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Dominguez M.,CSIC - National Museum of Natural Sciences | Dominguez M.,University of Alicante | Fong A.,Centro Oriental Of Ecosistemas Y Biodiversidad Bioeco | Iturriaga M.,Institute Ecologia y Sistematica IES
Zootaxa | Year: 2013

Typhlops leptolepis sp. nov. is a new blind snake from Holguín Province, northeastern region of Cuba. The new species is characterized by its small and thin body size, as well as a narrow rostral in dorsal view, longer than broad, with parallel to curved sides, tapering toward anterior tip. The preocular is in contact with third supralabial only. It has 20 anterior scale rows reducing to 18 posteriorly at around midbody or posterior to midbody, moderate to high middorsal scale counts (250- 308), and a peculiar coloration (head, neck, and tail whitish spotted in ventral view). Based on its morphology, the new species can be placed within the Typhlops lumbricalis species group and a key to the species belonging to this group is presented. Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Press.

Cala-Riquelme F.,Centro Oriental Of Ecosistemas Y Biodiversidad Bioeco | Colombo M.,Liceo Scientifico Statale A. Tosi
Journal of Insect Science | Year: 2011

An assessment of the population dynamics of Microtityus jaumei Armas (Scorpiones: Buthidae) on the slopes south of Sierra de Canasta, Guantnamo Province, Cuba show an increase in activity over the year (≤ 0.05). The activity peak is related to the reproductive period from June to November. The abundance of scorpions was significantly related to density of the canopy and thickness of the substrate.

Cala-Riquelme F.,Centro Oriental Of Ecosistemas Y Biodiversidad Bioeco | Agnarsson I.,Marsh Life Science Building
Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society | Year: 2014

We describe a new species of the genus Otiothops MacLeay, 1839 (Palpimanidae), O. alayoni n. sp., from the Sierra Maestra mountain range in eastern Cuba, representing only the second species of the genus from the Greater Antilles. The new species is diagnosed from other species of the genus, and compared in detail with the Cuban O. walckenaeri Macleay, 1839. All specimens of the new species were collected by sifting leaf litter in montane rainforest. © 2014 British Arachnological Society. All Rights reserved.

Riviaux S.M.,CATEDES | Moreira F.F.F.,Federal University of Rio de Janeiro | Lopez C.N.,Centro Oriental Of Ecosistemas Y Biodiversidad Bioeco
Zootaxa | Year: 2010

A checklist of the semiaquatic and aquatic Heteroptera from Cuba is presented, based on literature records and examination of entomological collections. A total of 74 species and 1 morphospecies, 35 genera, and 16 families of the infraorders Dipsocoromorpha, Leptopodomorpha, Gerromorpha, and Nepomorpha are listed. Seven of the represented species are endemic to Cuba (9.5%), 7 of the Caribbean subregion (9.5%), and 13 of the Neotropics (17.6%). The most diverse families in the country are Gerridae (14 species), Veliidae (12 species), and Corixidae (11 species). Available distributional and habitat data are provided for each species. Copyright © 2010 · Magnolia Press.

Jesus I.S.-D.,University of Puerto Rico at San Juan | Perez M.P.,University of Puerto Rico at San Juan | Marin A.M.,Centro Oriental Of Ecosistemas Y Biodiversidad Bioeco
Harvard Papers in Botany | Year: 2010

The Dominican Republic moss flora stands out within the Caribbean countries because of the high species richness and number of disjuncts. The flora is comprised of 467 taxa in 207 genera, and 61 families. We report 62 new records and 82 disjuncts for this flora that shows affinity with other Greater Antilles and Central America. Within the context of the Caribbean and in terms of conservation, this flora is important because it represents both the highest reported moss species richness and 82 unique disjuncts within the West Indies. © 2010 President and Fellows of Harvard College.

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