Species Discovery

Gorgeous Rare Bird Finally Photographed

Gorgeous Rare Bird Finally Photographed

Birds, Species Discovery September 23, 2015 at 12:00 am

Not a new species, but a disocvery worth noting.   A team led by Chris Filardi, director of Pacific Programs at the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, identified and photographed the first-ever male mustached kingfisher. It happened one fateful morning while the team was surveying biodiversity in the mountainous forests of the “sky island” of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.* Suddenly, Filardi heard the unmistakable call: “ko-ko-ko-kokokokokokokoko-kiew!” A dark shape criss-crossed his path. And then, silhouetted against the dappled sunlight, he saw it: the mustached kingfisher in its full, mustachioed glory.

Hashtag #stupidcommonnames

Hashtag #stupidcommonnames

Celebrity Taxa, New Species, Species Discovery September 2, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Started by marine biologist and blogger David Shiffman, the twitter hashtag #stupidcommonnames is replete with venting over the most frustrating, confusing names in the animal kingdom (and beyond).

3D scans reveal a new species of millipede in stunning detail.

3D scans reveal a new species of millipede in stunning detail.

Celebrity Taxa, Myriapods, New Species, Species Discovery September 1, 2015 at 12:00 am

Using a technique known as micro-CT, scientists have shed light on the insect, named Ommatoiulus avatar The resulting images has revealed the millipede in incredible detail, while also keeping the specimens intact Technique allowed the scientists to get a detailed look at the millipede’s genitals, known as the gonopods Museum of Natural History in Vienna says different shapes of gonopod can help scientists identify new species The 1.5-inch-long (3.8 centimeters) millipede was discovered in Andalusia in Spain, in 2005.

Major expedition uncovers new species in Bolivia

Major expedition uncovers new species in Bolivia

New Species, Species Discovery August 19, 2015 at 12:00 am

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New carnivorous plant species found on Facebook

New carnivorous plant species found on Facebook

Citizen Science, New Species, Plants, Species Discovery July 29, 2015 at 12:00 am

There’s more to Facebook than just posting selfies – it’s also an important forum for scientific discoveries. The second largest carnivorous plant in the Americas has just become the first plant to be discovered through the social media site. The species were discovered by an orchid grower, Reginaldo Vasconcelos, who posted an image on Facebook in 2012. A year later Paulo Gonella, a plant researcher at the Institute of Biosciences at the University of São Paulo came across the image and realised that it was a new species, a species of sundew.

South African pays R600,000 to name new plant species i…

South African pays R600,000 to name new plant species i…

New Species, Plants, Species Discovery July 6, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Times Live (South Africa) | Category: | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports:

Newfound groups of bacteria are mixing up the tree of l…

Newfound groups of bacteria are mixing up the tree of l…

Species Discovery June 30, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Our Environment (Berkeley) | Category: | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: ”The new groups make up more than 15 percent of all known groups or phyla of bacteria, the scientists say, and include the smallest life forms on Earth, microbes a mere 400 nanometers across. The number of new bacterial phyla is equal to all the known animal phyla on Earth.”

100 New Marine Species Discovered in Mysterious

100 New Marine Species Discovered in Mysterious

Fish, New Species, Species Discovery June 15, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Monterey scientist considers naming unclassified octopu…

Monterey scientist considers naming unclassified octopu…

Invertebrates, New Species, Species Discovery June 14, 2015 at 12:00 am

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12 ‘rare and new’ species in Verde Island Pa…

12 ‘rare and new’ species in Verde Island Pa…

Fish, Invertebrates, New Species, Species Discovery June 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

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California Academy of Sciences discovers 100 new specie…

California Academy of Sciences discovers 100 new specie…

New Species, Species Discovery June 6, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Thorny frog and dementor wasp among new species discove…

Thorny frog and dementor wasp among new species discove…

Amphibians, Insects, New Species, Species Discovery May 25, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Undercover researchers expose new species of lizard for sale on Philippine black market

Undercover researchers expose new species of lizard for sale on Philippine black market

New Species, Reptiles, Species Discovery May 13, 2015 at 12:00 am

Over a five-year period in the Philippes researchers visited pet markets, roadside bush-meat stands and various other markets where monitor lizards were sold as pets or meat. They walked around pet markets and side streets talking to traders using circuitous conversation and eventually getting around to asking them if they had ‘anything else’ behind the scenes or in the back room. In the process, to their surprise, the researchers found genetic varieties of water monitor lizards that varied sharply from those common to the areas surrounding Manila. This was their first clue that additional species diversity might exist, hidden withinRead More

Unidentified, Not Unloved: On New Species and Stewardsh…

Unidentified, Not Unloved: On New Species and Stewardsh…

New Species, Species Discovery March 11, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Natural Science Collections | Category: | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports:

Grand tree of life study shows a clock-like trend in ne…

Grand tree of life study shows a clock-like trend in ne…

Species Discovery March 2, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Undescribed Plectranthias from Papua shows up in Bangkok, Thailand

Undescribed Plectranthias from Papua shows up in Bangkok, Thailand

Fish, New Species, Species Discovery February 20, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Reefbuilders | Category: | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: ”This particular undescribed species is a known unknown, and is quite frequently photographed in Japan.”

New Species of Dragon Found in Museum

New Species of Dragon Found in Museum

Fish, New Species, Species Discovery February 16, 2015 at 12:00 am

While researching the two known species of seadragons as part of an effort to understand and protect the exotic and delicate fish, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego made a startling discovery from museum specimens: a third species of seadragon.

Earth – How to discover a brand-new lifeform

Earth – How to discover a brand-new lifeform

Species Discovery February 12, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Top 20 New Species Discovered in 2014 | Biology | Sci

Top 20 New Species Discovered in 2014 | Biology | Sci

Species Discovery February 12, 2015 at 12:00 am

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221 new species described by the California Academy of Sciences in 2014

New Species, Species Discovery February 8, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: California Academy of Sciences | Category: General | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: In 2014, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added a whopping 221 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth