University to be recognized as a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) for Education for Sustainable Development. The world-wide RCE network is a program of the UN´s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) www.ias.unu.edu/sub_page.aspx?catID=108&ddlID=183. The proposed “RCE Atlantis” is an informal network open to new members from the Azores as well as from the wider Macraronesia region. The evaluation of new RCE applications will occur in October

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Aplicação para um "Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) for Education for Sustainable Development"

New images of Arthropods of Paulo Borges (4)

Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Preview of Images from Paulo Borges to be Posted during July 2009 . Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Imagens novas de Artrópodes de Paulo Borges (4)

Paper of the week - New species of beetles for the Azores

Machado, A. (2009) El género Drouetius Méquignon, 1942 Stat.Prom. de las islas Azores (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Entimidae). Graellsia, 65: 19-46.

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Publicação da semana - Novas espécies de coleópteros para os Açores

Maps of endemic species richness distribution in Azores - 7. Vascular Plants

Mendonça, E., Silva, L. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Distribution of the endemic vascular plants from the Azores. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Mapas de riqueza de espécies endémicas. 7. Plantas Vasculares

Arthropod images from Enésima Mendonça - Sincroscopy

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Images of Arthropods from Azores using the Sincroscopy System. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Imagens de Artrópodes em detalhe de Enésima Mendonça - Sincroscopy

Paper of the week - Insect and spider rarity in Azores

Borges, P.A.V., Ugland, K.I, Dinis, F.O. & Gaspar, C. (2008). Insect and spider rarity in an oceanic island (Terceira, Azores): true rare and pseudo-rare species. IN: S. Fattorini (Ed.). Insect Ecology and Conservation. pp. 47-70. Research Signpost

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Publicação da semana - raridade de insectos e aranhas dos Açores

Images of Pedro Cardoso available in the Portal

Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Images from Pedro Cardoso currently available in the Portal. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

http://www.ennor.org

http://naturgrafia.blogspot.com

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Imagens de Pedro Cardoso disponíveis no Portal

HOME - The earth is our house - The Planet in crisis

In this extraordinary documentary look at the state of our planet.

Keywords: Sustainability, Environment, Climate Change, growth of the human population, biodiversity; YouTube; Yan Arthus-Bertrand

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HOME O Mundo é a nossa casa - O planeta em crise

Entomological expedition to Santa Maria (May 2009)

Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Entomological expedition to Santa Maria (Azores) - May 2009 . Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Expedição entomológica a Santa Maria (Maio 2009)

New Images of Paulo Borges (3)

Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Preview of Images from Paulo Borges to be Posted during May 2009 . Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Imagens novas de Paulo Borges (3)

Maps of species richness distribution in Azores - 6. Endemic Hemiptera

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Distribution of the endemic Hemiptera from the Azores. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Mapas de riqueza de espécies endémicas. 6. Hemiptera

Paper of the week - evolution of terrestrial molluscs of the Azores

Jordaens et al. (2009). Speciation on the Azores islands: congruent patterns in shell morphology, genital anatomy, and molecular markers in endemic land snails (Gastropoda, Leptaxinae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2009, 97, 166–176.

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Publicação da semana - evolução de moluscos dos Açores

New Images of Paulo Borges (2)

Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Preview of Images of Insects and Spiders from Paulo Borges to be Posted during May 2009 . Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Imagens novas de Paulo Borges (2)

Paper of the week - BALA project Azores - Free PDF

Gaspar, C., Borges, P.A.V..& Gaston, K.J. (2008). Diversity and distribution of arthropods in native forests of the Azores archipelago. Arquipélago. Life and marine Sciences, 25: 1-30

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Publicação da semana - Projecto BALA Açores - PDF livre

New Images of insects and spiders of Paulo Borges (1)

Paulo Borges (coordinator of the Azorean Biodiversity Portal) starts here the preview of his images to put available in this Portal soon.

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Imagens novas de insectos e aranhas de Paulo Borges (1)

Paper of the week - Impact of Invasive plants on insect biomass in the Azores

Heleno, R. et al. (2009). Effects of Alien Plants on Insect Abundance and Biomass: a Food-Web Approach. Conservation Biology, 23: 410-419

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Publicação da semana - impacto das plantas invasoras na biomassa de insectos nos Açores

Maps of species richness distribution in Azores - 5. Endemic lepidoptera

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Distribution of the endemic lepidoptera from the Azores. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Mapas de riqueza de espécies endémicas. 5. Lepidoptera

New Images of Collembola from José Marcelino

José Marcelino a Post-Doc from CIRN- Dep. of Biology of the University of the Azores sent some nice images of the small Collembola.

