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New species of marine roly poly pillbug discovered near Port of Los Angeles

A new research article reports on a discovery made during a Los Angeles class fieldtrip -- a new species of marine pillbug.

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Geckos, moths and spider-scorpions: Six new species on Mount Tambora, say Indonesian researchers

Indonesian researchers believe they have identified six new animal species in the newly declared Mount Tambora National Park on the island of Sumbawa.

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Chihuahua of the sea? Scientists find rare 'pocket shark'

The accidental discovery of a tiny, but extraordinary shark species, is a big moment for ocean research. It also reminds us of how little we know about life in the deep seas.

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New Mesoamerican pine beetle described by scientists

A newly-discovered species of tree-killing bark beetle has been described in a new paper.

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Dwarf dragons discovered in the Andes

LIMA, April 6 (UPI) -- In the Andes, dwarf dragons are scurrying across the forest floor in greater variety than previously thought.

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Citizen scientists discover new plant species in the Cape Floral Kingdom

Amateur botanists in the Western Cape Province of South Africa have discovered two new species of beautiful blue-flowered legumes.

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Long-lost hummingbird species rediscovered in Colombia

BOGOTA, March 19 (UPI) -- An odd-looking hummingbird called the blue-bearded helmetcrest (Oxypogon cyanolaemus) was thought to be extinct. It hadn't been seen in some 69 years.

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Explorers set out to discover ‘overlooked’ biodiversity in French Guiana’s rainforests

Naturalists decamp to remote Amazonian region to try to classify some of the many thousands of unidentified Guianan species

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Newly discovered Brazilian bird may number fewer than 10 individuals

In October 2002, a team of ornithologists at Murici in northeastern Brazil observed and recorded the call of a bird.

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New species of tapaculo in South America

After being misidentified and sitting in a museum drawer for more than seventy years, a group of bird specimens collected in Colombia and Venezuela has been determined to represent a previously unknown species, now dubbed the Perijá Tapaculo (Scytalopus perijanus).

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Two new peacock spiders discovered in Australia

BERKELEY, Calif., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Researchers have discovered two new species of peacock spiders, a brightly colored group of spiders belonging to the jumping spider family (Salticidae) -- the largest family in the order Araneae.

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Scientists name new species of wasp after Boston Bruins goalie Rask

(Reuters) - A team of researchers studying insects in Africa has named a newly discovered species of wasp with a distinctive yellow-and-black pattern after Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, the Boston Globe reported on Tuesday.

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New Species, the ‘Ruby Seadragon,’ Discovered by Scripps Researchers

While researching the two known species of seadragons as part of an effort to understand and protect the exotic and delicate fish, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego made a startling discovery: A third species of seadragon.

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Genome reveals three more species of Darwin's finches

There's more to Darwin's finches than meets the eye. Famously, the 14 species found on the Galapagos islands are distinguished from one another largely by differences in beak shape.

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Wild flower discovered in Wales named after Sir David Attenborough

Flower discovered in the Brecon Beacons to be called Attenborough’s hawkweed, just days after a genus of endangered plants was also named after the naturalist.

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Scientists discover new frog species in Peru

HUAYTARá, Peru, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Scientists thought they had exhausted their search for new life among the coastal valleys of central Peru, a region comparatively poor in biodiversity.

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News from the depths: A new cave-dwelling flatworm species from the Brazilian savanna

Field research in a limestone cave in the Brazilian savanna recorded the first obligate cave-dwelling flatworm of the suborder Continenticola in South America.

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New bat species has fangs you won't believe

What big teeth you have, my dear! The better to eat insects with—and make one's own ecological niche.

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A new trout species described from the Alakır Stream in Antalya, Turkey

A new fish species, Salmo kottelati, has been described from the Alak1r Stream draining to Mediterranean Sea in Anatolia.

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New pit viper discovered in Sumatra

A new pit viper was discovered by researchers working in Sumatra, Indonesia, and described in a new study in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.

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Scientists confirm new bird species in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The Sulawesi streaked flycatcher -- named after the Indonesia island it's found on -- was first observed 15 years ago. But a team of researchers have only recently been able to collect and analyze the bird's DNA, confirming the species' genetic distinctiveness.

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'Star-gazing' shrimp discovered in South Africa

(Reuters) - A tiny shrimp equipped with large, candy-striped eyes to ward off predators has been discovered in South African waters, the University of Cape Town said on Friday.

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New gecko described in Madagascar

Researchers have described a previously undocumented species of gecko in Madagascar.

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Wildlife Conservation: Scat Used to Identify Tigers and Leopards in Genetic Breakthrough

Indian scientists from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Centre for Wildlife Studies and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have developed novel genetic approaches to identify species, sex and individuals from carnivore scats.

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New coral species off California discovered

A research team has discovered a new species of deep-sea coral and a nursery area for catsharks and skates in the underwater canyons located close to the Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries off the Sonoma coast.

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Two new lizard species found in Queensland rainforest

Cape Melville rainbow skink and Cape Melville bar-lipped skink bring the tally of species unknown to science that have been found in small, remote area to eight

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27 new species found in Tanzanian forests

A recent study revealed that 27 new vertebrate species have been found in the forests of Tanzania’s Eastern Arc Mountains.

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Frogs' chorus leads to discovery of new species in US

Scientists have confirmed that a frog found living in New York City wetlands is a new species.

