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#112581
2017-04-19

Scientists launch global search for 25 ‘lost’ species

Unseen for decades in the wild, many species are now feared extinct. Some exist only as museum specimens, others are only known from old drawings or photographs.

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#112532
2017-04-13

50 New Spiders Discovered In Australia

Spiders capable of diving, jumping, and dancing (and one the size of a human face) were among the new species discovered.

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#112495
2017-04-11

Scientists discover two new orchid species in Japan

April 10 (UPI) -- Researchers in Japan have identified two new orchid species on the island of Okinawa. Scientists described the new species, Gastrodia nipponicoides and Gastrodia okinawensis, in the journal Phytotaxa.

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#112504
2017-04-11

Marine ecologists discover and name the first endemic tree-climbing crab

The Mangrove Ecology and Evolution Lab, led by Dr Stefano Cannicci at the Swire Institute of Marine Sciences (SWIMS) and School of Biological Sciences, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), has recently discovered, described and named a new species of mangrove-climbing micro-crab from Hong Kong, Ha ...

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#112436
2017-04-04

'Surprise' discovery of Europe's first cave-dwelling fish

Pink, scaleless and with declining vision, the cave loach is the first ever example of a fish found living in a cave in Europe.

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#112446
2017-04-04

World is home to '60,000 tree species'

There are 60,065 species of trees in the world, according to a comprehensive study of the world's plants.

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#112297
2017-03-22

New species discovered: Protist parasites contribute to the stability of rainforest ecosystems

Tropical rainforests are one of the most species-rich areas on earth.

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#112278
2017-03-21

New ‘stone’ frog discovered in Vietnam

In the rugged limestone hills of northern Vietnam, scientists have discovered a new species of frog that looks like a small piece of rock.

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#112290
2017-03-21

New crab species found climbing in Hong Kong trees

March 21 (UPI) -- Crabs do more than swim and scuttle across the beach. They climb trees.

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#112262
2017-03-20

Catching up to the Ruby Seadragon: new species raises new questions

The ruby seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea) avoided scientific detection for so long due to its deepwater habitat and the fact that bodies changed color after they perished.

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#112217
2017-03-14

First fluorescent frog found

Under normal light, the South American polka dot tree frog (Hypsiboas punctatus) sports a muted palette of greens, yellows and reds.

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#112193
2017-03-10

What is a species? Ornithologists consider ways to define it.

With organisms gradually evolving into new organisms over the history of life on Earth, drawing a distinction between species can be challenging. One biologist proposes a new way of looking at the question.

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#112038
2017-02-22

Seven new species of night frogs from India including four miniature forms

Scientists were surprised by the relative abundance of the 4 new miniature species and believe that these frogs were overlooked because of their insect-like calls and secretive habitats

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#112044
2017-02-22

New species of bushbaby found in disappearing forests of Angola

It’s a dwarf with big eyes, big ears and a big voice. The newly discovered Angolan dwarf galago belongs to the bushbaby family, members of which are found all over sub-Saharan Africa.

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#111984
2017-02-17

Scientists study stick insects to better understand speciation

"While color variations in organisms, such as stick insects, can be striking and inform us of phases of evolution, they're one small aspect of a multi-faceted speciation process," said evolutionary biologist Zach Gompert.

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#111930
2017-02-15

New shark of the Caribbean

Marine wildlife researchers have found a new species of shark in the waters off the coast of the central American state of Belize. The WWF says the revelation serves as a conservation message.

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#111863
2017-02-08

New species discovered in Antarctica

A team of Japanese scientists has discovered a new species of polychaete, a type of marine annelid worm, 9-meters deep underwater near Japan's Syowa Station in Antarctica, providing a good opportunity to study how animals adapt to extreme environments.

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#111845
2017-02-07

New species of dwarf lemur discovered in Madagascar

In the forests of northern Madagascar, scientists have discovered a new species of dwarf lemur.

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#111818
2017-02-03

Scientists report possible new hammerhead shark species

Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Researchers in Belize believe they've discovered a new species of hammerhead shark.

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#111758
2017-01-27

Candy-striped hermit crab discovered in Caribbean

An underwater photographer has stumbled upon a new species of hermit crab with legs and pincers striped like candy canes.

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#111655
2017-01-18

New species of poison frog discovered in Amazonian slopes of Andes in southeastern Peru

Scientists have discovered a new species of poison frog on the Amazonian slopes of the Andes in southeastern Peru.

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#111649
2017-01-17

New moth species named for Donald Trump's hair

Researchers hope their topical name will bring attention to the fact new species can still be found in the United States.

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#111568
2017-01-11

New species of gibbon discovered in China

Newly recognised species given the name ‘Skywalker hoolock gibbon’ by the team that proved it was distinct from other Chinese gibbons

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#111483
2016-12-19

More than 150 new species found in Greater Mekong region

Scientists have discovered 163 new species in the Greater Mekong, according to a World Wide Fund for Nature report. The discoveries included plants and a frog so small it can sit on one's fingertip

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#111429
2016-12-14

This new spider looks like the sorting hat from Harry Potter

Scientists have discovered yet another “fantastic beast”. In a forest in central Western Ghats, India, researchers Javed Ahmed, Rajashree Khalap and wildlife photographer Sumukha J.N. have found a new species of spider that looks like the magical sorting hat from the popular Harry Potter series.