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Imagens novas de Collembola de José Marcelino

Preview of new images from Hanno Schaefer (Vascular Plants)

Hanno Schaefer sent recently 222 new images of the Azorean Vascular Plants. See here the preview of some of those images and visit their distribution on the database.

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Imagens novas de Hanno Schaefer (Plantas Vasculares)

TOP 100 Invasive Terrestrial Flora & Fauna of Macaronesia

Dowmload here the Species Files and go to Publications - TOP100 Invasive species to access the other chapters

Silva L, E Ojeda Land & JL Rodríguez Luengo (eds.) (2008) Flora y Fauna Terrestre Invasora en la Macaronesia. TOP 100 en Azores, Madeira y Canarias. ARENA, Ponta Delgada, 546 pp.

To have a copy of the book contact with Luis Silva.

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TOP 100 Flora e Fauna Terrestre Invasora na Macaronésia

Free Access to Scientific Publications in ScientificCommons.org

ScientificCommons.org (http://en.scientificcommons.org/)is a project of the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland) and hosted and developed at the Institute for Media and Communications Management

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Maps of species richness distribution in Azores - 4. Endemic beetles

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Distribution of the endemic beetles from the Azores. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Mapas de riqueza de espécies endémicas. 4. Coleoptera

Images of Azorean endemic bryophytes

Gabriel, R., Borges, P.A.V., Cardoso, P., Frahm, J-P., Homem, N. & Mendonça, E. (2009). Images of Azorean endemic Bryophytes. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.


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Imagens de briófitos endémicos dos Açores

IUCN: strategies to counter climate change and biodiversity loss

IUCN 2009-2011 ACTION PLAN - The EU and its overseas entities: strategies to counter climate change and biodiversity loss.

See more in http://www.iucn.org/euoverseas

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Estratégias da IUCN para combater as mudanças climáticas e a perca de biodiversidade

Education information about Azorean Orchards pests and non-target insects (in portuguese)

This publication resulted from the Project INTREFRUTA (http://www.interfruta.angra.uac.pt/)

Lopes, D.H., Cabrera Perze, R., Borges, P.A.V., Aguin-Pombo, D., Pereira, A.M.N., Mumford, J.D. & Mexia, A.M.M. (Eds.)(2009). Folhas Divulgativas. Universidade dos Açores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Folhas divulgativas de pragas e auxiliares das fruteiras dos Açores

Preview of new images of Valter Jacinto (www.olhares.com/Valter)

Valter Jacinto colaborator of the site Olhares (www.olhares.com/Valter) sent fantastic images for the Azorean Biodiversity Portal.

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Imagens novas de Valter Jacinto (www.olhares.com/Valter)

Preview of new images of Alberto Maia (www.olhares.com/AMAIA)

Alberto Maia colaborator of the site Olhares (www.olhares.com/AMAIA) sent fantastic images for the Azorean Biodiversity Portal.

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Imagens novas de Alberto Maia (www.olhares.com/AMAIA)

Preview of new images from "Galerie Insecte" - Orthoptera

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). A preview of images of orthoptera from Galerie de Insectes to be posted during April 2009. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.


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Imagens novas do Projecto  "Galerie Insecte" -Orthoptera

Maps of species richness distribution in Azores - 3. Endemic spiders

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Distribution of the Endemic Spiders from the Azores. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Mapas de riqueza de espécies nos Açores. 3. Aranhas endémicas

Preview of new images of Filipe Caetano (www.olhares.com/firelord)

Filipe Caetano colaborator of the site Olhares (www.olhares.com/firelord) sent fantastic images for the Azorean Biodiversity Portal.

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Imagens novas de Filipe Caetano (www.olhares.com/firelord)

New Resource: maps of species richness distribution in Azores - 2. Endemic molluscs

Mendonça, E., Frias Martins, A. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Distribution of the Endemic Molluscs from the Azores. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Novo Recurso: Mapas de riqueza de espécies nos Açores. 2. Moluscos endémicos

The Attitudes face to Environment in the Peripheral Regions (in Portuguese)

This book is organized in eight chapters, and includes the results of 1200 questionnaires, made in Castelo Branco (interior north Portugal) and the Azores (São Miguel and Terceira Islands).

