Post Tagged with: "Mexico"

A new amazon parrot from the Yucatan

A new amazon parrot from the Yucatan

Birds, New Species June 27, 2017 at 3:54 pm

The birds’ distinctive calls, behavior, plumage, and DNA led the researchers to declare the animal a new species.  Further genetic analyses are necessary to help prove the new species more definitively.  Researchers estimate there are only a hundred blue-winged Amazons in the wild.

Two New Species of Shrimp from the Gulf of California, Mexico

Two New Species of Shrimp from the Gulf of California, Mexico

Crustaceans, New Species May 9, 2017 at 9:47 am

Two new species of the family Alpheidae are described from Santa María-La Reforma, coastal lagoon, SE Gulf of California, Mexico.

A fish named Pancho Villa

A fish named Pancho Villa

Celebrity Taxa, Fish, New Species April 24, 2017 at 9:34 am

A new species of cichlid from the River Coatzacoalcos Basin, Mexico.

Two New Jawfishes and a New Genus Described From Deepwater Caribbean Reefs

Two New Jawfishes and a New Genus Described From Deepwater Caribbean Reefs

Fish, New Species, Species Discovery April 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Both new species were found in mesophotic reefs in the Caribbean.  Two specimens of the Pygmy Jawfish, a new species and genus,  were found 250m deep off Cuzumel.  It is only inch in length.  It is described as a new genus.   Despite occurring beyond the reach of most divers and collectors, the Curaçao Jawfish was already been made available to aquarists, collected by the Curaçao-based submersible Curasub.    

New cave spider from Mexico is as big as a softball

New cave spider from Mexico is as big as a softball

Arachnids, New Species April 7, 2017 at 10:24 am

Researchers at the San Diego Natural History Museum, along with experts from Mexico and Brazil, have described a new species of large cave-dwelling spider. Related to the notoriously venomous Brazilian wandering spider (Phoneutria fera), the Sierra Cacachilas wandering spider was first discovered on a collaborative research expedition in 2013 into a small mountain range outside of La Paz in Baja California Sur, Mexico.

New found flower named for Jimi Hendrix

New found flower named for Jimi Hendrix

Celebrity Taxa, New Species, Plants December 16, 2016 at 12:35 am

The plant, named Dudleya hendrixii, is found only in a sliver of Baja California, Mexico, in an area called the Colonet Peninsula (Punta Colonet).  Author Mark Dodero and study co-author Stephen McCabe, a retired botanist formerly at the University of California, Santa Cruz, jointly decided to name the plant in Hendrix’s honor. The idea for the name took root after Dodero realized he was listening to Hendrix’s song “Voodoo Child” at the very moment he found the pinkish plant.

Scientists Just Discovered Three Adorably Tiny New Salamanders

Scientists Just Discovered Three Adorably Tiny New Salamanders

Amphibians, New Species November 15, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Three new salamanders have been discovered in the genus Thorius.   Adults of which are smaller than a matchstick.  They are, in fact, the smallest four-legged tailed organism on Earth, and their miniaturized bodies are highly unusual for vertebrates, with structures for feeding being among the most prominent.  Tragically, all three species appear to be edging toward extinction.

A semi-aquatic  anole from Mexico

A semi-aquatic anole from Mexico

New Species, Reptiles October 23, 2016 at 11:56 am

A new semi-aquatic anole from the Chimalapas region of eastern Oaxaca and adjacent southeastern Veracruz, Mexico.  The lizard was found sleeping on low vegetation within one metre of a stream, on boulders or logs in or along streams; on boulders, logs, or wet leaf litter; or within boulder crevices near small waterfalls. The type locality is a corridor of closed-canopy forest surrounded by highly disturbed areas.

Striking new species of earth snake discovered in Mexico

Striking new species of earth snake discovered in Mexico

New Species, Reptiles August 18, 2016 at 11:27 am

Scientists have described a strikingly colored new species of snake from the mountains of east-central Mexico.  This snake, with a vivid orange and black banding pattern on its body, belongs to the genus Geophis, a group that is commonly referred to as earth snake.