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#110569
2016-10-25

Tiny, mussel-invading crab named after Roman god

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Every once in a while, oyster-eaters, clam-eaters and consumers of other bivalves may happen upon a tiny, nearly transparent crab. While these parasitic stowaways may all look the same, there are a variety of species.

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#110420
2016-10-13

A new scientific name for Brazil's national tree

Scientists have long wondered about the correct taxonomic classification of Pau-brasil, the national tree of Brazil. A new study using DNA sequences to analyze the evolutionary relationships of Pau-brasil and some 200 closely-related plants from right across the tropics (together known as the Ca ...

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#110241
2016-09-29

New lizard species named after Indian scientist

A new species of a ground-dwelling lizard has been discovered in Goregaon’s Aarey Colony and Thane’s Badlapur forested belts, 130 years after the last such gecko was discovered, and has been named after a Bengaluru-based scientist Varad Giri.

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#109952
2016-09-13

New crab species discovered in Chinese fish market

At an ornamental fish market in northern Guangdong, a team of Chinese researchers have discovered a new species of freshwater crab, which may also be an entirely new genus.

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#109908
2016-09-09

Giraffe genetic secret: Four species of tallest mammal identified

It is a famous, gentle giant of the African savannah, but the giraffe's genetics have just revealed that there is not one species, but four.

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#109847
2016-09-07

Scientists discover a new deep-reef Butterflyfish species in Papahanaumokuakea Monument

Scientists from NOAA and the Bishop Museum have published a description of a new species of butterflyfish from deep reefs of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The study was published today in the scientific journal ZooKeys.

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#109661
2016-08-22

Two new species of glowing spook fish discovered

Scientists have discovered two new species of bioluminescent deep-sea fish off New Zealand.

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#109603
2016-08-16

New orange-black snake discovered in Mexico

Scientists have described a strikingly colored new species of snake from the mountains of east-central Mexico. This snake, with a vivid orange and black banding pattern on its body, belongs to the genus Geophis, a group that is commonly referred to as earth snakes.

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#109217
2016-07-20

Cloud rats of the sky islands: 28 new mammal species found in the Philippines

New research reveals that the Philippines may have the greatest concentration of unique mammal species on earth, as scientists introduce a host of furry new characters from its main island of Luzon.

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#109138
2016-07-12

New orchid discovered in Colombia is critically endangered

The rare orchid, named Telipogon diabolicus because its flowers resemble a devil’s head, is known from a single population of 30 orchids in southern Colombia.

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#109143
2016-07-12

After 300 Years of Collecting, Nearly 12,000 Amazon Tree Species Are Found

If Pokémon Go players think catching 151 different pocket monsters on their smartphones is tough, imagine trying to collect more than 15,000.

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#109123
2016-07-11

Bolivian expedition discovers 1,000th bird species

An ongoing expedition in Bolivia’s Madidi National Park has recorded its 1,000th bird species, highlighting the park as a hotspot of avian biodiversity. The park is thought to contain more than 10 percent of all the world’s bird species.

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#109071
2016-07-04

New tarantula named after Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez

Scientists have discovered a new species of tarantula in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria mountain range in Colombia. And it is badass.

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#109034
2016-06-28

New lizard found in Dominican Republic is already at risk

A chameleon-like lizard is one of the first new anole species found in the Dominican Republic in decades. The species could help solve a mystery that has long puzzled scientists — but it’s already at risk.

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#108970
2016-06-22

Giant chameleon-like lizard discovered in Dominican Republic

A Caribbean lizard that remained undiscovered for many years despite its large size and distinctive looks has been identified as a new species.

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#108950
2016-06-21

New boa species “on its way to extinction” discovered in the Bahamas

There are now 12 known species of West Indian boas.

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#108941
2016-06-20

Missing for a century, important wasp species rediscovered

RIVERSIDE, Calif., June 20 (UPI) -- The last time scientists identified the wasp species Oobius depressus, World War I was just getting underway. Researchers in California and Michigan recently confirmed the rediscovery of the elusive species, having gone missing for more than a century.

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#108875
2016-06-10

“Species X:” The blue-eyed dove rediscovered in a global deforestation hotspot

The Blue-eyed Ground-dove hasn’t been seen since 1941 and was believed to be extinct — that is, until this year, when scientists revealed that they’d managed to document twelve of the birds in two different locations in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

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#108834
2016-06-07

Two new rain frogs found in Ecuadorian Andes

Researchers with the Museum of Zoology at Catholic University of Ecuador discovered two new species of rain frogs while conducting field work in Llanganates National Park on the eastern slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes.

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#108802
2016-06-02

Two new rain frog species found in ancient Inca

QUITO, Ecuador, June 2 (UPI) -- Deep in the forests of Ecuador's Llanganates National Park -- lands once frequented by ancient Incans -- live two frog species that had gone unnamed by scientists until very recently.

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#108732
2016-05-31

Silver snake: New boa species discovered in Bahamas

ASHEVILLE, N.C., May 27 (UPI) -- There's a new member of the Boidae family, the group of nonvenomous, constricting snakes found across the globe.

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#108522
2016-05-10

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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#108503
2016-05-06

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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#108473
2016-05-05

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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#108459
2016-05-03

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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