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Kew report makes new tally for number of world's plants

The new tally is part of a report carried out by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It is its first global assessment of the world's flora.

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There Might Be 1 Trillion Species on Earth

Calculating how many species exist on Earth is a tough challenge. Researchers aren’t even sure how many land animals are out there, much less the numbers for plants, fungi or the most uncountable group of all: microbes.

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New group of Caribbean plants named after James Bond

The name’s bondia, Jamesbodia. Scientists have named a new subgenus of Caribbean plants Jamesbondia.

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New lizard discovered in Paraguay lives only on private reserve that is up for sale

Tropidurus is a ubiquitous genus of lizard endemic to South America, and now there are three new species amongst its ranks.

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Expedition scientists in Bolivia discover seven animal species in world's most biodiverse protected area

Scientists on an expedition through Madidi National Park—the world's most biologically diverse protected area— have now discovered seven animal species new to science, finds that were made in 2015 and recently confirmed through careful comparisons with known species, according to the WCS (Wildli ...

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New land snail species from Australia shows dissection not necessary to identify molluscs

Dissection might prove unnecessary when identifying new molluscs after scientists described a previously unknown land snail based on its genitalia, yet without damaging the specimen in the slightest.

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Madagascar yields three new primate species

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, April 15 (UPI) -- Scientists have found three new species of mouse lemur in the forests of Madagascar, a large island nation off Africa's southeastern coast.

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New termite-eating, fat-tailed gecko found in Australia

The gecko, which was given the name Diplodactylus ameyi, is a specialized termite predator found in outback Queensland and northern New South Wales.

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Six new dragon millipede species found in China

WUSHAN, China, April 6 (UPI) -- Scientists have found six new species of dragon millipedes in China, a few of which live only in caves.

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Forgotten minnow found in West Texas

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 5 (UPI) -- Thanks to a case of mistaken identity, the minnow species Notropis megalops, eluded scientists for more than a century, hiding out in the shallows of West Texas.

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New Alaska butterfly species is first in 28 years

GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 20 (UPI) -- Biologists have discovered a new species of butterfly occupying Alaska's interior -- the first in 28 years. Researchers believe the hardy species is a hybrid of two ancient species uniquely adapted for life on the Last Frontier.

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New snake species highlights how little we know about biodiversity in under-explored regions of India

A new snake belonging to the Colubridae family has been found in Gujarat, India and researchers say it not only represents a new species but also a new genus.

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Smallest of giant flowers ‘accidentally’ discovered in the Philippines

In the rainforests of southeastern Asia, a parasitic plant called Rafflesia produces the world’s largest flowers. Some Rafflesia flowers, for instance, can be a meter and a half in diameter, and can weigh up to 22 pounds (or 10 kilograms). These flowers, called “corpse flower” locally, often sme ...

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Super-fast evolving fish splitting into two species in same lake

Some thought it was impossible. But a population of stickleback fish that breed in the same streams is splitting into two separate species before our eyes, and at rapid speeds.

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World's smallest Rafflesia flower discovered in Nueva Ecija

The Philippines cemented itself as the world's biodiversity hotspot for Rafflesia "corpse flowers" as a new species of the usually pungent-smelling blossom was just discovered in Nueva Ecija.

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Eight newly discovered species of whip spiders could soon become extinct

Amid collections of museum specimens, biologists have discovered eight new species of “whip spiders” from the genus Charinus — arachnids with thin, long, whip-like legs.

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Discovery of new plant species sparks hopes of more finds on southern isle

YAKUSHIMA, Kagoshima Prefecture--A biologist out walking with a friend discovered a new variety of plant that is a close member of an odd-looking endangered species of flora.

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New electric fish provided key to establishing first new genus in 30 years

The discovery of a new species of mormyrid, a “weakly electric” fish endemic to the continental freshwaters of Africa, has led to the creation of a new genus containing not one but two new species.

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New species with heart-shaped fruits inspires a love for biodiversity in Hawai'I

Just in time for Valentine's Day, botanists from Hawai'i have discovered a new species of plant with small heart-shaped fruits.

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Two new jewel-eyed tree frog species discovered in Taiwan, display strange reproductive behavior

In the island country of Taiwan, researchers have identified two new species of tree frogs with jewel-colored eyes.

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Black tarantula named after Johnny Cash

A new species of black tarantula that lives near Folsom Prison, California, has been named after Johnny Cash.

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Four new algae species discovered in Hawaii's deep waters

Scientists have announced the discovery of four new species of deep-water algae in Hawaii's Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The new species were collected between 200-400 feet, depths not typically known for marine algae.

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Newly discovered chameleon sheds light on Tanzania biodiversity

The Wildlife Conservation Society announced yesterday that a team of scientists has discovered a new species of chameleon in the mountainous rainforests of Tanzania.

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New bird with amazing voice 'like Adele' discovered in India

A new species of forest thrush has been discovered in a remote region of northeastern India, making it only the fourth new bird discovered in the country since independence in 1947.

