New Species

Student discovers new species of tree frog in Madagascar

Student discovers new species of tree frog in Madagascar

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

Main Report: Western Daily Press | Journal: Zookeys Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Boophis ankarafensis | Named for: Other reports: A Bristol university student has discovered a new species of tree frog while studying the the forests of Madagascar. Samuel Penny, who was examining amphibians on the island as part of his masters degrees, was amazed when he realised one brightly-coloured frog had never been identified before. The new discovery, which is green with bright red speckling over its head and back, has been named Boophis ankarafensis as it was found around the hidden streams of the Ankarafa Forest. Samuel foundRead More

Sydney region’s first new plant find in decades

New Species, Plants November 7, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: The Syndey Morning Herald | Journal: Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Category: Plants | Taxa: Hibbertia spanantha | Named for: “few-flowered” (Greek) Other reports: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/threatenedspecies/determinations/PDHibbTurrCR.pdf Andrew Robinson, a bushland officer with the Ku-ring-gai Council, was on his first visit to a nature reserve back in 2006 when his eyes fixed on a ?straggly little thing? less than a metre from the track. Research and further visits to the reserve failed to produce a species to match the one Mr Robinson had spotted. What he needed, though, was to catch the plant in flower, which took another threeRead More

Scientists on NOAA-led mission discover new coral speci…

Invertebrates, New Species November 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: NOAA News | Category: Invertebrates | Taxa: Leptogorgia

New frog species discovered in New York City

New frog species discovered in New York City

Amphibians, New Species November 3, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Science News | Journal: PLoS One Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Rana kauffeldi | Named for: Carl Kauffeld, Director of the Staten Island Zoo and at the American Museum of Natural History. Other reports: A new frog species, discovered in New York City six years ago, has been found in many spots along the East Coast, from Connecticut to North Carolina.

Speleobiologists Discover Four New Species of Dragon Millipedes in China

Speleobiologists Discover Four New Species of Dragon Millipedes in China

Myriapods, New Species October 31, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Entomology Today | Journal: Zookeys Category: Centipedes and Millipedes | Taxa: Desmoxytes lingulata, Desmoxytes parvula, Desmoxytes nodulosa, Desmoxytes getuhensis | Named for: Other reports: A team of speleobiologists – scientists who study creatures that inhabit caves – from the South China Agriculture University and the Russian Academy of Sciences have described four new species of dragon millipedes from southern China, two of which seem to be cave dwellers. China holds the most diverse resources of Desmoxytes, with 14 species in the genus, including nine that are cave dwellers.

NYC’s new frog finally gets a name

NYC’s new frog finally gets a name

Amphibians, New Species October 29, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Futurity | Journal: PLoS One Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Rana kauffeldi | Named for: Carl Kauffeld, Director of the Staten Island Zoo and at the American Museum of Natural History. Other reports:

A New Phasmid Gecko from the Arnhem Plateau: more new Diversity in Rare Vertebrates from northern Australia

New Species, Reptiles October 29, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Novataxa | Journal: Zootaxa Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Strophurus horneri

A New Species of Slipper Orchid from Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

A New Species of Slipper Orchid from Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

New Species, Plants October 29, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: A Garden’s Chronicle | Journal: Botanique Category: Plants | Taxa: Paphiopedilum robinsonianum | Named for: A. Robinson, Botanist Other reports: A new species of Paphiopedilum from Sulawesi is described.

Three New Ginger Species (Zingiberaceae) from Laos

Three New Ginger Species (Zingiberaceae) from Laos

New Species, Plants October 29, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Novataxa | Journal: Blumea Category: Plants | Taxa: Curcuma corniculata, Curcuma flammea, Zingiber jiewhoei | Named for: Other reports: Three new Zingiberaceae species from Laos, Curcuma corniculata and C. flammea (Curcuma subg. Ecomata), and Zingiber jiewhoei (Zingiber sect. Zingiber), are described and illustrated here.

Three New Species of Dragon Millipedes Discovered in Ch…

Three New Species of Dragon Millipedes Discovered in Ch…

Myriapods, New Species October 29, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Science, Space & Robots | Journal: Zookeys Category: Arthropods | Taxa: Desmoxytes eupterygota, Desmoxytes spinissima, Desmoxytes lui | Named for: Other reports: Three new species of dragon millipedes have been discovered in southern China. They were discovered by speleobiologists from the South China Agriculture University and the Russian Academy of Sciences. Two of the new species are thought to be cave dwelling millipedes.

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.

New Frog Species Discovered in Southeastern Brazil

New Frog Species Discovered in Southeastern Brazil

Amphibians, New Species October 29, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Science, Space & Robots | Journal: Zookeys Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Chiasmocleis quilombola | Named for: “Quilombolas”, escaped slaves who formed their own communities in the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. Other reports: Scientists have discovered a new species of frog in the Atlantic Forest of the Espirito Santo State in southeastern Brazil. It is a small narrow-mouth frog belonging to the Microhylidae family. Scientists from from the University of Richmond and George Washington University discovered the frogs by setting pitfall traps in the forest after heavy rains.

New Poison Dart Frog Species Discovered in Panama

New Poison Dart Frog Species Discovered in Panama

Amphibians, New Species October 29, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Science, Space & Robots | Journal: Zootaxa Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Andinobates geminisae | Named for: Other reports: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2014/09/25/animals-new-species-science-poison-dart-frog-panama-world/ Scientists found the toxic, electric-orange amphibian in a single hilly area near the Caribbean coast. Measuring just 12.7 millimeters in length, the newly described Andinobates geminisae remains something of a mystery, according to the study team

A New Slipper Orchid from Northern Laos

A New Slipper Orchid from Northern Laos

New Species, Plants October 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Novataxa | Journal: Orchideen Journal Category: Plants | Taxa: Paphiopedilum rungsuriyanum | Named for: Niwat Rungruang Other reports: A new and very distinct species of the genus Paphiopedilum from north-Laos is described

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.

A New Species of Bitterling (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) from the Nakdong River, South Korea

A New Species of Bitterling (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) from the Nakdong River, South Korea

Fish, New Species October 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Novataxa | Journal: Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters Category: Fish | Taxa: Tanakia latimarginata | Named for: Other reports: Tanakia latimarginata, new species, is described from the Nakdong River, South Korea

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.

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

Scientists Name New Hermaphroditic Snail In Honor Of Sa…

Scientists Name New Hermaphroditic Snail In Honor Of Sa…

Celebrity Taxa, Invertebrates, New Species October 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Huffington Post | Journal: Academia Sinica Category: Invertebrates, Celebrity | Taxa: Aegista diversifamilia | Named for: Other reports: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29599785 While conducting field research on turtle ants in the savannah region of Brazil, Dr. Powell noticed something peculiar: a species of ant infiltrating the region of a host ant. After nearly two years of research and consultations with fellow biologists and trained taxonomists, Dr. Powell officially had a new species of ant: Cephalotes specularis, commonly known as the mirror turtle ant. Mirror turtle ants are the first-known ant species to use visual mimicry to parasitize another ant species

What’s for dinner? Rapidly identifying undescribed species in a commercial fungi packet.

Mushrooms & Fungi, New Species September 16, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Phys.org | Journal: Peer J Category: Fungi | Taxa: Boletus