An exciting new snake book hit the shelves just in time for Halloween, Snake Tales (The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics!). You can pick up a hardcopy from Amazon for less under $20. This collection of old horror comics is loaded with retro snake artwork and crazy horror stories featuring snakes. The quality of the hardcover copy is excellent. There is a great forward by Dr. Frank Burbrink, Curator of Herpetology at the American Museum of Natural History, “These misunderstood serpents in Snake Tales will envenomate you with an unhealthy dose of 1940s and 1950s precode comic book horror!’
Greg Jongsma visited the lab for the past three weeks to learn how to collect SNP data for his project on the phylogeography of African frogs in the genus Amnirana. Greg is a new PhD student joining the Blackburn lab at the University of Florida. Greg has been all over Central Africa collecting frogs, with an emphasis on Cameroon and Gabon. You can read more about Greg and his research at his website.
A new coalescent simulator called CoMuS 2.0 is available from Dr. Pavlos Pavlidis and his colleagues at the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) in Crete, Greece. With CoMuS you can simulate DNA sequences or protein sequences for multiple species or populations. The program implements the infinite and finite sites models, and includes substitution rate heterogeneity among sites. The user can invoke complex demographic scenarios within each species (for example, population size changes), including gradual isolation of species after divergence (similar to an isolation-migration model). The program should be useful for testing species delimitation software with challenging datasets that include population size changes, partial population subdivision, or ghost populations.
Congratulations to Leonard Jones, a new member of the “Husky 100”. The Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students who are making the most of their time at the UW by knowing that education happens inside and outside of the classroom. They are making a difference on campus, in their communities and for the future.
Itzue has a new publication in Journal of Herpetology on the discovery of a species of arboreal alligator lizard (genus Abronia) from the Sierra Madre del Sur of Oaxaca, Mexico. The new species, Abronia cuetzpali, is very secretive and is only known from three specimens. The full publication is available at the publishers website.
Campbell JA, Solano-Zavaleta I, Flores-Villela O, Caviedes-Solis IW, Frost DR. 2016. A new species of Abronia (Squamata: Anguidae) from the Sierra Madre del Sur of Oaxaca, Mexico. Journal of Herpetology 50:149-156.