Senckenberg Publications

Senckenbergiana biologica

Founded 1919; publication ceased 31. December 2008 

Title page of the last issue; for
contents see below:

Senck. biol. vol. 88 (2) 

Formerly an international journal for zoology and botany.

It was published by the Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main (ISSN 0037-2102).

Senckenbergiana biologica  ceased publication on 31. December 2008.

It was an international peer-reviewed journal, published in two issues per annum (= one volume), being published in the second and fourth quarter, containing approximately 220–250 pages/year.

The most recent (and last) issue of  Senckenbergiana biologica is vol. 88 (2) (published December 2008).

Contents of this issue:

Issue 88 (2):

Editorial (Nässig, W. A.)


Errata et addenda (Nässig, W. A., & Oberprieler, R. G.)


Ding, Z. (J.), & Westheide, W.: Interstitial Exogoninae from the
Chinese coast (Polychaeta, Syllidae)


Hirose, G. L., Negreiros-Fransozo, M. L.: Growth and juvenile
development of Uca maracoani Latreille 1802–1803 in laboratory
conditions (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura, Ocypodidae)


Teixeira, G. M., Fransozo, V., Castilho, A. L., da Costa, R. C., &
de Morais Freire, F. A.:
Size distribution and sex ratio in the spider crab
Epialtus brasiliensis (Dana 1852) associated with seaweed on a rocky
shore in southeastern Brazil (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura,
Majoidea, Epialtidae)


Gregati, R. A., & Negreiros-Fransozo, M. L.: Distribution of Neohelice
(Dana 1851) in its northernmost latitudinal occurrence in a
tropical mangrove forest, Brazil (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura,
Grapsoidea, Varunidae)


Magalhaes, C., & Türkay, M.: Taxonomy of the Neotropical freshwater
crab family Trichodactylidae, IV. The genera Dilocarcinus and
Poppiana (Crustacea, Decapoda, Trichodactylidae)


Magalhaes, C., & Türkay, M.: Taxonomy of the Neotropical freshwater
crab family Trichodactylidae, V. The genera Bottiella and
Rotundovaldivia (Crustacea, Decapoda, Trichodactylidae)


Magalhaes, C., & Türkay, M.: A new species of Kingsleya from the
Yanomami Indians area in the upper Rio Orinoco, Venezuela
(Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura, Pseudotelphusidae)


Jäger, P.: Revision of the huntsman spider genus Heteropoda
Latreille 1804: species with exceptional male palpal conformations
from Southeast Asia and Australia (Arachnida, Araneae, 
Sparassidae, Heteropodinae)


Dohm, P., Kovac, D., Freidberg, A., & Bin Hashim, R.: Biology of the
Oriental bamboo-inhabiting fly Felderimyia gombakensis and
observations on mating trophallaxis in Felderimyia (Insecta, 
Diptera, Tephritidae, Phytalmiinae, Acanthonevrini)


Sunyer, J., Lotzkat, L., Hertz, A., Wake, D. B., Alemán, B. M.,
Robleto, S. J., & Köhler, G.:
Two new species of salamanders
(genus Bolitoglossa) from southern Nicaragua (Amphibia, 
Caudata, Plethodontidae). —


Köhler, G., Sunyer, J., Ponce, M., & Batista, A.: Noteworthy
records of amphibians and reptiles in Panama (Amphibia:
Hylidae, Leptodactylidae, Plethodontidae; Reptilia:


Sunyer, J., Veselư, M., & Köhler, G.: Morphological variation
in Anolis wermuthi (Köhler & Obermeier 1998), a species
endemic to the highlands of north-central Nicaragua
(Reptilia, Squamata, Polychrotidae)


Wings, O., Hatt, J.-M., Schwarm, A., & Clauss, M.:
Gastroliths in a pygmy hippopotamus (Hexaprotodon
Morton 1844) (Mammalia, Hippopotamidae)





Editorial (printed on p. 123 of Senck. biol. 88 (2), December 2008)

The issue volume 88, no. 2, of Senckenbergiana biologica is its last; the journal ceased publication. Senckenberg has to reduce the number of its journals. Primarily this is done to revise the profile and scope of the scientific publication series of the house in its merger with the museum institutions in Dresden, Görlitz and Müncheberg on the 1st of January 2009, but it is also forced by budget limitations.

In 1954, Senckenbergiana biologica was founded as a split-off of the series Senckenbergiana, which was then divided into the biological journal Senckenbergiana biologica and the geological-palaeontological journal Senckenbergiana lethea, both continuing with vol. 35. In 1969 a third split-off series, Senckenbergiana maritima, was born (in vol. 50, but re-numbered to start with vol. 1). The journals S. lethea (under the new name Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments) and S. maritima (under the new name Marine Biodiversity), both now under the cover of Springer Publishers, will continue to be published.

For Senckenbergiana biologica, with its broad focus on botany and zoology, the prospect for sufficient sales from subscriptions is too small to maintain its viability in the present time of electronic publishing and openly accessible science. Senckenberg will accumulate new, more specialised biological journals under its name in the amalgamation with the other institutions to largely fill the gap.
The lists of contents by volumes and issues, all articles sorted by authors, and the list of new taxa described in Senckenbergiana biologica (comprising vols. 73–88, 1994–2008) will remain available on the Web for many years under the URL: Back issues may be ordered at Schweizerbart editors (see here).

Wolfgang A. Nässig
former editor-in-chief of Senckenbergiana biologica


Articles published in Senckenbergiana biologica  were indexed in:  

  • Zoological Record
  • Biological Abstracts
  • Cambridge Scientific Abstracts: Entomology Abstracts
  • Cambridge Scientific Abstracts: Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts, Part 1: Biological Sciences & Living Resources
  • Elsevier Biobase, Elsevier GeoAbstracts, Embase
  • Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory


Other recent issues:

Title Senck. biol. 84 (1/2)

Title Senck. biol. 85 (1) Title Senck. biol. 85 (2)

Title Senck. biol. 86 (1) Title Senck. biol. 86 (2)

Title page Senck. biol. 87 (2)  Title page Senck. biol. 87 (1)

  Title page Senckenbergiana biologica vol. 88 (1) Title page Senck. biol. 88 (2) (last issue)

For a complete list of contents since 1994, see here.