Post Tagged with: "South Africa"

A new mola, genetically ID’d as a new species

A new mola, genetically ID’d as a new species

Fish, New Species July 26, 2017 at 11:23 am

It turns out there was a third species hiding in plain sight all along, Mola tecta.  Marianne Marianne Nyegaard from the Sunfish Research Group has proposed the first addition to the genus Mola in 125 years.   The new species was described based on specimens from  New Zealand and Australia,  South Africa, and southern Chile.

A newly discovered hermit crab builds its own house with the help of sea anenomes

A newly discovered hermit crab builds its own house with the help of sea anenomes

Crustaceans, New Species July 18, 2017 at 10:03 am

Much like other hermit crabs in its family (Parapaguridae), the little crustacean does not use the shells of other molluscs to shelter its vulnerable body, but rather finds a home in the soft, polypy masses built from sand and material created by sea anemones which go on to live on the backs of these crabs in an amazing symbiosis.  The new hermit crab was discovered in 2013 during a survey of the west coast of South Africa, and found restricted to a surprisingly small area for no obvious reason.

A new species of guitarfish

A new species of guitarfish

Fish, New Species June 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Rhinobatos austini sp. n. is described from the southwestern Indian Ocean based on four specimens collected from the KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa and from Mozambique.  R. austini appears to be a shallow, more coastal species (<1–107 m) compared to R. holcorhynchus that has a mostly offshore (75–254 m) depth distribution.

A stunning new orchid species from South Africa

A stunning new orchid species from South Africa

New Species, Plants April 3, 2017 at 12:07 am

A new orchid species has been discovered in the Kogelberg mountains of the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa. The striking and unusual plant was found on a rocky southeast-facing slope in shallow peaty soil derived from Table Mountain Sandstone. There is only a single population in the Steenbras Catchment area of the Kogelberg Mountains.  

Description of a new species of Apterotoxitiades Adlbaur

Description of a new species of Apterotoxitiades Adlbaur

Insects, New Species March 8, 2015 at 12:00 am