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Balcatta, Australia

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Balcatta, Australia

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Harvey M.S.,Western Australian Museum | Harvey M.S.,University of Western Australia | Harvey M.S.,American Museum of Natural History | Harvey M.S.,California Academy of Sciences | And 17 more authors.
Invertebrate Systematics | Year: 2011

A major challenge confronting many contemporary systematists is how to integrate standard taxonomic research with conservation outcomes. With a biodiversity crisis looming and ongoing impediments to taxonomy, how can systematic research continue to document species and infer the 'Tree of Life', and still maintain its significance to conservation science and to protecting the very species it strives to understand? Here we advocate a systematic research program dedicated to documenting short-range endemic taxa, which are species with naturally small distributions and, by their very nature, most likely to be threatened by habitat loss, habitat degradation and climate change. This research can dovetail with the needs of industry and government to obtain high-quality data to inform the assessment of impacts of major development projects that affect landscapes and their biological heritage. We highlight how these projects are assessed using criteria mandated by Western Australian legislation and informed by guidance statements issued by the Environmental Protection Authority (Western Australia). To illustrate slightly different biological scenarios, we also provide three case studies from the Pilbara region of Western Australia, which include examples demonstrating a rapid rise in the collection and documentation of diverse and previously unknown subterranean and surface faunas, as well as how biological surveys can clarify the status of species thought to be rare or potentially threatened. We argue that 'whole of biota' surveys (that include all invertebrates) are rarely fundable and are logistically impossible, and that concentrated research on some of the most vulnerable elements in the landscape short-range endemics, including troglofauna and stygofauna can help to enhance conservation and research outcomes. © CSIRO.


Miglio L.T.,Laboratorio Of Aracnologia | Harms D.,University of Western Australia | Harms D.,Phoenix Environmental science Pty Ltd | Framenau V.W.,University of Western Australia | And 5 more authors.
ZooKeys | Year: 2014

Four new species of the Mouse Spider genus Missulena Walckenaer, 1805 (family Actinopodidae) are described from Western Australia based on morphological features of adult males. Missulena leniae sp. n. (from the Carnarvon and Yalgoo biogeographic regions), Missulena mainae sp. n. (Carnarvon), Missulena melissae sp. n. (Pilbara) and Missulena pinguipes sp. n. (Mallee) represent a broad spectrum of morphological diversity found in this genus and differ from other congeners by details of the male copulatory bulb, colour patterns, eye sizes, leg morphology and leg spination. Two of the species, M. pinguipes sp. n. and M. mainae sp. n., are characterised by swollen metatarsi of the fourth legs in males, a feature not previously recorded in the family. A key to males of all named Missulena species from Australia is presented and allows their identification based on external morphology. © L.T. Miglio et al.


Harms D.,University of Western Australia | Harms D.,Phoenix Environmental science Pty Ltd | Framenau V.W.,University of Western Australia | Framenau V.W.,Phoenix Environmental science Pty Ltd
Zootaxa | Year: 2013

Two new species of Mouse Spiders, genus Missulena, from the Pilbara region in Western Australia are described based on morphological features of males. Missulena faulderi sp. nov. and Missulena langlandsi sp. nov. are currently known from a small area in the southern Pilbara only. Mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) sequence divergence failed in clearly delimiting species in Missulena, but provided a useful, independent line of evidence for taxonomic work in addition to morphology. Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Press.

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