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New species of Spinifex tastes like ‘Salt and vinegar chips’.  7 other new species described.

New species of Spinifex tastes like ‘Salt and vinegar chips’. 7 other new species described.

New Species, Plants, Species Discovery November 27, 2017 at 10:23 am

West Australian researchers have found and identified eight new species of spinifex, including one they say has the flavour of salt and vinegar-flavoured chips.  “We were doing late night experiments … handling specimens of that species,” Dr Barrett said. “Someone licked their hand at some point and tasted that flavour.”  The native grass is farmed commercially in Queensland to manufacture the world’s strongest, thinnest condoms.  The Triodia genus includes about 120 species.

Golden eyed gecko discovered in wild and gruesome locale

Golden eyed gecko discovered in wild and gruesome locale

New Species, Reptiles November 24, 2017 at 1:45 pm

The golden-eyed gecko was known from a single specimen just sitting in the Queensland Museum, but had never been found in the wild.  The new gecko species is found in central Queensland and is thought to be endemic to the Brigalow Belt region. The species name  trux ” is Latin for wild, savage, harsh and pitiless, including instruments of human savagery, and also of the scene of such cruelty. This name was Chosen in reference to the only location known for Strophurus trux sp. nov. It is in the proximity of the “Marlborough stretch”, a section of the old Bruce Highway inRead More

New species of teddy bear bee discovered

New species of teddy bear bee discovered

Insects, New Species November 22, 2017 at 12:32 pm

A NEW species of teddy bear bee (Asarapoda) has been discovered in the small town of Laura, located in the Cape York Peninsula of northern Queensland, during a ‘bush blitz’ of the area.  According to Remko Leijs, a biologist from the South Australian Museum, who discovered the new teddy bear bee, the bee is yet to be named as he is currently conducting a revision of this particular family of bees.

BioBlitz finds new species of peacock spider

BioBlitz finds new species of peacock spider

Arachnids, Citizen Science, New Species November 22, 2017 at 10:27 am

While on a BioBlitz in the Murrah Flora Reserve on the NSW South Coast, citizen scientist Helen Ranson showed her colleague, Canberra’s renowned “spider man”, Stuart Harris a spider she’d just found.  Mr Harris immediately knew it was a new species.  

First new species of damselfly discovered in Australia in a Decade

First new species of damselfly discovered in Australia in a Decade

Insects, New Species October 27, 2017 at 8:31 am

It is the first new species of damselfly to be discovered in almost a decade, and only the second in the genus Oristicta.  The new species was discovered during an Queensland Museum ‘Bush Blitz’ expedition in far north Queensland.  There are 325 species of dragonflies and damselflies in Australia.

Five Colorful New Species of Sandperch

Five Colorful New Species of Sandperch

Fish, New Species September 29, 2017 at 8:53 am

The Parapercis sandperches are one of the most highly diverse groups of reef-associated fishes, with roughly 81 species having been recorded (and many more yet waiting scientific description). Now, we can add another five species to the list.  Two of the species fish were found in markets.

A new mola, genetically ID’d as a new species

A new mola, genetically ID’d as a new species

Fish, New Species July 26, 2017 at 11:23 am

It turns out there was a third species hiding in plain sight all along, Mola tecta.  Marianne Marianne Nyegaard from the Sunfish Research Group has proposed the first addition to the genus Mola in 125 years.   The new species was described based on specimens from  New Zealand and Australia,  South Africa, and southern Chile.

Another new Australia bush tomato, in a brand new national park

Another new Australia bush tomato, in a brand new national park

New Species, Plants June 28, 2017 at 10:27 am

US botanists have named a new bush tomato species, based on collections made by their Australian colleagues, during government-funded surveys in a brand new national park, Limmen National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.  After looking at collections from biodiversity surveys in a vast are area that is now Limmen National Park, Bucknell University biology professor, Chris Martine, decided to form an expedition to relocate and describe a mysterious bush tomato uncovered during government-sponsored studies.  Notably, Dr. Martine recently discovered and described another bush tomato, from Martine collected the species during a field expedition to Mirima National Park in western Australia, which was namedRead More

A New Species of Freshwater Eel-tailed Catfish from Australia

A New Species of Freshwater Eel-tailed Catfish from Australia

Fish, New Species June 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm

Tandanus bellingerensis, new species, is described based on specimens from four river drainages (Bellinger, Macleay, Hastings, and Manning rivers) of the mid-northern coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Fifty new species of spider discovered in far north Australia

Fifty new species of spider discovered in far north Australia

Arachnids, New Species May 8, 2017 at 10:41 am

More than 50 new species of spider, including a peacock spider with a “wonderful courtship behaviour, like dancing”, have been discovered in Queensland Australia’s Cape York region, during a 10-day trip by scientists from the Queensland Museum.  The new arachnids, which are now being formally classified, include a brush-footed trap-door spider, a large black creature that looks like a funnel web with the added power of being able to walk up glass doors; a new species of swift spider, with fuzzy black and white front legs; and several new species of ant spider.

