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This new wrasse is one of the reddish fish in the sea

This new wrasse is one of the reddish fish in the sea

Fish, New Species November 1, 2017 at 11:43 am

The brilliant wrasse is completely devoid of any stripes or spots.  It is a very red fish.  At the depth it’s collected where red appears black, so would be almost impossible to see in its natural habitat.

Accidental discovery finds a new hermit crab using live coral as its home

Accidental discovery finds a new hermit crab using live coral as its home

New Species, Species Discovery November 1, 2017 at 11:15 am

A new hermit crab species can live in a walking coral’s cavity in a symbiotic relationship, replacing the usual marine worm partner.  It is the only known hermit crab species to partner with a living coral.  The newly discovered crab was identified by accident, after finding a one inside a preserved walking coral.  Specimens of the new species were collected in the Oshima Strait of Japan at depths of 60-80 meters, and the species had been previously reported from a shallower bay in Japan at 30 meters.

New sea horse species identified, only known species from the Korea Strait East Japan Sea

New sea horse species identified, only known species from the Korea Strait East Japan Sea

Fish, New Species November 1, 2017 at 10:18 am

Seahorses of the Hippocampus coronatus complex: taxonomic revision, and description of Hippocampushaema, a new species from Korea and Japan.

Auctioned naming rights to new plant will support further research

Auctioned naming rights to new plant will support further research

Celebrity Taxa, New Species, Plants November 1, 2017 at 9:56 am

A yellow, flowering plant, called biscuit-root, commonly found in a Military Reserve in the Boise Foothills will be named after former Idaho governor Cecil Andrus.  A $10,000 donation from Andrus’ friends helped secure the naming rights, and will memorialize the governor where he could often be seen walking his dogs.  An Idaho congressional bill has been introduced to rename the area to the Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness.  The $10,000 dollars raised will go toward further research of the plant and others like it found in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon.  The plant was identified as a new species throughRead More

Three new species of shrimp

Three new species of shrimp

Crustaceans, New Species October 31, 2017 at 10:38 am

Three species of shrimp from the genus Alpheopsis are described from the tropical western Atlantic/Caribbean, pacific coasts of Panama and Colombia, and tropical eastern Atlantic (São Tomé Island).

First new species of damselfly discovered in Australia in a Decade

First new species of damselfly discovered in Australia in a Decade

Insects, New Species October 27, 2017 at 8:31 am

It is the first new species of damselfly to be discovered in almost a decade, and only the second in the genus Oristicta.  The new species was discovered during an Queensland Museum ‘Bush Blitz’ expedition in far north Queensland.  There are 325 species of dragonflies and damselflies in Australia.

A new newt is described, The Anhui knobby newt

A new newt is described, The Anhui knobby newt

Amphibians, New Species October 26, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Distinct morphological and molecular genetic differences were to be found between newt populations of Tylototriton from Yaoluoping National Nature Reserve in Yuexi county, Anhui Province of China, rvealing a previously unrecognized species.

Confiscated shipment of rare frogs reveals an undescribed species of tree frog

Confiscated shipment of rare frogs reveals an undescribed species of tree frog

Amphibians, New Species October 25, 2017 at 2:34 pm

For now, her name is Goldicheeks.  Customs authorities in Hong Kong confiscated the tree frogs from a cargo shipment originating in Mexico to be crowned and fringe-limbed species.  Northwest Nazarene University  (NNU) applied to host the frogs, and have discovered one is most likely a species not yet known to science.  The new frog is in a good place now: NNU is one of the only institutions in the world to breed Fringe-limbed Treefrogs in captivity.

A new species of Caecilian from the Seychelles

A new species of Caecilian from the Seychelles

Amphibians, New Species October 25, 2017 at 11:23 am

The petite new caecilian has a small geographic range, making it threatened with extinction.  

A new flower of the Shetland Islands, which has quickly evolved from an introduced species

A new flower of the Shetland Islands, which has quickly evolved from an introduced species

Evolution, New Species, Plants October 24, 2017 at 10:21 am

The beautiful yellow, red-spotted flower is a polyploid, and derivative of a non polyploid species which was introduced into Scotland less than 200 years ago.  Its ancestor was a non-native species introduced to the British Isles, probably from Alaska.

A completely new group of sponges has been discovered, in deep sea ecosystem targeted for mining.

A completely new group of sponges has been discovered, in deep sea ecosystem targeted for mining.

