Post Tagged with: "Japan"

A Stunning Dartfish from Japan & Philippines, Named by School Students

A Stunning Dartfish from Japan & Philippines, Named by School Students

Fish, New Species November 27, 2017 at 9:10 am

Kaguya’s dartfish was described from two specimens, one from Japan and another from the Philippines, both collected relatively deep at 24 meters (137 feet) in Japan and 55 meters (180 feet) in the Philippines.   The fish has been known to Japanese divers and researchers since 1994 but is only now formally described. The fish’s name was selected by school students at a climate change workshop at the University of Sydney, from the anime film The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.  The name alludes to the yellow markings of this fish’s dorsal fin, which are said to resemble the graphics from aRead More

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.

Accidental discovery finds a new hermit crab using live coral as its home

Accidental discovery finds a new hermit crab using live coral as its home

New Species, Species Discovery November 1, 2017 at 11:15 am

A new hermit crab species can live in a walking coral’s cavity in a symbiotic relationship, replacing the usual marine worm partner.  It is the only known hermit crab species to partner with a living coral.  The newly discovered crab was identified by accident, after finding a one inside a preserved walking coral.  Specimens of the new species were collected in the Oshima Strait of Japan at depths of 60-80 meters, and the species had been previously reported from a shallower bay in Japan at 30 meters.

New sea horse species identified, only known species from the Korea Strait East Japan Sea

New sea horse species identified, only known species from the Korea Strait East Japan Sea

Fish, New Species November 1, 2017 at 10:18 am

Seahorses of the Hippocampus coronatus complex: taxonomic revision, and description of Hippocampushaema, a new species from Korea and Japan.

Mistaken identity of East Asian vine species resolved after 100 years

Mistaken identity of East Asian vine species resolved after 100 years

Lazarus Species, New Species, Plants July 18, 2017 at 1:57 pm

New light has been shed on a misclassified vine species in the Ryukyu Islands of East Asia. This plant was first discovered in 1917 in Taiwan, when it was provisionally identified as Kadsura japonica. The plant was recently spotted again after 100 years, and further investigation proved that it was in fact a different species: Kadsura matsudae.

Newly Described Algae Species Toughens Up Corals to Endure Warming Oceans

Newly Described Algae Species Toughens Up Corals to Endure Warming Oceans

New Species July 18, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Researchers at Penn State University have identified a new species of stress-tolerant Symbiodinium, a genus of algae that occurs mutualistically with corals in a partnership that promotes the health and growth of coral reef ecosystems. The team’s paper also describes the geographical distribution of S glynnii, how it differs from other stress-tolerant symbiont species, and its capacity to spread to places around the Pacific and live with different coral hosts.

Two new species of orchids discovered in Japan

Two new species of orchids discovered in Japan

New Species, Plants April 10, 2017 at 10:11 am

Two new species of parasitic plants have been discovered on the main island of Okinawa, Japan, in the Yanbaru National Park.

New species of parasitic orchid discovered in Japan

New species of parasitic orchid discovered in Japan

Citizen Science, New Species, Plants, Species Discovery November 7, 2016 at 6:16 pm

Some plant species have abandoned photosynthesis, instead feeding off the roots of host fungi such as mushrooms and mould. These plants are called mycoheterotrophs. A Japanese photographer has discovered a new mycoheterotoph in the lowland laurel forests of Yakushima and named it Lecanorchis tabugawaensis.  Approximately 50 mycoheterotrophs species have been reported in Japan.

Strange New Flowering Plant Doesn’t Bloom or Photosynthesize

Strange New Flowering Plant Doesn’t Bloom or Photosynthesize

New Species, Plants October 18, 2016 at 9:50 am

A new plant species discovered on the subtropical Japanese island of Kuroshima has been named .  But this is not your average plant. It belongs to a curious group of small, non-photosynthetic plants called mycorrhizae, which form a symbiotic relationship between their roots and fungi to obtain nutrients. Gastrodia kuroshimensis. Photo credit: Kenji Suetsugu

Tiny bivalve calls sea cucumbers home

Tiny bivalve calls sea cucumbers home

Invertebrates, New Species September 12, 2016 at 9:34 am

Most bivalves live in sand or mud or attached to rock surface. However, a new bivalve species described from Japan lives on a sea cucumber.

A new species of spined loach from southern Kyushu Island, Japan.

A new species of spined loach from southern Kyushu Island, Japan.

Fish, New Species July 30, 2015 at 6:42 am

A new species of spined loach (Cypriniformes: Cobitidae) from southern Kyushu Island, Japan. Ichthyological Research, Published online: 24 Jun 2015.