A new amazon parrot from the Yucatan
1,730 New Plant Species Were Described in 2016
A new North American flying squirrel
ESF 2017 Top 10 New Species (with video)
A marvelous new glassfrog from Amazonian Ecuador
Literally lost in the early 1800’s, a monitor lizard species is rediscovered in Papua New Guinea
Two species of Tarsiers named after first being collected 1908 and 1939
A new, noisy, neon colored shrimp: the Pink Floyd pistol shrimp
11 new orchid species found in Sabah, Borneo
New Species of Dwarf Galago Discovered in Angola
Bhutan’s national flower and symbol of happiness, the Blue Poppy is actually a new species
Spectacular frog discovered in Ecuador’s cloud forests
DNA and photo analyses reveal colorful new species of nudibranch from California
Three new species of groundsnake from Ecuador
Tiny species of terrestrial crab found climbing on trees in Hong Kong
New bird species identified from the cloud forests of Colombia’s Western Andes
A fluorescent frog!
New Grammatonotus Species from Pohnpei, Micronesia
A colorful new crayfish from Indonesia, known already in the commercial pet trade
Three new bird-eating’ tarantulas from Ecuador, Peru and Brazil
A tree frog from the state of São Paulo, Brazil
Seven new species of night frogs, some of the smallest known frogs in the world
Hitchhiking beetle discovered under an ant
New Species of Gecko can Squirm Right Out of its Skin
Scientists report possible new hammerhead shark species
New fern species found near waterfalls in Maui
The Hermit Crab Caterpillar
Forgotten museum specimen and field study of birdsong leads to discovery of new bird species
A tiny new lemur species with big, soulful eyes
A New Primate Species, a Gibbon from South West China

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The Species We Have Yet to Meet

The Species We Have Yet to Meet

New Species July 20, 2017 at 7:08 pm

William Laurance,  James Cook University.  “What we don’t know may be just as important to setting effective conservation priorities as what we’ve already discovered.” Laurence states that recent studies “suggest three important points: that there’s an enormous wealth of biodiversity on Earth that we have so far failed to discover; that much of this biodiversity is imperiled; and that many unknown species differ from the life forms that have been scientifically described to date.”  

New snail genus from northeastern Thailand

New snail genus from northeastern Thailand

Invertebrates, New Species July 18, 2017 at 3:19 pm

Aenigmatoconcha clivicola, in natural habitat. Kitti Tanmuangpak in Tumpeesuwan & Tumpeesuwan (2017).  

Mistaken identity of East Asian vine species resolved after 100 years

Mistaken identity of East Asian vine species resolved after 100 years

Lazarus Species, New Species, Plants July 18, 2017 at 1:57 pm

New light has been shed on a misclassified vine species in the Ryukyu Islands of East Asia. This plant was first discovered in 1917 in Taiwan, when it was provisionally identified as Kadsura japonica. The plant was recently spotted again after 100 years, and further investigation proved that it was in fact a different species: Kadsura matsudae.

Newly Described Algae Species Toughens Up Corals to Endure Warming Oceans

Newly Described Algae Species Toughens Up Corals to Endure Warming Oceans

New Species July 18, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Researchers at Penn State University have identified a new species of stress-tolerant Symbiodinium, a genus of algae that occurs mutualistically with corals in a partnership that promotes the health and growth of coral reef ecosystems. The team’s paper also describes the geographical distribution of S glynnii, how it differs from other stress-tolerant symbiont species, and its capacity to spread to places around the Pacific and live with different coral hosts.

A fish for Enya

A fish for Enya

Fish, New Species July 18, 2017 at 10:18 am

A new species of fish from the Orinoco River drainage has been named for Irish singer songwriter Enya, for her famous song “Orinoco Flow”.   Another new species of Leporinus  is also described.