Invertebrates, New Species October 24, 2017 at 9:20 am

A completely new group of sponges has been discovered, which scientists believe could be a key indicator species in measuring future mining impact in a region targeted for deep-sea mining of polymetallic (metal-rich) nodules. They are likely to be the most abundant nodule-dwelling animal in the area.  See also ecosystem targeted for deep sea mining.

A tiny new bird, from Peru, finally identified through its song

A tiny new bird, from Peru, finally identified through its song

Birds, New Species October 23, 2017 at 3:07 pm

A new species of bird from the heart of Peru remained undetected for years until researchers were able to hear and analyze its vocalizations. Florida Museum photo by Andy Kratter

No better gift: EBay auction for a chance to name new plant species

No better gift: EBay auction for a chance to name new plant species

New Species, Plants October 23, 2017 at 9:55 am

The auction will open on Ebay on November 21 and close December 1st.  The money raised will be given to the outdoor education non profit Wild Society. “It’s a pretty spectacular plant, it’s quite large and has these brassy yellow flowers and it grows on very steep slopes near Leavenworth (Washington State) and in that general area,” says botanist Mark Darrach.  The plant is a member of the genus Lomatium in the plant family Apiaceae.  

Oregon Scientist Hunts For New Species In One Man’s Backyard

Oregon Scientist Hunts For New Species In One Man’s Backyard

Species Discovery October 23, 2017 at 9:41 am

You don’t have to delve into the densest rainforest or the deepest ocean trench to discover new species. Chris Marshall finds them in the most familiar places, like one man’s backyard.

19 new gecko species discovered in Myanmar

19 new gecko species discovered in Myanmar

New Species, Reptiles October 23, 2017 at 7:56 am

Aided in the search by monks and armed guards, a team of scientists has found an astonishing fifteen, and perhaps nineteen new gecko species in limestone hills in Myanmar.  The geckos all live in the same small area.  The discoveries were made over a two-week period in October 2016, and included 12 new species of bent-toed gecko from the genus Cyrtodactylus and three dwarf geckos from the genus Hemiphyllodactylus.   Author Lee Grismer is currently analyzing another 4 species.  Research was supported by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum at Brigham Young University.   Forthcoming publication about the bent-toed geckosRead More

A New Species of Leaf Frog from the Mato Grosso state, Brazil

A New Species of Leaf Frog from the Mato Grosso state, Brazil

Amphibians, New Species October 22, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Recognition of the new species is supported by adult morphology, advertisement call and molecular data.

Two ‘bird-catcher trees’ from Puerto Rico

Two ‘bird-catcher trees’ from Puerto Rico

New Species, Plants October 21, 2017 at 9:44 am

The two new trees belong to an extraordinary genus (Pisonia), containing rare plants mainly known for the ability to tangle birds with their sticky fruits, which inspired the common name “bird-catcher”.  The trees are from the four-o’clock family (Nyctaginaceae) and only found in Puerto Rico.   Pensoft Blog interviewed lead author Caraballo-Ortiz. He remarked that “Birds are the main dispersal agents for Pisonia trees, carrying the sticky fruits glued to their feathers to distant islands. However, sometimes these fruits can trap too tightly and even kills birds, as seen in documentaries. So far, we do not know of cases where birds haveRead More

A huge new gecko, hiding in plain sight

A huge new gecko, hiding in plain sight

New Species, Reptiles October 21, 2017 at 9:27 am

Growing to over eight inches long, the adult Kanger valley rock gecko is fairly large. The researchers found them in abandoned houses in Kanger Ghati National Park and juveniles on termite mounds and tree trunks. Though several researchers and reptile buffs had spotted the species before, they had mistaken it for the commonly-found rock gecko which it resembles.

Two new species of earth’s oldest plants

Two new species of earth’s oldest plants

New Species, Plants October 21, 2017 at 8:26 am

A very old, lone tree found in a botanic garden has turned out to be a new species, a Cycas, one of the first known plants.  Cycas are one of the most ancient plants whose fossils date to the Jurassic period and are often referred to as “living fossils”.  Cycas evolved on the earth as the first seeded plants and they grow very slowly, adding only a few centimetres every year.  Research conducted on a tree found in the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden in West Bengal India has revealed two new species of Cycas to the world.  The loneRead More

A new tree frog from Brazil, with unusual bright orange eyes

A new tree frog from Brazil, with unusual bright orange eyes

Amphibians, New Species October 20, 2017 at 9:49 am

A new species of tree frog was discovered in the Amazon Rain forest of Brazil.   The new species of Snouted tree frog was named  the Jaguar Snouted tree frog (Scinax onca) because of it’s similar coloration to jaguars and that the researchers encountered many jaguars during the field work.