Silva, E. & Gabriel, R. (2009, “2007”). As atitudes face ao ambiente em regiões periféricas. Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia & Universidade dos Açores, Angra do Heroísmo. 214 pp

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Lançamento de Livro sobre as Atitudes Ambientais nos Açores e Castelo Branco

Preview of new images of spiders from Jorgen Lissner

It was recently launched a website which aims to illustrate the diversity of spiders from the Azores in images (see: http://www.jorgenlissner.dk/azoreanspiders.aspx). This is an initiative led by Jørgen Lissner and with the collaboration of Paulo Borges (University of the Azores - DCA, CITA). A total of 124 new images will soon be shared with the Azores Biodiversity Portal. Here are some of them

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Imagens novas de Jorge Lissner (Aranhas dos Açores)

New Resource: maps of species richness distribution in Azores - 1. Endemic vertebrates

Mendonça, E., Rodrigues, P., Cunha, R. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Distribution of the Endemic Vertebrates from the Azores. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Novo Recurso: Mapas de riqueza de espécies nos Açores. 1. Vertebrados endémicos

Images of Azorean endemic vertebrates

Sabino, V., Rodrigues, P., Cunha, R. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). Preview of images of endemic Vertebrates from the Azores. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Imagens dos vertebrados endémicos dos Açores

Indirect effects of invasive species removal devastate World Heritage Island

We call attention for the following conclusions of the attached publication:

"Our results highlight an important lesson for conservation agencies working to eradicate invasive species globally; that is, risk assessment of management interventions must explicitly consider and plan for their indirect effects, or face substantial subsequent costs. On Macquarie Island, the cost of further conservation action will exceed AU$24 million"

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Paper of the week (Free access)

Gaston, K.J. & Fuller, R.A. (2009). The sizes of species geographic ranges. Journal of Applied Ecology, 46: 1-9.

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TOP 100 threatened species of Azores (Texts in Spanish - Part 2)

Martín, J.L, Arechavaleta, M., Borges, P.A.V. & Faria, B. (eds.) (2008) TOP 100 - As cem espécies ameaçadas prioritárias em termos de gestão na região europeia biogeográfica da Macaronésia. Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación Territorial, Gobierno de Canarias, 500 pp. TEXTS In SPANISH - PART 2


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TOP 100 threatened species of Azores ( Texts in Portuguese)

Martín, J.L, Arechavaleta, M., Borges, P.A.V. & Faria, B. (eds.) (2008) TOP 100 - As cem espécies ameaçadas prioritárias em termos de gestão na região europeia biogeográfica da Macaronésia. Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación Territorial, Gobierno de Canarias, 500 pp. TEXTS IN PORTUGUESE


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TOP 100 threatened species of Azores (Texts in Spanish - Part 1)

Martín, J.L, Arechavaleta, M., Borges, P.A.V. & Faria, B. (eds.) (2008) TOP 100 - As cem espécies ameaçadas prioritárias em termos de gestão na região europeia biogeográfica da Macaronésia. Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación Territorial, Gobierno de Canarias, 500 pp. TEXTS IN SPANISH - PART1


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TOP 100 threatened species of Macaronesia_Complete Species Files from Azores. Madeira and Canaries

Martín, J.L, Arechavaleta, M., Borges, P.A.V. & Faria, B. (eds.) (2008) TOP 100 - As cem espécies ameaçadas prioritárias em termos de gestão na região europeia biogeográfica da Macaronésia. Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación Territorial, Gobierno de Canarias, 500 pp

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Preview of new images from "Galerie Insecte" to be posted soon

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). A preview of images of insects from Galerie de Insectes to be posted during March 2009. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Imagens novas do Projecto  "Galerie Insecte" a disponibilizar em breve

New Images of flies (Diptera) from the Project "Galerie Insecte"

We are indebted to all the contributors to the Insecte.org & Galerie-insecte.org projects (http://www.galerie-insecte.org/galerie/fichier.php)

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Imagens novas de moscas (Diptera) do Projecto  "Galerie Insecte"

Azorean Biodiversity Group Newsletter Februray 2009

Borges, P.A.V. & Gabriel, R. (2009). Azorean Biodiversity Group Newsletter 3 (February 2009). Angra do Heroismo.

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Newsletter Fevereiro 2009 - Grupo Biodiversidade Açores

Images of Azorean endemic terrestrial molluscs

Toste, M. & Frias Martins, A. (2009). Preview of images of endemic molluscs from the Azores. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.


