Invertebrates

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).  

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.”

Three species of mini thorn snails identified with CT scans

Three species of mini thorn snails identified with CT scans

Invertebrates, New Species June 3, 2017 at 10:07 am

Using computer tomography (CT) tiny, highly fragile snails measuring less than 2 mm are described.  In total, there are fourteen species of thorn snails known in North and Central America.  

Dive into the twilight zone off Easter Island reveals new species

Dive into the twilight zone off Easter Island reveals new species

Fish, Invertebrates, New Species, Species Discovery April 6, 2017 at 10:48 am

A diving expedition off Easter Island, 60–150 meters beneath the surface (the “twilight zone”), reveal new species of fish and invertebrates.  In collaboration with SUBELAB Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, a scientific team from the California Academy of Sciences became the first divers to study mesophotic ecosystems off Rapa Nui.  An orange colored sea biscuit, and four fish collected are almost certainly new species.  California Academy of Sciences Ichthyology Curator Luis Rocha plans to give the fish all Rapa Nui names in honor of the local culture. Sea biscuit from Rapa Nui, 80-meters depth. Photograph: Rich Mooi/California Academy of Sciences  Read More

New species of worm-snail shoots a web like Spiderman

New species of worm-snail shoots a web like Spiderman

Invertebrates, New Species, Species Discovery April 5, 2017 at 11:22 am

Scientists have discovered a new species of a marine creature called a worm-snail (scientifically known as a vermetid) that shoots out a substance much like a web from our popular comic-book superhero.  It is believed to be foreign to the waters off the Florida Keys, where it was found on an artifical reef.shoots web like spider-man.

DNA and photo analyses reveal colorful new species of nudibranch from California

DNA and photo analyses reveal colorful new species of nudibranch from California

Invertebrates, New Species March 22, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Researchers studying a colorful group of sea slugs (also called nudibranchs) found along the California coast have named a new species in honor of Gary McDonald, a long-time staff member at UCSC’s Long Marine Laboratory.   The striking orange-red new species is about an inch long, found along the coast from Baja California to Sonoma County.   Based on the examination of over 600 images of specimens of Limacia available on Flickr and iNaturalist it appears that L. mcdonaldi sp. nov. has been common in the Monterey and San Francisco bay areas from 2014 through 2016.

Three new species of land flatworms from the Brazilian Araucaria forest

Three new species of land flatworms from the Brazilian Araucaria forest

Invertebrates, New Species January 9, 2017 at 12:46 am

A huge invertebrate diversity is hidden on the forest floor in areas of the Araucaria moist forest, Brazil. Land flatworms constitute a numerous group among these invertebrates occurring in the Neotropical region. Flatworms are considered to be top predators within the soil ecosystem, preying on other invertebrates.

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.

A new species of Partulid Snail from Palau

A new species of Partulid Snail from Palau

Invertebrates, New Species September 14, 2016 at 8:46 am

Researchers from the University of Florida and the University of Michigan review the Partulid Snails of Palau and describe a new species. Sphendone insolita. Scale bar is 5 mm. Slapcinsky & Kraus (2016).

Tiny bivalve calls sea cucumbers home

Tiny bivalve calls sea cucumbers home

Invertebrates, New Species September 12, 2016 at 9:34 am

Most bivalves live in sand or mud or attached to rock surface. However, a new bivalve species described from Japan lives on a sea cucumber.

Another animal, a parasitic flatworm, named after President Obama

Another animal, a parasitic flatworm, named after President Obama

Celebrity Taxa, Invertebrates, New Species September 9, 2016 at 8:09 am

Baracktrema obamai is a tiny parasitic flatworm that lives in turtles’ blood.  A new study officially names the 2-inch, hair-thin creature after Obama.  Scientists have also named a fish (Etheostoma obama), a trapdoor spider (Aptostichus barackobamai), a lichen species (Caloplaca obamae) and an extinct insect-eating lizard (Obamadon gracilis) after the current commander in chief.

