Post Tagged with: "Costa Rica"

New subspecies of sea snake is a floating ambush predator

New subspecies of sea snake is a floating ambush predator

New Species, Reptiles August 1, 2017 at 9:22 am

A new subspecies of sea snake has been discovered off the coast of Costa Rica, and it’s got a unique hunting style that’s never been seen before in aquatic reptiles. Hanging from the surface like a coiled spring, it preys upon unsuspecting fish as they swim below. The sea snake “opportunistically” feeds on small fish by hanging upside down in a coiled, or sinusoidal, position just below the water surface, and it only does so only at night. It’s just one of several differences that distinguish it from its closest living relative,  the  yellow-bellied sea snake, which lives in tropical waters throughoutRead More

Hitchhiking beetle discovered under an ant

Hitchhiking beetle discovered under an ant

Insects, New Species, Species Discovery February 10, 2017 at 2:36 pm

Scientists first noticed the ant because it looked like it had two abdomens.  But it was actually two species.

A beautiful new yellow salamander

A beautiful new yellow salamander

Amphibians, New Species November 6, 2016 at 12:24 pm

A new yellow salamander is described from a single specimen found in the roots of an orchid 3m above ground in Costa Rican cloud forest.  It was found in premontane rainforest in the vicinity of Moravia de Chirripó, on the northeastern slopes of the Cordillera de Talamanca in Costa Rica.  This new species increases the known diversity of salamanders in Costa Rica to 50. Costa Rica has the fifth highest total diversity of salamanders on the planet, behind the USA (#1), Mexico (#2), China (#3), and Guatemala (#4).  

The ninja lanternshark

The ninja lanternshark

Celebrity Taxa, Fish, New Species December 29, 2015 at 12:00 am

The discovery of the new lanternshark was made off of eight specimens.  The shark lives in the central Pacific Ocean’s “twilight zone,” from around 800 to 1,400 meters deep, and grows to a length of about half a meter.   Photo by Vicky Vásquez