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Paper of the week

Losos, J. & Ricklefs, R.E. (2009). Adaptation and diversification on islands. Nature, 457: 830-836.

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Paper of the week

Mace, G.M., et al. (2008) Quantification of Extinction Risk: IUCN´´s System for Classifying Threatened Species. Conservation Biology 22, 1424-1442.

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Images of Azorean endemic vascular plants (part 2)

Alves, C., Schaefer, H., Silva L. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). A preview of images from the
Azorean endemic vascular plants – part 2. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo.

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Preview of new images of insects from Denis Bourgeois

A total of 18 arthropod images belonging to Denis Bourgeois were recently offered to be posted in the Azorean Biodiversity Portal. The images will be posted during February.
The images were obtained from the site Entomoland "http://denbourge.free.fr"

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Images of Azorean endemic vascular plants (part 1)

Alves, C., Schaefer, H., Silva L. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). A preview of images from the
Azorean endemic vascular plants – part 1. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Preview of new images from Hanno Schaefer (Vascular Plants)

Hanno Schaefer sent recently 300 new images of the Azorean Vascular Plants belonging to 281 species. See here the preview of some of those images and visit their distribution on the database.

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Images of the Azorean endemic spiders

Mendonça, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2009). A preview of images from the Azorean endemic spider species. Univ. Azores, Angra do Heroísmo

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Images of Azorean endemic beetles

We start here a new series of documents with lists of Azorean endemics with photos. We hope that this could be of interest for students. The documents could also be assessed in the Publications (Other resources)

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New Images from the Project "Galerie Insecte"

We are indebted to all the contributors to the Insecte.org & Galerie-insecte.org projects (http://www.galerie-insecte.org/galerie/fichier.php), particularly those who have allowed their photos to be used here:
Jean-Pierre Arnaud, Calmont Benjamin, Jean-Claude Bernard, Patrick Bonneau, Robert Bonneau, Franck Buron-Mousseau, François Calame, Marina Chavernoz, Franco Christophe, Christine Devilliers, Pierre Duhem, Hélène Dumas, Michel Ehrhardt, Gerard Euziere, Sylvie Faeles, Jean-Michel Faton, Jérémie Fevrier, Anne Forgues, Etienne Iorio, Dennis Keith, Arp Kruithof, Christophe Lauriaut, Bruno Lavoué, Olivier Levoux, Patrick Libouel, Denys Liger, Clement Marc, Henri Maleysson, Franck Noel, Pierre Oger, Nicolas Paris, Christian Perez, Didier Petot, Matthieu Pilard, Dominique Poirier-Ducrocq, Daniel Radix, Michel Renou, Didier Roustide, Eric Serres, Patrick Straub, Déjean Sylvain, Nicolas Vansteene, Stephane Vassel, Michel Verolet, Arnaud Ville.

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New species of bird in the Azores

A new species of bird was recently described for the Azores, Oceanodroma monteiroi, Monteiro’s Storm-petrel. See the images of juveniles in the database.

Azores in the "Editors Choice" of Journal Biogeography

UPDATE from Journal of Biogeography: Editors Choice

The Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Biogeography, Rob Whittaker, has recently chosen a new selection of research articles for the third edition of Highlighted Articles. These articles reflect the level of commendable research published in the journal.



Articles in this edition:

-Azorean arthropods do it fast in dark caves
-Comparing present and past expansion processes in a desert bird
-Past climate transition explains penguin genetic diversity
-Do migratory pathways affect regional abundance of wintering birds? A test in northern Spain
-Venomous snakes illuminate ancient speciation patterns in Middle American highlands
-The Hawaiian Archipelago is a stepping stone for dispersal in the Pacific

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Azorean Biodiversity Group Newsletter December 2008

Borges, PA.V. & Gabriel, R. (eds.) (2008). Azorean Biodiversity Group Newlsletter 2. Universidade dos Açores.

