Species Discovery

What was thought to be a singing snake is really a tree frog.

What was thought to be a singing snake is really a tree frog.

Amphibians, New Species, Species Discovery November 21, 2016 at 12:25 pm

Calls of the newly discovered tree frog species Tepuihyla shushupe have long been mistaken for the “songs” of a bushmaster viper.

New species of parasitic orchid discovered in Japan

New species of parasitic orchid discovered in Japan

Citizen Science, New Species, Plants, Species Discovery November 7, 2016 at 6:16 pm

Some plant species have abandoned photosynthesis, instead feeding off the roots of host fungi such as mushrooms and mould. These plants are called mycoheterotrophs. A Japanese photographer has discovered a new mycoheterotoph in the lowland laurel forests of Yakushima and named it Lecanorchis tabugawaensis.  Approximately 50 mycoheterotrophs species have been reported in Japan.

How Newly Discovered Species Get Their Weird Names

How Newly Discovered Species Get Their Weird Names

Celebrity Taxa, New Species, Species Discovery October 20, 2016 at 9:16 am

Whatever you do, don’t name your new species after yourself. That’s tacky.

Researcher profile: Prosanta Chakrabarty

Researcher profile: Prosanta Chakrabarty

Species Discovery September 21, 2016 at 8:54 am

LSU Professor Prosanta Chakrabarty, TED Fellow and icthyologist, travels the world to study fish and find new species, including some in the Gulf of Mexico, which he calls ‘one of the most unexplored places in the world’.

The nudibranch of “Name this Creature” contest has a name!

The nudibranch of “Name this Creature” contest has a name!

Invertebrates, New Species, Species Discovery September 14, 2016 at 11:27 am

The Western Australian Museum provided a chance of a lifetime: for anyone to stamp a personal imprint on biological history by naming a species. The museum’s Dr Nerida Wilson discovered this new species of nudibranch while diving off the coast of north-west Western Australia.   Thousands of people entered the competition, and at the end of an exhaustive judging process the species name chosen for this gorgeous nudribranch is … Mordillo fifo The name honours the fly-in fly-out mine workers of Western Australia, with their blue and orange coats.

New species of crab first found sold in Chinese pet market.

New species of crab first found sold in Chinese pet market.

Crustaceans, New Species, Species Discovery September 7, 2016 at 11:07 am

Knowing about the growing demand for eye-catching freshwater crabs from southern China, the authors took a look at the ornamental fish market to eventually identify an individual with unusually structured male gonopod, which in crustaceans is a swimming appendage modified to serve as a reproductive organ. Having their interest drawn by the peculiar crab, lead author Chao Huang managed to persuade the fish dealer to let them survey the collection site located in northern Guangdong, southern China.

A review of herbarium collections and molecular methods results in a revision of the custard apple genus Monanthotaxis, and nine new species.

A review of herbarium collections and molecular methods results in a revision of the custard apple genus Monanthotaxis, and nine new species.

New Species, Plants, Species Discovery September 1, 2016 at 4:42 pm

Combining modern molecular methods, with more traditional morphological ones, a recent revision of the custard apple genus Monanthotaxis has revealed a nonet of new species.  Lying unnoticed on shelves, some of these species had to wait for many decades to be discovered with methods, unavailable at the time of their collection. Some collected 40 years ago, some as far back as a 100, the nine new species are described in the open access journal Phytokeys to showcase the importance of herbarium collections in Botany.

A new plant, found growing by the roadside

A new plant, found growing by the roadside

New Species, Plants, Species Discovery August 31, 2016 at 10:11 am

“This species, a wintergreen in the heath family, was completely unknown to science despite its occurrence right along a roadside–it just needed someone with a particular focus on this group in order to collect and study it. This finding highlights that fact that our knowledge of even basic species numbers and abundance in most areas of the world, but especially biodiversity hotspots such as the Philippines, is woefully inadequate, and much more field and laboratory work needs to be done for thoroughly documenting life on our planet.”

Capturing a new species with a submersible.

Capturing a new species with a submersible.

