New Publication: A New Dimension in Documenting New Species

3-D virtual dissection of the holotype depicting the gonopods in situ. (A) Oblique transverse cut at body ring 10, showing attached musculature; (B) Parasagittal cut showing musculature and other anatomical structures
3-D virtual dissection of the holotype depicting the gonopods in situ. (A) Oblique transverse cut showing attached musculature; (B) Parasagittal cut showing musculature and other anatomical structures

Traditionally, taxonomic descriptions have relied on drawings and photographs to record morphological information that distinguishes different species. Modern 3-D imaging technology and particularly X-ray microtomography provides not only a third dimension to the pictures, but also the means for sharing the information widely. We have thought of creating a cybertype-enhanced description of a new millipede from Spain, dubbed Ommatoiulus avatar in recognition of its digital alter ego. This is the first new species to be described with the aid of detailed 3-D images of the actual type specimens and to be published with its cybertypes as an open-access resource.

–Lead author Nesrine Akkari

Head over to PLOS One to read the pub!

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