Post Tagged with: "Solomon Islands"

‘Yoda bat’ officially recognised as new species

‘Yoda bat’ officially recognised as new species

Mammals, New Species August 27, 2017 at 10:32 am

An unusual breed of fruit bat—previously nicknamed ‘Yoda’ due to its resemblance to the Star Wars Jedi Master—has now officially been registered as a new species and renamed the happy (Hamamas) tube-nosed fruit bat.  The widespread New Guinean species which is tentatively placed in the cyclotis group.  

Another new blue-spotted maskray, a new species identified from a single nucleotide polymorphism

Another new blue-spotted maskray, a new species identified from a single nucleotide polymorphism

Fish, New Species April 10, 2017 at 11:38 am

A new blue-spotted maskray from the Solomon archipelago, identified via DNA barcoding.  This specimen was obtained from a fish market, Guadalcanal Island.  See also Status of the bluespotted maskray complex with the description of three new species (April 2016).

With students’ help a tiny parasitic crab is discovered

With students’ help a tiny parasitic crab is discovered

Citizen Science, Crustaceans, New Species, Species Discovery January 24, 2017 at 5:31 pm

During a 2014 Solomon Islands expedition, students studying biodiversity placed a biocube on a portion of the reef off of Njari Island that contained a large chunk of dead coral. “The students extracted the cube, brought it back to the boat and took it apart,” explains Chris Meyer, Natural History Museum mollusk expert and a principal researcher with Biocube.

A new species of freshwater fish from the Solomon Islands

A new species of freshwater fish from the Solomon Islands

Fish, New Species November 1, 2016 at 4:26 pm

A new species of freshwater fish is described from streams of the Solomon Islands using genetic analysis.