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Brazilian zoologists discovered the first obligate cave-dwelling flatworm in South America

Typical cave-dwelling organisms, unpigmented and eyeless, were discovered in a karst area located in northeastern Brazil.

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Four New Species Discovered in India, in Five Years

Hyderabad, a city known more today for its Silicon Valley connection has revealed its nature connection too with researchers discovering not one but four new species in the city in the past five years. This includes two spider species, a plant species, a lizard and even the re-discovery of a sna ...

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New Deep-Sea Animal Species Look Like Mushrooms but Defy Classification

A handful of strange mushroom-shaped animals discovered in the deep sea off Australia in the 1980s have finally been named by scientists. The organisms are so unique that they may rearrange the earliest branches of the animal family tree.

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Scientists name new endangered species after the company that will decide its fate

Scientists have discovered a new snail species on a limestone hill near a cement quarry in Malaysia, which as far as they know lives nowhere else in the world. The animal's shell is only one tenth of an inch in size.

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Have scientists discovered a new primate in the Philippines?

Despite some media reports, scientists have not yet discovered a new species of big-eyed, nocturnal primate—known as tarsiers—in the Philippines. Instead what they have discovered is an intriguing population that is genetically-distinct even from nearby relatives, according to a new open-access ...

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New skeleton frog from Madagascar is already Critically Endangered

Sometimes all it takes is fewer clicks. Scientists have discovered a new species of frog from Madagascar that stuck out in part because it "clicked" less during calls than similar species. Unfortunately the scientists believe the new species—dubbed the Ankarafa skeleton frog (Boophis ankarafensi ...

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13 newly-discovered birds declared extinct

In a recent update of the IUCN Red List, scientists have identified 13 new bird species that have gone extinct since 1500. In total the list now finds that at least 140 bird species gone extinct in the past five hundred years, representing 1.3 percent of the world's total known birds.

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New to nature: No 130 Anniella grinnelli

A legless lizard in California is the latest example of a 'cryptic species'

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Google Earth spurs discovery of a 'new' chameleon species

Google Earth has spurred the discovery of another new species. In this case, the creature is a pygmy chameleon, one of four previously unknown Rhampholeon chameleon species described from the remote ‘sky islands’ in Mozambique. The Mount Mabu pygmy chameleon (Rhampholeon maspictus) was discover ...

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New jellyfish discovered: giant venomous species found off Australia

A giant and extremely venomous jellyfish found off Western Australia’s north-west coast has researchers stumped because it appears to have no tentacles.

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Yellow spots, red stripes: vivid new frog species discovered in Malaysia

Scientists have identified a new species of frog on the Malay Peninsula. The newly named Hylorana centropeninsularis was discovered in a peat swamp and genetic analyses revealed that it is evolutionarily distinct from its stream-dwelling cousins.

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Scientists catalog the world's 10,000th reptile

As of this year, scientists have named and described over 10,000 reptiles, marking a new milestone in cataloging one of the most diverse vertebrate groups. Last week, the Reptile Database, an online catalog of all the world's living reptiles, announced it had passed 10,000 species.

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Bolivian golden bat revealed as 'new species'

A golden bat from Bolivia has been described as a new species by scientists.

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An Australian scientist is amongst the team who were handed a rat they later discovered was not documented in any scientific books.

IT WAS NOT until their final morning in camp, after weeks of searching for mammals within the isolated rainforests of West Sulawesi, Indonesia, that Museum Victoria's Dr Kevin Rowe and his team were handed a new species, completely unknown to science.

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India logged 248 new species in 2013

The Zoological Survey of India has discovered 248 new animal species in different parts of the country in 2013. Of them, 162 are insects, 19 are arachnids, 36 are fish, five are amphibians and two are reptiles.

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Africa: USAID Invests Over U.S.$210 Million to End Wildlife Trafficking and Support Conservation With First Biodiversity Policy

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced more than $210 million to conserve nature in more than 50 countries, including an anticipated $40 million to combat wildlife trafficking, as a first measure in the Agency's first-ever Biodiversity Policy.

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Tiny wallaby among three newly discovered mammals in remote forest

Camera traps capture first shots of new wallaby, giant-eared mouse and shrew-like marsupial in Papua New Guinea

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'New mammal species' found in PNG by Australian scientists on crowd-funded expedition

One of Australia's first crowd-funded scientific expeditions may have uncovered several new species of mammal in Papua New Guinea.

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Researchers discover new species of wolf snake in Cambodia, name it after an Australian zoo

A new species of wolf snake has been discovered in the forests of the Cardamom Mountains of southeast Cambodia. The species is described in the current issue of the journal Zootaxa.

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New fish varieties described

Researchers from Kochi have described four marine fish species from the Kerala waters. The newly discovered species were named as Chelidoperca manculicauda, Opistongnathus pardus, Plectranthias alcocki and Pempheris sarayu.

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3 New Species of Weird, Endangered Fish Discovered in India, U.S and Colombia

You can find some pretty weird things when you go poking around in holes in remote parts of the globe.

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Bat species thought to be extinct found in Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea, June 4 (UPI) --Looking for a good hiding place? Try the rain forests of Papua New Guinea. That's where a species of bat, Pharotis imogene, recently staked out, able to evade probing biologists for more than 120 years.

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