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Nineteen Speedy New Praying Mantis Species Discovered f…

Nineteen Speedy New Praying Mantis Species Discovered f…

Insects, New Species February 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Entomology Today | Category: | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports:

‘Love signals’ suggest new kind of hummingbird

‘Love signals’ suggest new kind of hummingbird

Birds, New Species February 9, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Futurity | Journal: The Auk Category: Birds, General | Taxa: Calliphlox evelynae lyrura | Named for: Other reports: The Bahama Woodstar species contains two subspecies, one found throughout the northern islands of the Bahamas, the other found only among the southern Inaguan islands of the chain. Both males and females of the two are virtually identical but in this case appearances were deceiving. Researchers claim that this newest bird species has been discovered, not in some remote tropical jungle, but in backyards in the Bahamas. ”Much of the fieldwork was literally conducted sitting at the backyard tables ofRead More

Fangs You Will Not Believe On Newly Discovered Species

Fangs You Will Not Believe On Newly Discovered Species

Mammals, New Species February 9, 2015 at 12:00 am

Scientists have uncovered a new bat with stupendous canines in the rainforests of Lao PDR and Vietnam, aptly naming it Hypsugo dolichodon, or the long-toothed pipistrelle.

221 new species described by the California Academy of Sciences in 2014

New Species, Species Discovery February 8, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: California Academy of Sciences | Category: General | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: In 2014, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added a whopping 221 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth

Endangered Cave-Dwelling Fish Species Discovered in Brazil

Endangered Cave-Dwelling Fish Species Discovered in Brazil

Fish, New Species February 8, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: NDTV | Journal: Zoologia Category: Fish | Taxa: Ituglanis Boticario | Named for: Other reports: http://cavingnews.com/20150212-endangered-cave-dwelling-fish-species-discovered-in-brazil-ituglanis-boticario Brazilian researchers have found a new species of endangered cave-dwelling fish that is threatened by a destruction of its habitat, because of an expansion of cattle ranching. The fish – Ituglanis Boticario – is a carnivore, less than 10 cm long, and has little pigmentation since it lives underground, according to the Grupo Boticario Foundation for Nature Protection, which financed the project. The fish is endemic to the Gruta da Tarimba, a cave in the central Brazilian state of Goias, the foundationRead More

Three new catfish, One Mamed after Star Wars’ Greedo

Celebrity Taxa, Fish, New Species February 8, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Nerdist | Journal: Zookeys Category: Fish, Celebrity | Taxa: Peckoltia

Wild flower discovered in Wales named after Sir David Attenborough

Celebrity Taxa, New Species, Plants February 7, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: The Guardian | Journal: New Journal of Botany: Journal of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland Category: Plants | Taxa: (Hieracium attenboroughianum | Named for: Sir David Attenborough Other reports: Flower discovered in the Brecon Beacons to be called Attenborough

New Water Frog Species Discovered in Central Peru | Bio…

Fish, New Species February 7, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Sci-News | Journal: Zookeys Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Telmatobius ventriflavum | Named for: The specific name

New Fungal Species Found In Salami Delightfully Named ‘Penicillium Salami’

Mushrooms & Fungi February 7, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Popular Science | Journal: International Journal of Food Microbiology Category: Fungi | Taxa: Penicillium salamii | Named for: Salami Other reports: To find a new species of mold, look no further than inside your sandwich. A team of food scientists from across Europe have discovered a new kind of fungus growing on salami, which they

New Owl Species Arises from Case of Mistaken Identity

New Owl Species Arises from Case of Mistaken Identity

Birds, New Species February 5, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Discovery News | Journal: Zootaxa Category: Birds | Taxa: Strix butleri | Named for: Ornithologist Hadoram Shirihai. Other reports: http://news.discovery.com/videos/why-some-birds-dont-have-penises.htm In a new report, researchers examined the plumage and body shape of owl specimens from museums around the world that had previously been thought to be members of a species called Hume’s owl. The researchers also analyzed the owls’ mitochondrial DNA, and found it was about 10 percent different from that of the Hume’s owl, which is properly known as species Strix butleri. The common name is desert tawny owl, which nests in crevices found in in rockyRead More

Plant genus named after Sir David Attenborough

Plant genus named after Sir David Attenborough

Celebrity Taxa, New Species, Plants February 4, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: The Guardian | Journal: Phytokeys Category: Plants | Taxa: Sirdavidia | Named for: Sir David Attenborough Other reports: Key taxonomical classification of rare plant with fleshy flowers discovered in the rainforest of Gabon in central Africa is named after British naturalist. The plant has a distinct shape, with red petals and up to 19 bright yellow stamen forming a cone.

New Species of Glass Sponge Discovered in Western Mediterranean

New Species of Glass Sponge Discovered in Western Mediterranean

Invertebrates, New Species January 30, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Science, Space & Robots | Journal: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Category: Invertebrates | Taxa: Sympagella delauzei | Named for: Other reports: A new species of glass sponge has been discovered in the western Mediterranean. The sponge was was found at depths of 350 and 500 meters (1,100 to 1,600 feet). It is 8 to 14 centimeters (three to five inches) in length.

Canines make the Difference: A New Species of Hypsugo bat from Laos and Vietnam

Canines make the Difference: A New Species of Hypsugo bat from Laos and Vietnam

Mammals, New Species January 8, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Mongabay | Journal: ZooTaxa Category: Mammals | Taxa: dolichodon | Named for: Other reports: http://www.seabcru.org/1934 cientists have uncovered a new bat with stupendous canines in the rainforests of Lao PDR and Vietnam, aptly naming it Hypsugo dolichodon, or the long-toothed pipistrelle. Describing the new species in ZooTaxa, the researchers say the bat is most closely related to the Chinese pipistrelle (Hypsugo pulveratus), which is found across much of eastern Asia. However, the new species not only sports longer fangs than its relative, but is also bigger altogether.

New Frog Species Reproduces Like No Other

New Frog Species Reproduces Like No Other

Amphibians, New Species January 4, 2015 at 12:00 am

I one of the tallest rain forests in the world, scientists have discovered a fanged frog that gives birth to live tadpoles. Of the 6,455 known species of frogs on our planet, it is the only one to exhibit this particular behavior. Like a handful of other frogs and toads, this newly-described amphibian from Sulawesi Island is capable of internal fertilization.

Two New Fruit Fly Species Discovered in Brazil

Insects, New Species January 4, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Entomology Today | Journal: Journal of Insect Science Category: Insects | Taxa: Rhinoleucophenga montensis, Rhinoleucophenga tangaraensis | Named for: Tangar

The Weirdest New Species of 2014

New Species, Species Discovery December 29, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Discovery News | Category: General | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: This year certainly held its own when it came to the describing of deeply odd animals. From a cavefish with its anus directly behind its head, to a marsupial whose males mate furiously until they die of stress, 2014 had something for everyone.

Deemed punk rock, snail named after The Clash singer Jo…

Deemed punk rock, snail named after The Clash singer Jo…

Celebrity Taxa, Invertebrates, New Species December 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Santa Cruz Sentinel | Category: | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports:

A new trout species described from the Alakir Stream in Antalya, Turkey

A new trout species described from the Alakir Stream in Antalya, Turkey

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

Main Report: Phys.org | Journal: Zookeys Category: Fish | Taxa: Salmo kottelati | Named for: Maurice Kottelat 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 Salmo kottelati, belongs to the Salmonidae family, which includes salmons, trouts, chars, graylings and freshwater whitefishes.

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.