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Sauria 36(2)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Sauria36-2.jpgChakravarty, Rohit and Saw Isaac. 2014. Beobachtungen an Gonyosoma oxycephalum (Boie, 1827) beim erbeuten von Höhlenfledertieren auf den Andamanen, Indien. Sauria. 36 (2): 55-58. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Grossmann, Wolfgang. 2014. Hemidactylus prashadi Smith, 1935 - Prashads Halbfingergecko im Terrarium. Sauria. 36 (2): 43-54. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Grossmann, Wolfgang and Georg Simon. 2014. Tokeh-Morphen, Gekko gecko (Linnaeus, 1758) sensu lato im Terrarium. Teil 2: Blauköpfige Grüne". Sauria. 36 (2): 21-35. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Kabisch, Klaus and Wener Kästle. 2014. Zum vorkommen melanistischer Ringelnattern, neue Beobachtungen im Oberen Priental und weitere Höhenfunde der Art in den Chiemgauer Alpen. Sauria. 36 (2): 3-19.

Kiehlmann, Ingomar. 2014. Zwei Neunachweise für die Herpetofauna der Insel (Palau) Tioman, West-Malaysia: Luperosaurus browni Russell, 1979 (Sauria: Gekkonidae) und Ptyas fusca (Günther, 1858) (Serpentes: Colubridae). Sauria. 36 (2): 59-62. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Vyas, Raju. 2014. Schildanomalien bei der Indischen Sternschildkröte, Geochelone elegans (Schoepff, 1795). Sauria. 36 (2): 37-41. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Wagner, Philipp. 2014. Paralaudakia himalayana (Steindachner, 1867) Himalaja Agame, Himalayan Agama. Sauria. 36 (2): 1-2. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

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Testudo 23(2)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Testudo23-2.jpgKundert, Stefan. 2014. Mauritius - Urlaubs- und Naturparadies im Indischen Ozean. Testudo 23(2):7-29 [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

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Schildkröten im Fokus 11(3)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Schildkrote11-3.jpgBidmon, Hans-Jürgen. 2014. Im Fokus: Schweizer Regierung unterstützt großzügig den Infrastrukturaufbau der GEA Chelonia Foundation in Bulgarien. Schidkröten im Fokus. 11 (3): 34-35. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Böhn, Stephan. 2014. Fische und Wasserschildkröten - geht das überhaupt? Schidkröten im Fokus. 11 (3): 3-23. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Fehr, Hartmut. 2014. Florida und seine Schildkröten - Reisebericht aus dem Süden und Südwesten des "Sunshine State". Schidkröten im Fokus. 11 (3): 24-33. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

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Chelonian Conservation and Biology 13(1)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CCB13-1.jpgArmstrong, Doug P. and Ronald J. Brooks. 2014. Estimating ages of turtles from growth data. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 13 (1): 9-15. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Averill-Murray, Roy C. and Bridgette E. Hagerty. 2014. Translocation relative to spatial genetic structure of the Mojave Desert Tortoise, Gopherus agassizii. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 13 (1): 35-41. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Bernardes, Virginia Campos Diniz, Camila Rudge Ferrara, Richard C. Vogt and Larissa Schneider. 2014. Abundance and population structure of Podocnemis erythrocephala (Testudines, Podocnemididae) in the Unini River, Amazonas. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 13 (1): 89-95. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Cantarelli, Vitor Hugo, Adriana Malvasio and Luciano M. Verdade. 2014. Brazil's Podocnemis expansa conservation program: retrospective and future directions. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 13 (1): 124-128. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Famelli, Shirley, Leonard R. Adriano, Sarah C. P. Pinheiro, Franco L. Souza and Jamie Bertoluci. 2014. Reproductive biology of the freshwater turtle Hydromedusa maximiliani (Chelidae) from southeastern Brazil. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 13 (1): 81-88. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Ferrara, Camila R., Richard C. Vogt, Martha R. Harfush, Renata S. Sousa-Lima, Ernesto Albavera and Alejandro Tavera. 2014. First evidence of Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) embryos and hatchlings emitting sounds. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 13 (1): 110-114. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Germano, David J. 2014. Activity, growth, reproduction, and population structure of Desert Box Turtles (Terrapene ornata luteola) at the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 13 (1): 56-64. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Ilgen, Emily L., Carissa A. Hartson, Olivia S. Zaleski and Peter V. Lindeman. 2014. Map Turtles of the Mermentau: Status surveys of forgotten populations. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 13 (1): 1-8. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Jass, Christopher N., Tyler P. Cobb and Christopher J. Bell. 2014. Regional, depositional, and chronological comparisons of Pleistocene turtle richness in North America. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 13 (1): 16-26. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Keene, Erin, Tanya Soule and Frank Paladino. 2014. Microbial isolations from Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) and East Pacific Green (Chelonia mydas agassizii) Sea Turtle nests in Pacific Costa Rica, and testing of cloacal fluid antimicrobial properties. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 13 (1): 49-55. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

