Post Tagged with: "Costa Rica"

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