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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

Another deep-water sandperch first discovered for sale in an aquarium market

Another deep-water sandperch first discovered for sale in an aquarium market

Fish, New Species November 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

This fish, with its unique dorsal fin was first spotted in captivity in 2016, a specimen purchased from a local aquarium in Belgium.  The new species of pygmy sandperch was discovered on deep rubble zones at Cebu, Philippines.  Other species of sandperch from the Philippines have been described recently, which were also found first in markets (see Five New Colorful Species of Sandperch, Sept 2017) .  

This new wrasse is one of the reddish fish in the sea

This new wrasse is one of the reddish fish in the sea

Fish, New Species November 1, 2017 at 11:43 am

The brilliant wrasse is completely devoid of any stripes or spots.  It is a very red fish.  At the depth it’s collected where red appears black, so would be almost impossible to see in its natural habitat.

A new butterflyfish, named for Donald Rumsfeld’s notion of an “unknown unknown”

A new butterflyfish, named for Donald Rumsfeld’s notion of an “unknown unknown”

Celebrity Taxa, Species Discovery October 18, 2017 at 12:52 pm

A new butterflyfish is described from deep reefs in the Philippines.  Researchers for the California Academy of Sciences realized only muc later that the had a specimen of the same species in a jar, undiscovered, for years. The genus, Roa, with four described species, has as many undescribed species.  The authors name the new fish to honor Donald Rumsfeld and his famous quote as it relates to the challenge in taxonomy in identifying new species.  Referring to the uncertainties of war, Rumsfeld states “there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns;Read More

Five Colorful New Species of Sandperch

Five Colorful New Species of Sandperch

Fish, New Species September 29, 2017 at 8:53 am

The Parapercis sandperches are one of the most highly diverse groups of reef-associated fishes, with roughly 81 species having been recorded (and many more yet waiting scientific description). Now, we can add another five species to the list.  Two of the species fish were found in markets.

New species of crab with unusual outgrowths

New species of crab with unusual outgrowths

Crustaceans, New Species August 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm

A newly discovered crab species is covered in star-shaped tubercles. The crab species was found in red coral beds during a survey of a seamount by Peng-Chia-Yu Island, Taiwan. The crab species has also been found in the Philippines.

New damselfish shows rare parental care behavior

New damselfish shows rare parental care behavior

Fish, New Species May 19, 2017 at 8:57 am

Among the hundreds of species of damselfish, only a few protect and care for their young; a newly discovered species raises the number from three to four. Researchers discovered the new species while snorkeling, near where they were studying other brooding damselfish.

Grammatonotus with stunningly unique tail from Philippine deep reefs now described

Grammatonotus with stunningly unique tail from Philippine deep reefs now described

Fish, New Species October 4, 2016 at 10:11 pm

The callanthiid fish were collected in May 2014, by researchers from the California Academy of Sciences and the Bishop Museum collecting fishes off the coast of Batangas, Luzon, Philippine Islands, obtained, in a depth of ca. 150 meters.  

Colorful dragonet gets a name, honouring Dr. Who

Colorful dragonet gets a name, honouring Dr. Who

Celebrity Taxa, Fish, New Species October 3, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Disocvered in 2013, and popular among aquarists, this colorful =dragonet has finally been formally named and described.

A new plant, found growing by the roadside

A new plant, found growing by the roadside

New Species, Plants, Species Discovery August 31, 2016 at 10:11 am

“This species, a wintergreen in the heath family, was completely unknown to science despite its occurrence right along a roadside–it just needed someone with a particular focus on this group in order to collect and study it. This finding highlights that fact that our knowledge of even basic species numbers and abundance in most areas of the world, but especially biodiversity hotspots such as the Philippines, is woefully inadequate, and much more field and laboratory work needs to be done for thoroughly documenting life on our planet.”

A new species of deep-water crab from India

A new species of deep-water crab from India

Crustaceans, New Species August 17, 2016 at 2:57 pm

FIGURE 1 . Carcinoplax fasciata n. sp. , holotype male (25.8 × 19.3 mm) (DABFUK), Kerala, India.