A newly discovered hermit crab builds its own house with the help of sea anenomes

A newly discovered hermit crab builds its own house with the help of sea anenomes

Crustaceans, New Species July 18, 2017 at 10:03 am

Much like other hermit crabs in its family (Parapaguridae), the little crustacean does not use the shells of other molluscs to shelter its vulnerable body, but rather finds a home in the soft, polypy masses built from sand and material created by sea anemones which go on to live on the backs of these crabs in an amazing symbiosis.  The new hermit crab was discovered in 2013 during a survey of the west coast of South Africa, and found restricted to a surprisingly small area for no obvious reason.

A new wolf spider named for Hagrid’s Aragog, from Harry Potter

A new wolf spider named for Hagrid’s Aragog, from Harry Potter

Arachnids, Celebrity Taxa, New Species July 18, 2017 at 9:48 am

A new species of wolf spider found in southeastern Iran has been officially named after Aragog, the enormous, sentient arachnid character in the Harry Potter books and movies.

12 favorite sea slugs of the man who’s discovered more than 1000 of them

12 favorite sea slugs of the man who’s discovered more than 1000 of them

Invertebrates, New Species, Species Discovery July 12, 2017 at 10:04 am

“You can’t just accept discovering science as ‘enough,’ says California Academy of Sciences Curator of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology Terry Gosliner. “We have an obligation to explain its relevance. We need to find more ways to transfer scientific findings to the public so that we can positively impact public policy and conservation management – especially now, when the natural world is changing so rapidly.”

New Hummingbird Species Discovered

New Hummingbird Species Discovered

Birds, New Species July 4, 2017 at 10:43 am

A new hummingbird species, called the dry-forest sabrewing, has been discovered in the tropical forests of eastern Brazil.  The sabrewings are very large for hummingbirds, typically 5-6 inches (12-15 cm) long.

First record of an invasive species preying on an undiscovered native species

First record of an invasive species preying on an undiscovered native species

Fish, New Species June 28, 2017 at 3:41 pm

Researchers have identified a new deep water goby in the Caribbean.  At the time of its discovery, from a submarine, researchers recorded footage of a lionfish cornering, attacking and eating the new species. The new species described in the paper has a bright orange stripe down its spine and schools together in masses of about 100 fish—starkly different behavior from most gobies that hide as individuals in holes or cracks in the reef, making the new species an easy target for lionfish attacks.  The good news is the goby species being eaten by the lionfish appears to be abundant throughoutRead More

Scientist on honeymoon discovers first amphibious centipede

Scientist on honeymoon discovers first amphibious centipede

Myriapods, New Species, Species Discovery June 28, 2017 at 10:52 am

Entomologist George Beccaloni of the Natural History Museum in London first discovered the large, venemous centipede when he was on his honeymoon in Thailand. He was looking under rocks near a waterfall and was able to capture a specimen of this large creature.  When in the water, S. cataracta swam like an eel, with its many legs moving in a wave-like motion in order to propel the creature forward, which surely helps during hunting.

Another new Australia bush tomato, in a brand new national park

Another new Australia bush tomato, in a brand new national park

New Species, Plants June 28, 2017 at 10:27 am

US botanists have named a new bush tomato species, based on collections made by their Australian colleagues, during government-funded surveys in a brand new national park, Limmen National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.  After looking at collections from biodiversity surveys in a vast are area that is now Limmen National Park, Bucknell University biology professor, Chris Martine, decided to form an expedition to relocate and describe a mysterious bush tomato uncovered during government-sponsored studies.  Notably, Dr. Martine recently discovered and described another bush tomato, from Martine collected the species during a field expedition to Mirima National Park in western Australia, which was namedRead More

A new amazon parrot from the Yucatan

A new amazon parrot from the Yucatan

Birds, New Species June 27, 2017 at 3:54 pm

The birds’ distinctive calls, behavior, plumage, and DNA led the researchers to declare the animal a new species.  Further genetic analyses are necessary to help prove the new species more definitively.  Researchers estimate there are only a hundred blue-winged Amazons in the wild.