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In honor and memory of Prof. David J. Morafka, distinguished herpetologist and authority on North American gopher tortoises, the Desert Tortoise Council, with the aid of several donors, has established a monetary award to help support research that contributes to the understanding, management and conservation of tortoises of the genus Gopherus in the southwestern United States and Mexico: G. agassizii, G. morafkai, G. berlandieri, and G. flavomarginatus.

Award Amount: $2,000 to be awarded at the Desert Tortoise Council’s Annual Symposium depending on the availability of funding and an appropriate recipient.

Eligibility: Applicants must be associated with a recognized institution (e.g., university, museum, government agency, non-governmental organization) and may be graduate students, post-doctoral students, or other researchers. They must agree to present a report on the results of the research in which award funds were used at a future symposium of the Desert Tortoise Council.

Evaluation Criteria: Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the potential of the research to contribute to the biological knowledge of one or more of the above gopher tortoise species, and to their management and conservation. Important considerations are the significance and originality of the research problem, design of sampling and analysis, preliminary data supporting the feasibility of the research, and the likelihood of successful completion and publication.

Application Procedure:

1. Download and open an application form from the Desert Tortoise Council’s website www.deserttortoise.org. The form is electronically interactive.

2. Provide all information requested on the application, including a description of the research project in no more than 1,200 words.

3. Submit the completed application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as a pdf document.

4. Applications must be supported by the applicant’s CV and three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant’s research advisor, supervisor, or a knowledgeable colleague. Instruct the recommenders to submit their letters to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as pdf documents.

5. All application materials and letters of recommendation must be received by December 1, 2014They will be evaluated by a committee of gopher tortoise biologists appointed by the Desert Tortoise Council Board of Directors.

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The first three Catalogue accounts under the new editors (Christopher J. Bell and Travis J. LaDuc) have just been published. The Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (CAAR) covers amphibians and reptiles of the western hemisphere and is the most authoritative summary of the species available. CAAR is published by the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles and is available open access at: http://www.SSARCAAR.com - also in the pdf library of ZenScientist.com

 

Lovich, Jeffery E. and Joshua R. Ennen. 2014. Graptemys gibbonsi Lovich and McCoy Pascagoula Map Turtle. Catalogue of American Amhibians and Reptiles. (901): 1-8. 

 

Les, Angela M. and Robert Powell. 2014. Anolis smaragdinus Barbour and Shreve Bahamian Green Anole. Catalogue of American Amhibians and Reptiles. (902): 1-15. 

 

 

Powell, Robert. 2014. Cubophis vudii (Cope) Bahamian Racer, Bahamian Brown Racer. Catalogue of American Amhibians and Reptiles. (903): 1-15. 

 

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Three issues of the Utah Herpetologists' League Journal (1974-1975)and all 30 issues of the Utah Association of Herpetologists newsletter, Intermontanus (1992-1996) have been scanned and the pdfs are now available in the open access section of the PDF Library

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Journal of Herpetology 48(2)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_JH48-2.jpgBennett, Amanda M. and Jacqueline D. Litzgus. 2014. Injury rates of freshwater turtles on a recreational waterway in Ontario, Canada. Journal of Herpetology. 48 (2): 262-266. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Boretto, Jorgelina M., Miguel W. Fornes, Graciela A. Jahn, Juan Carlos Acosta and Nora R. Ibargüengoytía. 2014. Testosterone cycle and regulation of reproductive events in the lizardPhymaturus punae (Liolaemidae) from the highlands of the Andes, Argentina. Journal of Herpetology. 48 (2): 172-180. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Charney, Noah D., Andrea T. Ireland and Brian R. Bettencourt. 2014. Mapping genotype distributions in the unisexual Ambystoma complex. Journal of Herpetology. 48 (2): 210-219. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Cooper, William E., Jr., Valentin Perez Mellado and Dror Hawlena. 2014. Foraging by the omnivorous lizard Podarcis lilfordi: Effects of nectivory in an ancestrally insectivorous active forager. Journal of Herpetology. 48 (2): 203-209. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

