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A New Slipper Orchid from Northern Laos

A New Slipper Orchid from Northern Laos

New Species, Plants October 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Novataxa | Journal: Orchideen Journal Category: Plants | Taxa: Paphiopedilum rungsuriyanum | Named for: Niwat Rungruang Other reports: A new and very distinct species of the genus Paphiopedilum from north-Laos is described

A New Species of Bitterling (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) from the Nakdong River, South Korea

A New Species of Bitterling (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) from the Nakdong River, South Korea

Fish, New Species October 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Novataxa | Journal: Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters Category: Fish | Taxa: Tanakia latimarginata | Named for: Other reports: Tanakia latimarginata, new species, is described from the Nakdong River, South Korea

Newly Discovered Ant Species Hides in Plain Sight

Insects, New Species October 23, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Science Blog | Journal: American Naturalist Category: Arthropods | Taxa: Cephalotes specularis | Named for: Other reports: Researchers plan and plot every considerable aspect of their work, but sometimes it

Dozens of new species uncovered in latest ‘Bush Blitz’

Dozens of new species uncovered in latest ‘Bush Blitz’

New Species, Species Discovery October 23, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: ABC (Australia) | Category: General | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: Scientists scouring Australia in search of rare and remarkable creatures have uncovered dozens of new species on Carnarvon Reserve in Central Queensland.

Scientists Name New Hermaphroditic Snail In Honor Of Sa…

Scientists Name New Hermaphroditic Snail In Honor Of Sa…

Celebrity Taxa, Invertebrates, New Species October 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Huffington Post | Journal: Academia Sinica Category: Invertebrates, Celebrity | Taxa: Aegista diversifamilia | Named for: Other reports: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29599785 While conducting field research on turtle ants in the savannah region of Brazil, Dr. Powell noticed something peculiar: a species of ant infiltrating the region of a host ant. After nearly two years of research and consultations with fellow biologists and trained taxonomists, Dr. Powell officially had a new species of ant: Cephalotes specularis, commonly known as the mirror turtle ant. Mirror turtle ants are the first-known ant species to use visual mimicry to parasitize another ant species

What’s for dinner? Rapidly identifying undescribed species in a commercial fungi packet.

Mushrooms & Fungi, New Species September 16, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Phys.org | Journal: Peer J Category: Fungi | Taxa: Boletus

New variety of tarsier discovered in Dinagat Island, Philippines

New variety of tarsier discovered in Dinagat Island, Philippines

Mammals, New Species August 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm

International 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. ““Previously tarsiers were one species, divided into three named subspecies,” study author Rafe Brown said. “Our data disagree with that subspecies arrangement and instead demonstrate that the Philippine tarsiers are divided into three genetic units”.

New ‘deadbeat’ ant evolved by mooching off its relatives

New ‘deadbeat’ ant evolved by mooching off its relatives

Evolution, Insects, New Species August 21, 2014 at 1:16 pm

A newly-discovered species of ant supports a controversial theory of species formation.  The ant, known to live only under a single eucalyptus tree on the São Paulo State University campus in Brazil, branched off from its original species while living in the same colony, something thought rare in current models of evolutionary development.    

New Species of Snake Discovered In Brazil

New Species of Snake Discovered In Brazil

New Species, Reptiles August 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Scientists from four Brazilian institutions announced the discovery of a new species of non-venomous snake that inhabits the savannas in the central part of the country.  The new species of snake is a foot long, non-venomous, and a very colorful reddish-burnt orange with a yellowish belly.  

New Foot-Long Species Of Snake Discovered In Brazil

New Foot-Long Species Of Snake Discovered In Brazil

New Species, Reptiles August 20, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Fox News Latino | Journal: PLOS ONE Category: Reptiles | Taxa: Atractus spinalis | Named for: Other reports: http://www.latintimes.com/new-snake-species-discovered-brazil-4-fast-facts-about-atractus-spinalis-202283 The specimen found is a foot long, its skin is reddish with light brown markings and is of a yellowish hue underneath, the Boticario foundation said in a statement. The snakewas found under some rocks in the Serra do Espinhaco, a mountain range that extends between the savannas in the states of Minas Gerais and Bahia. Atractus spinalis joins the 1,815 species of reptiles and amphibians already identified in Brazil, although scientists believe there are many more that haveRead More

Mouse-like mammal related to elephants discovered in Africa

Mouse-like mammal related to elephants discovered in Africa

Mammals, New Species June 27, 2014 at 11:25 pm

The Etendeka round-eared sengi, or Macroscelides micus, was discovered by scientists from the California Academy of Sciences. It is the third new species of elephant shrew to be found in the wild in the past decade. The species was first discovered among other elephant shrew samples collected from southern Africa and stored at the California Academy of Sciences.  

