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Meet Oocylus ecolab

Recently, the Community Ecology Lab received the highest honor possible in biology. Since January of 2022, the laboratory had a species of Oocyclus (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) in his honor. This gift comes from the phenomenal work of Janderson Batista R. Alencar et al. in the volume 5087 of Zootaxa. In the authors' words, "The specific epithet ecolab is derived from the acronym of the Community Ecology Lab of the Universidade Federal do Amazonas, in Brazil. It is a tribute to all the support received for the development of this work. To be treated as a noun in apposition." One of the main objectives of the laboratory is to offer a healthy and stimulating environment for the development of research projects and, mainly, for the training of new professionals. We are very proud of this honor!!

 

The biology of this genus is not well known, probably due to its habitat and size. All species described so far are hygropetric and normally smaller than 2 mm. Hygropetric habitats are found near waterfalls or stony bottom rivers on constant water. To learn more about this and the other eight (!) new species described by Janderson and collaborators, see the PDF

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