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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.

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

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

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

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

First-ever illustrated global bird classification reveals 400 new species

First-ever illustrated global bird classification reveals 400 new species

Birds, New Species, Species Discovery November 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Science Magazine | Journal: HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World Category: Birds, General | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: Thanks to an illustrated checklist of birds worldwide published by Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, the first of its kind, 46 new species of parrots, 36 new hummingbirds, and 26 new owls have been identified. After 4 years gathering live footage and visiting specimens in museums, the researchers classified birds around the planet by assigning scores across five characteristics: measurements, songs, plumage, behaviors, and geographical relationships with one another. Based on theseRead More

New Gecko Species Discovered in Madagascar

New Gecko Species Discovered in Madagascar

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

Main Report: Science, Space & Robots | Journal: Zoosystematics and Evolution Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Paroedura hordiesi | Named for: Other reports:

New Deep Sea Ghost Flathead

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

Main Report: Australian Museum | Journal: Ichthyological Research Category: Fish | Taxa: Hoplichthys mcgroutheri | Named for: Mark McGrouther, Fish Collection Manager, Australian Museum Other reports: The new fish species is called Hoplichthys mcgroutheri, McGrouther

Mitochondrial DNA reveals A New Species of Parachuting Frog southwestern Sumatra, Indonesia

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

Main Report: Novataxa | Journal: Biotaxa Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Rhacophorus

7 new frog species reported from Western Ghats and Sri …

7 new frog species reported from Western Ghats and Sri …

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

Main Report: The Hindu | Contributions to Zoology Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Hylarana serendipi, Hylarana doni, Hylarana urbis, Hylarana magna, Hylarana sreeni, Hylarana indica, Hylarana caesari | Named for: Other reports: A team of researchers from India and Sri Lanka has discovered seven new species of golden-backed frogs in the Western Ghats-Sri Lanka global biodiversity hotspot, throwing new light on the highly distinct and diverse fauna in the two countries. The survey yielded 14 distinct golden-backed frogs, with seven new species, including one (Hylarana serendipi) from Sri Lanka. Of the six new species from the Western Ghats, four (H. doni,Read More

How A Chorus Led Scientists To A New Frog Species

How A Chorus Led Scientists To A New Frog Species

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

Main Report: Newsy | Category: Amphibians | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: A frog noticed by a conservationist on New York’s Staten Island has been confirmed as a new species after extensive study and genetic testing. The frog, Rana kauffeldi, is a type of leopard frog, and the process of establishing it as a new species started with the frog’s unique chorus, or its advertisement call, as it’s known by scientists.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.