Wakatobi Flowerpecker: New Species of Bird Discovered in Indonesia.

Wakatobi Flowerpecker: New Species of Bird Discovered in Indonesia.

Birds, New Species June 10, 2014 at 12:51 am

Ornithologists described a new species of flowerpecker – Wakatobi flowerpecker (Dicaeum kuehni) – from the Wakatobi Islands of Indonesia.  

Genetic Tests Reveal 10 Previously Unknown African Terrapin Species

Genetic Tests Reveal 10 Previously Unknown African Terrapin Species

New Species, Reptiles May 24, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Biologists have named and renamed and reclassified the 20- to 30-centimeter turtles more than a dozen times since 1778, the year they were first scientifically described. Some researchers declared the terrapins as multiple species or various subspecies. Most recently biologists have declared the terrapins to be just a single species, making it the widest ranging reptile in all of Africa.   Now it’s time to do it all over again.  According to genetic research published May 15 in Zootaxa, African helmeted terrapins are not one wide-ranging, common species (what’s currently known as Pelomedusa subrufa) but at least 10 separate species, maybeRead More

A new genus of flower from Vietnam

A new genus of flower from Vietnam

New Species, Plants April 14, 2014 at 9:59 am

Based on molecular and morphological data, the new genus Billolivia with five new species is described, from Vietnam.  

Vengeful Taxonomy: Your Chance to Name a New Species of

New Species, Species Discovery March 20, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Entomology Today | Category: General, Species Identfication | Taxa: Xestoblatta | Named for: Other reports: We

Discovery of four new species of camellia in Vietnam

Discovery of four new species of camellia in Vietnam

New Species, Plants February 12, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Vietnamnet | Journal: Novon: A Journal for Botanical Nomenclature Category: Plants | Taxa: Camellia duyana, Camellia ligustrina, Camellia bugiamapensis | Named for: Other reports: The four new species of Camellia were collected from the Da Lat Plateau and the Lang Biang Massif phytogeographic region in southern Vietnam. The new finds are morphologically dissimilar to known Camellia species. These species are endemic to the mountain temperate climate and to the lowland tropical rainforests of Vietnam.

Chewbacca bat, beetle with explosive farts among oddities spotted on Mozambique expedition

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species June 4, 2013 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Mongabay | Category: Mammals, General | Taxa: Triaenops persicus | Named for: Other reports: The ”Chewbacca” bat, a cave-dwelling frog, bombardier beetles that unleash explosive farts as a defense mechanism, and a diminutive elephant shrew were among hundreds of species documented during a one-month survey of a park that was ravaged during Mozambique

Four new freshwater crab species disocvered in the Philippines

Four new freshwater crab species disocvered in the Philippines

Crustaceans, New Species April 23, 2012 at 12:00 am

Four new crab species have been found in Palawan by a research team led by Hendrik Freitag, PhD, an associate professor of the Biology Department.  The crabs were discovered in the freshwater inlands of the island province.  The newly discovered endemic species, together with the previously known Insulamon unicorn discovered by Japanese and Singaporean researchers in 1982, make for a revision of the entire Insulamon genus.

New Venomous Snake Species Discovered in Tanzania

New Venomous Snake Species Discovered in Tanzania

New Species, Reptiles January 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

This newly discovered snake has menacing-looking yellow and black scales, dull green eyes and two spiky horns. And it’s named after a 7-year-old girl. Matilda’s Horned Viper was discovered in a small patch of southwest Tanzania in 2009. This striking black-and-yellow snake is called Matilda’s horned viper, can grow to 65cm and has horn-like scales above its eyes. Photograph: Tim Davenport/AFP/Getty Image

New Snake-Species Discovered in Remote Tanzania Forest

New Snake-Species Discovered in Remote Tanzania Forest

New Species, Reptiles January 9, 2012 at 11:24 am

A new type of snake, a species of bush viper, was discovered in southern Tanzania during a recent biological survey. The snake’s exact location is being kept secret to protect the visually striking black-and-yellow snake from illegal pet collectors.