David and I released Mesquite 3.0 today, which has used up a lot of our focus over the last few weeks. We’ve revamped the interface, fixed a lot of bugs, and added new features. It’s been three years since the previous release. We think biologists will be happy with the improvements.
Our paper describing Jerzego is out! Jerzego is a strange flat jumping spider, from the interesting subfamily Hisponinae. Edy found both specimens of Jerzego corticicola on tree trunks in Borneo. We named it Jerzego in honour of Jerzy Proszynski.
Junxia Zhang’s and my paper on Tisaniba is out! This is a genus, newly discovered, of small dark shiny jumping spiders that live in leaf litter in Borneo. When we were catching them, we didn’t know what they were, so we called them “Tiny Shiny Blacks”. The generic name was chosen to sound a bit like that name.