de Sa, Fabio P., Juliana Zina and Celio F. B. Haddad. 2014. Reproductive dynamics of the Neotropical Treefrog Hypsiboas albopunctatus (Anura, Hylidae). Journal of Herpetology. 48 (2): 181-185. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Dellert, Lauren J., Danielle O'Neil and Deby L. Cassill. 2014. Effects of beach renourishment and clutch relocation on the success of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) eggs and hatchlings. Journal of Herpetology. 48 (2): 186-187. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Garcia R., Juan C., Angela Maria Mendoza, Oscar Ospina, Heiber Cardenas and Fernando Castro. 2014. A morphometric and molecular approach to define three closely related species of frogs of the genus Pristimantis (Anura: Craugastoridae) from the Cordillera Occidental in Colombia. Journal of Herpetology. 48 (2): 220-227. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Gonzalez Trujillo, Ricardo, Rodrigo Mendez Alonzo, Victor Arroyo Rodriguez, Ernesto Vega, Alberto Gonzalez Romero and Victor H. Reynoso. 2014. Vegetation cover and road density as indicators of habitat suitability for the Morelet's Crocodile. Journal of Herpetology. 48 (2): 188-194. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Holding, Matthew L., Julius A. Frazier, Scott W. Dorr, Sloane N. Henningsen, Ignacio T. Moore and Emily N. Taylor. 2014. Physiological and behavioral effects of repeated handling and short-distance translocations on free-ranging Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus oreganus). Journal of Herpetology. 48 (2): 233-239. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Kraus, Fred. 2014. A new species of Liophryne (Anura: Microhylidae) from Papua New Guinea. Journal of Herpetology. 48 (2): 255-261. Liophryne miniafia sp. nov. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

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The Societas Herpetologica Italica and Edizioni Belvedere recently published a new book:

b2ap3_thumbnail_Scripta.jpgCapula, Massimo and Claudia Corti (eds.) 2014. Scripta Herpetologica: Studies on Amphibians and reptiles in honour of Benedetto Lanza. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina, 200 p.

This book is a tribute to Benedetto (Bettino) Lanza, founder of modern Italian herpetology and Honorary Member of the Societas Herpetologica Italica, thanks to the initiative of Massimo Capula and Claudia Corti, who - as editors of the book - have gathered a collection of papers prepared by colleagues who worked closely with Bettino. The contributions published in this volume range from herpetological enigmas to maternal care in plethodontid salamanders, and represent a tangible expression of gratitude that the Societas Herpetologica Italica feels for  the Honorary Member Bemedetto Lanza

Order copies of the book from Edizioni Belvedere

Contents:

Andreone, Franco, Angelica Crottini, Falitiana C. E. Rabemananjara, Jasmin E. Randrianirina, Tokihery Razafindrabe and Giulia Tessa. 2014. Age structure, population estimate and Bd-status of two critically endangered frogs from the Ankaratra Massif (Madagascar), Boophis williamsi and Mantidactylus pauliani (Amphibia: Mantellidae). Pp. 17-29. In: M. Capula and C. Corti (eds.)Scripta Herpetologica: Studies on Amphibians and reptiles in honour of Benedetto Lanza. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Bagnoli, Claudio, Massimo Capula and Luca Luiselli. 2014. Preliminary data on natural hybridization between Vipera ammodytes and Vipera aspis in a contact zone of northeastern Italy. Pp. 31-38. In: M. Capula and C. Corti (eds.) Scripta Herpetologica: Studies on Amphibians and reptiles in honour of Benedetto Lanza. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Capula, Massimo, Mauro Grano, Cristina Cattaneo and Francesca Contini. 2014. Ophiophagy in Hierophis virdiflavus (Lacepede, 1789) (Serpentes, Colubridae): more than occasional? Pp. 49-54.In: M. Capula and C. Corti (eds.) Scripta Herpetologica: Studies on Amphibians and reptiles in honour of Benedetto Lanza. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Capula, Massimo and Claudia Corti. 2014. Presentation and Appendix: Amphibian and reptile species names by Benedetto Lanza. Pp. 5-12. In: M. Capula and C. Corti (eds.) Scripta Herpetologica: Studies on Amphibians and reptiles in honour of Benedetto Lanza. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina.

