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The number of described species on the planet is about 1.9 million, with ca. 17,000 new species described annually, mostly from the tropics. However, taxonomy is usually described as a science in crisis, lacking manpower and funding, a politically acknowledged problem known as the Taxonomic Impediment. Using data from the Fauna Europaea database and the(More)
The south-western land division of Western Australia (SWWA), bordering the temperate Southern and Indian Oceans, is the only global biodiversity hotspot recognised in Australia. Renowned for its extraordinary diversity of endemic plants, and for some of the largest and most botanically significant temperate heathlands and woodlands on Earth, SWWA has long(More)
The rainforests, wet sclerophyll forests and temperate heathlands of the Australian mesic zone are home to a diverse and highly endemic biota, including numerous old endemic lineages restricted to refugial, mesic biomes. A growing number of phylogeographic studies have attempted to explain the origins and diversification of the Australian mesic zone biota,(More)
Factor VIII activity (factor VIII:C) and factor VIII antigen (factor VIII:Ag) levels above 150 IU/dl are associated with a five- to sixfold increased risk of venous thrombosis compared with levels < 100 IU/dl. These high levels are present in 25% of patients with a first episode of deep-vein thrombosis and in 11% of healthy controls. von Willebrand factor(More)
Current knowledge of the evolutionary relationships amongst the wolf spiders (Araneae: Lycosidae) is based on assessment of morphological similarity or phylogenetic analysis of a small number of taxa. In order to enhance the current understanding of lycosid relationships, phylogenies of 70 lycosid species were reconstructed by parsimony and Bayesian methods(More)
The karyotypes of pseudoscorpions of the family Atemnidae (Arachnida: Pseudoscorpiones) were studied for the first time. Karyotype data for 7 species have been obtained. The diploid chromosome numbers of most species considerably exceed the numbers reported in pseudoscorpions so far, with males ranging between 65 and 143. In spite of this, the sex(More)
BACKGROUND Leukocytes in transfused blood are associated with several posttransfusion immunomodulatory effects. Although leukocytes play an important role in reperfusion injury, the contribution of leukocytes in transfused blood products has not been investigated. To estimate the role and the timing of leukocyte filtration of red cells in cardiac surgery,(More)
BACKGROUND There are limited reports of definite bites by centipedes with expert identification, which are required for attribution of particular clinical effects to different species. OBJECTIVE To describe the clinical effects of centipede bites in Australia. METHODS Prospective study of calls regarding centipede exposures to a state poison information(More)
Major obstetric haemorrhage (MOH) is the main cause of severe maternal morbidity, incidence being estimated at 4.5 per 1000 deliveries. Cases are not routinely registered in the Netherlands. The objective of this study is to quantify the degree of underreporting of MOH in a large nationwide survey of severe acute maternal morbidity in the Netherlands(More)
Once thawed, fresh-frozen plasma (FFP) should be used, according to guidelines, within 24 h. In hospital practice, this may be associated with wastage. This study has been performed to investigate the coagulation levels of thawed quarantine FFP as used in the Netherlands. Five units of quarantine FFP, obtained by plasmapheresis, were thawed and by sterile(More)