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Tuneful song reveals new species of Himalayan thrush

Scientists have described a new species of bird in northern India and China, called the Himalayan forest thrush.

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New Australian leech species named for best-selling author Amy Tan

"I am now planning my trip to Queensland, Australia, where I hope to take leisurely walks through the jungle, accompanied by a dozen or so of my namesake feeding on my ankles," author Amy Tan said.

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Two new species of frogs are discovered in Madagascar

The Tsaratanana Massif –the highest mountain on Madagascar and one of the island's most remote regions– is home to several indigenous species.

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New species of venomous snake discovered in endangered Mexican cloud forests

Scientists say they’ve discovered a new species of horned pitviper in the critically endangered cloud forests of the Sierra Madre Oriental in Jalisco, Mexico, and determined that another pitviper is indeed a unique species.

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Researchers discover six new African frog species, uncover far more diversity

Researchers have discovered half a dozen new species of the African clawed frog, and added back another to the list of known species, in the process uncovering striking new characteristics of one of the most widely studied amphibians in the world.

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Meet the first butterfly to be named after Sir David Attenborough

British naturalist and TV presenter Sir David Attenborough has lent his name to a number of animal and plant species.

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Scientists discover black-eyed snake species in Andes

QUITO, Ecuador, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Deep in the hidden forests of the Andes are mysterious creatures still unnamed.

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Ancient fireworm species named for punk rocker Henry Rollins

BRISTOL, England, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- After a rare fossilized fireworm unearthed in Lebanon turned out to be a new species, British biologists looked to American rock for naming inspiration.

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New eyeless harvestman species named for Tolkien's Smeagol

SAO PAULO, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Researchers in Brazil named a newly discovered harvestman species after Smeagol, the pathetic bottom-dweller from Tolkien's epic Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Mistaken identities of tropical plants raise questions on biodiversity data

The primary way that researchers know anything about the distribution of species in the natural world is via the specimen collections housed in museums all around the world.

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The owls beyond the Andes: Divergence between distant populations suggests new species

They might be looking quite identical, but each of the populations of two owl species, living in the opposite hemispheres, might actually turn out to be yet another kind.

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Scientists discover world's tiniest snail species in Borneo

The researchers who discovered the record-setting species have been studying Malaysia's mollusks for more than 25 years.

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New species of giant tortoise brings Galapagos tally to eleven

A new species of giant tortoise has been identified in the Galapagos, taking the tally in the archipelago to 11.

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New species of wasp discovered in England

A species of wasp that has never been recorded in the country has been discovered at a British nature reserve.

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Why taxonomy is important for biodiversity-based science

Taxonomy usually refers to the theory and practice of describing, naming and classifying living things. Such work is essential for the fundamental understanding of biodiversity and its conservation.

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New 'hog-nosed rat' discovered in Indonesia

The species, which has been named Hyorhinomys stuempkei - hog-nosed rat - has "distinct and unique features uncommon to other rats", they said.

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Sneezing monkey and walking fish among new species discovered in Himalayas

Species new to science found in the Eastern Himalayas over the past five years include 133 plants, 26 species of fish, 10 new amphibians – and one mammal

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The ‘blue bastard’ kissing fish from seafarers’ tales is real

Only in Australia. An elusive and aggressive blue fish, until now known only through seafarers’ tales, has finally been documented by science. So hard to catch, the fish had become known to anglers as “blue bastard” – a name it is now officially stuck with.

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Newly discovered crustacean species named for Sir Elton John

RAJA AMPAT, Indonesia, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A team of researchers, from Florida and the Netherlands, recently located a tiny creature living inside another creature.

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New species of titi monkey discovered in Peruvian forests

A new species of titi monkey was recently discovered in the Urubamba river region of Peru, according to New Scientist.

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Newly discovered dwarf lemurs are totally unafraid of humans

It’s a lemur lover’s dream: cute and totally unafraid. A new population of dwarf lemurs has been identified on a small, uninhabited island off the north coast of Madagascar.

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Tiny New Frog with a Face Like a Bandit Found in Andes

A tiny new frog species discovered in the Peruvian Andes has a white-mottled belly and a dark face mask that makes it look like a bandit.

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Scientists name lizard species after Sir David Attenborough

ACTON, Australia, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A new brightly colored flat lizard species has been discovered in South Africa. The scientists describing the newly identified creature have decided to name it after naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

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The jackal that turned into a wolf: new species discovered in Africa

There’s another wolf in the world, according to results published yesterday in Current Biology. The discovery of the species, called the African golden wolf (Canis anthus), effectively increases the number of living canid species from 35 to 36.

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Four new tooth-frog species discovered in West African forests

"More than ten new amphibian species have been described in the last decade, and more await formal description," researchers said of Upper Guinea, a unique forest habitat in West Africa.

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College student discovers new firefly species

RIVERSIDE, Calif., June 26 (UPI) -- On almost any summer night, thousands of kids are catching fireflies. Few, if any, however, are discovering new species.

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