Musteloid carnivores from the upper Miocene of South-Western Bulgaria, and the phylogeny of the Mephitidae
Geodiversitas 38 (4)
The upper Miocene sites of Hadjidimovo and Kalimantsi in southwestern Bulgaria have yielded fossils of three musteloids: the ailurid Simocyon Wagner, 1858, the mustelid Promeles Zittel, 1890, and several skulls of Promephitis Gaudry, 1861, an Eurasian member of the Mephitidae. Extant mephitids are represented by three New World and one South-Asian genera. Palaeomephitis Jäger, 1839, Miomephitis Dehm, 1950, and Proputorius Filhol, 1890, from the Middle Miocene of Europe, as well as several American Clarendonian to Hemphillian (late middle to late Miocene) genera have also been ascribed to the Mephitidae.
A catalogue and systematic overview of the shield-tailed snakes (Serpentes: Uropeltidae)
Zoosystema 38 (4)
We present a catalogue and systematic overview of Uropeltidae Müller, 1832 based on both new and previously published molecular and morphological data, and a new molecular phylogenetic analysis. We support the monophyly and distinctiveness of Brachyophidium Wall, 1921, Melanophidium Günther, 1864, Platyplectrurus Günther, 1868, Pseudoplectrurus Boulenger, 1890, and Teretrurus Beddome, 1886. We move Uropeltis melanogaster (Gray, 1858), U. phillipsi (Nicholls, 1929), and Pseudotyphlops Schlegel, 1839 to Rhinophis Hemprich, 1820, and re-name Pseudotyphlops philippinus (Müller, 1832) as R. saffragamus (Kelaart, 1853), and U. smithi Gans, 1966 as U. grandis (Beddome, 1867).
Contribution à l’étude des Orchidaceae de Madagascar. XXXVIII. Deux nouvelles espèces et une nouvelle combinaison pour le genre Pectinariella Szlach., Mytnik & Grochocka à Madagascar
Adansonia 38 (2)
Before passing away, Jean Bosser (23rd of December 1922-6th of December 2013) worked on describing two species of Angraecopsis Kraenzl. The manuscript has never been submitted for publication, we thus undertook to complete his work using specimens we collected in Eastern Madagascar. The study of these specimens allowed us to determine that the two species belong to the genus Pectinariella Szlach., Mytnik & Grochocka and that one of these two species was not a novelty but corresponded rather to Pectinariella pterophylla (H. Perrier) Verlynde & Ramandimbisoa, comb. nov., for which we redefine morphological delimitation. We publish the second species under Pectinariella edmundi Bosser ex Verlynde & Ramandimbisoa, sp. nov.
Le morse et le phoque dans les mers du Nord au Moyen Âge : chasse, exploitation, commerce. Une approche par les textes
Anthropozoologica 51 (2)
The sources we have tend to prove that, during the Middle Ages, men fear the sea and the creatures living in it. The walrus, subject of a terminological ambiguity, is no exception to the rule. However, both the walrus and the seal are hunted, for hunters have a more realistic view of these animals. Mainly based on Norse texts, and in particular on Icelandic sagas, this article intends to identify the main features of the hunting of these amphibian mammals in northern seas. While hunting is vital in some areas, it is subject to very restricting rules elsewhere, which can sometimes lead to conflicts. As a matter of fact, northern seas have seen trade become increasingly dynamic during the Middle Ages, in which the walrus and its precious ivory tusks have their place.
Glaciambulata neumayeri gen. et sp. nov., a new Antarctic trachymedusa (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa), with a revision of the family Ptychogastriidae
European Journal of Taxonomy 2016
A new genus and species of sympagic trachymedusa, Glaciambulata neumayeri gen. et sp. nov., are described based on material from Antarctica. Its generic features are compared to those of its relatives, Ptychogastria Allman, 1878 and Tesserogastria Beyer, 1959, and a review of the family Ptychogastriidae Mayer, 1910, based on literature data, is provided. From this, it results that the poorly-known Pectis antarctica Haeckel, 1879, formerly assigned to Ptychogastria by a number of authors, displays all characters of the contemporary rhopalonematid genus Voragonema Naumov, 1971. It is additionally demonstrated that V. laciniata Bouillon et al., 2001 is coterminous with P.