Post Tagged with: "Australia"

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).

The nudibranch of “Name this Creature” contest has a name!

The nudibranch of “Name this Creature” contest has a name!

Invertebrates, New Species, Species Discovery September 14, 2016 at 11:27 am

The Western Australian Museum provided a chance of a lifetime: for anyone to stamp a personal imprint on biological history by naming a species. The museum’s Dr Nerida Wilson discovered this new species of nudibranch while diving off the coast of north-west Western Australia.   Thousands of people entered the competition, and at the end of an exhaustive judging process the species name chosen for this gorgeous nudribranch is … Moridilla fifo The name honours the fly-in fly-out mine workers of Western Australia, with their blue and orange coats.

Eleven new species of trapdoor spiders found in Queensland

Eleven new species of trapdoor spiders found in Queensland

Arachnids, New Species September 1, 2016 at 8:43 pm

A scientist has discovered not one, but at least 10 new species of trapdoor spiders in southeast Queensland, hiding in Brisbane forests and national parks throughout the state.  

Two New Species of Glow-in-the-Dark Barreleyes Fish

Two New Species of Glow-in-the-Dark Barreleyes Fish

Fish, New Species September 1, 2016 at 5:41 pm

Two new members of the mysterious barreleyes family of fish have been described.  The researchers have dubbed these new species the gray and black mirrorbelly, Monacoa niger and Monacoa griseus. The mirrorbellies are typically found at depths between 400 to 700 meters, part of the ocean’s twilight zone.   O. soleatus, photo by S. Johnson. Barreleye fish have eyes that look directly upwards to scan for their prey’s silhouette.

The Monsoon Fairy Wrasse Officially Described

The Monsoon Fairy Wrasse Officially Described

Fish, New Species August 21, 2016 at 11:03 am

The Monsoon Fairy Wrasse is described from 19 type specimens from the Timor Sea, Northern Territory, Australia. male paratype  

A new species of spider crab, from Northern Australia, revealed by studying museum specimens.

A new species of spider crab, from Northern Australia, revealed by studying museum specimens.

Crustaceans, New Species August 20, 2016 at 1:17 pm

Spider crabs are members of the superfamily Majoidea. Not your average-looking crab, many of them possess long thin legs (hence their name) and weird body shapes. Majoids are also known as decorator crabs because they camouflage themselves by attaching other organisms, such as seaweeds and sponges, to the spines and hairs on their legs and carapace. A search for Paranaxia specimens and data revealed a new species.

Seven New Peacock Spider Species Discovered

Seven New Peacock Spider Species Discovered

Arachnids, New Species June 16, 2016 at 8:23 am

Authors Jürgen Otto and David Hill have been identifying and naming new spider species since 2005. Thanks to their efforts, there are now 48 species of peacock spider known to science — including the seven new species that were revealed in May’s edition of the journal Peckhamia.  

A new gecko from northern Australia.

A new gecko from northern Australia.

New Species, Reptiles June 3, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Strophurus congoo is a small, pale grey to tan, unpatterned or faintly striped gecko, resembling the phasmid geckos in appearance, habitat and behaviour.

New Species of Rat, an ‘Island Giant’ from the Melanesian Archipelago

New Species of Rat, an ‘Island Giant’ from the Melanesian Archipelago

Mammals, New Species April 19, 2016 at 10:53 am

Over millennia of isolation on Manus, detentus has adapted to conditions. It has powerful front incisors but small molars, suggesting it uses its front teeth to break open hard nuts. It is an “island giant”, larger than almost any rat across the Melanesian archipelago. A typical detentus weighs nearly half a kilogram, with short, very coarse fur and a short tail.

Citizen Scientist Discovers (Another) New Species of Peacock Spider

Citizen Scientist Discovers (Another) New Species of Peacock Spider

Arachnids, New Species April 7, 2016 at 10:50 am

BBC interviews Stuart Harris, an amateur photographer from Australia who stumbled across a new species of spider, following up Harris’ first discovery of a new species of peacock spider in 2014 .  

Hard to make Heads or Tails of this New Gecko

Hard to make Heads or Tails of this New Gecko

New Species, Reptiles April 6, 2016 at 9:54 am

The species, Diplodactylus ameyi, is about 85 milimetres long and has a round snout that matches its tail.  The Diplodactylus ameyi makes its home during the day in disused spider burrows.  This new gecko was found in Queensland Australia.

The wave spider, named Brian: a new Aussi water spider with terrifying skills

The wave spider, named Brian: a new Aussi water spider with terrifying skills

Arachnids, Celebrity Taxa, New Species March 10, 2016 at 12:00 am

Australian researchers have named it Dolomedes briangreenei, or Brian for short.  This type of water spider waits on the surface until an insect, small fish, or tadpole comes near. The spider races to grab its quarry and then drags it to the shore to devour it.

A new flower, named for martian botanist Mark Watney.

A new flower, named for martian botanist Mark Watney.

Celebrity Taxa, New Species, Plants February 26, 2016 at 4:26 pm

A new bush tomato species from the Northern Territory, Australia named for Mark Watney.

New Spider Species Found, Plays Peekaboo to Attract Mates

New Spider Species Found, Plays Peekaboo to Attract Mates

Arachnids, New Species January 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm

The newly discovered jumping spider of Australia is “the most amazing one I’ve seen,” expert says.  See video of the spider’s unsual paddle-waving to interest its mate.  

Australian and New Zealand little penguins are distinct species

Australian and New Zealand little penguins are distinct species

Birds, New Species January 10, 2016 at 12:00 am

Australian little penguins are a separate species from those living in New Zealand, a team of ornithologists led by University of Otago scientist Dr Stefanie Grosser has shown. 

New species of eagle ray

New species of eagle ray

Fish, New Species July 30, 2015 at 5:49 am

A new species of eagle ray, called Blue-banded Eagle Ray  is described based on specimens collected in Northern Austalia and Southern Papua New Guinea, found on soft bottoms at depths of 8-117 m.  The photograph shows the colouration of an adult, in fact, a pregnant female and late-term embryos.

New spider species found on Cape York

New spider species found on Cape York

Arachnids, New Species July 30, 2015 at 12:00 am

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A new species of sweetlips (Perciformes: Haemulidae) from northern Australia.

A new species of sweetlips (Perciformes: Haemulidae) from northern Australia.

Fish, New Species July 29, 2015 at 11:40 pm

Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus, a new species of sweetlips (Perciformes: Haemulidae) from northern Australia and the resurrection of P. unicolor (Macleay, 1883), species previously confused with P. schotaf (Forsskål, 1775). Zootaxa, 3985 (4): 491–522.

Two new species of carnivorous marsupials from Australia.

Two new species of carnivorous marsupials from Australia.

Mammals, New Species June 1, 2015 at 12:00 am

A team of scientists led by Dr Andrew Baker from Queensland University of Technology has described two new species of carnivorous marsupials from Australia. The antechinuses have become famous for their strange sexual habits. Each year, all the males in the species go on a mating and fighting rampage, which only ends when they’re dead.