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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.

A New Species of Gonglyosoma Snake from Pulau Tioman, West Malaysia

A New Species of Gonglyosoma Snake from Pulau Tioman, West Malaysia

New Species, Reptiles November 11, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Novataxa | Category: Reptiles | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: A new species of Gongylosoma is described from Pulau Tioman, a small island 38 km off the southeast coast of Pahang, West Malaysia, in the South China Sea. This species differs from all other Gongylosoma in having a single, enlarged, posterior temporal; chinshields of equal size; and a thin nuchal band that contacts a vestigial vertebral stripe.

New “Bat Frog” Found in Amazon, Named for Ozzy Osbourne

New “Bat Frog” Found in Amazon, Named for Ozzy Osbourne

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

Main Report: National Geographic News | Journal: Zootaxa Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Dendropsophus ozzyi | Named for: Ozzy Osborne Other reports:

New Tarantula (Not Beetle) Named After John Lennon

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species November 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: National Geographic News | Journal: Zookeys Category: Arthropods | Taxa: Bumba lenno | Named for: John Lennon Other reports: Bumba lennoni is a new species of tarantula that lives in the Amazonian state of Par

Deadbeat ant species branched off as parasite inside it…

Deadbeat ant species branched off as parasite inside it…

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

Main Report: Smithsonian Insider | Journal: Current Biology Category: Arthropods | Taxa: Mycocepurus castrator | Named for: Other reports: 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 Sa?o 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 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.