A New Flatworm from the Argentinian Atlantic Forest

A New Flatworm from the Argentinian Atlantic Forest

Invertebrates, New Species August 20, 2016 at 9:17 pm

This land planarian is large, exceeding 5 cm in length. Dorsal view of a live specimen of Cratera viridimaculata (anterior end to the left). Scale bar: 10 mm. Negrete & Brusa (2016).

A new sponge

A new sponge

Invertebrates, New Species June 1, 2016 at 9:36 am
Possibly new jellyfish species discovered by NOAA

Possibly new jellyfish species discovered by NOAA

Invertebrates, New Species May 11, 2016 at 9:10 am

This stunningly beautiful jellyfish was captured on film at a depth of approximately 3,700 meters by a remotely operated vehicle tethered to the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer as the scientists explored the informally named “Enigma Seamount” near the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.    

Extremophile Worms Found in Colorado Cave

Extremophile Worms Found in Colorado Cave

Invertebrates, New Species May 11, 2016 at 8:47 am

As a research associate with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s zoology department, Dave Steinmann estimates he finds around 10 new species per year in Colorado.  But it took more than 1,000 hours of multiple independent lab tests, study for these “blood-red worms” to become official this year.  The hydrogen sulfide gas that fills the cave required a rescue team to wait outside while Steinmann explored. His discovery is significant because these “extremophile” worms — which are red, thin as pencil-lead and an inch long — show how life might have developed in other inhospitable environments like Mars orRead More

An adorable species of octopus was discovered and it’s basically a cartoon character.

An adorable species of octopus was discovered and it’s basically a cartoon character.

Invertebrates, New Species April 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Mashable | Category: Invertebrates | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: In one of science’s cutest recent discoveries, a deep-diving robot – associated with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship Okeanos Explorer – has spotted what may be a new species of octopus.

NOAA ROV Discovers a Very Deep and Adorable New Octopus

NOAA ROV Discovers a Very Deep and Adorable New Octopus

Invertebrates, New Species March 4, 2016 at 7:17 pm

“As the ROV was traversing a flat area of rock interspersed with sediment at 4,290 meters, it came across a remarkable little octopod sitting on a flat rock dusted with a light coat of sediment,” NOAA wrote. “The appearance of this animal was unlike any published records and was the deepest observation ever for this type of cephalopod.”

New, Beautiful, Luminous Creature Illuminates the Waters of the Red Sea

New, Beautiful, Luminous Creature Illuminates the Waters of the Red Sea

Invertebrates, New Species February 8, 2016 at 3:21 pm

Viatcheslav N. Ivanenko et al. “Sea hydroids, unlike hydrae, are often found in colonizes and can branch off tiny jellyfish,” said Vyacheslav Ivanenko, one of the researchers

New, Beautiful, Luminous Creature Illuminates the Water…

New, Beautiful, Luminous Creature Illuminates the Water…

Invertebrates, New Species February 8, 2016 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Science World Report | Journal: PLOS ONE Category: Invertebrates | Taxa: Cytaeis | Named for: Other reports: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/lmsu-tmo020516.php During the investigation of the biodiversity of coral reefs of the archipelago Farasan, which is south of the Red Sea, biologists looked at marine life under the UV-light with yellow filters. As a result, the scientists found ?fluorescent lanterns? that were very similar to hydrae. Unlike their distant relatives that lead solitary lives in fresh water, the new species form spreading colonies that decorate miniature shells of gastropods with green lights. ?Sea hydroids, unlike hydrae, are often found in colonizesRead More

Not a missing sock afterall, but a new worm species, with clues to early life.

Not a missing sock afterall, but a new worm species, with clues to early life.

Invertebrates, New Species February 4, 2016 at 11:58 am

A new species of deep-sea creature that resembles a discarded purple sock has been identified as an early form of life in a discovery that will help scientists understand how animals have evolved over time.