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#134489
2022-05-16

Amazon deforestation threatens newly discovered fish species in Brazil

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History researcher Murilo Pastana and his colleagues have discovered and described two new species of Amazonian fish—one with striking red-orange fins and the other so small it is technically considered a miniature fish species—in a paper published today, ...

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#134017
2022-04-12

'Extinct' orchid discovered hiding in plain sight

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, together with a team of scientists, have released a new scientific paper showing that the previously presumed extinct species called Prasophyllum morganii, commonly known as mignonette leek orchid, has in fact been hiding in plain sight.

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#133959
2022-04-11

Six new wētā species found in New Zealand, as their habitat slowly disappears

Six new alpine species of New Zealand’s most unusual and beloved insect – the wētā – have been discovered, but it is a bittersweet victory, with another piece of research describing the threat global heating poses for their snowy mountain habitat.

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#133720
2022-03-07

‘Prospect of existence’: Nameless grasshopper sparks taxonomic debate

What’s in a name? The curious case of a nameless grasshopper will tell you that there is more to a name than meets the eye.

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#133615
2022-03-01

Chocolate frog? New burrowing frog species unearthed in Amazon’s rare peatlands

A photo of an odd-looking amphibian drew attention on Twitter last week, where it was described as a “smooth lil fella”, compared to a melted tootsie roll candy, and likened to the chocolate frogs from Harry Potter.

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#133601
2022-02-28

Endangered, new to science orchid discovered in Ecuador with the help of a commercial nursery

An astounding new species of orchid has been discovered in the cloud rainforest of Northern Ecuador. Scientifically named Maxillaria anacatalina-portillae, the plant -- unique with its showy, intense yellow flowers -- was described by Polish orchidologists in collaboration with an Ecuadorian com ...

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#133544
2022-02-25

New species of octocoral: The jewel of Caloundra

Queensland Museum scientists have re-described a species of bright blue octocorals that can only be found on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

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#133399
2022-02-21

One fish, two fish: New goby species from the Philippines just dropped

Serendipity underlies some of the greatest scientific discoveries. And it was certainly at play in 2015 when a team of biologists stopped off to relax at a popular waterfall on the Philippine island of Palawan after spending a long day surveying nearby streams to document the island’s freshwater ...

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#132987
2022-02-08

New species described in 2022

From a tree named after Leonardo DiCaprio to a bamboo-dwelling tarantula, discover some of the new species around the world that have been recently described by scientists.

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#132761
2022-01-27

Ghostly monkey and crocodile newts among new Mekong area species

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conservation group has published a list of 224 newly discovered species from the greater Mekong region.

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#132734
2022-01-25

Biologists discover new insect species

Its name sounds legendary, but the newly discovered insect Neuroterus (noo-ROH'-teh-rus) valhalla doesn't look or act the part. It's barely a millimeter long and spends 11 months of the year locked in a crypt.

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#132646
2022-01-19

Scientists discover tarantula-killing worms: New parasite named after actor Jeff Daniels

Scientists have named a newly discovered species of worm that kills tarantulas after American actor, musician and producer Jeff Daniels, a distinction no other entertainer can claim.

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#132506
2022-01-14

In untangling a taxonomic web, Sri Lankan researchers describe seven new jumping spiders

With two large eyes on a flat rectangular face, and six more eyes around the head, jumping spiders from the Salticidae family can look a bit alien, even by arachnid standards.

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#132445
2022-01-12

New species of coral discovered in Scottish waters, shedding new light on deep sea biodiversity

The discovery of a new coral species in waters off the coast of Scotland has sparked new scientific excitement about the biodiversity of the deep sea.

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#132409
2022-01-11

New rainfrog species discovered in Panama, named in honor of environmental activist Greta Thunberg

In 2018, Rainforest Trust celebrated its 30th anniversary by hosting an auction offering naming rights for some new-to-science species. The funds raised at the auction benefited the conservation of the newly recognized species. It is estimated that about 100 new species are discovered each year.

