New Book on water mites!
Süßwasserfauna von Mitteleuropa, Bd. 7/2-3 Chelicerata. Acari III
Reinhard Gerecke, Terence Gledhill, Vladimir Pešić, Harry Smit
ISBN: 978-3-8274-1893-7 (Print) 978-3-8274-2689-5 (Online)
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
For the first time in limnofaunistic bibliography, the present taxonomic knowledge about the different clades of chelicerata having adapted to an aquatic or amphibious lifestyle along various evolutionary pathways is brought together in an overview for the Central-European fauna. A total number of 746 taxa is covered, over 99 % of these at species level.
This third volume (Volume 7/2-3) includes taxonomic keys and ecological information for 355 species of the two highly diverse Hydrachnidia superfamilies Hygrobatoidea (241 species and one subspecies) and Arrenuroidea (113 species).
The chelicerata volumes of this series are a basic tool for all limnologists interested in diversity and ecology – in particular for biologists investigating the ecotones between ground and surface water, between bottom substrata and open water, and between water and land.
Special issue of Ecologica Montenegrina devoted to Prof. Dr. Božidar Ćurčić
We announce that a special issue of the journal Ecologica Montenegrina under the title “ADVANCES IN ZOOLOGY: PAPERS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ACADEMICIAN BOŽIDAR ĆURČIĆ” will be published this year. The journal issue is devoted to a famous Serbian zoologist and arachnologist Acad. Prof. Dr. Božidar Ćurčić, who had recently passed away.
Volume 5 (2016) of Ecologica Montenegrina published
The 5th volume (March 2016) was published: 14 papers (6 Articles, 8 Correspodences).
Podrška naučne javnosti
Vodeći svjetski ekspert za grupu vodenih grinja dr Harry Smit uputio je pismo podrške predsjedniku Naučnog Odbora Univerziteta Crne Gore prof. dr Vladimiru Pešiću
Laboratorija za Beskičmenjake i Ekologiju biće otvorena za laičku javnost svake prve srijede u mjesecu
Povodom zlonamjernih medijskih insinuacija dnevnih novina Vijesti vezano za naučni rad predsjednika Naučnog Odbora Univerziteta Crne Gore prof. dr Vladimir Pešić dajemo njegovo reagovanje.
Volume 4 (2015) of Ecoogica Montenegrina published
The 4th volume (Dec 2015) was published: 10 papers (7 Articles, 3 Correspodences). 9 species new for science!
A new genus and species of water mites (Acari, Hydrachnidia, Wettinidae) Bromeliacarus cardoso Pešić, 2015 described from bromeliad phytotelmata in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest, has received a lot of media recognition across a number of reputed international outlets like “National Geographic Indonesia” and “Science Daily”.
You can have a look at a few of these examples on the following links:
The time come for some changes!
As of January 2015 the EM journal is only available on line, EM will move from four to one issue per volume. Indeed having four issues per volume has no real meaning in electronic publication. Papers will be published in multi-paper volumes of > 65 pages.
During a recent survey of organisms collected from Bajo de Sico, a mesophotic coral reef ecosystem in Mona Passage off Puerto Rico, one pontarachnid mite species new to science was discovered. The new species Litarachna lopezae was named after the famous Puerto Rican singer Jennifer Lopez.
“The reason behind the unusual choice of name for the new species,” explains the lead author Vladimir Pešić, Department of Biology, University of Montenegro, “is that J.Lo’s songs and videos kept the team in a continuous good mood when writing the manuscript and watching World Cup Soccer 2014.”
Pontarachnid mites represent widely distributed but still unstudied group of marine animals. Nothing is known about the life cycle of these animals. The new mite species was collected from nearly 70 m depth, the greatest depth from which Pontarachnid mites have been found until now.
Mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs), like Bajo de Sico where the new species was found are light-dependent habitats dominated by macroalgae, sponges and scleractinian corals and are found on the insular and continental slopes of Caribbean islands between 30 and 100 m. Even at the lower depth range (70-100 m), there is enough light for photosynthesis to take place enhancing the growth of several scleractinian coral species and algae.