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Galapagos finch seen becoming new species

Galapagos finch seen becoming new species

Birds, Evolution, New Species, News in Nature November 24, 2017 at 11:13 am

A population of finches on the Galapagos has been discovered in the process of becoming a new species. In 1981, researchers noticed the arrival of a male of a non-native species on a tiny Galapagos island called Daphne Major.  They noticed that this male, a large cactus finch, proceeded to mate with a female of one of the local species, a medium ground finch, producing fertile young. The researchers then followed the entire population of finches on a tiny Galapagos island called Daphne Major, for thirty-six years, and so were able to watch the speciation in progress. This new finch populationRead More

Three species of sea slugs identified, one named for Barack Obama

Three species of sea slugs identified, one named for Barack Obama

Celebrity Taxa, Invertebrates, New Species November 20, 2017 at 10:47 am

A team of researchers led by California State University’s Professor Patrick Krug has discovered three cryptic new species of sea slugs.  The three new species were previously considered to be the same as a species known as Placida cremoniana from the Mediterranean.  One of them is named after former U.S. President Barack Obama, to honor his dramatic expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, as well as his administration’s commitment to fighting global climate change.  The two other species are named to honor diver-photographers.  Photographic records and literature reports suggest that additional species may occur in the Indian Ocean, tropical Australia, andRead More

A new species of vermilion flycatcher from the Galapagos Island, likely extinct

A new species of vermilion flycatcher from the Galapagos Island, likely extinct

New Species August 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm

A new species of vermilion flycatcher from the Galapagos Islands has been described from museum specimens , but the birds have not been seen in the wild since 1987.