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Webpage on Azorean spiders by Jørgen Lissner & Paulo Borges

It was recently launched a website which aims to illustrate the diversity of spiders from the Azores in images (see: http://www.jorgenlissner.dk/azoreanspiders.aspx). This is an initiative led by Jørgen Lissner and with the collaboration of Paulo Borges (University of the Azores - DCA, CITA).
Jørgen Lissner is coordinating a portal on spiders from Europe (http://www.jorgenlissner.dk/default.aspx) and now agreed to cooperate with the Azorean Biodiversity Portal in this initiative.
The aim is to have pictures of live spiders but also some details to help the identification of the Azorean species with the help of the image system Syncroscopy, images taken by Enésima Mendonça (Azorean Biodiversity Group, CITA-A).
It is hoped to supplement habitus images with images of female epigynes and male palps to enhance the ability of anyone wanting to successfully identify spiders collected on the archipelago. Images shown on this page may not be based on Azorean specimens but spiders collected or observed elsewhere in their distributional range.

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Large recent contributions with photos for the Portal

We would like to highlight some specialists who are sending large amounts of images (100 or more) for the portal already available and many others to offer soon:
- John Bridges (http://northeastwildlife.co.uk/) with images of several taxonomic groups.
- Jan-Peter Frahm, with images of Bryophyta.
- Hanno Schaefer, with images of Spermatophyta.
- Felix Schumm, pictures of Lichens.
- Tim Fassa, with images of several taxonomic groups (most of Arthropoda).

New images are available for the species

About 3,914 images are now available covering about 1,639 of the 5,000 terrestrial species of the Azores. We are indebted to all colleagues and friends that sent recently many images of species (Ingrid Altmann, Clube de Ambiente - FOC, Isabel Amorim, Jean-Yves Baugnée, Osvaldo Borges, Joel Bried, John Bridges, Bruno Brum, Pedro Cardoso, Alain Doornaert, Tim Faasen, Jan-Peter Frahm, Martin Gascoigne-Pees, Nuno Gonçalves, Martin Gossner, Hannes Günther, Ben Hamers, Bart Hanssens, Walter Haug, Jan Henderickx, Claus Hense, INTREFRUTA, David Jones, Frank Köhler, Stanislav Krejcik, Jørgen Lissner, Cosmin Manci, Fernando Martins, Enésima Mendonça, Walter Müller, Tom Murray, Ed Nieuwenhuys, Alby Oakshott, Sabine Ortmann, Fernando Pereira, Hubert Polacek, Urs Rindlisbacher, Jean-Claude Ringenbach, Francisco Reis, Jordi Ribes, Jacques Rosès, Ana Simões, Hanno Schaefer, Udo Schmidt, Felix Schumm, Paulo H. Silva, D´Almeida Simões, Stefan Sollfors, Malcolm Storey, Xim Sureda, Martin Suvák, Brian Valentine, Alex Wild, Albert de Wilde, Peter Wirtz).

We are indebted to all the contributors to the UK Moths Webpage (http://ukmoths.org.uk/index.php), particularly those who have allowed their photos to be used here: Charles Baker, Tristan Bantock, George Davis, Tony Davison, Rob Edmunds, Shane Farrell, Graham Finch, Charles Fletcher, Stephen Foster, Martin Gray, Lee Gregory, David Grundy, Dave Hamilton, Paul Harris, Steve Hatch, Donald Hobern, Ian Kimber, Ingeborg M. M. van Leeuwen, Keith Naylor, Ben Smart, Ian Smith, Francis Solly, Brian Stone.


New pictures from Azorean Spiders

See details in the list of species of arthropods about new images of several species of spiders from the Azores. Put in the search word "spider" and then search for images of each species.

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News from the Azorean Biodiversity Group (CITA-A, UA)

The Azorean Biodiversity Group is one of the four research groups of the FCT Centre CITA-A (University of Azores. To improve the communication between all members and collaborators a “Group News” or “Newsletter” was launched. Download here the first number.

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Termites are eusocial cockroaches

Inward, D. et al. (2007). Death of an order: a comprehensive molecular phylogenetic study confirms that termites are eusocial cockroaches. Biology Letters, 3: 331-335.

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Promotion Azorean Biodiversity Portal

Farinha, N. et al. (2008). Portal da Biodiversidade dos Açores. Edição ARENA.

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TOP 100 Threatened individual species files - The Madeira species

Martín, J.L, Arechavaleta, M., Borges, P.A.V. & Faria, B. (eds.) (2008) TOP 100 - As cem espécies ameaçadas prioritárias em termos de gestão na região europeia biogeográfica da Macaronésia. Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación Territorial, Gobierno de Canarias, 500 pp

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TOP 100 Threatened individual species files - The Azorean species

Martín, J.L, Arechavaleta, M., Borges, P.A.V. & Faria, B. (eds.) (2008) TOP 100 - As cem espécies ameaçadas prioritárias em termos de gestão na região europeia biogeográfica da Macaronésia. Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación Territorial, Gobierno de Canarias, 500 pp

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Azorean arthropods do it fast in dark caves

Borges, P. A. V. & Hortal, J. (2008) Time, area and isolation: factors driving the diversification of Azorean arthropods. Journal of Biogeography, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2008.01980.x.

