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Nine beautiful new frogs found in India’s Western Ghats

Nine beautiful new frogs found in India’s Western Ghats

Amphibians, New Species December 11, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: BBC | Journal: Zootaxa Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Raorchestes | Named for: Other reports: Nine new species of bush frog have been discovered in the Western Ghats, a mountainous region in southern India that is a hotspot of biodiversity.

In modern amphibian “ark,” new species added with due diligence

In modern amphibian “ark,” new species added with due diligence

Amphibians, New Species December 11, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Smithsonian Insider | Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Andinobates geminisae | Named for: Other reports: https://youtu.be/5zKvE1XjMk4 Bright orange with a distinctive call the Panamanian poison dart frog Andinobates geminisae lives in only a small area of the Caribbean Coast of Panama. It was discovered and named just a few months ago yet scientists already fear for its future from habitat loss, pet-trade collectors and chytrid fungus-a deadly disease that is decimating frog populations across the globe.

Two ‘Pseudoscorpions’ Discovered in Grand Canyon Cave

Two ‘Pseudoscorpions’ Discovered in Grand Canyon Cave

Arachnids, New Species December 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Livescience | Journal: Journal of Arachnology Category: Arachnids | Taxa: Hesperochernes bradybaughi, Tuberochernes cohni | Named for: Jeff Bradybaugh, an advocate for cave research and the former superintendent of Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, and Theodore Cohn, an entomologist who identified a new genus of cave cricket and passed away in 2013. Other reports: A group of researchers from Recep Tayyip Erdo?an University, Faculty of Fisheries in Turkey discovered a new trout species. The newly described species A new species of cave-adapted pseudoscorpion, Hesperochernes bradybaughi, that was discovered in a cave on the northern rim of the Grand Canyon.Read More

Thirty New Spider Species Found in China

Thirty New Spider Species Found in China

Arachnids, New Species December 4, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Science, Space & Robots | Journal: Zookeys Category: Arachnids | Taxa: Neriene circifolia | Named for: Other reports: Thirty new species of spiders of have been discovered in China. The spiders were discovered by scientists from the Institute of Zoology with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. They were found in the Xishuangbanna tropical rain forest. Neriene circifolia, one of the newly discovered species, is pictured here.

A New Species of Lizard from Southern Ecuador

A New Species of Lizard from Southern Ecuador

New Species, Reptiles December 3, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Novataxa | Journal: Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Category: | Taxa: Pholidobolus hillisi | Named for: Other reports:

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

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 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

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.

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:

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.

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  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:

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.

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.

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:

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.