Post Tagged with: "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.