Post Tagged with: "Panama"

Three new species of shrimp

Three new species of shrimp

Crustaceans, New Species October 31, 2017 at 10:38 am

Three species of shrimp from the genus Alpheopsis are described from the tropical western Atlantic/Caribbean, pacific coasts of Panama and Colombia, and tropical eastern Atlantic (São Tomé Island).

Song experiments reveal many possible new tropical bird species

Song experiments reveal many possible new tropical bird species

Birds, Evolution, Science News, Species Discovery September 13, 2017 at 9:27 am

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and Cornell University compared two methods–analysis in the lab and experiments in the field–for 72 pairs of related but geographically separated bird populations in Costa Rica, Panama, and Ecuador.  The new study shows that pairs of birds that failed to recognize each other are currently categorized as members of the same species, suggesting that current taxonomy does not reflect actual bird behavior when it comes to song.  The researchers propose that 21 such pairs should be recognized as separate species based on song discrimination and that playback experiments should be the standard forRead More

Three species of mini thorn snails identified with CT scans

Three species of mini thorn snails identified with CT scans

Invertebrates, New Species June 3, 2017 at 10:07 am

Using computer tomography (CT) tiny, highly fragile snails measuring less than 2 mm are described.  In total, there are fourteen species of thorn snails known in North and Central America.  

A new species of Lobster-claw from Panama

A new species of Lobster-claw from Panama

New Species, Plants May 9, 2017 at 9:10 am

Lobster-claws, Heliconiaceae, are large Banana-like plants closely related to the Bird-of-Paradise Plants, Strelitziaceae, and sometimes known as ‘False Bird-of-Paradise Plants.

A new, noisy, neon colored shrimp: the Pink Floyd pistol shrimp

A new, noisy, neon colored shrimp: the Pink Floyd pistol shrimp

Celebrity Taxa, Crustaceans, New Species April 16, 2017 at 1:39 pm

A newly discovered pink shrimp that, by snapping its claw, can make a sound louder than a shotgun.  The new species is named Synalpheus pinkfloydi, after the British band Pink Floyd.  

Four new species of dink frogs.

Four new species of dink frogs.

Amphibians, New Species September 15, 2016 at 9:25 am

During fieldwork in eastern Panamain in 2011 and 2012 researchers identified four new species of frogs in the genus Diasporus. The genus was first described in 2008. They are found in Central and northern South America. They are sometimes referred to as dink frogs in reference to the “tink” sound that males make during the mating season.

Smithsonian botanist discovers new ground-flowering plant in Panama

Smithsonian botanist discovers new ground-flowering plant in Panama

New Species, Plants January 21, 2016 at 12:00 am

The newly discovered plant, a wild relative of Rattlesnake- zebra- and peacock plants was discovered by Rodolfo Flores, Panamanian botanist and intern at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI).  Flores disocvered the plant in Panama’s Santa Fe National Park.

The ninja lanternshark

The ninja lanternshark

Celebrity Taxa, Fish, New Species December 29, 2015 at 12:00 am

The discovery of the new lanternshark was made off of eight specimens.  The shark lives in the central Pacific Ocean’s “twilight zone,” from around 800 to 1,400 meters deep, and grows to a length of about half a meter.   Photo by Vicky Vásquez