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The ant genus Trichomyrmex Mayr, 1865 is revised for the Arabian Peninsula based on the worker caste. Nine species are recognized and descriptions of two new species, T. almosayari sp. nov. and T. shakeri sp. nov. from Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia, are given. For nomenclatural stability, lectotypes for T. abyssinicus (Forel, 1894a), T. lameerei (Forel, 1902) and T. mayri (Forel, 1902) are designated. A key to species and diagnostic characters of the treated species are presented. New country records are presented for T. abyssinicus (Saudi Arabia), T. destructor (Jerdon, 1851) (Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) and T. mayri (Qatar). New distributional records for T.
A new set of Paleocene and Eocene decapod crustaceans is described from the Kirthar Range of Pakistan. Two new ghost shrimps (Crustacea, Decapoda, Callianassidae) are described: Neocallichirus khadroensis Hyžný & Charbonnier, n. sp. from the Paleocene (Danian, Khadro Formation) of Gawar Band, Ranikot District, and Neocallichirus lakhraensis Hyžný & Charbonnier, n. sp. from the Early Eocene (Ypresian, Lakhra Formation) of Rbod Nala, Jhirak District. Both new species exhibit chelipeds which are morphologically surprisingly close to extant Neocallichirus karumba (Poore & Griffin, 1979) from the Indo-West Pacific.
The Chinese fauna of Lispe tentaculata-group is reviewed. A new synonym for L. sericipalpis Stein, 1904 is established: L. fanjingshanensis Wei, 2006 n. syn. Taxonomic status of the suspected species L. alpinicola Wu & Fan, 1981 is discussed. The keys to males and females of all five species within the group in China are established. Morphological details of both sexes are illustrated using light microscopy photographs, scanning electronic microscopy images and line drawings, of which male and female terminalia are summarized as novel characteristics for diagnosis. The group is divided into two subgroups (L. tentaculata-subgroup and L. orientalis-subgroup) based on two characteristics (first fore tarsomere and phallus).
In 1513 the famous Turkish navigator, geographer and cartographer, the admiral Pîrî Reis, drew a large planisphere showing the entire known world of the time. Today only a fragment of this work remains, conserved at the Topkapi Sarayi Museum in Istanbul (Turkey) and referred to as the Carte de l’Atlantique. This map represents one of the most controversial, mysterious and beautiful documents in the history of cartography. The aim of this study is to analyse the zoomorphic representations of the Pîrî Reis map, investigating the sources of their iconography as well as focusing on their zoological and cultural meanings.
Saurauia magentea Danet, sp. nov. recently discovered in the Indonesian province of Papua, is described and illustated. It is well characterized by its narrow, multinerved leaf blade and by its magenta flowers, solitary or fasciculate. It differs from the Neo-Guinean species in the section Ramiflorae (Diels) Gilg & Werderm. by having spinules and tiny prickles on the leaves.