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Specimens of Aquatic Bird Deposited at Mosul Natural History Museum, Mosul, Iraq

Zohair I. F. Rahemo, Owayes M. Al-Hassani, Senan K. Abood

Asian Journal of Research in Zoology, Page 28-33
DOI: 10.9734/ajriz/2021/v4i130105

There are (11) aquatic Birds specimens deposited at Mosul natural history Museum, these belong to five orders namely: order Ciconiiformes, Phoenicopteriformes, Pelecaniformes, Anseriformes and Caradiformes. Ciconiformes include Ardea purpurea, Egretta garzetta, Ciconia ciconia, Nycticorax nycticorax, Ixobrychus minitus. Order Phoenicopteriformes include Phoenicopterus aguorum, order Pelecaniformes include Pelecanus onocrotalus, order Anseriformes include Anas crecca and Anas platyrhynchos, Casarca ferruguinea and order Charadriiformes include ,Larus canus.

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Philately’s Implications in Ecological Education via Romanian Thematic Joint Issues (V) - Regarding the 3rd Colaboration with WWF

Bogdan-Vasile Cioruța, Mirela Coman, Alexandru Leonard Pop

Asian Journal of Research in Zoology, Page 1-13
DOI: 10.9734/ajriz/2021/v4i130103

The collaboration of the Romanian postal administration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and its purely philatelic interpretations, was limited to the introduction in the postal circulation, starting with 1977, of philatelic issues aiming at the protection of various endangered species. Thus, in addition to the issues that appeared in 1977 and 1984, towards the end of 1994, a third philatelic issue appeared. This, entitled "World Wide Fund for Nature", illustrates various species of fish, most of which are also found in aquatic ecosystems in Romania. In this context, the purpose of this paper is to make known to the public and to widely promote the term of protection and sustainable management of habitats and those endangered species, as an alarm signal of their condition. The results of the research undertaken emphasize once again the mass character of thematic philately and the fundamental role - as an ambassador of the promotion of knowledge - that it has had over time, and still has. Regarding the philatelic issues studied, in terms of the rich material reproduced (postage stamps, blocks and other forms of pagination, first day covers - FDCs, illustrated and maximum postcards, occasional envelopes, and postal circulation), it can be stated that it highlights another concern of the WWF (conservation of fish species), from the perspective of promoting natural capital.

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Philately’s Implications in Ecological Education via Romanian Thematic Joint Issues (VI) - Regarding the 4th Collaboration with WWF

Bogdan-Vasile Cioruța, Alexandru Leonard Pop

Asian Journal of Research in Zoology, Page 14-27
DOI: 10.9734/ajriz/2021/v4i130104

The last philatelic issue made by the Romanian postal administration in collaboration with WWF, published at the end of 2006, is the main subject of this study. As we have become accustomed to, WWF's interests in conserving endangered species are becoming better defined. This time the emphasis is on protecting birds, and among these, we are talking about the Eurasian spoonbill. The species itself is representative of the habitat of the Danube Delta, where it was also immortalized, and where the inspiration for the layout of the philatelic pieces came from. Moreover, through the rich philatelic material identified, analyzed, and presented, one can discuss the other philatelic effects. All these, through the beauty of the exhibition and the contribution brought among the collectors, philatelists, and implicitly of those who love nature, make the issue a successful one. The purpose of this study is to complete, by presenting the philatelic issue from 2006, the series of Romanian philatelic issues dedicated to the protection of various species. In this regard, besides the well-defined role in promoting protected species, was also discussed a little about the role of philately in educating the young generation, informing tourists, as well as in documenting habitat conservation policies and strategies.

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Diversity and Abundance of Insects at the Campus of Higher Polytechnic Institute of Manica, Mozambique

António C. Manhice

Asian Journal of Research in Zoology, Page 34-39
DOI: 10.9734/ajriz/2021/v4i130106

The aim of this study was to assess insect diversity and abundance at the Campus of Higher Polytechnic Institute of Manica, Mozambique. Collection of insects was carried out by pitfall traps a long linear transects and sweep nets during 21 days of October 2019. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistical and Shannon diversity index. A total of 1780 individuals of insects belonging to 8 orders, 15 families and 27 species were collected. Highest relative abundance was observed in Hymenoptera order (92.64%), and the least were Blattodea (2.70%), Diptera (2.13%), Coleoptera (0.82%), Orthoptera (1.52%), Phasmatodea (0.06%), Mantodea (0.28%) and Hemiptera (0.11%). The abundant specie was Crematogaster peringueyi (Hymenoptera) with 89.83% follwed by Macrotermes natalensis (Blattodea) and Chrysonmya chloropyga (Diptera) with 2.47% and 1.63% respectively. Higher insect diversity was observed in Orthoptera order (Shannon, H'=1.76), while the orders Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, Blattodea, Phasmatodea, Hemiptera, had the lowest diversity (Shannon, H'<1). Further work need to be done in the study area, expanding the duration of the study and applying diversity sampling techniques.

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Morphometry in Coronary Arteries of Beijupira (Rachycentron canadum) Fish with Tunics Hyperplasia

Virgínia Fonseca Pedrosa, Luis Alberto Romano, Roberto Ferreira Manghi, Carolina Notaro Barros, Fernando Leandro dos Santos, Emiko Shinozaki Mendes

Asian Journal of Research in Zoology, Page 40-48
DOI: 10.9734/ajriz/2021/v4i130107

Tunics hyperplasia of blood vessels can be quantified by a range of techniques that relate to modifications of area or thickness on histological sections. We studied hyperplasia of tunics of coronary arteries in a fish species, Rachycentron canadum for establishing the relationship between tunics and luminal obstruction by morphometry. The morphometric analysis was performed on 158 arterial vessels of 40 fish samples. The histological slides of cardiac and vascular tissue were stained using hematoxylin and eosin and observed under an optical microscope. The data relating to the proportion of the lumen area compared to the area of the tunic media were analyzed according to Beta regression models. The lumen proportion showed a decreasing relationship with weight and length of the analyzed animals. A linear relationship was not observed between lumen proportion and areas and/or radius of arterial tunics. It is concluded that the increase in weight gain contributes to a reduction of lumen area, leading to arterial obstruction without increasing or decreasing relationship between the proportion of vascular lumen and the thickness of arterial tunics. The set of abnormalities described are likely to be attributed to nutritional factors during the fish cultivation.