New flowering peas named after Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito

New flowering peas named after Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito

New Species, Plants April 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm

ANU biologists have named an unlikely pair of plants after Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, the stars of the 1988 movie Twins.  Lead researcher Emeritus Professor Mike Crisp said one of the species of Daviesia, a genus of Australian pea flowers, was much more robust than the other, calling to mind the movie about Julius and his twin brother Vincent, the products of a genetic project.  Other new Daviesia species are described.

Two species of pennyworts growing on dry land in Western Australia

Two species of pennyworts growing on dry land in Western Australia

New Species, Plants April 27, 2017 at 9:06 am

A new plant species has been discovered rising from the ashes of two major bushfires near Albany in Western Australia.  The soon-to-be-named species was the second pennywort to be found on dry land anywhere in the world.  The first was the phoenix pennywort, also collected in Western Australia, in November 2015, which will be described in a publication in a few months. Pennyworts are perennial herbs that usually grow in, or next to, water.

50 New Spiders Discovered in Australia

50 New Spiders Discovered in Australia

Arachnids, New Species April 26, 2017 at 2:44 pm

During a two-week research mission in the Australian bush, a team of 23 scientists and rangers identified 50 new species of spiders.  One of the species that has scientists particularly excited is a peacock spider that displays an elaborate dance in order to attract females. Other notable species discovered include a spider that mimics the behavior of ants and spiders that dive beneath the surface of the water.

A new genus of clingfish found in a 40+ year old specimen jar

A new genus of clingfish found in a 40+ year old specimen jar

Fish, New Species, Species Discovery April 24, 2017 at 11:48 am

Scientists at the University of Washington, Texas A&M University and the Western Australian Museum discovered the new genus and species of clingfish after stumbling upon a specimen preserved in a jar dating back to the 1970s, of the Western Australian Museum in Welshpool, Australia. The teensy translucent fish is just a few inches long, but it sports between 1,800 and 2,300 teeth in its duckbill-like mouth. The new species was trawled from sponge and algae reefs between 30–40 meters in depth offshore from Fremantle, Western Australia.  

New species of funnel-web spider from Tasmania

New species of funnel-web spider from Tasmania

Arachnids, New Species April 13, 2017 at 1:53 pm

Nearly 30 species of unidentified Tasmanian spiders have been found by researchers at the Queen Victoria Museum in the past 18 months, highlighting the diversity of the state’s arachnid population and the fact that Tasmania is literally crawling with spiders.  “Our next step is to liaise with spider taxonomists across the world to have these species properly described”, says Queen Victoria Museum Curator of Natural Sciences David Maynard.  

First live images of the ruby seadragon

First live images of the ruby seadragon

First Video, Fish, New Species, Species Discovery January 24, 2017 at 2:44 pm

In 2015, a new, third species of seadragon from Australia was described, based on museum specimens, the ruby seadragon.  Using a small remotely operated vehicle (miniROV) in deep water at the Recherche Archipelago in Western Austalia, researchers have now obtained the first images of live ruby seadragons, and made observations on the seadragon habitat and behavior, including feeding.  See 2015 report.

Tiny frog discovered living close to one of Australia’s busiest airports.

Tiny frog discovered living close to one of Australia’s busiest airports.

Amphibians, New Species November 4, 2016 at 9:15 am

Discoveries of new vertebrate species are rare, but particularly so within developed areas like Newcastle, which is the second most populated area in NSW after Sydney. The new frog is tiny – it fits on a human fingertip – and it is effectively camouflaged, living well concealed under a layer of vegetation or sand, which likely contributed to it managing to evade discovery for so long.  Story includes video report.

Beautifully colored treefrog identified in Northern Australia

Beautifully colored treefrog identified in Northern Australia

Amphibians, New Species October 6, 2016 at 10:01 pm

Suatrlian researchers have discovered a new species of green treefrog in Australia – with distinctive orange hands and feet and iridescent purple inner thighs.  The beautifully colored frog had escaped scientific scrutiny because it had been mistaken for a southern relative, which is commonly heard calling after rain in spring and summer.    

New species of trap door spiders identified in Queensland

New species of trap door spiders identified in Queensland

Arachnids, New Species September 22, 2016 at 9:23 am

MGraduate student Jeremy Wilson has even found up to 10 new species of trap door spiders in Lamington National Park in Queensland’s Gold Coast Hinterland, species that build intricate traps. A trapdoor found in the Lamington National Park, one of at least 10 new species of trapdoor spiders discovered in Queensland.

Two new species of skink from north Queensland Australia.

Two new species of skink from north Queensland Australia.

New Species, Reptiles September 15, 2016 at 10:47 am

A number of these species have strong associations with semi-evergreen vine thickets, listed as an endangered habitat under the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).