Post Tagged with: "Sumatra"

A 130-Year-Old Specimen Brought Back to Life

A 130-Year-Old Specimen Brought Back to Life

Insects, Lazarus Species November 29, 2017 at 10:29 am

A moth has been observed and filmed for the first time in its natural habitat, 130 years since only specimen was collected.  A clearwing moth known only from a single specimen from 1887 (which is is missing important morphological features), was observed and filmed for the first time in its natural habitat.   The moth’s known ecosystem is vanishing rapidly due to extensive human activity.  The authors recently filmed and described a new wasp-mimicking clearwing moth from the same area.

A new species of great ape has been discovered

A new species of great ape has been discovered

Mammals, New Species November 2, 2017 at 9:37 am

A new species of great ape has been discovered, represented by a small population of orangutans in northern Sumatra.  Now the most endangered great ape in the world, there are only an estimated 800 individuals of the new, third and most ancestral species of Orangutan.

Chameleon discovered again, after 180 years

Chameleon discovered again, after 180 years

Lazarus Species, New Species, Reptiles June 20, 2017 at 9:31 am

Distinctive white dots on its shoulders helped researchers realize the new species had been collected before, in the 1830s by a naturalist in the Dutch East Indies government, but never named nor described.    

A review of diminutive day geckos from Sumatra reveals five new species

A review of diminutive day geckos from Sumatra reveals five new species

New Species, Reptiles March 1, 2017 at 1:22 pm

The five new species occur in the Sumatran provinces of Aceh, North Sumatra, and West Sumatra.  Authors also provide a new key and redescriptions for three previously recognized species: Cnemaspis dezwaani ,C. modiglianii, and C. whittenorum, based on recently collected material, and clarify contradictory information concerning their original descriptions and their key under each species account.