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Species of sunflower, a tassle flower, discovered in Eastern Ghats, India

Species of sunflower, a tassle flower, discovered in Eastern Ghats, India

New Species, Plants May 8, 2017 at 10:51 am

The new species, ‘Emilia reddyi’, is found on Galikonda hill of the Eastern Ghats near Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam district.  

Fifty new species of spider discovered in far north Australia

Fifty new species of spider discovered in far north Australia

Arachnids, New Species May 8, 2017 at 10:41 am

More than 50 new species of spider, including a peacock spider with a “wonderful courtship behaviour, like dancing”, have been discovered in Queensland Australia’s Cape York region, during a 10-day trip by scientists from the Queensland Museum.  The new arachnids, which are now being formally classified, include a brush-footed trap-door spider, a large black creature that looks like a funnel web with the added power of being able to walk up glass doors; a new species of swift spider, with fuzzy black and white front legs; and several new species of ant spider.

Five new truffle species identified in New Hampshire

Five new truffle species identified in New Hampshire

Mushrooms & Fungi, New Species May 8, 2017 at 9:49 am

While other types of so-called deer truffles have been found across Europe and the western United States, the particular species doctoral student Ryan Stephens found in the White Mountain National Forest have never been formally identified and named.   All Elaphomyces species are putatively associated with eastern hemlock,, a tree species in regional decline.  Small mammals play a key role in dispersing these Elaphomyces species and that the Elaphomyces are an important part of the small mammals’ diet.  

DNA barcode analysis reveals a new species of butterfly, the first in Israel in 109 years.

DNA barcode analysis reveals a new species of butterfly, the first in Israel in 109 years.

Insects, New Species, Species Discovery May 8, 2017 at 9:20 am

This new species is named Acentria’s fritillary (Melitaea acentria) and was found flying right over the slopes of the popular Mount Hermon ski resort in northern Israel.  The species may be one of a handful of butterflies known to have arisen through hybridisation between two other species.

New ‘silky’ ant species that grows its own gardens of fungus named for Radiohead

New ‘silky’ ant species that grows its own gardens of fungus named for Radiohead

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species May 8, 2017 at 9:06 am

One of three new species of fungus-farming ants, Sericomyrmex radioheadi, collected in the Venezuelan Amazon, was named after the famous British music band Radiohead.  “We wanted to honor their music” one of the authors, Ana Ješovnik, says. “But more importantly, we wanted to acknowledge the conservation efforts of the band members, especially in raising climate-change awareness.  Using a scanning electron microscope, the authors found that the body of the new fungus-farming ants are covered with a white, crystal-like layer. Both the chemical composition and the function of this layer are unclear, though it is suspected that the layer is microbial in originRead More

A New Species Of Fairy Wrasse From Vanuatu

A New Species Of Fairy Wrasse From Vanuatu

Fish, New Species May 8, 2017 at 8:52 am

This new species is in the small but distinct complex of hooded fairy wrasses from the Coral Sea to Fiji & Tonga.

Two species of Tarsiers named after first being collected 1908 and 1939

Two species of Tarsiers named after first being collected 1908 and 1939

Mammals, New Species May 8, 2017 at 8:31 am

Two new tarsier species are described from the northern peninsula of Sulawesi.  Distinct vocalizations helped classify these tarsiers as distinct species.  With these two new species, the total number of primates in Indonesia rises to 80 and the number of recognized tarsier species from Sulawesi and nearby islands rises to 11. The Gursky’s spectral tarsier (Tarsius spectrumgurskyae) from Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo: Alfrets Masala / Shekelle et al / Primate Conservation.

A new skink described from East Malaysia (Borneo)

A new skink described from East Malaysia (Borneo)

New Species, Reptiles May 8, 2017 at 8:02 am

A new species of the genus Tropidophorus is described from Sarawak, East Malaysia (Borneo).

A New Genus species of diplurid Spider from northeast India

A New Genus species of diplurid Spider from northeast India

Arachnids, New Species May 2, 2017 at 10:59 am

The collected specimen differs from all known species and genera from Asia. A detailed comparison of museum material was used to conclude that the specimen is a new species; a new genus is proposed.