Fish, Species Discovery March 22, 2016 at 9:06 am

The Smithsonian Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP) captured a new species of deep-reef fish using the Curasub submersible.  Coryphopterus curasub was collected between 70 and 80 m, the deepest depth range known for the genus.  The lead scientist on the sub was Carole Baldwin of the National Museum of Natural History and the pilot was Bruce Brandt. Video

New turtle described; naming rights auctioned and trust fund set up.

New turtle described; naming rights auctioned and trust fund set up.

New Species, Reptiles, Species Discovery February 11, 2016 at 12:00 am

The huge variability among the desert tortoise populations of Mexico has finally been given an explanation after casting doubts for several decades. The puzzle was solved by an international team of researchers crunching data, led by Dr. Taylor Edwards, The University of Arizona, who teamed up to find a previously unknown third sister species.  Naming the turtle and helping protect its habitat involved just as creative an approach.

Natural History Museums Are Teeming With Undiscovered S…

Natural History Museums Are Teeming With Undiscovered S…

News in Nature, Species Discovery February 8, 2016 at 12:00 am

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Hundreds of new plant and animal species added to India’s known biodiversity every year.

Hundreds of new plant and animal species added to India’s known biodiversity every year.

New Species, Species Discovery January 31, 2016 at 6:19 pm

In 2015, India added 523 new living species to this ever-expanding inventory. According to the documentations released by the country’s two premier institutes engaged in the exploration of flora and fauna—the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) and the Botanical Survey of India (BSI)—and non-profit World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), scientists and taxonomists have identified 246 animal species and 277 plant species in 2014.

If You Discover a New Species, Don’t Name It After Yourself

If You Discover a New Species, Don’t Name It After Yourself

Celebrity Taxa, Species Discovery January 25, 2016 at 12:00 am

Scaptia beyonceae, the horsefly named for the Queen B.

Scientists ID new genus of tree frogs long thought extinct

Scientists ID new genus of tree frogs long thought extinct

Amphibians, Nature Thriving, New Species, Species Discovery January 20, 2016 at 12:00 am

For more than a century, two mysterious tree frog specimens collected by a British naturalist in 1870 and housed at the Natural History Museum in London were assumed to be part of a vanished species, never again found in the wild.  Now, a group of scientists, led by renowned Indian biologist Sathyabhama Das Biju, has rediscovered the frogs and also identified them as part of a new genus – one step higher than a species on the taxonomic ranking.  Not only have they found the frogs in abundance in northeast Indian jungles, they believe they could also be living acrossRead More

A beautiful ‘unexpected’ species of orchid discovered in forests of Pacific Mexico

A beautiful ‘unexpected’ species of orchid discovered in forests of Pacific Mexico

New Species, Plants, Species Discovery January 13, 2016 at 12:00 am

A new elegant orchid species has been found in deciduous forests of the Pacific slope of Oaxaca state, Mexico.  When researchers stumbled across a beautiful orchid in bloom, they found themselves so surprised by its unique colors and forms that they chose the name inopinatus, meaning “unexpected”. Photo: Dr. Carlos L. leopardi-Verde

Journals omit locations of new species to stop poaching (podcast)

Journals omit locations of new species to stop poaching (podcast)

New Species, Species Discovery January 9, 2016 at 12:00 am

In an effort to combat poaching, some academic journals are choosing to omit the location of newly discovered species. Smugglers have been known to use geographic information published in scientific papers to find new animals.

Academy of Sciences researchers discover 102 new specie…

Academy of Sciences researchers discover 102 new specie…

New Species, Species Discovery December 31, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Academy of Sciences researchers discover 102 new species in 2015

New Species, Species Discovery December 16, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: California Academy of Sciences | Category: | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: In 2015, rese102-new-species-described-by-the-california-academy-of-sciences-in-2015-0archers at the California Academy of Sciences added 102 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth

New bat species rises from vaults of London’s Natural H…

New bat species rises from vaults of London’s Natural H…

Mammals, New Species, Species Discovery November 1, 2015 at 12:00 am

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This Peace Corps Volunteer Helped Discover a Lizard Unk…

This Peace Corps Volunteer Helped Discover a Lizard Unk…

New Species, Reptiles, Species Discovery October 27, 2015 at 12:00 am

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