Capula, Massimo, Claudia Corti, Pietro Lo Cascio and Luca Luiselli. 2014. Thermal ecology of the Aeolian Wall Lizard, Podarcis raffonei. What about body temperatures in microinsular lizards? Pp. 39-47. In: M. Capula and C. Corti (eds.) Scripta Herpetologica: Studies on Amphibians and reptiles in honour of Benedetto Lanza. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

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South American Journal of herpetology 9(1)

Contents:

b2ap3_thumbnail_SAJH9-1.jpgCampbell, Jonathan A., Edmund D. Brodie, Jr., Oscar Flores Villela and Eric N. Smith. 2014. A fourth species of minute salamander (Thorius: Plethodontidae) from Sierra Madre del Sur of Guerrero, Mexico. South American Journal of Herpetology. 9 (1): 46-51. Thorius hankeni sp. nov. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Del Rio Garcia, Jennifer S., Victor H. Serrano Carsozo and Martha Patricia Ramirez Pinilla. 2014. Diet and microhabitat use of Bolitoglossa cf. pandi (Caudata: Plethodontidae) from the Cordillera Oriental of Colombia. South American Journal of Herpetology. 9 (1): 52-61. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Guimarães, Murilo, Paul F. Doherty, Jr. and Roberto Munguia-Steyer. 2014. Strengthening population inference in herpetofaunal studies by addressing detection probability. South American Journal of Herpetology. 9 (1): 1-8. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Juarez Heredia, Vivian, Natalin Vicente, Cecilia Robles and Monique Halloy. 2014. Mites in the neotropical lizard Liolaemus pacha (Iguania: Liolaemidae): relation to body size, sex and season. South American Journal of Herpetology. 9 (1): 14-19. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Martins, Luis S., Laura Verrastro and Alexandro M. Tozetti. 2014. The influences of habitat on body temperature control in a southern population of Liolaemus occipitalis (Boulenger, 1885) in Brazil. South American Journal of Herpetology. 9 (1): 9-13. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Quinteros, Andres Sebastian, Pablo Valladares, Romina Semham, Jose Luis Acosta, Sebastian Barrionuevo and Cristian Simon Abdala. 2014. A new species of Liomaemus (Iguania: Liolaemidae) of the alticolor-bibronii group from northern Chile. South American Journal of Herpetology. 9 (1): 20-29. Liolaemus chungara sp. nov. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Sheehy, Coleman M., III, Mario H. Yanez-Muñoz, Jorge H. Valencia and Eric N. Smith. 2014. A new species of Siphlophis (Serpentes: Dipsadidae: Xenodontinae) from the Easterm Andeas Slopes of Ecuador. South American Journal of Herpetology. 9 (1): 30-45. Siphlophis ayauma sp. nov [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Teixeira Jr., Mauro, Francisco Dal Vechio, Antonio Mollo Neto and Miguel Trefault Rodrigues. 2014. A new Two-pored Amphisbaena Linnaeus, 1758, from western Amazonia, Brazil (Amphisbaenia: Reptilia). South American Journal of Herpetology. 9 (1): 62-74. Amphisbaena caiari sp. nov. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

