We are pleased to announce the publication of a special issue of Zootaxa dedicated to KUMEJIMA 2012, a Japanese-Singaporean-Taiwanese led initiative to survey the marine biodiversity of Kumejima, the Ryukyus in November 2009. This issue includes 23 papers on crustaceans, echinoderms and fishes. Of these, there are 24 new species described, and two genera revalidated. This is not all, for it is estimated that the two week long expedition had yielded about 50 taxa new to science (Naruse, et al. 2012)!
KUMEJIMA 2009 was one of the largest biodiversity surveys held in Japan in recent years, involving more than 50 scientists, students from 17 research institutions from seven countries. Fully supported by the Biodiversity Research Centre, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, it is a testament to the fact that there are many more unknown species out there, waiting to be discovered!
The following are some highlights from the issue – please visit the Zootaxa site for full articles; some are ‘Open Access’, while the rest may require an institution subscription.
Ahyong, S.T., 2012. Stomatopod Crustacea of the KUMEJIMA 2009 Expedition, Japan. Zootaxa 3367: 232–251.
Naruse T. & P.K.L. Ng, 2012. Kume tigra, a new genus and new species of carupine swimming crab (Crustacea: Brachyura: Portunidae) from Kume Island, Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Zootaxa 3367: 204–210.
Kogure, Y. & Y. Fujita, 2012. A new species of Neoferdina and three new records of sea stars (Echinodermata: Asteroidea) collected from Kumejima Island, southwestern Japan. Zootaxa, 3367: 252–260.
Chen, I.-S, T. Suziki & K.-T. Shao, 2012. A new deepwater goby of the genus Discordipinna Hoese & Fourmanoir, 1978 (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from Kumejima of the Ryukyus, Japan. Zootaxa: 3367, 274-282. [Open Access].
Reference: Naruse, T. T.-Y. Chan, H.H. Tan, S.T. Ahyong & J. Reimer, 2012. Scientific Results of the Kumejima Marine Biodiversity Expedition—KUMEJIMA 2009—Editorial. Zootaxa, 3367: 5–7.