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TOP 100 threatened species of Azores (Portuguese)

See the PDF in Portuguese of:

Cardoso, P., Borges, P.A.V.,, Costa, A. C., Cunha, R. T., Gabriel, R., Martins, A. M. F., Silva, L., Homem, N., Martins, M., Rodrigues, P., Martins, B. & Mendonça, E. (2008). A perspectiva arquipelágica - Açores. In: J. L Martín,. M. Arechavaleta, P.A.V. Borges & B. Faria, (eds.) TOP 100 - As cem espécies ameaçadas prioritárias em termos de gestão na região europeia biogeográfica da Macaronésia. pp 421-449. Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación Territorial, Gobierno de Canarias.

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TOP 100 threatened species of Azores (Spanish)

See the PDF in Spanish of:

Cardoso, P., Borges, P.A.V.,, Costa, A. C., Cunha, R. T., Gabriel, R., Martins, A. M. F., Silva, L., Homem, N., Martins, M., Rodrigues, P., Martins, B. & Mendonça, E. (2008). La perspectiva archipelágica - Azores. In: J. L Martín,. M. Arechavaleta, P.A.V. Borges & B. Faria, (eds.) TOP 100 - As cem espécies ameaçadas prioritárias em termos de gestão na região europeia biogeográfica da Macaronésia. pp 79-107. Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación Territorial, Gobierno de Canarias.

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TOP 100 threatened species of Canary Islands (Spanish)

See the PDF in Spanish of

Arechavaleta, M. & Matín, J.L. (2008). La perspectiva archipelágica: Canarias. In: J. L Martín, M. Arechavaleta, P.A.V. Borges & B. Faria, (eds.) TOP 100 - As cem espécies ameaçadas prioritárias em termos de gestão na região europeia biogeográfica da Macaronésia. pp 129-145. Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación Territorial, Gobierno de Canarias.

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TOP 100 threatened species of Vanary Islands (Portuguese)

See the PDF in Portuguese of:

Arechavaleta, M. & Matín, J.L. (2008). A perspectiva arquipelágica: Canárias. In: J. L Martín, M. Arechavaleta, P.A.V. Borges & B. Faria, (eds.) TOP 100 - As cem espécies ameaçadas prioritárias em termos de gestão na região europeia biogeográfica da Macaronésia. pp 469-485. Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación Territorial, Gobierno de Canarias.

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TOP 100 threatened species of Madeira (Portuguese)

See the PDF in portuguese of:

Faria, B. et al. (2008). A perspectiva arquipelágica: Madeira. In: J. L Martín, M. Arechavaleta, P.A.V. Borges & B. Faria, (eds.) TOP 100 - As cem espécies ameaçadas prioritárias em termos de gestão na região europeia biogeográfica da Macaronésia. pp 451-468. Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación Territorial, Gobierno de Canarias.

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TOP 100 threatened species of Madeira (Spanish)

See the PDF in Spanish of:

Faria, B. et al. (2008). La perspectiva archipelágica: Madeira. In: J. L Martín, M. Arechavaleta, P.A.V. Borges & B. Faria, (eds.) TOP 100 - As cem espécies ameaçadas prioritárias em termos de gestão na região europeia biogeográfica da Macaronésia. pp 109-128. Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación Territorial, Gobierno de Canarias.

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TOP 100 threatened species of Macaronesia (Spanish)

See the PDF in Spanish of:

Martín, J.L, Arechavaleta, M., Borges, P.A.V. & Faria, B. (2008). La perspectiva Macaronésica. In: J. L Martín, M. Arechavaleta, P.A.V. Borges & B. Faria, (eds.) TOP 100 - As cem espécies ameaçadas prioritárias em termos de gestão na região europeia biogeográfica da Macaronésia. pp 47-78. Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación Territorial, Gobierno de Canarias.

