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#94611
2013-07-16

Madagascar's rate of speciation slowing down

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.

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#94539
2013-07-10

Tiny New Catfish Species Found in Rio Paraíba Do Sul Basin, Brazil

July 9, 2013 — Scientists discovered a tiny new species of catfish in the waters of Rio Rio Paraíba do Sul basin, Brazil.

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#94531
2013-07-09

New shrew discovered in Vietnam forest

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.

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#94489
2013-07-04

New long-horned beetle discovered in China

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.

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#94400
2013-06-26

Cambodian tailorbird: A new species seen in Phnom Penh

A species of bird that is completely new to science has been discovered - hiding in plain sight in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh

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#94279
2013-06-17

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought today

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.

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#94239
2013-06-13

Bird extravaganza: scientists discover 15 new species of birds in the Amazon

From 2000-2009, scientists described on average seven new bird species worldwide every year.

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#93891
2013-05-23

Two Miniature Spider Species Discovered in Giant Panda Sanctuaries of China

May 22, 2013 — Two new minute spider species have been discovered from the Sichuan and Chongqing, China.

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#93692
2013-05-15

Photo: Stunning new pit-viper discovered in Honduras

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.

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#93492
2013-04-30

Scientists discover new giant mole rat in Africa (photos)

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.

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#93298
2013-04-17

Tiny Colorful Snails Are in Danger of Extinction With Vanishing Limestone Ecosystems

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.

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#93258
2013-04-15

New insect discovered in Brazil, only third known in its bizarre family

A new species of forcepfly named Austromerope brasiliensis, was recently discovered in Brazil and described in the open access journal Zoo Keys.

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#93218
2013-04-12

New Porcupine Species Discovered In Brazil

Brazilian researchers said they have discovered a new species of porcupine that inhabits an isolated patch of Brazil’s Northeastern Atlantic Forest.

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#93202
2013-04-11

New species tree-dwelling porcupine discovered in critically threatened Brazilian habitat

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.

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#93173
2013-04-10

New bat genus found in Africa

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.

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#93074
2013-04-03

Scientists describe new species of see-through fish from the Amazon

Scientists have documented an entirely new genus of fish from a river in the Amazon rainforest.

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#93032
2013-04-02

Giant tarantula that ‘stings like a bee’ part of north’s peace dividend

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.

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#92988
2013-03-27

Two new species added to world lemur count

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

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#92996
2013-03-27

Eight new shrub frogs discovered from the Peak Wilderness

Sri Lanka’s fame as a global amphibian hotspot got a further boost last week with the discovery of eight new amphibian species.

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#92820
2013-03-20

Globe's giant squids may be single 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.

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#92764
2013-03-15

New Beautifully Colored Long-Horned Beetle from Yunnan, China

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.

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#92715
2013-03-13

Sri Lankan Snake Study Reveals New Species, Rich Biodiversity in Island Country

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.

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#92695
2013-03-12

Chester Zoo team on the hunt for new species in Nigeria

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.

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#92611
2013-03-06

Don't Be Fooled: Flowers Mislead Traditional Taxonomy

Mar. 4, 2013 — For hundreds of years, plant taxonomists have worked to understand how species are related.

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#92582
2013-03-05

The real monsters of Loch Ness: new species of bugs discovered

Surveys of a “lost world” near Loch Ness have revealed an array of tiny monsters never before recorded in the UK.

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#92454
2013-02-25

How I discovered a new species of opossum, and why it matters

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

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#92196
2013-02-14

A new owl species from Indonesia is formally described

A new species of owl discovered in Lombok, Indonesia, has been formally described by scientists.

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#92045
2013-02-07

Find and record all species on Earth? Study argues we can.

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.

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#92018
2013-02-05

Genetics discover new lion subspecies in squalid conditions

They languished behind bars in squalid conditions, their very survival in jeopardy.

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#91909
2013-01-25

World’s unknown species ‘can be named’ before they go extinct

Most of the world's plant and animal species could be named before they go extinct, say researchers.

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#91785
2013-01-16

New 'flying' frog discovered in Vietnam

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.

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#91723
2013-01-09

New giant flying frog discovered near city of 9 million

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

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#91700
2013-01-08

Botanists discover cave-dwelling plant

The South China Karst region resembles a lost world with its stone forests and towering limestone formations that look like petrified skyscrapers.

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#91623
2012-12-18

Scientists Discover Evidence of Giant Panda's Population History and Local Adaptation

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.

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#91629
2012-12-18

Singing frog and 'walking' catfish among 126 new species discovered in Mekong basin – in pictures

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.

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#91589
2012-12-14

Three New Species of Venomous Primate Identified; May Help Protect Rare Primate from Illegal Trades

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.

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#91594
2012-12-14

Jungle search gives global count of arthropods

Survey of a Panamanian rainforest puts number of species worldwide at six million.

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#91533
2012-12-10

137 new species described by California Academy of Sciences in 2012

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.

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#91431
2012-12-04

New Jamaica butterfly species emphasizes need for biodiversity research

Belonging to the family of skipper butterflies, the new genus and species is the first butterfly discovered in Jamaica since 1995.

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#91361
2012-11-30

Spawned in the USA: new fish named after Barack Obama

Obama is one of four presidents to have newly discovered species of fish named after them for their green credentials

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#91308
2012-11-28

Long, thin snake species found in Ecuador

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.

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#91298
2012-11-27

New Crab Species Discovered Off the Coast of Belize

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.

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#91173
2012-11-16

Study: Up to three times as many known marine species still undescribed

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.

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#91166
2012-11-15

New species of bioluminescent cockroach possibly already extinct by volcanic eruption

New species of bioluminescent cockroach possibly already extinct by volcanic eruption

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#91139
2012-11-14

Where Biodiversity Abounds: Hunting For New Species In Papua New Guinea

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.

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#91127
2012-11-13

Species Persistence or Extinction: Through a Mathematical Lens

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.

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#91110
2012-11-12

New carnivorous harp sponge discovered in deep sea

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.

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#91036
2012-11-05

New rare frog discovered in Sri Lanka, but left wholly unprotected

Sri Lanka, an island country lying off the southeast coast of India, has long been noted for its vast array of biodiversity.

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#91006
2012-11-01

Giant eucalypts sent back to the rainforest

Giant fire-dependent eucalypts should be classified as rainforest species, a new study has found, ending decades of debate over the species' classification.

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#90982
2012-10-31

New tree-dwelling tarantulas described

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.

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