Insects

New Mite Species Named After Jennifer Lopez

New Mite Species Named After Jennifer Lopez

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species October 29, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Science, Space & Robots | Journal: Zookeys Category: Arthropods, Celebrity | Taxa: Litarachna lopezae | Named for: Jennifer Lopez Other reports: A new species of pontarachnid mite species has been discovered in Bajo de Sico, a coral reef in the Mona Passage off Puerto Rico. The researchers named the water mite, Litarachna lopezae, after singer Jennifer Lopez. The researchers say they named the mite after JLo because they enjoyed her music while they were writing the research paper.

Newly Discovered Ant Species Hides in Plain Sight

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

Main Report: Science Blog | Journal: American Naturalist Category: Arthropods | Taxa: Cephalotes specularis | Named for: Other reports: Researchers plan and plot every considerable aspect of their work, but sometimes it

New ‘deadbeat’ ant evolved by mooching off its relatives

New ‘deadbeat’ ant evolved by mooching off its relatives

Evolution, Insects, New Species August 21, 2014 at 1:16 pm

A newly-discovered species of ant supports a controversial theory of species formation.  The ant, known to live only under a single eucalyptus tree on the São Paulo State University campus in Brazil, branched off from its original species while living in the same colony, something thought rare in current models of evolutionary development.    

Chewbacca bat, beetle with explosive farts among oddities spotted on Mozambique expedition

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species June 4, 2013 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Mongabay | Category: Mammals, General | Taxa: Triaenops persicus | Named for: Other reports: The ”Chewbacca” bat, a cave-dwelling frog, bombardier beetles that unleash explosive farts as a defense mechanism, and a diminutive elephant shrew were among hundreds of species documented during a one-month survey of a park that was ravaged during Mozambique