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Amphibia-Reptilia 35(2)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_A-R35-2.jpgArias, Federico Jose, Mauro Teixeira Junior, Renato Sousa Recoder, Celso Morato de Carvalho, Hussam Zaher and Miguel Trefault Rodrigues. 2014. Whiptail lizards in South America: A newAmeivula (Aquamata, Teiidae) from Planalto dos Gerais, Eastern Brazilian Cerrado. Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (2): 227-242. Ameivula xacriaba sp. nov. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Bina Pearl, R. G., Zoltan T. Nagy, Gontran Sonet, Frank Glaw, Katherina C. Wollenberg and Miguel Vences. 2014. DNA barcoding Madagascar's amphibian fauna. Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (2): 197-206. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Costa, Andrea, Sebastiano Salvidio, Mario Posillico, Tiziana Altea, Giorgio Matteucci and Antonio Romano. 2014. What goes in does not come out: Different non-lethal dietary methods give contradictory interpretation of prey selectivity in amphibians. Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (2): 255-262. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Hendrix, Ralf, Jürgen Fleck, Willi Schneider, Christoph Schneider, Daniel Geller, Aziz Avci, Kurtulus Olgun and Sebastian Steinfartz. 2014. First comprehensive insights into nuclear and mitochondrial DNA based population structure of Near East mountain brook newts (Salamandridae: genus Neurergus) suggest the resurrection of Neurergus derjugini. Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (2): 173-187. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Hosseinzadeh, Mahboubeh Sadat, Mansour Aliabadian, Eskandar Rastegar-Pouyani and Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani. 2014. The roles of environmental factors on reptile richness in Iran. Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (2): 215-225. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Ibañez, Alejandro, Barbara A. Caspers, Pilar Lopez, Jose Martin and E. Tobias Krause. 2014. Is the reaction to chemical cues of predators affected by age or experience in Fire Salamanders (Salamandra salamandra)? Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (2): 189-196. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Lara-Resendiz, Rafael Alejandro, Tereza Jezkova, Philip C. Rosen and Fausto Roberto Mendez-de la Cruz. 2014. Thermoregulation during the summer season in the Goode's Horned LizardPhrynosoma goodei (Iguania: Phrynosomatidae) in Sonoran Desert. Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (2): 161-172. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Perez-Mellado, Valentin, Mario Garrido, Zaida Ortega, Ana Perez-Cembranos and Abraham Mencia. 2014. The Yellow-legged Gull as a predator of lizards in Balaeric Islands. Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (2): 207-213. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Ringler, Eva, Alexandra Mangold, Katharina Trenkwalder, Max Ringler and Walter Hödl. 2014. Characterisation of nine new polymorphic microsatellite loci in the Reticulated Glass FrogHyalinobatrachium valerioi (Centrolenidae). Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (2): 243-246. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Rowe, John W., Charles F. Bunce and David L. Clark. 2014. Spectral reflectance and substrate color-induced melanization in immature and adult midland painted turtles (Chrysemys picta marginata). Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (2): 149-159. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

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[This was originally posted in the ZenScientist Facebook Group. The issue is an important one that needs more attention. Please write your comments to the ICZN, or if nothing else email them to voice support (or not) for my comments]

After reading Kaiser's 2014 paper in the most recent Herpetological Review and then re-reading the Kaiser et al. paper from 2013 (both open access at http://www.zenscientist.com/index.php/filedrawer/Open-Access-Files/ssar_public/ ). I realized that my (and most people's) lack of action has not helped the situation. The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) is not set up to deal with the very real threat posed by this digital age and the ease of self-publishing. In fact the ICZN, has asked the scientific community to offer some direction on how to deal with this threat (see:http://iczn.org/node/40405 ). I just sent in my comments (below). I encourage everyone to read the Kaiser papers and the ICZN request for direction and then email your comments to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This is a very important issue - Zoological nomenclature effects every aspects of our communication about species in every discipline. One of the most damaging effects of rampant self-published species descriptions is it's potential impact on conservation efforts. It is difficult enough to gain support for conservation now - It will be much worse if you add taxonomic confusion about what needs to be protected. Please take action - TODAY. Below are my comments to the ICZN:

I would like to address:

[ from the ICZN request for information - link above] "The question has been put before us, however, as to whether the desires of the community can compel a re-evaluation of the policy of neutrality; specifically, whether taxonomic freedom requires us to remain blind to ethical considerations, including a failure to adhere to proper standards of scientific conduct. Therefore, we seek guidance from the taxonomic community as to whether there is a perceived need for change, and we wish to solicit comments in order to ascertain a clearer picture of public opinion. We are, ultimately, at the service of the community, and if there is a consensus indicating that the community feels neutrality does not serve their needs, then we wish to be clear about it."
"We must stress that this is a very broad issue, which manifests in many ways, affects many disciplines, and has occurred throughout the history of taxonomy. We also recognize that the most prominent and timely concerns relate to issues such as plagiarism, falsification of data, criminal activities, and practices that subvert or circumvent the process of peer review (which is considered an essential element of all scientific practice, taxonomy included). This is, emphatically, not a referendum on professionals versus amateurs (or other cultural stereotypes), nor a referendum on the merits (or lack thereof) of peer review. Basically, what we seek to know is whether the taxonomic community wants to continue dealing with these issues at their own discretion, or whether they want the Commission to be empowered to do so (or something in between); we will not do so on our own initiative."