A new cardinalfish

A new cardinalfish

Fish, New Species June 16, 2016 at 1:25 pm

One Species a Day

The smallest species of the largest flowers in the world identified; smells like coconut.

The smallest species of the largest flowers in the world identified; smells like coconut.

New Species, Plants March 24, 2016 at 3:36 pm

The new species was discovered by accident when a field assistant tripped over a pile of forest litter exposing a decaying flower.  From Wikipedia did you know: “… that unlike other members of its genus, including the giant “corpse flower”, the newly discovered Rafflesia consueloae smells like young coconut meat?”  

A third species added to the small species of Rubovietnamia

A third species added to the small species of Rubovietnamia

New Species, Plants March 21, 2016 at 3:42 pm

“A new species of Rubovietnamia (Rubiaceae) has been found as endemic to a small coastal area on Mindanao, Philippines, and is here described as R. coronula. This third species of Rubovietnamia is distinguished from its congeners by its longer petioles, shorter pedicels, shorter calyx tube, reduced calyx lobes, shorter corolla tube, outward curling of corolla lobes, inserted anthers and stigma, shorter and glabrous style, glabrous fruits, and numerous seeds, but shares the same chromosome number (2n = 22). In addition, the delimitation and diagnostic characters of Rubovietnamia and Duperrea is discussed in this new contribution.”  Nordic Botany, Facebook

New rat species find sheds light on Philippine mammalian diversity

New rat species find sheds light on Philippine mammalian diversity

Mammals, New Species November 11, 2015 at 12:00 am

The discovery of Batomys uragon (Mt. Isarog Hairy-tailed Rat) is a necessary building block to understanding the origin and evolution of perhaps the greatest concentration of unique mammalian diversity in the world. — an interview with a member of the research team, Lawrence Heaney, of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Adult female Batomys uragon from Mt. Isarog, 1550 m elevation, Camarines Sur Province, Luzon Island. Photographed by E. A. Rickart, 18 March 1988.  

Three new species of Begonia discovered in The Philippines

Three new species of Begonia discovered in The Philippines

New Species, Plants August 4, 2015 at 7:01 pm

3 new species of flowering plant Begonia discovered in Palawan Botanical Studies 2015, 56:19  

Two new species of Amphidromus snails described.

Two new species of Amphidromus snails described.

Invertebrates, New Species August 1, 2015 at 8:41 pm

ZooKeys 492: 49-105 (30 Mar 2015)

Undercover researchers expose new species of lizard for sale on Philippine black market

Undercover researchers expose new species of lizard for sale on Philippine black market

New Species, Reptiles, Species Discovery May 13, 2015 at 12:00 am

Over a five-year period in the Philippes researchers visited pet markets, roadside bush-meat stands and various other markets where monitor lizards were sold as pets or meat. They walked around pet markets and side streets talking to traders using circuitous conversation and eventually getting around to asking them if they had ‘anything else’ behind the scenes or in the back room. In the process, to their surprise, the researchers found genetic varieties of water monitor lizards that varied sharply from those common to the areas surrounding Manila. This was their first clue that additional species diversity might exist, hidden withinRead More

New variety of tarsier discovered in Dinagat Island, Philippines

New variety of tarsier discovered in Dinagat Island, Philippines

Mammals, New Species August 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm

International biologists have confirmed the discovery of a new species of Tarsier on the island of Dinagat in Mindanao 25 years after a Filipino biologist first saw the possibility of there being a distinct species. ““Previously tarsiers were one species, divided into three named subspecies,” study author Rafe Brown said. “Our data disagree with that subspecies arrangement and instead demonstrate that the Philippine tarsiers are divided into three genetic units”.

Four new freshwater crab species disocvered in the Philippines

Four new freshwater crab species disocvered in the Philippines

Crustaceans, New Species April 23, 2012 at 12:00 am

Four new crab species have been found in Palawan by a research team led by Hendrik Freitag, PhD, an associate professor of the Biology Department.  The crabs were discovered in the freshwater inlands of the island province.  The newly discovered endemic species, together with the previously known Insulamon unicorn discovered by Japanese and Singaporean researchers in 1982, make for a revision of the entire Insulamon genus.