Post Tagged with: "Chile"

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.

Six new deep reef-dwelling species from Easter Island photographed

Six new deep reef-dwelling species from Easter Island photographed

Fish, New Species June 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm

In a paper released last month, a team of Chilean researchers revealed the first images of what may be at least six new reef-dwelling species.  The finds include a butterflyfish with vertical black bars and a wrasse sporting eye-catching orange stripes.  In April technical divers with the California Academy of Sciences were able to capture a specimen of one of the new species — a damselfish with yellow fins — which will soon receive a scientific name (see reports of the expedition, with descriptions of other new species).  These are the first video observations from this region of the deep-dwelling fishesRead More

Dive into the twilight zone off Easter Island reveals new species

Dive into the twilight zone off Easter Island reveals new species

Fish, Invertebrates, New Species, Species Discovery April 6, 2017 at 10:48 am

A diving expedition off Easter Island, 60–150 meters beneath the surface (the “twilight zone”), reveal new species of fish and invertebrates.  In collaboration with SUBELAB Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, a scientific team from the California Academy of Sciences became the first divers to study mesophotic ecosystems off Rapa Nui.  An orange colored sea biscuit, and four fish collected are almost certainly new species.  California Academy of Sciences Ichthyology Curator Luis Rocha plans to give the fish all Rapa Nui names in honor of the local culture. Sea biscuit from Rapa Nui, 80-meters depth. Photograph: Rich Mooi/California Academy of Sciences  Read More

A new plasterer bee, one of many more bees to be identified in Chile

A new plasterer bee, one of many more bees to be identified in Chile

Insects, New Species February 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm

New species realized after DNA analysis of Chilean plasterer bees.  There ar over 2000 bee species in this family, and many more to discover through DNA barcoding analyses.  

Two new lizards with ‘heroic past’ discovered in the Chilean Andes

Two new lizards with ‘heroic past’ discovered in the Chilean Andes

New Species, Reptiles November 16, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Two new species of lizards have been discovered in the Andean highlands of Southern Chile. Collected from areas of heroic past, both small reptiles were named after courageous tribal chiefs who have once fought against colonial Spaniards in the Arauco war.

New, drab coloured Iguana discovered in the mountains of central Chile.

New, drab coloured Iguana discovered in the mountains of central Chile.

New Species, Reptiles January 20, 2016 at 12:00 am

A group of scientists led by Jaime Troncoso-Palacios from the Universidad de Chile have discovered a new iguana species in the mountains of central Chile.  The colouration of the reptile is noticeably consistent among individuals and between sexes.  It was this peculiar uniformity that determined the lizard’s name L. uniformis.