New Species

North Coast long-nosed potoroo could be new species

North Coast long-nosed potoroo could be new species

Mammals, New Species December 1, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: ABC (Australia) | Category: Mammals | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: They’re secretive, grass-dwelling marsupials, that few Australians have ever seen, and the North Coast population is in trouble. The Australian Museum is collecting samples of the long-nosed potoroo which could produce evidence for the argument that they should now be considered endangered.

New clam species found off of B.C.’s coast

New clam species found off of B.C.’s coast

Invertebrates, New Species November 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: CTV News | Journal: Zootaxa Category: Invertebrates | Taxa: Ascetoaxinus quatsinoensis | Named for: The first part of the name means curiously fashioned like an axe and the second part represents the area where the clam was found off B.C.’s Quatsino Sound. Other reports: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascetoaxinus_quatsinoensis Ten years after an unusually scalloped clam was dragged up from the ocean floor off northern Vancouver Island, the tiny mollusk is making waves in the research world. Only one of the clams has ever been found. The mollusk was found at a depth of about 1,000 metres by a Department of FisheriesRead More

Stargazer Shrimp Discovered In South African Waters

Stargazer Shrimp Discovered In South African Waters

Crustaceans, New Species November 24, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Red Orbit | Journal: Crustaceana Category: Crustaceans | Taxa: Mysidopsis zsilaveczi | Named for: Guido Zsilavecz, the diver who collected the specimen. Other reports: http://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?day=24&id=72956&l=e&monthyear=&ndb=0&special=0 Researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) have identified a tiny shrimp specimen with banded, stalked eyes, and gaudy red ‘warning’ colouring in South African waters. The small crustacean, a mere 10 to 15mm long called the ?stargazer mysid? by divers who first saw it because its eyes seem to gaze permanently upwards, is the latest of several new marine species to be found by UCT researchers in the extensively sampled watersRead More

New mushroom discovered on campus – the first since 1985.

Mushrooms & Fungi, New Species November 20, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Berkeley News | Category: Fungus | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: For the first time in 30 years, a new species of mushroom has been discovered on the UC Berkeley campus, to the delight of the researchers who found it. Else Vellinga and Nhu Nguyen, the researchers, named it Helvella dryophila, and described it as a beautiful black ”elfin saddle” associated with oaks. They found it on Observatory Hill, an open space area next to the C.V. Starr East Asian Library. The mushroom is edible, but doesn

A Remarkable Sexually Dimorphic New Genus and Species from Eastern Brazil

Fish, New Species November 18, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Novataxa | Journal: Copeia Category: Fish | Taxa: Hirtella carinata | Named for: Other reports: A new neoplecostomine genus and species is described from headwater tributaries of the lower Rio Pardo basin, a coastal drainage in Bahia, eastern Brazil.

A New Species of  Crocodile Newts from Central Myanmar

A New Species of Crocodile Newts from Central Myanmar

Amphibians, New Species November 18, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Novataxa | Category: | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports:

Predatory Glow Worm Discovered In Peruvian Rainforest

Predatory Glow Worm Discovered In Peruvian Rainforest

Invertebrates, New Species November 18, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: IFLScience | Category: | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports:

A New Species of Freshwater Goby from Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

Fish, New Species November 18, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Novataxa | Category: Fish | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: A new neoplecostomine genus and species is described from headwater tributaries of the lower Rio Pardo basin, a coastal drainage in Bahia, eastern Brazil.

A New Species of Palm from Central Laos

A New Species of Palm from Central Laos

New Species, Plants November 18, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Novataxa | Category: Plants | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports:

New Species of Catfish from the western Guiana Shield

New Species of Catfish from the western Guiana Shield

Fish, New Species November 18, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Novataxa | Category: Fish | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: Limatulichthys nasarcus n. sp. is described as a new species based on 15 specimens from the Ventuari and Caura Rivers in Southern Venezuela.

New to Nature No 135: Cycloseris boschmai

New to Nature No 135: Cycloseris boschmai

Invertebrates, New Species November 18, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: The Guardian | Category: Invertebrates | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: This new type of mushroom coral has been discovered among the specimens collected on a 1922 Dutch expedition

Seven New Species of Blind Cave Beetles Discovered in Southern China

Insects, New Species November 18, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Sciencespacerobots | Category: | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports:

New Ant Species Thrives by Hacking Another Species’s Cu…

New Ant Species Thrives by Hacking Another Species’s Cu…

Insects, New Species November 17, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: WGBH Nova | Category: | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports:

New species of poppy pollinating fly discovered in China

New species of poppy pollinating fly discovered in China

Insects, New Species November 17, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Smithsonian Science | Category: Insects | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: Scientists studying pollinators of the yellow poppy (Meconopsis integrifolia) in the highlands of southern China have discovered a striking new species of flower fly that mimics the bumble bee. The new fly, named Sericomyia khamensis, has evolved to resemble a bumble bee as a way to fool predators into leaving them alone.

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.

A New Species of Gonglyosoma Snake from Pulau Tioman, West Malaysia

A New Species of Gonglyosoma Snake from Pulau Tioman, West Malaysia

New Species, Reptiles November 11, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Novataxa | Category: Reptiles | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: A new species of Gongylosoma is described from Pulau Tioman, a small island 38 km off the southeast coast of Pahang, West Malaysia, in the South China Sea. This species differs from all other Gongylosoma in having a single, enlarged, posterior temporal; chinshields of equal size; and a thin nuchal band that contacts a vestigial vertebral stripe.

14 New Species of Endangered Dancing Frog Discovered in India.

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

Main Report: Extinction Countdown | Journal: Ceylon Journal of Science Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Micrixalus

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

Genetic Tests Reveal 10 Previously Unknown African Terr…

Genetic Tests Reveal 10 Previously Unknown African Terr…

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

Main Report: Extinction Countdown | Journal: Zootaxa Category: Reptiles | Taxa: Pelomedusa, Pelomedusa subrufa | Named for: Other reports: According to genetic research published May 15 in Zootaxa (pdf), African helmeted terrapins are not one wide-ranging, common species (what’s currently known as Pelomedusa subrufa) but at least 10 separate species, maybe even more. Many of these ?new? species, according to lead author Uwe Fritz of the Senckenberg Research Institute in Germany, have extremely limited distributions and are probably endangered. In particular, the terrapins on the Arabian Peninsula suffer from a severe shortage of available water and may be threatened withRead More

New species of tarsier discovered in Dinagat Island

New species of tarsier discovered in Dinagat Island

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

Main Report: University of The Philippines | Journal: PLOS ONE Category: Mammals | Taxa: Tarsius syrichta | Named for: Other reports: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/631002/new-species-of-tarsier-discovered-in-dinagat-island Biologists have confirmed the discovery of a new species of Tarsier on the island of Dinagat in Mindanao 25 years after a Filipino biologist first saw the possibility of there being a distinct species.