Zoologica Scripta (Zoolog Scripta)

Publisher: Kungl. Svenska vetenskapsakademien; Norske videnskaps-akademi i Oslo, Wiley

Journal description

An International Journal of Systematic Zoology published for the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Royal Swedish Academy of SciencesZoologica Scripta provides a unique publishing medium for original research in the fields of taxonomy, systematics, phylogeny and biogeography. Established over 20 years ago, Zoologica Scripta is one of the leading journals for the publication of descriptions of new species and taxonomic revisions.The journal also welcomes contributions dealing with evolutionary aspects of morphology, physiology, ecology, ethology and palaeontology. Backed by an international advisory council, Zoologica Scripta publishes the research of zoologists, marine biologists, systematicists, ecologists and taxonomists from all parts of the world.

Current impact factor: 2.92

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 2.922
2012 Impact Factor 2.793
2011 Impact Factor 2.913
2010 Impact Factor 3.091
2009 Impact Factor 2.605
2008 Impact Factor 2.494
2007 Impact Factor 2.364
2006 Impact Factor 2.338
2005 Impact Factor 1.906
2004 Impact Factor 2.411
2003 Impact Factor 1.477
2002 Impact Factor 1.171
2001 Impact Factor 2.516
2000 Impact Factor 2.375
1999 Impact Factor 1.921
1998 Impact Factor 1.649
1997 Impact Factor 1.025
1996 Impact Factor 1.136
1995 Impact Factor 0.714
1994 Impact Factor 0.55
1993 Impact Factor 0.437
1992 Impact Factor 0.4

