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Name a new species!

Name a new species!

Arachnids, New Species November 26, 2017 at 2:54 pm

This species of jumping spider was found by researchers on a Bush Blitz species discovery expedition in QLD last year and is totally new to science. The Department of the Environment and Energy is giving Australians the opportunity to be part of scientific history by giving it a name!  Entries close midnight 22 December 2017.  See report earlier this year where this new species and over 60 others were discovered during the bush blitz expedition:  ‘50 New Spiders Discovered in Australia‘. The genus Jotus is part of the jumping spider family (Salticidae). There are only nine species in the genus.  Jumping spiders areRead More

Auctioned naming rights to new plant will support further research

Auctioned naming rights to new plant will support further research

Celebrity Taxa, New Species, Plants November 1, 2017 at 9:56 am

A yellow, flowering plant, called biscuit-root, commonly found in a Military Reserve in the Boise Foothills will be named after former Idaho governor Cecil Andrus.  A $10,000 donation from Andrus’ friends helped secure the naming rights, and will memorialize the governor where he could often be seen walking his dogs.  An Idaho congressional bill has been introduced to rename the area to the Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness.  The $10,000 dollars raised will go toward further research of the plant and others like it found in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon.  The plant was identified as a new species throughRead More

No better gift: EBay auction for a chance to name new plant species

No better gift: EBay auction for a chance to name new plant species

New Species, Plants October 23, 2017 at 9:55 am

The auction will open on Ebay on November 21 and close December 1st.  The money raised will be given to the outdoor education non profit Wild Society. “It’s a pretty spectacular plant, it’s quite large and has these brassy yellow flowers and it grows on very steep slopes near Leavenworth (Washington State) and in that general area,” says botanist Mark Darrach.  The plant is a member of the genus Lomatium in the plant family Apiaceae.  

New turtle described; naming rights auctioned and trust fund set up.

New turtle described; naming rights auctioned and trust fund set up.

New Species, Reptiles, Species Discovery February 11, 2016 at 12:00 am

The huge variability among the desert tortoise populations of Mexico has finally been given an explanation after casting doubts for several decades. The puzzle was solved by an international team of researchers crunching data, led by Dr. Taylor Edwards, The University of Arizona, who teamed up to find a previously unknown third sister species.  Naming the turtle and helping protect its habitat involved just as creative an approach.