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.

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).