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Unprecedented top-to-bottom survey reveals new species in Malaysian rainforest

Unprecedented top-to-bottom survey reveals new species in Malaysian rainforest

This fall, the California Academy of Sciences partnered with The Habitat Penang Hill and colleagues to conduct a top-to-bottom rainforest survey of biodiversity on Malaysia’s island state of Penang,.  Over the course of two weeks the international team of 117 scientists discovered several species previously unknown to science—including a new species of ghost scorpion, living just miles from a major metropolis.   From-the-field updates were broadcast digitally by JASON Learning to classrooms around the world and over 1,400 species observations were logged on the nature-tracking mobile app iNaturalist..    A new-to-science scorpion discovered on Penang Hill.  Photo: Phil Torres/bioGraphic

Citizen science discovery adventure in Borneo yields six new species of beetles

Citizen science discovery adventure in Borneo yields six new species of beetles

Citizen Science, Insects, New Species, Species Discovery December 7, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Taxon Expedition‘s first field course to the remote 30-kilometre-wide Maliau Basin in Malaysian Borneo, yielded six new species of leaf litter beetle.  Citizen scientists on the expedition discovered these species during a field exercise employing the method of ‘Winkler extraction’. Using this technique, dead leaves are collected from the rainforest floor before being sieved, so that hundreds of tiny soil-dwelling insects can be revealed.  The participants of the expedition named each of the new species.  The Taxon Expeditions concept involves ten days of lectures and workshops in a well-equipped field research centre, during which the citizen scientists are trained in basic field and lab.Read More

A worm lizard from Malaysia

A worm lizard from Malaysia

New Species, Reptiles December 5, 2017 at 10:10 am

A new species of worm lizard is described from the central highlands of Peninsular Malaysia.  This new member of a little-known and highly illusive genus of legless lizard which first looked like a ‘particularly scaly earthworm’ caught the author’s eye which turned out to be of a new species of worm lizard.  As stated by the author, “a joyful reminder to always take a closer look!”.

A wasp-mimicking moth

A wasp-mimicking moth

Insects, New Species November 29, 2017 at 10:45 am

A wasp-mimicking clearwing moth from the Malaysia peninsula has been filmed and described for the first time.

A 130-Year-Old Specimen Brought Back to Life

A 130-Year-Old Specimen Brought Back to Life

Insects, Lazarus Species November 29, 2017 at 10:29 am

A moth has been observed and filmed for the first time in its natural habitat, 130 years since only specimen was collected.  A clearwing moth known only from a single specimen from 1887 (which is is missing important morphological features), was observed and filmed for the first time in its natural habitat.   The moth’s known ecosystem is vanishing rapidly due to extensive human activity.  The authors recently filmed and described a new wasp-mimicking clearwing moth from the same area.

A new freshwater crab, from Malaysia

A new freshwater crab, from Malaysia

Crustaceans, New Species November 6, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Peter Ng of the Lee KongChian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore describes a new species of Freshwater Crab from Langkawi Island, off the northwest coast of Peninsula Malaysia.  Ng was surprised to find a new species on such a small and heavily surveyed island, and does not expect to describe any more species from the island, so named the crab as the likely last new species from the area.  All of the observed Crabs were living within an area of a few hundred square metres, within Lubuk Semilang Park, though this area is covered with dense vegetation, and similar environments nearby areRead More

A new skink described from East Malaysia (Borneo)

A new skink described from East Malaysia (Borneo)

New Species, Reptiles May 8, 2017 at 8:02 am

A new species of the genus Tropidophorus is described from Sarawak, East Malaysia (Borneo).

A new species of Asian rock gecko

A new species of Asian rock gecko

New Species, Reptiles May 3, 2017 at 10:44 am

A new species of Asian rock gecko, genus Cnemaspis, is described from Padawan, western Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. The new species forms a clade with C. paripari and C. nigridia of the C. nigridia group in a mitochondrial DNA phylogeny and is similar to them morphologically in some characters such as caudal scalation.

11 new orchid species found in Sabah, Borneo

11 new orchid species found in Sabah, Borneo

New Species, Plants April 15, 2017 at 10:53 am

Sabah, in the northeast of Borneo, is affirmed as a biodiversity hotspot with the discovery of 11 new orchid species.

New crickets, one named Jiminy Cricket

New crickets, one named Jiminy Cricket

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species September 22, 2016 at 9:49 am

New taxa and notes on some Landrevinae (Orthoptera) from Malay Peninsula.

A New Species of Gecko from Malaysia

A New Species of Gecko from Malaysia

New Species, Reptiles May 7, 2016 at 12:34 pm

A New Species from Penang Island, Peninsular Malaysia revealed by Phylogenetic relationships.    

A new gecko from Malaysia

A new gecko from Malaysia

New Species, Reptiles February 4, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Cyrtodactylus and the sixteenth endemic species of karst ecosystem reptile discovered in Peninsular Malaysia in the last seven years.  This is a clear indication that many species remain to be discovered in the approximately 558 isolated karst ecosystems in Peninsular Malaysia not yet surveyed. These data continue to underscore the importance of karst ecosystems as reservoirs of biodiversity and microendemism and that they constitute an important component of Peninsular Malaysia’s natural heritage and should be protected from the quarrying interests of foreign industrial companies.