We are very happy to announce that we have just published the first multi-gene phylogeny of the Macrostomorpha in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. The phylogeny, which includes both nuclear and mitochondrial genes, covers members of most major groups and describes several new taxa.
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I have decided to change the status of all the registered users that have been inactive for a long period of time, namely either to "authenticated user" (a role in which the site can be used, but no changes can be made), or by deleting them entirely (in case I have no reason to believe that they retain an active interest in flatworm taxonomy).
I am in the process of implementing some changes that have unfortunately become necessary due to the shift to the Scratchpads v2.0. The main change is that I no longer host the specimen images and movies on the site. The user experience for browsing extensive specimen content is currently simply too poor.
Today the site has been upgraded to the new Scratchpads v2.0 version, which unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, has broken numerous functions of the site. Given a range of other obligations, I expect that it will take me several months to get to know the new site functionality and to sort these problems out, so please be patient.
I am relieved to announce that the software, iView Media Pro, with which I am currently cataloging my extensive collection of flatworm image, video and audio files (>25'000) has hopefully been resurrected from a near death experience, which it suffered when Microsoft bought iView Media Pro in June 2006 (only to rename it Expression Media and halt any serious development).
I here would like to announce the publication of a study on the geographic distribution and temporal effects on stylet formation of Macrostomum saifunicum in China. The study is in Chinese with an English summary. The PDF has been added to the bibliography.
(Edited for the authors by Lukas Schärer)
Anno Faubel has today asked me via email to please remove the PDF file of his unpublished 'Monograph'. I of course regret that such a useful document will no longer be available to the general public, especially as his website at the University of Hamburg, were I originally discovered the Monograph, seems no longer functional.
The Scratchpads Team has finally rolled out a working solution for batch image upload and annotation, after an unfortunate hiatus of well over a year. I have therefore recently been able to start uploading specimens again, and hope to find some more time for this in the near future.
I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to all the users that have either sent me worms or images of worms, and who had hoped that these specimens would go online soon. I hope this will happen soon.
About a year ago Anno Faubel of the University of Hamburg, Germany, posted a PDF document on his website, entitled 'Monograph of the Macrostomida and Haplopharyngida (Plathelminthes: Rhabditophora)'. This document offers the most comprehensive literature collection on the Macrostomorpha since Ferguson's monograph in 1954. Moreover, it gives a detailed introduction to the morphology and ecology of these animals, and a list of the described species.