Post Tagged with: "Africa"

Three new species of chameleons, from Central Africa

Three new species of chameleons, from Central Africa

New Species, Reptiles, Species Discovery June 22, 2017 at 11:16 am

A team of herpetologists, led by Dr. Eli Greenbaum, associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso, has discovered three new species of chameleons. The reptile trio, historically thought to be a single species, was found in different parts of the Albertine Rift in Central Africa.  The specimens were collected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between 2009 and 2014.  There are 206 described species of chameleons. “As chronicled the forthcoming book by the paper’s author, in Eli Greenbaum, Ph.D, “Emerald Labyrinth: A Scientist’s Adventures in the Jungles of the Congo,” the coming years will almost certainlyRead More

Three Forest Robins from tropical Africa

Three Forest Robins from tropical Africa

Birds, New Species November 7, 2016 at 5:39 pm

Researchers from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University has discovered three never before documented bird species from West Africa and the Congo Basin.  There had only been one other species in the genus.  The birds were first collected 2008-2011.  “The discovery of these three new species is a good example of the amount of potentially hidden diversity living in Afrotropical forests,” said team lead Prof. Gary Voelker.  

A review of herbarium collections and molecular methods results in a revision of the custard apple genus Monanthotaxis, and nine new species.

A review of herbarium collections and molecular methods results in a revision of the custard apple genus Monanthotaxis, and nine new species.

New Species, Plants, Species Discovery September 1, 2016 at 4:42 pm

Combining modern molecular methods, with more traditional morphological ones, a recent revision of the custard apple genus Monanthotaxis has revealed a nonet of new species.  Lying unnoticed on shelves, some of these species had to wait for many decades to be discovered with methods, unavailable at the time of their collection. Some collected 40 years ago, some as far back as a 100, the nine new species are described in the open access journal Phytokeys to showcase the importance of herbarium collections in Botany.

Two new Lake Malawi cichilds.

Two new Lake Malawi cichilds.

Fish, New Species August 18, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Labeotropheus chlorosiglos and L.simoneae are the two newest described cichlid species from Lake Malaŵi, Africa. An interesting editorial in Cichlidae questions the classification into a new species.

A Mormyrid Fish from the Namib Desert

A Mormyrid Fish from the Namib Desert

Fish, New Species March 18, 2016 at 10:16 am

Marcusenius desertus is a new species designated from the Cunene River, a harsh desert environment on the Namibia/Angola border and Atlantic Ocean coast. 

A new killifish species of the Aphyosemion ogoense species group

A new killifish species of the Aphyosemion ogoense species group

Fish, New Species January 13, 2016 at 2:20 pm

 

Sixty new species of dragonflies and damselflies, from Africa

Sixty new species of dragonflies and damselflies, from Africa

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species December 12, 2015 at 10:29 am

The researchers found a stunning amount of diversity amongst the dragonflies, many of which are brightly colored.  With this research, the number of dragonfly species known in Africa increases at once by almost 10%, from 700 to 760 species.  Naming so many new species became a challenge for the authors. The species live in freshwater bogs, lakes, rivers and well-forested areas that are increasingly under threat.   “The species’ beauty and sensitivity can raise awareness for the densest and most threatened biodiversity: freshwater covers less than one percent of Earth’s surface, but harbours ten percent of animal species, of which a third mayRead More

New species of freshwater crab, from Ethiopia

New species of freshwater crab, from Ethiopia

Crustaceans, New Species June 12, 2015 at 5:36 pm

A new species of freshwater crab, Potamonautes isimangaliso sp. n., is described from the western shores of False Bay, Hluhluwe, within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa.    

‘New species’ of ancient human found – BBC News

‘New species’ of ancient human found – BBC News

Mammals, New Species May 30, 2015 at 12:05 am

A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the Afar region of Ethiopia, scientists report. Source: ‘New species’ of ancient human found – BBC News   AUDIO Chew on This: Jaw Fossils Provide Evidence of New HomininScientists uncover evidence of new hominin species in the Afar region of Ethiopia. Source: Science Friday May 29, 2015