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TOP 100 threatened species of Macaronesia (Portuguese)

See the PDF in Potuguese of

Martín, J.L, Arechavaleta, M., Borges, P.A.V. & Faria, B. (2008). A perspectiva Macaronésica. In: J. L Martín, M. Arechavaleta, P.A.V. Borges & B. Faria, (eds.) TOP 100 - As cem espécies ameaçadas prioritárias em termos de gestão na região europeia biogeográfica da Macaronésia. pp 389-419. Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación Territorial, Gobierno de Canarias.

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Book TOP 100 Threatened species Macaronesia is already available

The book on the threatened species of Macaronesia is already available .
Martín, J.L, Arechavaleta, M., Borges, P.A.V. & Faria, B. (eds.) (2008) TOP 100 - As cem espécies ameaçadas prioritárias em termos de gestão na região europeia biogeográfica da Macaronésia. Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación Territorial, Gobierno de Canarias, 500 pp

To obtain a copy contact with Manuel Hernandez (mareher@gobiernodecanarias.org) of the Canary Islands Government or Paulo A. V. Borges from the Azorean Biodiversity Group - University of the Azores (pborges@uac.pt).


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IUCN - The European Union and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss

Visit the website of the conference “The European Union and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss”, which was hosted on Reunion Island from 07 to 11 July 2008, under the auspices of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

http://www.reunion2008.eu/pages/en/en-home.html

LIFE+ Biodiversity - EU Projects

LIFE+ Biodiversity will co-finance innovative or demonstration projects that contribute to the implementation of the objectives of Commission Communication (COM (2006) 216 final) "Halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010 – and beyond". The maximum co-financing rate will be 50%.
See also:
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/funding/lifeplus/components/component_nat.htm


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Booklet Garden Entomology from Royal Entomological Society

Popular booklet in PDF about Garden Entomology produced by the "Royal Entomological Society"

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Download Presentation on Canay Islands Biodiversity

Power Point presentation in PDF about the Canary Islands biodiversity

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Download Presentation on Azorean bryophyte and lichen Biodiversity

Power Point presentation in PDF about the Azorean terrestrial bryophyte and lichen biodiversity

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Download Presentation on Azorean Biodiversity

Power Point presentation in PDF about the Azorean terrestrial biodiversity

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Download "Biodiversidad terrestre en la Macaronesia"

Biodiversity of Macaronesian islands in Graphs, based on the recently published list of species from the Açores, Madeira, Canary Islands and Cape Verde.
Edition: Gobierno de Canárias. Consejería de Médio Ambiente y Ordenación Territorial. depósito Legal: GC 496 2008.

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Download "Biodiversidad terrestre en la Macaronesia"

Download the List of Fauna and Flora of Azores

Borges, P.A.V., Cunha, R., Gabriel, R., Martins, A. F., Silva, L. and Vieira, V. (eds.) (2005). A list of the terrestrial fauna (Mollusca and Arthropoda) and flora (Bryophyta, Pteridophyta and Spermatophyta) from the Azores. Direcção Regional do Ambiente and Universidade dos Açores, Horta, Angra do Heroísmo and Ponta Delgada, 318 pp

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Download the List of Fauna and Flora of Cape Verde Islands

Arechavaleta, M., Zurita, N., Marrero, M.C. & Martín, J.L. (2005) Lista preliminar de especies silvestres de Cabo Verde (hongos, plantas y animales terrestres). Consejería de Medio Ambiente e Ordenación Territorial, Gobierno de Canarias, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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Download the List of Fauna and Flora of Canary Islands

Izquierdo, I., Martin, J.L., Zurita, N. & Arechavaleta, M. (eds.) (2004) Lista de especies silvestres de Canarias (hongos, plantas y animales terrestres). 2nd, Consejería de Política Territorial y Medio Ambiente del Gobierno de Canarias.

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Macaronesia and Climate Change IUCN

The background paper for the international conference "Reunion 2008" has been written by IUCN, in collaboration with ONERC, during the last 8 months and is now available online.

Climate Change and Biodiversity in the European Union Overseas Entities:
http://reunion2008.eu/pages/en/en-publication.html



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Managment of NATURA 2000 Macaronesia

Management of Natura 2000 sites: Best Practice
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/natura2000/management/best_practice_en.htm

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Download the New book about the Fauna and Flora of the Madeira archipelago.

Please ask for a copy sending a request to:
Mr. Bernardo Faria
Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e Dos Recursos Naturais do Governo Regional da Madeira, Rua Dr. Pestana júnior, nº 6 – 3º Direito. 9054-558 Funchal – Madeira

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