Post Tagged with: "Bioblitz"

Unprecedented top-to-bottom survey reveals new species in Malaysian rainforest

Unprecedented top-to-bottom survey reveals new species in Malaysian rainforest

This fall, the California Academy of Sciences partnered with The Habitat Penang Hill and colleagues to conduct a top-to-bottom rainforest survey of biodiversity on Malaysia’s island state of Penang,.  Over the course of two weeks the international team of 117 scientists discovered several species previously unknown to science—including a new species of ghost scorpion, living just miles from a major metropolis.   From-the-field updates were broadcast digitally by JASON Learning to classrooms around the world and over 1,400 species observations were logged on the nature-tracking mobile app iNaturalist..    A new-to-science scorpion discovered on Penang Hill.  Photo: Phil Torres/bioGraphic

Citizen science discovery adventure in Borneo yields six new species of beetles

Citizen science discovery adventure in Borneo yields six new species of beetles

Citizen Science, Insects, New Species, Species Discovery December 7, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Taxon Expedition‘s first field course to the remote 30-kilometre-wide Maliau Basin in Malaysian Borneo, yielded six new species of leaf litter beetle.  Citizen scientists on the expedition discovered these species during a field exercise employing the method of ‘Winkler extraction’. Using this technique, dead leaves are collected from the rainforest floor before being sieved, so that hundreds of tiny soil-dwelling insects can be revealed.  The participants of the expedition named each of the new species.  The Taxon Expeditions concept involves ten days of lectures and workshops in a well-equipped field research centre, during which the citizen scientists are trained in basic field and lab.Read More

New species of wasp found by college student

New species of wasp found by college student

Insects, New Species, Species Discovery November 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm

University of Maine student Hillary Morin Peterson of Brunsiwck Maine discovered the tiny, non-stinging wasp while conducting work for her undergraduate honors thesis.  Peterson was able to attend a 2015 BioBlitz at Acadia National Park focuse don finding hymenoptra, and by the end of the event she had been offered an internship with The Smithsonian to continue her research.

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

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.  

Survey reveals more than 30 new species from biodiverse Kaieteur Plateau, Guyana

Survey reveals more than 30 new species from biodiverse Kaieteur Plateau, Guyana

Amphibians, Arachnids, Fish, Insects, New Species November 22, 2017 at 10:20 am

The newly discovered species include more than 30 species new to science, and likely endemic to Guyana, including six species of fish, three plants, a tarantula, a frog, a snake, some dragonflies, plants and beetles.  The month long survey was conducted in Kaieteur National Park (KNP) and the Kaieteur Plateau in Guyana.

Orchid thought to be extinct blooms in a botanical garden

Orchid thought to be extinct blooms in a botanical garden

Lazarus Species November 21, 2017 at 9:24 am

Thought to be extinct for almost eight decades, a rare orchid from the Ogasawara island chain 1000 km south of Tokyo is blooming at a botanical garden.  Discovered on a survey of the island, three bulbs of the unknown plant were taken as samples to Japan national museum’s Tsukuba Botanical Garden to be raised.  People are prohibited from landing on the island,  a World Natural Heritage site, which this may be the reason the rar eorchid has managed to survive.  The last time the species on Chichijima was reported collected was 1938.

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.