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Type: Editorial
Published: 2021-05-28
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Mayfly taxonomy (Arthropoda: Hexapoda: Ephemeroptera) during the first two decades of the twenty-first century and the concentration of taxonomic publishing

Division of Science, Indiana University Purdue University Columbus, 4601 Central Avenue, Columbus, Indiana 47203, USA;
Museu de Entomologia, Departamento de Entomologia, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Av. P. H. Rolfs, s/n, Campus Universitário, CEP 36570‐900, Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil;
Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom;
Wellcome Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom;
Neotropical Biodiversity Institute (IBN), Argentine Council of Scientific Research, National University of Tucumán, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Tucumán, Argentina;
Emeritus Scholar, Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution, La Trobe University, P.O. Box 821, Wodonga, Victoria, Australia 3689;
Neotropical Biodiversity Institute (IBN), Argentine Council of Scientific Research, National University of Tucumán, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Tucumán, Argentina;
Federal Scientific Center of the East Asia Terrestrial Biodiversity, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok, 690022, Russia;
Musée cantonal de zoologie, Palais de Rumine, Place de la Riponne 6, CH-1014 Lausanne, Switzerland;
Arthropoda Hexapoda Ephemeroptera


The twentieth anniversary of the first issue of Zootaxa (De Moraes & Freire, 2001) provides an appropriate opportunity to reflect on some trends in global Ephemeroptera taxonomy publishing over the last two decades, with a focus on the description of new species and the outsized role of the journals Zootaxa and ZooKeys, in particular. Detailed reviews of world Ephemeroptera knowledge up to about 2000 were collected in a series of nine papers from a symposium on the subject, published together in the proceedings of the ninth International Conference on Ephemeroptera (Domínguez 2001). Domínguez & Dos Santos (2014) provided updates and analysis for South America up to the year 2012. More recent detailed accounts of regional and taxonomic diversity, and other aspects of mayfly biology and ecology, were reviewed by Jacobus et al. (2019), while Ogden et al. (2019) discussed current issues involving higher classification.



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    Domínguez, E. & Dos Santos, D.A. (2014) Co-authorship networks (and other contextual factors) behind the growth of taxonomy of South American Ephemeroptera: A scientometric approach. Zootaxa, 3754, 59–85.

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