Biodiversity and Natural History <table style="width: 100%;" cellspacing="5 px" cellpadding="5 px" border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="25%"><img src="/public/site/images/admin/logo-240px.png" alt=""></td> <td valign="top"> <div style="padding-left: 10px; padding-top: 20px;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Biodiversity and Natural History</strong> (formerly Boletín de Biodiversidad de Chile)&nbsp;publishes both high quality hypothesis-driven studies and purely descriptive studies that contribute to improve our understanding of biodiversity and natural history on all kinds of taxa, environments and spatial scales (local, regional or global).</span></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Centro de Estudios en Biodiversidad en-US Biodiversity and Natural History 0719-4986 <p>Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:</p> <p>a. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a&nbsp;<a href="">Creative Commons Attribution License</a>&nbsp;that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.</p> <p>b. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.</p> <p>c. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See<a href="" target="_new">The Effect of Open Access</a>).</p> Health status evaluation of shallow coral reefs in Cahuita and Manzanillo, Costa Rica <p>Sedimentation, increased tourism, coral diseases and high ocean temperatures have become a permanent threat to reef areas worldwide. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the health status of the shallow reefs in Cahuita and Manzanillo, Limon, Costa Rica. A database, including species of all colonial sessile cnidarians and their known diseases, was created for the studied area. Subsequently, 15 transects were surveyed along the coast in 1-3 m deep bands of 10 x 1 m following the AGRRA V5.4 protocol. Of the 27 species found, 21 were reported from Cahuita and 23 from Manzanillo. The shallow coral reefs’ health status in both sites was good in terms of diseases, bleaching and mortality due to their low incidence. Sessile cnidarians’ species composition, colonies’ sizes and coverage were dominated by massive and lobate scleractinians such as <em>Pseudodiploria clivosa </em>and <em>Siderastrea siderea</em>. Macroalgal coverage was low (below 20%) and mostly represented by brown algae. Sea urchins’ densities were also low (below 1 ind/m<sup>2</sup> except for <em>Echinometra viridis </em>in Manzanillo) and they trend to continue decreasing as the years go by.</p> Alexander Araya-Vargas Nidya Nova-Bustos ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-12-30 2017-12-30 3 2 48 55 New records, extension and ocupation range for the high-andean lizards endemics to the O’Higgins region, Chile: Liolaemus curis, Liolaemus ubaghsi and Phymaturus damasense <p>We show updated distribution maps, extension and occupation range for three high Andean lizards species (Squamata: Liolaemidae) endemic to the O’Higgins Region, Chile: <em>Liolaemus curis, Liolaemus ubaghsi</em> and <em>Phymaturus damasense, </em>based on both historical records for these species and new records compiled during field work activities conducted by the Wildlife Unit of Agriculture and Livestock Service - SAG, O’Higgins Región, Chile. Considering that populations of these lizards face conservation threats and this new distributional data, we suggest to update their conservation status.</p> Diego Ramírez-Álvarez Paula Silva Iván Salgado ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-11-07 2017-11-07 3 2 39 44 First ever report of a bite by Nabis argentinus Meyer-Dür (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Nabidae) on a human <p>Herein, we described the first ever reported bite of <em>Nabis argentinus</em> Meyer-Dür 1870 on a human. The bite was registered in the locality Santa Rosa La Pampa, Argentina (36°37'29.02"S, 64°17'19.13"W).&nbsp; The insect was not provoked by the victim, and thus, the bite was probably not in self-defense. We therefore concluded that the insect bite the victim because it was searching for sources of hydration.</p> Marcela Cornelis Fernando Diez María del Carmen Coscarón ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-11-07 2017-11-07 3 2 45 47