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Rotenberry, J. T., & Balasubramaniam, P. (2020). Connecting species’ geographical distributions to environmental variables: range maps versus observed points of occurrence. Ecography. doi:10.1111/ecog.04871 https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.04871

Connecting the geographical occurrence of a species with underlying environmental variables is fundamental for many analyses of life history evolution and for modeling species distributions for both basic and practical ends. However, raw distributional information comes principally in two forms: poi…

Turak, E., Bush, A., Dela-Cruz, J., & Powell, M. (2020). Freshwater Reptile Persistence and Conservation in Cities: Insights from Species Occurrence Records. Water, 12(3), 651. doi:10.3390/w12030651 https://doi.org/10.3390/w12030651

Reptiles are rarely included in urban freshwater biodiversity monitoring and conservation. We explored the global persistence of freshwater dependent turtles, lizards, crocodilians and snakes in cities with a population greater than 100,000 using species occurrence data in online databases from a fi…

Préau, C., Grandjean, F., Sellier, Y., Gailledrat, M., Bertrand, R., & Isselin-Nondedeu, F. (2020). Habitat patches for newts in the face of climate change: local scale assessment combining niche modelling and graph theory. Scientific Reports, 10(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-020-60479-4 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-60479-4

Triturus cristatus and Triturus marmoratus are two protected and declining newts occurring in the administrative department of Vienne, in France. They have limited dispersal abilities and rely on the connectivity between habitats and their suitability. In a warming climate, the locations of suitable…

Oyinlola, M. A., Reygondeau, G., Wabnitz, C. C. C., & Cheung, W. W. L. (2020). Projecting global mariculture diversity under climate change. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.14974 https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14974

Previous studies have focused on changes in the geographical distribution of terrestrial biomes and species targeted by marine capture fisheries due to climate change impacts. Given mariculture’s substantial contribution to global seafood production and its growing significance in recent decades, it…

Bañón, R., Carlos, A., Alonso‐Fernández, A., Ramos, F., & Baldó, F. (2020). Apparently contradictory routes in the expansion of two fish species in the Eastern Atlantic. Journal of Fish Biology. doi:10.1111/jfb.14290 https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.14290

One specimen of the boreal Clupea harengus (Clupeidae) was caught southerly, in the Gulf of Cádiz (southern Spain), whereas a specimen of the subtropical Epinephelus aeneus (Serranidae) was caught northerly, in Galician waters (northwest of Spain). These catches represent a new southernmost record i…

Carrasco, J., Price, V., Tulloch, V., & Mills, M. (2020). Selecting priority areas for the conservation of endemic trees species and their ecosystems in Madagascar considering both conservation value and vulnerability to human pressure. Biodiversity and Conservation. doi:10.1007/s10531-020-01947-1 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-020-01947-1

Madagascar is one of the most biodiverse countries in Africa, due to its level of endemism and species diversity. However, the pressure of human activities threatens the last patches of natural vegetation in the country and conservation decisions are undertaken with limited data availability. In thi…

Blanton, C. S., Perkin, J. S., Menchaca, N., & Kollaus, K. A. (2020). A Gap in the Armor: Spearfishing Reduces Biomass of Invasive Suckermouth Armored Catfish. Fisheries. doi:10.1002/fsh.10410 https://doi.org/10.1002/fsh.10410

Introduced Suckermouth Armored Catfish (SAC; family Loricariidae) have invaded freshwater ecosystems globally. In the San Marcos River, Texas, control of invasive SAC includes spearfishing through public tournaments and contracted spearfishing, yet the effectiveness of these control efforts is unqua…

Zink, R. M., Botero-Cañola, S., Martinez, H., & Herzberg, K. M. (2020). Niche modeling reveals life history shifts in birds at La Brea over the last twenty millennia. PLOS ONE, 15(1), e0227361. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0227361 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0227361

A species presence at a particular site can change over time, resulting in temporally dynamic species pools. Ecological niche models provide estimates of species presence at different time intervals. The avifauna of La Brea includes approximately 120 species dating to approximately 15,000 years ago.…

Hecker, L. J., Bean, W. T., & Marks, S. B. (2020). Compensatory Microhabitat Selection by Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus oreganus) in a Cool and Wet Macroclimate. Journal of Herpetology, 54(1), 39. doi:10.1670/17-153 https://doi.org/10.1670/17-153

Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus oreganus) have a range that extends from southern California into British Columbia. This subspecies is common in relatively warm and arid regions, but also occurs in habitats that are neither warm nor arid. We hypothesized that the presence of suitabl…

Moudrý, V., & Devillers, R. (2020). Quality and usability challenges of global marine biodiversity databases: An example for marine mammal data. Ecological Informatics, 56, 101051. doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2020.101051 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoinf.2020.101051

Knowing spatial and temporal patterns of species distribution is paramount to support marine species persistence. While datasets provided by global aggregators are increasingly rich and useful, they suffer from various types of data quality issues that can impact their usage. Using marine mammals as…