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Boano G.,Museo Civico di Storia Naturale | Vinals N.,Museo Civico di Storia Naturale | Durante A.,Museo di Storia Naturale Del Salento | Pavia M.,University of Turin
Zootaxa | Year: 2015

We report the occurrence of the recently-described Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus in the Makokou area, northeastern Gabon, more than 600 kilometers NE from its type locality, in areas covered by dense primary to secondary forest. The previous records of Stiphrornis from the same area were referred to S. xanthogaster. We confirm this attribution on the basis of museum specimens. Although several recent sources treat all Stiphrornis as a single species, our findings strongly suggest the sympatric coexistence of two Stiphrornis species and thus that they should be treated as separate species under the Biological Species Concept. Copyright © 2015 Magnolia Press.

Carlino P.,Museo di Storia Naturale Del Salento | Pauwels O.S.G.,Institute Royal Des Science Naturelles Of Belgique
North-Western Journal of Zoology | Year: 2013

The presence of the arboreal colubrid Thrasops jacksonii in Gabon is confirmed based on a juvenile specimen collected in Ivindo National Park. Morphological and biological data are provided for the Gabonese specimen. This new record brings to 71 the number of snake species currently inventoried from Gabon. © NwjZ, Oradea, Romania, 2013.

Loudit S.M.B.,Institute Of Recherches Agronomiques Et Forestieres | Durante A.,Museo di Storia Naturale Del Salento | Susini A.,Corso Porta Ticinese
Zootaxa | Year: 2014

Specimens of Membracidae belonging to the genus Hamma collected in several surveys conducted between 2009 and 2012 in Gabon were examined. They represent six species, of which three are described as new to science: Hamma boulardi n. sp., Hamma carlini n. sp., Hamma franciscae n. sp. Copyright © 2014 Magnolia Press.

Andreone F.,Museo Regionale di Science Naturali | Bartolozzi L.,Museo di Storia Naturale | Boano G.,Museo Civico di Storia Naturale | Boero F.,University of Salento | And 26 more authors.
ZooKeys | Year: 2014

The Italian natural history museums are facing a critical situation, due to the progressive loss of scientific relevance, decreasing economic investments, and scarcity of personnel. This is extremely alarming, especially for ensuring the long-term preservation of the precious collections they host. Moreover, a commitment in fieldwork to increase scientific collections and concurrent taxonomic research are rarely considered priorities, while most of the activities are addressed to public events with political payoffs, such as exhibits, didactic meetings, expositions, and talks. This is possibly due to the absence of a national museum that would have better steered research activities and overall concepts for collection management. We here propose that Italian natural history museums collaborate to instate a “metamuseum”, by establishing a reciprocal interaction network aimed at sharing budgetary and technical resources, which would assure better coordination of common long-term goals and scientific activities. © 2014 Franco Andreone et al..

The author presents the first work on two surveys in the National Park of Ivindo in Gabon. He examines the genus Afrasura Durante, 2009, describes the female of A. emma Durante, 2009, and five new species: A. trunca sp. n., A. camilla sp. n., A. duplex sp. n., A. aetheria sp. n., A. fracta sp. n., of which the last four belong to the newly proposed A. submarmorata species group. Copyright © 2012 Magnolia Press.

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