Species Discovery

The Weirdest New Species of 2014

New Species, Species Discovery December 29, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Discovery News | Category: General | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: This year certainly held its own when it came to the describing of deeply odd animals. From a cavefish with its anus directly behind its head, to a marsupial whose males mate furiously until they die of stress, 2014 had something for everyone.

How to Describe a New Species: Getting into the “Spuh Nov” Club

How to Describe a New Species: Getting into the “Spuh Nov” Club

New Species, Species Discovery November 15, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Entomology Today | Category: General, Species Identification | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: Six steps to naming a new species.

First-ever illustrated global bird classification reveals 400 new species

First-ever illustrated global bird classification reveals 400 new species

Birds, New Species, Species Discovery November 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Science Magazine | Journal: HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World Category: Birds, General | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: Thanks to an illustrated checklist of birds worldwide published by Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, the first of its kind, 46 new species of parrots, 36 new hummingbirds, and 26 new owls have been identified. After 4 years gathering live footage and visiting specimens in museums, the researchers classified birds around the planet by assigning scores across five characteristics: measurements, songs, plumage, behaviors, and geographical relationships with one another. Based on theseRead More

Lost and Found, the Clarion Island Nightsnake

Lost and Found, the Clarion Island Nightsnake

New Species, Reptiles, Species Discovery November 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

In 1936 naturalist William Beebe visited the island and wrote in his field journal about a vertebrate that no one else has seen since. He called it the Clarion Island Nightsnake.  While other naturalists have sought the Clarion Island nightsnake over the years, the mystery of the nightsnake has now been solved.  Scouting over field notes and old books and diligantly encouraging colleagues to help explore further, Daniel Mulcahy, a researcher with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, ultimately was able to find the snake not seen eight years. This 18-inch Clarion Nightsnake (Hypsiglena unaocularus), found on black lava rock habitat onRead More

How A Chorus Led Scientists To A New Frog Species

How A Chorus Led Scientists To A New Frog Species

Amphibians, New Species, Species Discovery November 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Newsy | Category: Amphibians | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: A frog noticed by a conservationist on New York’s Staten Island has been confirmed as a new species after extensive study and genetic testing. The frog, Rana kauffeldi, is a type of leopard frog, and the process of establishing it as a new species started with the frog’s unique chorus, or its advertisement call, as it’s known by scientists.

The discovery of 27 vertebrates fully reveals the unmatched biodiversity in Tanzania

The discovery of 27 vertebrates fully reveals the unmatched biodiversity in Tanzania

Biodiversity, New Species, Species Discovery October 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Phys.org | Journal: Diversity and Distributions Category: Amphibians, Reptiles, General | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: A study by an international team of scientists coordinatedby Italy’s MUSE – Science Museum updates knowledge on the faunal richness of the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania and Kenya; presents the discovery of 27 new vertebrate species (of which 23 amphibians and reptiles); identifies the drivers of the area’s exception biological importance and advocates for its candidature to the UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites.

Dozens of new species uncovered in latest ‘Bush Blitz’

Dozens of new species uncovered in latest ‘Bush Blitz’

New Species, Species Discovery October 23, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: ABC (Australia) | Category: General | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: Scientists scouring Australia in search of rare and remarkable creatures have uncovered dozens of new species on Carnarvon Reserve in Central Queensland.

Vengeful Taxonomy: Your Chance to Name a New Species of

New Species, Species Discovery March 20, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Entomology Today | Category: General, Species Identfication | Taxa: Xestoblatta | Named for: Other reports: We

Dogfish Species Found in Taiwanese Fish Market

Dogfish Species Found in Taiwanese Fish Market

Fish, New Species, Species Discovery August 30, 2011 at 11:56 am

Recently one species was “rediscovered” in plain sight; the North Pacific spiny dogfish Squalus suckleyi had been considered a population of S. acanthias but has been restored to species status by genetic analysis.  Now, researchers have found an entirely new Squalus species in the Tashi Fish Market in Taiwan.  Say hello to Squalus formosus.