[my response]: As noted above this issue is not new. Taxonomic descriptions have appeared in a variety of publication types since the very beginning. However, over time the Code has been written to deal with many of these. For example Constantine Rafinesque was a prolific taxonomist and many of his names remain valid today. However, he also published taxonomic descriptions in newspapers and other non-scientific outlets causing many problems and synonymies. Under today's code many of Rafinesque's descriptions would not be valid. In that respect the code has done a fine job of limiting the types of publications in which descriptions may be published.

As the world moved into the digital world over the last 30 years, self-publishing has moved from an exception, to a very common practice that anyone with a computer has the capability of doing. The Code has not evolved to handle the potential impacts of this change. While the vast majority of people would never consider self publishing a taxonomic description, that standard of ethics cannot be assumed to be universal. Even within that small group of people who would (and do) self-publish taxonomic descriptions, most limit them to a small number of taxa that can be dealt with easily within the ICZN. Unfortunately there are those few people, like Raymond Hoser, who have decided to name a vast number of taxa. In doing this Mr. Hoser has received much criticism - pointing out things he has done in violation of the Code. As a result he now sends copies to museums, sets a specific publication date, claims peer review, etc.

In fact, what Mr. Hoser is doing is making a mockery of the Code. He realizes that the Code is more of a standard of ethics, or a scientific legal document that has boundaries. As long as he fits within the minimum standards of the Code he is protected. In this digital age this is quite simple, given the relatively open guidelines of the Code.

I believe the ICZN needs to tighten up some aspects of the Code in order to deal with the very real threat of sabotage that the digital age presents. In fact, I would be in favor of a substantial restriction to the point of requiring taxonomic descriptions to be published in established peer reviewed journals. Journals like Zootaxa do not have any page charges and are open to amateurs and professionals alike. Within herpetology, where Mr. Hoser is publishing, none of the major journals require page charges (I don't know of any herpetological journals that require page charges). Furthermore, all of these journals frequently publish papers by amateurs - They are, however, held to the same peer-review standards as professionals.

I realize this may not be true for other zoological disciplines, and that some amateurs claim they are ostracized by societies. Given this, the ICZN is unlikely to require such a standard. Nonetheless, the Code must be updated to deal with the very real threat posed by the ease of digital publishing. Without such an update the Code risks becoming a tool of self publishers to make a mockery of science. Once that happens the code will become irrelevant. We have seen the beginnings of this with Mr. Hoser and his descriptions. Several herpetological societies have passed resolutions banning the recognition of Hoser's names in their publications (including in synonymies). What would be the end result if the Code is ignored more and more frequently because of self-publishing sabotage? I can foresee a day when various societies collaborate to form a new standard separate from the ICZN. That would be a great shame. The Code must be updated to deal with today's technology.

Respectfully,

Breck Bartholomew

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Herpetological Review 45(2)

Contents:

b2ap3_thumbnail_HR45-2.jpgAdams, Cory K., Daniel Saenz and James D. Childress. 2014. Geographic Distribution: Anolis sagrei (brown anole). Herpetological Review. 45 (2): 282.

Aguiar, Aline, Drausio Honorio Morais, Paulo José Pyles Cicchi and Reinaldo José Da Silva. 2014. Evaluation of helminths associated with 14 amphibian species from a neotropical island near the southeast coast of Brazil. Herpetological Review. 45 (2): 227-236. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Ahumada-Carrillo, Iván Trinidad, Nadia Pérez Rivera, Jacobo Reyes-Velasco, Christoph I. Grünwald and Jason M. Jones. 2014. Notable records of amphibians and reptiles from Colima, Nayarit, Jalisco, and Zacatecas, México. Herpetological Review. 45 (2): 287-291. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Alcantara, Edna P., Cristiana F. Silva, Robson W. Ávila and Waltécio O. Almeida. 2014. Pseudoboa nigra (black false boa) endoparasites. Herpetological Review. 45 (2): 343. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Alvarez, Jeff A., Kelly A. Davidson and Sarah M. Foster. 2014. Actinemys marmorata (western pond turtle) nest predation association. Herpetological Review. 45 (2): 307-308. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Alzate, Esteban. 2014. Geographic Distribution: Micrurus camilae. Herpetological Review. 45 (2): 285-286.