Two New Species of Dung Beetles Discovered in Mexico

Two New Species of Dung Beetles Discovered in Mexico

Insects, New Species March 17, 2016 at 8:56 am

An international team of scientists have discovered two new species of dung beetles in Mexico.  

A new species of arboreal alligator lizard from Mexico

A new species of arboreal alligator lizard from Mexico

New Species, Reptiles March 16, 2016 at 9:10 pm

The new species, Abronia cuetzpali, is very secretive and is only known from three specimens.

New turtle described; naming rights auctioned and trust fund set up.

New turtle described; naming rights auctioned and trust fund set up.

New Species, Reptiles, Species Discovery February 11, 2016 at 12:00 am

The huge variability among the desert tortoise populations of Mexico has finally been given an explanation after casting doubts for several decades. The puzzle was solved by an international team of researchers crunching data, led by Dr. Taylor Edwards, The University of Arizona, who teamed up to find a previously unknown third sister species.  Naming the turtle and helping protect its habitat involved just as creative an approach.

Not a missing sock afterall, but a new worm species, with clues to early life.

Not a missing sock afterall, but a new worm species, with clues to early life.

Invertebrates, New Species February 4, 2016 at 11:58 am

A new species of deep-sea creature that resembles a discarded purple sock has been identified as an early form of life in a discovery that will help scientists understand how animals have evolved over time.

A beautiful ‘unexpected’ species of orchid discovered in forests of Pacific Mexico

A beautiful ‘unexpected’ species of orchid discovered in forests of Pacific Mexico

New Species, Plants, Species Discovery January 13, 2016 at 12:00 am

A new elegant orchid species has been found in deciduous forests of the Pacific slope of Oaxaca state, Mexico.  When researchers stumbled across a beautiful orchid in bloom, they found themselves so surprised by its unique colors and forms that they chose the name inopinatus, meaning “unexpected”. Photo: Dr. Carlos L. leopardi-Verde

New species of pitviper discovered in Mexico cloud forest.

New species of pitviper discovered in Mexico cloud forest.

New Species, Reptiles January 11, 2016 at 12:00 am

Scientists have  discovered a new species of horned pitviper in the cloud forests of the Sierra Madre Oriental in Veracruz, Mexico, and determined that another pitviper is  a unique species.  The snake was named the emerald horned pitviper (Ophryacus smaragdinus) for its bright green color and the two horn-shaped scales above its eyes, which the researchers say they do not yet know the purpose of. The pitviper is referred to as a torito by locals, Spanish for little bull.  The pitviper is referred to as a torito by locals, Spanish for little bull. Biodiversa president and lead researcher Christoph Grünwald called tehRead More

A New Species of Anglerfish from the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

A New Species of Anglerfish from the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

Fish, New Species July 30, 2015 at 6:50 am

A new species of the deep-sea ceratioid anglerfish genus Lasiognathus Regan (family Oneirodidae) is described on the basis of three female specimens collected in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Not especially similar to any of the five previously described members of the genus, the new species is unique in having a cylindrical, internally pigmented, anterior escal appendage and a pair of elongate distal escal appendages. The new species is diagnosed and described, and a revised key to the species of the genus is provided. Photo Credit: Theodore Pietsch, Ph.D. University of Washington    

Lost and Found, the Clarion Island Nightsnake

Lost and Found, the Clarion Island Nightsnake

New Species, Reptiles, Species Discovery November 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

In 1936 naturalist William Beebe visited the island and wrote in his field journal about a vertebrate that no one else has seen since. He called it the Clarion Island Nightsnake.  While other naturalists have sought the Clarion Island nightsnake over the years, the mystery of the nightsnake has now been solved.  Scouting over field notes and old books and diligantly encouraging colleagues to help explore further, Daniel Mulcahy, a researcher with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, ultimately was able to find the snake not seen eight years. This 18-inch Clarion Nightsnake (Hypsiglena unaocularus), found on black lava rock habitat onRead More