Six or more new reef fish discovered in a continuing survey of the Fiji Lau Seascape

Six or more new reef fish discovered in a continuing survey of the Fiji Lau Seascape

Fish, New Species June 26, 2017 at 5:12 pm

In the latest reef survey of the marine RAP (Rapid Assessment Program) in the Lau Seascape in the Fijian Archipelago, researchers attempted to photograph as many reef fish species as possible, particularly those that are rare or appear new.  527 species over the 11-day expedition, with six to nine new or potentially new species, as well as several previously known but still undescribed species.  Most of the potentially new fish species were small gobies, including a number of coral dwarf gobies in the genera Trimma and Eviota, as well as a sand goby in the genus Grallenia.  There was also a beautiful damselfish, believed toRead More

A new rabbit from South America, with more to come

A new rabbit from South America, with more to come

Mammals, New Species June 24, 2017 at 8:21 am

A Portland State University researcher discovered that a rabbit known for centuries to exist in South America is different enough from its cousins to be its own unique species.  The creature will be only the third rabbit species named in South America.  Prof. Luis Ruedas made the discovery after studying rabbit specimens at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, the Netherlands, which were collected in the 1980s by Dutch scientists during the fieldwork in Suriname. The discovery follows another finding that Ruedas published this year showing that the South American cottontail, which was considered to be a single species distributed overRead More

Six new deep reef-dwelling species from Easter Island photographed

Six new deep reef-dwelling species from Easter Island photographed

Fish, New Species June 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm

In a paper released last month, a team of Chilean researchers revealed the first images of what may be at least six new reef-dwelling species.  The finds include a butterflyfish with vertical black bars and a wrasse sporting eye-catching orange stripes.  In April technical divers with the California Academy of Sciences were able to capture a specimen of one of the new species — a damselfish with yellow fins — which will soon receive a scientific name (see reports of the expedition, with descriptions of other new species).  These are the first video observations from this region of the deep-dwelling fishesRead More

A pretty little crab, found in the Arabian Gulf

A pretty little crab, found in the Arabian Gulf

Crustaceans, New Species June 22, 2017 at 11:44 am

A research team from the Marine Biology Cluster at Qatar University Environmental Science Center discovered a new species of crab during an exploration trip on the research vessel Janan. The trip aimed to investigate marine benthic biodiversity within the Qatar Marine Zone.  Coleusia janani is a small crab of 13.6mm which inhabits a gravel/mud substrate associated with the oyster bed ecosystem.

Five new species of flowering trees from Sulawesi

Five new species of flowering trees from Sulawesi

New Species, Plants June 22, 2017 at 11:29 am

Syzygium is a genus of flowering trees and shrubs in the myrtle family that contains more than 1,500 species. Only 14 of those were previously known to occur on Sulawesi, the world’s eleventh-largest island, however. By comparison, Borneo, Sulawesi’s larger neighbor to the west (and the third largest island in the world), is home to around 200 Syzygium species.  Three of the five newly described species on Sulawesi qualify for an endangered listing on the IUCN Red List.

Three new species of chameleons, from Central Africa

Three new species of chameleons, from Central Africa

New Species, Reptiles, Species Discovery June 22, 2017 at 11:16 am

A team of herpetologists, led by Dr. Eli Greenbaum, associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso, has discovered three new species of chameleons. The reptile trio, historically thought to be a single species, was found in different parts of the Albertine Rift in Central Africa.  The specimens were collected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between 2009 and 2014.  There are 206 described species of chameleons. “As chronicled the forthcoming book by the paper’s author, in Eli Greenbaum, Ph.D, “Emerald Labyrinth: A Scientist’s Adventures in the Jungles of the Congo,” the coming years will almost certainlyRead More

Four new species of burrowing frog, from Western Ghats India

Four new species of burrowing frog, from Western Ghats India

Amphibians, New Species June 22, 2017 at 10:56 am

Of the 40-odd species of frogs that belong to genus Fejerverya, only one was previously known to have a burrowing lifestyle – the Rufescent Burrowing Frog.  After sampling populations of frogs in parts of the Western Ghats that looked similar to the Rufescent Burrowing Frog, scientists identified four different species entirely – based on differences in DNA, physical appearance and variations in their calls. These new species are the Neilcox Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya neilcoxi), the Manoharan Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya manoharani), the CEPF Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya cepfi) and the Kadar Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya kadar).