Anton, Thomas G., Phillip W. Willink and Bill Kleiman. 2014. Geographic Distribution: Nerodia sipedon (common watersnake). Herpetological Review. 45 (2): 286.

Arciniega, Rafael Alejandro Calzada and Alfonso Hernández Ríos. 2014. Geographic Distribution: Anaxyrus punctatus (red-spotted toad). Herpetological Review. 45 (2): 276.

Ayllon, Enrique and Cesar Ayres. 2014. Bufo bufo (common toad) predation. Herpetological Review. 45 (2): 303-304. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Baker, Nick. 2014. Geographic Distribution: Lycodon subcinctus (banded wolf snake). Herpetological Review. 45 (2): 285.

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Copeia 2014(1)

Contents:

b2ap3_thumbnail_Copeia14-1.jpgArbour, Jessica H., Ramiro E. Barriga Salazar and Hernan Lopez-Fernandez. 2014. A new species of Bujurquina (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from the Rio Danta, Ecuador, with a key to the species. Copeia. 2014 (1): 79-86. Bujurquina pardus sp. nov [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Arias, Federico, Celso Morato de Carvalho, Hussam Zaher and Miguel Trefaut Rodrigues. 2014. A new species of Ameivula (Squamata, Teiidae) from southern Espinhaço Mountain Range, Brazil. Copeia. 2014 (1): 95-105. Ameivula cipoensis sp. nov. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

ASIH. 2014. Gerald R. Smith - Joseph S. Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in Ichthyology-2013. Copeia. 2014 (1): 5.

ASIH. 2014. Lynne R. Parenti - Robert H. Gibbs, Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence in Systematic Ichthyology-2013. Copeia. 2014 (1): 1-2.

ASIH. 2014. Patrick T. Gregory - Robert K. Johnson Award for Excellence in Service-2013. Copeia. 2014 (1): 4.

ASIH. 2014. Roy W. McDiarmid - Henry S. Fitch Award for Excellence in herpetology-2013. Copeia. 2014 (1): 3.

Beane, Jeffrey C., Sean P. Graham, Thomas J. Thorp and L. Todd Pusser. 2014. Natural history of the Southern Hognose Snake (Heterodon simus) in North Carolina, USA. Copeia. 2014 (1): 168-175. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Borja, Miguel, Gamaliel Castañeda, Jorge Espinosa, Edgar Neri, Alejandro Carbajal, Herlinda Clement, Osvaldo Garcia and Alejandro Alagon. 2014. Mojave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus) with type B venom from Mexico. Copeia. 2014 (1): 7-13. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Burger, Joanna and Michael Gochfeld. 2014. Avian predation on Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) sea turtle eggs and hatchlings: Avian opportunities, turtle avoidance, and human protection. Copeia. 2014 (1): 109-122. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Chabarria, Ryan E., Sharon Furiness, Leslie Patterson, Joseph Hall, Yongjiu Chen, Brian Lynch and Frank Pezold. 2014. Genetic structure and demographic history of endemic Micronesian Blue Riffle Goby, Stiphon caeruleus (Gobiidae) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequence analysis. Copeia. 2014 (1): 23-37. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

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Radiata 23(2)
German and English Editions

Minor 13(2)

Contents:

b2ap3_thumbnail_Radiata23-2.jpgBüttner, Enrico. 2014. Abnormally shaped eggs in clutches of the Matamata, Chelus fimbriata (Schneider, 1783), in my care. Radiata (English edition). 23 (2): 30-34. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Büttner, Enrico. 2014. Ungewöhnliche Eiform bei Gelegen der von mir gepflegten Fransenschilkröte, Chelus fimbriata (Schneider, 1783). Radiata. 23 (2): 30-34. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Lee, David S. and Liao Shi Kun. 2014. As effective as a mother's kiss - Turtles in traditionhal Chinese medicine. Radiata (English edition). 23 (2): 4-29. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Lee, David S. and Liao Shi Kun. 2014. So wirkungsvoll wie ein Kuss von Mama - Schildkröten in der traditionellen chinesischen Medizin. Radiata. 23 (2): 4-29. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Wolff, Bernd. 2014. Zur Erinnerung an Ingo Pauler (1939-2014). Minor. 13 (2): 14-15. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

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