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Dogfish Species Found in Taiwanese Fish Market

Dogfish Species Found in Taiwanese Fish Market

Fish, New Species, Species Discovery August 30, 2011 at 11:56 am

Recently one species was “rediscovered” in plain sight; the North Pacific spiny dogfish Squalus suckleyi had been considered a population of S. acanthias but has been restored to species status by genetic analysis.  Now, researchers have found an entirely new Squalus species in the Tashi Fish Market in Taiwan.  Say hello to Squalus formosus.

‘SpongeBob’ mushroom discovered in the forests of Borneo

‘SpongeBob’ mushroom discovered in the forests of Borneo

Celebrity Taxa, Mushrooms & Fungi, New Species June 15, 2011 at 12:00 am

Spongiforma squarepantsii, a new species of mushroom almost as strange as its cartoon namesake. Its discovery in the forests of Borneo, says San Francisco State University researcher Dennis Desjardin, suggests that even some of the most charismatic characters in the fungal kingdom are yet to be identified. Shaped like a sea sponge, S. squarepantsii was found in 2010 in the Lambir Hills in Sarawak, Malaysia. It is bright orange-although it can turn purple when sprinkled with a strong chemical base-and smells vaguely fruity or strongly musty.

Creature celebrity

Creature celebrity

Celebrity Taxa, New Species January 30, 2005 at 4:32 pm

Some scientists like a pop culture reference. Can you match the celeb to the critter?