The cyber-centipede: From Linnaeus to big data

October 28, 2013 15:05

Eupolybothrus cavernicolus is a new cave-dwelling centipede species recently discovered in a remote karst region of Croatia. This obscure arthropod has become the first eukaryotic species for which, in addition to the traditional morphological description, scientists have provided a transcriptomic profile, DNA barcoding data, detailed anatomical X-ray microtomography (micro-CT), and a movie of the living specimen to document important traits of its behaviour. And it's all shared with the world under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Have a look at the original paper with the species description in the Biodiversity Data Journal and the new EOL species page. Also, read the press release that explains the approach.