Journal of Biological Studies Journal of Biological Studies (JBS) (ISSN 2209-2560) is a peer-reviewed open access journal which publishes high-quality articles in all areas related to Biological fields. en-US (Amaal Yasser) (Dr. Murtada Naser) Sat, 08 Jun 2019 16:11:28 -0700 OJS 60 A new record of Dorippe quadridens (Fabricius, 1793) (Decapoda, Brachyura, Dorippidae) from the north western Persian-Arabian Gulf, Iraq <p>In the present note the crab Dorippe quadridens is reported for first time from the north western Persian-Arabian Gulf, Iraq. This species is widely distributed in the Persian-Arabian Gulf. Details of the morphological characters of the species are given.</p> Amaal Yasser, Murtada Naser ##submission.copyrightStatement## Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Habitat suitability prediction of Tenuidactylus caspius (Eichwald, 1831) (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) in Iran <p>Tenuidactylus caspius is one of the Gekkonid lizards in northern Iran. In the present study, habitat suitability of the species has been examined and the most important abiotic factors for its presence were determined. Based on the result, precipitation of warmest season (summer) is the most important factor for species presence. The species is known as house gecko in northern Iran and dispersed to distant regions by human. According to the predicted map, northeastern, northern and northwestern Iran is the high suitable regions for the species.</p> Seyyed Saeed Hosseinian Yousefkhani ##submission.copyrightStatement## Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Numerical taxonomic studies of some members from four tribes of the family Araceae in south western Nigeria <p>Sixteen taxa belonging to four tribes in the family Araceae were grouped based on numerical data generated from the coding of 16 morphological and 44 anatomical characters with the aim of inferring phenetic relationships among them. The data from these two fields of evidence were subjected to Paired Group Cluster Analysis (PGCA) and Principal Components Analysis (PCA). From the results, two groups emerged. The first group consists of members of genera Alocasia, Colocasia and Xanthosoma which are acaulescent herbs in that their stem(s) are subterranean and are also corm producers while the members of genera Aglaonema and Dieffenbachia which are caulescent herbs exhibiting decumbent character and non-corms producers constitute the second group. Twenty-nine (29) characters comprising of 15 morphological characters and 14 anatomical characters had high component loadings and can be employed in the delimitation of the taxa. The importance of these characters in the delimitation of the Araceae taxa was discussed.</p> Oluwabunmi Arogundade, O Adedeji ##submission.copyrightStatement## Fri, 29 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 First report of leucosiid crabs (Decapoda, Brachyura) from the Iraqi coast of the Persian Gulf <p>Three species of leucosiid crabs, <em>Acrania erinacea</em>, <em>Ixa holthuisi</em>, and <em>Seloucia anahita</em> previously described from various sites in the Persian Gulf, are here noted as new records for the Iraqi coast.</p> Amaal Yasser, Murtada Naser ##submission.copyrightStatement## Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700