Zoologica Scripta

Zoologica Scripta is a bimonthly peer-reviewed scientific journal on systematic zoology, published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. It was established in 1972. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2011 impact factor of 2.913, ranking it 12th out of 146 journals in the category "Zoology".[1]


  1. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Zoology". 2011 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2013.

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Architaenioglossa is a taxonomic group of snails which have gills and often an operculum. They are primarily land and freshwater gastropod mollusks within the clade Caenogastropoda.This "informal group" has been shown to be polyphyletic in a study by Harasewych et al., published in 1998.

Arene (gastropod)

Arene is a genus of small sea snails that have a calcareous operculum, marine gastropod molluscs in the family Areneidae.The genus Arene (and also the genus Cinysca) are placed within the family Areneidae, although Areneidae was not officially described as a taxon name. Areneidae is provisionally placed within the superfamily Angarioidea, according to Williams et al. (2008)


Areneidae is a family of sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the clade Vetigastropoda.

Areneidae is not officially described as a taxon name. Areneidae is provisionally placed within the superfamily Angarioidea according to Williams et al. (2008).


Batillaria is a genus of small salt marsh or mudflat snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Batillariidae, the horn snails.


Clathromangelia is a genus of sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Raphitomidae .The species in this genus lack a radula.


The laughingthrushes are a family of Old World passerine birds. They are diverse in size and coloration. These are birds of tropical areas, with the greatest variety in Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. The entire family used to be included in the Timaliidae.

Pachygnatha zappa

Pachygnatha zappa is a spider named after musician Frank Zappa because of its unique markings which resemble his famous moustache.

Belgian biologists Robert Bosmans and Jan Bosselaers, from the Rijksuniversiteit Gent organized two expeditions to Mount Cameroon and neighbouring ranges. In 1994 (in Zoologica Scripta, Vol. 23, No. 4, pages 325–352) they introduced the species they named Pachygnatha zappa.


The ParaHoxozoa are a proposed basal Diploblast/Eumetazoa clade as sister of the Ctenophora. It consists of the Triploblasts/Bilateria as well as the Placozoa and Cnidaria.


The jungle babblers, Pellorneidae, are mostly Old World passerine birds belonging to the superfamily Sylvioidea . They are quite diverse in size and coloration, and usually characterised by soft, fluffy plumage and a tail on average the length of their body, or longer. These birds are found in tropical zones, with the greatest biodiversity in Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

Morphological diversity is rather high; most species resemble warblers, jays or thrushes, making field identification difficult.

The Pellorneidae family was first introduced by the French-American ornithologist Jean Théodore Delacour in 1946. Pellorneidae used to be one of four subfamilies of Timaliidae (tree- and scimitar-babblers), but was then elevated to its own family rank in 2011 based on molecular markers .


Planorboidea is a superfamily of air-breathing freshwater snails, aquatic pulmonate gastropod mollusks.All of the gastropods in this superfamily are sinistral in shell coiling.

The monophyly of Planorboidea was confirmed by Albrecht et al. (2007).


Pleuroceridae, common name pleurocerids, is a family of small to medium-sized freshwater snails, aquatic gilled gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Cerithioidea.These snails have an operculum and typically a robust high-spired shell.

Reproduction is iteroparous, and juvenile snails emerge from eggs laid on a firm surface by a gonochoristic female. There is no veliger stage.


Pompiloidea is a superfamily of spider wasps, velvet ants, etc. in the order Hymenoptera. There are at least 5 families and 290 described species in Pompiloidea.


Pyramidelloides is a genus of minute, ectoparasitic sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks or micromollusks in the family Eulimidae.


The Skeneidae are a family of minute to small marine gastropod molluscs in the superfamily Trochoidea.The former subfamily Skeneinae (in the family Turbinidae) was loosely defined. Recent molecular evidence suggests that a number of these genera in Skeneinae probably belong to other families altogether, so many of these assignments must be regarded as provisional. The subfamily Skeneidae has been upgraded to the status of family Skeneidae, comprising most genera formerly in the subfamily Skeneinae. But even then, the family Skeneidae represents a polyphyletic, “skeneimorph” assemblage. It should be pruned of many genera which would go to the superfamily Seguenzioidea according to Kano (2008)

Until a researcher formally assigns them to a seguenzioid family in the literature, the database WoRMS prefers to keep them unchanged.

This family is assemblage of small to very small shells that lack a nacreous structure. The shells are white and show no color patterns.

Steve Donnellan (scientist)

Steve C. Donnellan is the Chief Research Scientist of the Evolutionary Biology Unit at the South Australian Museum. He is also an Affiliate Professor at the University of Adelaide. Donnellan moved from New South Wales to South Australia in 1985 to undertake research recovering the evolutionary history of Australia's lizards. This work led to the establishment of a comprehensive collection of reptile and frog tissues from Australia and New Guinea. In 1990 Donnellan joined the South Australian Museum's staff and established the DNA laboratory there. His research since has focused on the evolution and biogeography of Australasian fauna. Donnellan has used molecular genetic methods to examine issues in the population genetics, phylogeography and phylogenetic relationships of vertebrates and selected invertebrate groups. Many of his research projects have been supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC). His work has been published in numerous scientific journals, including Biological Conservation, Evolution, International Journal for Parasitology, PLOS One, Restoration Ecology, Zoologica Scripta and Zootaxa.


Thynnidae (also known as flower wasps) are a family of large solitary wasps whose larvae are almost universally parasitoids of various beetle larvae, especially those in the superfamily Scarabaeoidea. Until recently, the constituents of this family were classified in the family Tiphiidae, but multiple studies have independently confirmed that thynnids are a separate lineage.Most species are small, but they can be up to 30 mm long. The females of some subfamilies (all Diamminae, Methochinae, and Thynninae) are wingless, and hunt ground-dwelling (fossorial) beetle larvae, or (in one species) mole crickets. The prey is paralysed with the female's sting and an egg is laid on it so the wasp larva has a ready supply of food. In species where both sexes are winged, males are similar in size to the females, but are much more slender. The males of species with wingless females, however, are often much larger than the females and have wings, the adults mating in the air, with the female carried by the male's genitalia. Adults feed on nectar and are minor pollinators. As some of the ground-dwelling scarab species attacked by thynnids are pests, some of these wasps are considered beneficial as biological control agents.


Trochida is an order of small to very large vetigastropod, Recent and extinct sea snails with gills and an operculum.

Trochoidea (superfamily)

Trochoidea is a superfamily of small to very large vetigastropod sea snails with gills and an operculum. Species within this superfamily have nacre as the inner shell layer. The families within this superfamily include the Trochidae, the top snails. This superfamily is the largest vetigastropodan superfamily, containing more than 2,000 species.This taxon is not the same as a pulmonate land snail genus which is spelled the same way: Trochoidea (genus).


Xenacoelomorpha is a basal bilaterian phylum of small and very simple animals, grouping the xenoturbellids with the acoelomorphs. This grouping was suggested by morphological synapomorphies, and confirmed by phylogenomic analyses of molecular data. Xenacoelomorphs emerged with the Nephrozoa as sister clade.

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