New flowering peas named after Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito

New flowering peas named after Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito

New Species, Plants April 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm

ANU biologists have named an unlikely pair of plants after Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, the stars of the 1988 movie Twins.  Lead researcher Emeritus Professor Mike Crisp said one of the species of Daviesia, a genus of Australian pea flowers, was much more robust than the other, calling to mind the movie about Julius and his twin brother Vincent, the products of a genetic project.  Other new Daviesia species are described.

Jumping spider that mimics ants found in California Park

Jumping spider that mimics ants found in California Park

Arachnids, New Species April 27, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Student found spider that mimics ant, believed to be a new species.

How to define a new species?

New Species April 27, 2017 at 11:14 am

See also Hermit crab caterpillar.

Two species of pennyworts growing on dry land in Western Australia

Two species of pennyworts growing on dry land in Western Australia

New Species, Plants April 27, 2017 at 9:06 am

A new plant species has been discovered rising from the ashes of two major bushfires near Albany in Western Australia.  The soon-to-be-named species was the second pennywort to be found on dry land anywhere in the world.  The first was the phoenix pennywort, also collected in Western Australia, in November 2015, which will be described in a publication in a few months. Pennyworts are perennial herbs that usually grow in, or next to, water.

A new species of Sabretoothed Blenny from Indonesia

A new species of Sabretoothed Blenny from Indonesia

Fish, New Species April 27, 2017 at 9:00 am

Researchers from the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida describes a new species of Sabretoothed Blenny from Bali and the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia.  This new species, the second in the genus is named Aledotremus deloachi in honor of Ned DeLoach in recognition and appreciation of his books, magazine articles and photographs that celebrate the beauty and diversity of reef fishes, all of which have encouraged numerous divers and fish watchers to become more aware of the importance of protecting the threatened marine environment and fauna.

A new miniature species of banjo catfish from the Lake Maracaibo Basin in Venezuela

A new miniature species of banjo catfish from the Lake Maracaibo Basin in Venezuela

Fish, New Species April 25, 2017 at 10:01 am

Osteological description using high-resolution computed microtomography of a miniature species.  

Almost blind, albino crab discovered in deep cave in Northeast India

Almost blind, albino crab discovered in deep cave in Northeast India

Crustaceans, New Species April 24, 2017 at 4:28 pm

India’s eighth longest cave in Meghalaya has revealed on almost blind, albino crab that had to date remained hidden in the darkest corners of the 7.3 km long cave.

A new genus of clingfish found in a 40+ year old specimen jar

A new genus of clingfish found in a 40+ year old specimen jar

Fish, New Species, Species Discovery April 24, 2017 at 11:48 am

Scientists at the University of Washington, Texas A&M University and the Western Australian Museum discovered the new genus and species of clingfish after stumbling upon a specimen preserved in a jar dating back to the 1970s, of the Western Australian Museum in Welshpool, Australia. The teensy translucent fish is just a few inches long, but it sports between 1,800 and 2,300 teeth in its duckbill-like mouth. The new species was trawled from sponge and algae reefs between 30–40 meters in depth offshore from Fremantle, Western Australia.  

A tetra from Colombia

A tetra from Colombia

Fish, New Species April 24, 2017 at 11:30 am

A new species of Hyphessobrycon (Characiformes, Characidae) from the upper Guaviare River, Orinoco River Basin, Colombia.

A new large species of Tometes

A new large species of Tometes

Fish, New Species April 24, 2017 at 11:16 am

A new large species of Tometes is found in the rapids of the Tocantins River,  Araguaia River Basin, Brazil.

An armored catfish, named after a legendary monster that attacks fishermen

An armored catfish, named after a legendary monster that attacks fishermen

Celebrity Taxa, Fish, New Species April 24, 2017 at 10:58 am

A new species of Parotocinclus is described, endemic of the rio Parnaíba basin in northern Brazil.