Post Tagged with: "naming"

Fun with taxa: stories behind some funny and odd names for species discovered in Colombia

Fun with taxa: stories behind some funny and odd names for species discovered in Colombia

Celebrity Taxa November 30, 2017 at 10:13 am

Many species are discovered every year in this mega-diverse country, and scientists are resorting to more fun and recognisable names when classifying them, such as the Puya loca (Crazy Pineapple) and Allobates niputidea (no fucking idea Frog).    

26 new species of miniature frogs from Madagascar.  Two are delightfully obscene.

26 new species of miniature frogs from Madagascar. Two are delightfully obscene.

Amphibians, Celebrity Taxa, New Species November 27, 2017 at 9:45 am

26 new species of Stumpffia, a genus of small narrow-mouthed frogs endemic to Madagascar, have been described in a single research paper.  The monograph contains a complete revision of the existing 14 species of Stumpffia.   Some of the Stumpffia are are among the smallest frogs in the world; Stumpffia contumelia, measures only 8-9 mm. Due to their extreme miniaturization many species show an extraordinary reduction of their fingers and toes. In some cases only a long middle finger is retained, reminding an insulting gesture — resulting in the delightfully named Stumpffia obscoena.  One of the frogs is named in honor of  Sir David Attenborough.  ThisRead More

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

Name a new species!

Name a new species!

Arachnids, New Species November 26, 2017 at 2:54 pm

This species of jumping spider was found by researchers on a Bush Blitz species discovery expedition in QLD last year and is totally new to science. The Department of the Environment and Energy is giving Australians the opportunity to be part of scientific history by giving it a name!  Entries close midnight 22 December 2017.  See report earlier this year where this new species and over 60 others were discovered during the bush blitz expedition:  ‘50 New Spiders Discovered in Australia‘. The genus Jotus is part of the jumping spider family (Salticidae). There are only nine species in the genus.  Jumping spiders areRead More

The tricky business of defining new species

The tricky business of defining new species

New Species, News in Nature November 22, 2017 at 10:55 am

What gives an animal — or any living organism — the uniqueness required to be classified as its own species? Scientists can’t agree.

New water spider species named in honour of surfing legend, after naming contest

New water spider species named in honour of surfing legend, after naming contest

Arachnids, Celebrity Taxa, New Species June 28, 2017 at 11:18 am

A newly discovered water spider has been named for champion Australian Mick Fanning. The Queensland Museum actually let the public name the new species as part of the World Science Festival Brisbane, which took place in late March 2017. The public was asked to submit names inspired by the science festival and its setting in Queensland, and Brazilian arachnologist and surfing fan Hector Manuel Osório Gonzalez Filho submitted the name mickfanningi for the new water spider as a tribute to Fanning, whose favorite surfing spot is said to be Snapper Rocks in Queensland.  The new spider’s range is not far from Fanning’s favorite break,Read More

The wave spider, named Brian: a new Aussi water spider with terrifying skills

The wave spider, named Brian: a new Aussi water spider with terrifying skills

Arachnids, Celebrity Taxa, New Species March 10, 2016 at 12:00 am

Australian researchers have named it Dolomedes briangreenei, or Brian for short.  This type of water spider waits on the surface until an insect, small fish, or tadpole comes near. The spider races to grab its quarry and then drags it to the shore to devour it.

Hashtag #stupidcommonnames

Hashtag #stupidcommonnames

Celebrity Taxa, New Species, Species Discovery September 2, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Started by marine biologist and blogger David Shiffman, the twitter hashtag #stupidcommonnames is replete with venting over the most frustrating, confusing names in the animal kingdom (and beyond).