While Madagascar is famous for its incredible diversity of plants and animals, a new study suggests that the island's rate of speciation has slowed to a crawl.
July 9, 2013 — Scientists discovered a tiny new species of catfish in the waters of Rio Rio Paraíba do Sul basin, Brazil.
Researchers have described a previously unknown species of white-toothed shrew in the forests of Vietnam. The study was published July 2 in the open access journal ZooKeys.
Recent expeditions by the Chinese Academy of Science’s Institute of Zoology to the Yunnan Province of China have uncovered the existence of a new species of long-horned beetle.
A species of bird that is completely new to science has been discovered - hiding in plain sight in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh
ISLAMABAD: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought will be celebrated today (Monday) to promote public awareness and the implementation of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought and desertification, particularly in Africa.
From 2000-2009, scientists described on average seven new bird species worldwide every year.
May 22, 2013 — Two new minute spider species have been discovered from the Sichuan and Chongqing, China.
A stunning new species of pit-viper has been discovered in the cloud forest of Honduras. The venomous snake is described in the journal ZooKeys.
Although the term "giant mole rat" may not immediately inspire love, the mole rats of Africa are a fascinating bunch. They spend practically their entire lives underground building elaborate tunnel systems and feeding on plant stems.
Apr. 15, 2013 — Researchers from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and the Natural History Museum, London (Thanit Siriboon, Chirasak Sutcharit, Fred Naggs and Somsak Panha) discovered many new taxa of the brightly coloured carnivorous terrestrial snails family Streptaxidae.
A new species of forcepfly named Austromerope brasiliensis, was recently discovered in Brazil and described in the open access journal Zoo Keys.
Brazilian researchers said they have discovered a new species of porcupine that inhabits an isolated patch of Brazil’s Northeastern Atlantic Forest.
Scientists in Brazil have described a new species of tree-dwelling porcupine in the country's most endangered ecosystems. The description is published in last week's issue of Zootaxa.
LEWISBURG, Pa., April 9 (UPI) -- A new genus of bat, with distinctive badger-like black and white markings, has been identified in South Sudan, U.S. researchers say.
Scientists have documented an entirely new genus of fish from a river in the Amazon rainforest.
A tarantula almost as big as a dinner plate has been discovered in northern Sri Lanka by a team of researchers who named it after a keen police officer who helped track down live specimens of the giant spider.
DURHAM, N.C., March 26 (UPI) -- Scientists say genetics have helped them identify two new species of mouse lemur, tiny saucer-eyed primates native to the African island of Madagascar
Sri Lanka’s fame as a global amphibian hotspot got a further boost last week with the discovery of eight new amphibian species.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, March 19 (UPI) -- A finding of exceptionally low genetic diversity suggests all giant squid worldwide are members of a single species, Danish researchers say.
Mar. 14, 2013 — The beetle family Cerambycidae, also known as long-horned beetles or longicorns, is characterized by emblematic extremely long antennae, which are usually longer than the total body length of the animal.
Mar. 12, 2013 — Alex Pyron's expertise is in family trees. Who is related to whom, who begat whom, how did they get where they are now. But not for humans: reptiles.
A team from Chester Zoo is heading to a remote, mountainous region in Nigeria to assess what species live in an area where few surveys have been conducted.
Mar. 4, 2013 — For hundreds of years, plant taxonomists have worked to understand how species are related.
Surveys of a “lost world” near Loch Ness have revealed an array of tiny monsters never before recorded in the UK.
I had barely recovered from the adrenalin rush of touching down on a tiny airstrip hacked out of the Guyanese rain forest when my heart sank
A new species of owl discovered in Lombok, Indonesia, has been formally described by scientists.
What strange creatures dwell in the rain forests, at the bottom of the ocean or even in plain sight in our cities? If we don't look, we'll never know, one group of researchers says.
They languished behind bars in squalid conditions, their very survival in jeopardy.
Most of the world's plant and animal species could be named before they go extinct, say researchers.
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- An Australian biologist has described the discovery of a large green "flying" frog in Vietnam that uses its big webbed feet to glide through forests.
Jodi Rowley is no stranger to discovering new amphibians—she's helped describe over 10 in her short career thus far—but she was shocked to discover a new species of flying frog less than 100 kilometers from a major, bustling Southeast Asian metropolis, Ho
The South China Karst region resembles a lost world with its stone forests and towering limestone formations that look like petrified skyscrapers.
Dec. 16, 2012 — A research team, led by Institute of Zoology of Chinese Academy of Sciences and BGI, has successfully reconstructed a continuous population history of the giant panda from its origin to the present.
Here is a selection of the fascinating new species found in the region by scientists in 2011, as described in a new WWF report, Extra Terrestrial.
Dec. 14, 2012 — A venomous primate with two tongues would seem safe from the pet trade, but the big-eyed, teddy-bear face of the slow loris (Nycticebus sp.) has made them a target for illegal pet poachers throughout the animal's range in southeastern Asia and nearby islands.
Survey of a Panamanian rainforest puts number of species worldwide at six million.
In 2012, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 137 new relatives to our family tree, enriching our understanding of the complex web of life on Earth and strengthening our ability to make informed conservation decisions.
Belonging to the family of skipper butterflies, the new genus and species is the first butterfly discovered in Jamaica since 1995.
Obama is one of four presidents to have newly discovered species of fish named after them for their green credentials
QUITO, Ecuador, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- A thin and very long new snake species has been discovered in a region of Ecuador considered one of Earth's biodiversity hot spots, zoologists said.
ScienceDaily (Nov. 26, 2012) — Areopaguristes tudgei. That's the name of a new species of hermit crab recently discovered on the barrier reef off the coast of Belize by Christopher Tudge, a biology professor at American University in Washington, D.C.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have collaborated with more than 100 taxonomists and biologists to summarize the magnitude of all marine life, both known and unknown.
New species of bioluminescent cockroach possibly already extinct by volcanic eruption
MADANG - Armed with thousands of test tubes, flasks, microscopes, mouth aspirators, gillnets and compressors, Olivier Pascal and Philippe Bouchet have arrived in Madang, their departure point for their new expedition in Papua New Guinea, which started last month.
ScienceDaily (Nov. 12, 2012) — Scientists have estimated that there are 1.7 million species of animals, plants and algae on earth, and new species continue to be discovered. Unfortunately, as new species are found, many are also disappearing, contributing to a net decrease in biodiversity.
You may remember the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) from such discoveries as the Yeti crab, the squid with elbows and my personal favourite, the pigbutt worm, and now they’re back with footage of a new species of carnivorous sponge.
Sri Lanka, an island country lying off the southeast coast of India, has long been noted for its vast array of biodiversity.
Giant fire-dependent eucalypts should be classified as rainforest species, a new study has found, ending decades of debate over the species' classification.
SAO PAULO, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Nine new species of tree-dwelling tarantulas have been identified in central and eastern Brazil, researchers say, bringing the total in the area to 16 species.