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 3.01
Cited half-life 7.40
Immediacy index 0.66
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 1.07
Website Zoologica Scripta website
Other titles Zoologica scripta (Online)
ISSN 1463-6409
OCLC 222765071
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Within the nematode class Chromadorea, the suborder Tylenchina is an ecologically and morphologically diverse assemblage of nematodes that includes free-living microbivores, fungivores and various types of plant parasites. A recent nematode classification system based largely on SSU rDNA phylogenetic trees classified suborder Tylenchina to include four infraorders: Panagrolaimomorpha, Cephalobomorpha, Tylenchomorpha and Drilonematomorpha, and phylogenetic relationships among species of these infraorders have not always been robustly supported. In this study, we determined the complete mitochondrial genome sequences of three Tylenchina species (Aphelenchus avenae [Aphelenchidae, Tylenchomorpha], Halicephalobus gingivalis, Panagrellus redivivus [Panagrolaimomorpha]) and the partial genome sequence of Acrobeles complexus (Cephalobomorpha) and used these sequences to infer phylogenetic relationships among representatives of the Tylenchina and other nematodes. Phylogenetic analysis of amino acid sequences for 12 protein-coding genes of 100 nematode species supports monophyly of: Chromadorea, Spiruromorpha, Oxyuridomorpha, Ascarididae + Toxocaridae + Anisakidae, Meloidogynidae + Pratylenchidae + Heteroderidae and Aphelenchoidea. Bayesian and maximum-likelihood analyses also show the nested position of Diplogasteromorpha within Rhabditomorpha, and Rhigonematomorpha within Ascaridomorpha. These analyses also show non-monophyly of: clade III, Ancylostomatidae, Panagrolaimomorpha, Tylenchina and Tylenchomorpha. Reconstructed mitochondrial genome phylogeny also revealed that among two main Tylenchomorpha groups, the monophyletic group representing Aphelenchoidea species was sister to the large clade consisting of Ascaridomorpha, Diplogasteromorpha, Rhabditomorpha and Rhigonematomorpha and some Panagrolaimomorpha species, whereas Tylenchoidea species were sister to the most inclusive assemblage containing all infraordinal groups of Chromadorea, except for P. redivivus (Panagrolaimomorpha) and Acrobeles complexus (Cephalobomorpha). The monophyly of Aphelenchoidea (i.e. sister relationship between Aphelenchidae and Aphelenchoididae) recovered in this study indicates that similarity in certain aspects of pharyngeal structure between these two families appears best explained by common ancestry, rather than convergent evolution.
    Zoologica Scripta 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/zsc.12112
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    ABSTRACT: We test the hypothesis that conochilid rotifers represent an independent family-level taxon within Superorder Gnesiotrocha, by analysing their phylogenetic position based on the 18S rDNA sequence of a large number of representatives of this taxon and its putative relatives. Both Bayesian and maximum likelihood analysis confirm a monophyletic clade of all gnesiotrochans with strong branch supports. Within Gnesiotrocha, Conochilidae form a strongly supported clade with representatives of all but some genera of Flosculariidae. These results refute Conochilidae as separate family-level taxon within Gnesiotrocha. This finding is also supported by a phylogenetic analysis using morphology, in particular new observations on trophi morphology. Conochilid rotifers are likely specialized Flosculariidae, which evolved to a planktonic lifestyle and reduction of coloniality within the group, in contrast to other Flosculariidae. Furthermore, our analysis reveals that two genera of Flosculariidae, Beachampia and Limnias, form a single, strongly supported clade in a sister-group relation to a clade consisting of representatives of Order Collothecacea. The present results, both regarding position of the conochild rotifers and of two genera of Flosculariidae, highlight the need for a more extensive analysis of relationships within Gnesiotrocha.
    Zoologica Scripta 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/zsc.12114
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    ABSTRACT: Lake Tanganyika's cichlid fishes represent one of the most diverse species assemblages of the world. In this study we focused on the tribe Tropheini which occupies several trophic niches, mostly in rocky habitats. We analysed morphological variation of seventeen closely related species by means of geometric morphometric methods and related these data to ecological characteristics and phylogeny of the study species. It turned out that morphology mostly correlated well with ecological parameters, but not always closely with the degree of the phylogenetic relatedness of the species. Overall, body shapes in the tribe Tropheini are of great evolutionary plasticity, but variation is restricted to particular body parts: the preorbital region once again emerged as a key factor that facilitated their impressive radiation.
    Zoologica Scripta 03/2015; DOI:10.1111/zsc.12110
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    ABSTRACT: Molecular phylogenies of extant species are considered effective tools to infer mechanisms of speciation. Here, we benefit from this utility to investigate the evolutionary history of an organismal group linked to different aquatic ecosystems, the microgastropod genus Pseudamnicola (family Hydrobiidae). Previous studies have found around 45 species of the nominal subgenus P. (Pseudamnicola), most of them in coastal stream localities of several Mediterranean islands and mainland territories, whereas only 12 species of the other subgenus, P. (Corrosella), have been collected from springs and headwaters of mountainous regions of the Iberian Peninsula and south of France. As springs often act as isolated habitats affecting dispersion and constraining gene flow, we supposed that the temporal history and mode of diversification of species from both subgenera should differ and therefore be reflected in their phylogenetic patterns. To assess this hypothesis, we performed a molecular phylogeny based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences and later conducted an independent analysis to examine the potential effect of certain geographic and ecological variables in the genetic divergences of the subgenera. Additionally, we estimated the ancestral area of diversification of both groups. Published anatomical revisions and our molecular analyses suggest that the genus Pseudamnicola should be divided into three genera: the two previous subgenera plus a new one described here. As postulated, the evolution of the spring organisms was strongly related to habitat fragmentation and isolation, whereas dispersal followed by divergence seem to have been the most common speciation processes for euryhaline species inhabiting coastal streams and low river stages in which waters remain connected. On the contrary, rather than habitat fragmentation or dispersion, environmental conditions have played a larger role during the deep divergent split leading to the three genera.
    Zoologica Scripta 02/2015; DOI:10.1111/zsc.12104
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    ABSTRACT: The xanthid subfamily Chlorodiellinae is one of the most ubiquitous coral reef crab taxa in the Indo-West Pacific region. Many species are common in coral rubble and rocky shores from Hawaii to eastern Africa, often dominating reef cryptofauna in terms of biomass. Phylogenetic analyses of mitochondrial (COX1, 12S rRNA and 16S rRNA) and nuclear (histone H3) gene sequences of 202 specimens indicate that the Chlorodiellinae is polyphyletic as presently defined. Three genera, Pilodius, Cyclodius and Chlorodiella, and two previously undescribed lineages were recovered as a well-supported clade. In combination with morphological data, the subfamily is redefined and restricted to this clade. Two new genera, Soliella gen. n., and Luniella gen. n., are described based on features of the carapace, male thoracic sternum and male gonopods. The remaining chlorodielline genera and members of the Etisinae, a subfamily with supposedly close morphological affinities to the Chlorodiellinae, were recovered at various positions throughout the xanthid phylogeny, although with relatively low support values. These results reiterate the unresolved status of xanthid subfamilial relationships, but nevertheless provide progress for xanthid systematics.
    Zoologica Scripta 12/2014; 44(2). DOI:10.1111/zsc.12094