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#132327
2022-01-06

Newly identified tree species named in honour of Leonardo DiCaprio

A tropical, evergreen tree from Cameroon, the first plant species to be named as new to science in 2022, has officially been labelled Uvariopsis dicaprio today in honour of the actor Leonardo DiCaprio. It adds to the list of the strange and spectacular plants that scientists have named in the pa ...

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#132334
2022-01-06

‘Ghost’ orchid that grows in the dark among new plant finds

A ghost orchid that grows in complete darkness, an insect-trapping tobacco plant and an “exploding firework” flower are among the new species named by scientists in the last year. The species range from a voodoo lily from Cameroon to a rare tooth fungus unearthed near London, UK.

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#132301
2022-01-04

New species of orchids discovered in Sichuan, China

During an investigation of wild orchid resources in Sichuan Province (the second National Key Protected Wild Plant Resources Survey), researchers from the Wuhan Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, together with staffs of Wolong National Nature Reserve, jointly discovered and nam ...

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#132302
2022-01-04

‘Quite incredible’: some of world’s rarest camellias discovered in Yorkshire

Horticultural experts have compared it to finding a wondrous and unknown library of rare first editions, said the head gardener of Wentworth Woodhouse, Scott Jamieson, recalling the discovery of camellias believed to be some of the oldest and rarest in the western world.

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#132205
2021-12-17

The first true millipede: new species with more than 1000 legs discovered in Western Australia

Researchers named the subterranean animal Eumillipes persephone after the Greek goddess of the underworld

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#132144
2021-12-10

Indian woman researcher discovers over 50 species of frogs

Not only is Dr. Garg India’s first woman researcher to discover 50 new frog species, earlier this week, she was awarded the prestigious Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at Harvard University

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#132114
2021-12-09

Digitizing the Natural History Museum London's entire collection could contribute over £2 billion to the global economy

The societal benefits of digitizing natural history collections extends to global advancements in food security, biodiversity conservation, medicine discovery, minerals exploration, and beyond. Brand new, rigorous economic report predicts investing in digitizing natural history museum collection ...

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#132111
2021-12-09

Biodiversity collections enable foundational and data skills

The task of training an effective cadre of biodiversity scientists has grown more challenging in recent years, as foundational skills and knowledge in organismal biology have increasingly required complementary data skills and knowledge.

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#132003
2021-11-30

Hidden biodiversity in microarthropods (Acari, Oribatida, Eremaeoidea, Caleremaeus)

A challenge for taxonomists all over the world and across all taxonomic groups is recognizing and delimiting species, and cryptic species are even more challenging. However, an accurate identification is fundamental for all biological studies from ecology to conversation biology.

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#131977
2021-11-29

Plants and animals of Noongar Nation break new ground in Indigenous knowledge tool

The Noongar Boodjar plant and animal encyclopaedia will link Indigenous species names with western scientific (both Latin and Common) names, as well as ancestral ecological and cultural knowledge chosen to be shared by local communities across more than 90 plant and animal species.

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#131821
2021-11-19

Twelve new butterfly species recorded in the Eastern Ghats of Visakhapatnam district

Gossamer-winged butterflies conjure up images of flowery fields and sunshine-soaked gardens. Indicators of a healthy environment and ecosystem, butterflies have been widely used by ecologists to study the impact of habitat loss and fragmentation, and climate change.

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#131758
2021-11-17

New hope for ancient spider species feared extinct on Kangaroo Island

The recent discovery of two assassin spiders found living in a remnant patch of long unburnt habitat in Kangaroo Island have given new hope for the future of the ancient species after it was feared that they had become extinct.

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#131729
2021-11-16

A new species of fig discovered on Uluru

Figs are one of the world's most recognizable trees and extensively used by First Nations peoples, but until recently a single widespread species, Ficus brachypoda, was the only kind recognized in central Australia.

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#131155
2021-10-26

Jackie Chan, Balerion and Smaug inspire names of gecko species described from Western Ghats

Researchers recently described 12 new gecko species from the Western Ghats, 10 of which are endemic and found nowhere else in the world. Some of them got quirky names, after their traits, like the Jackie Chan gecko — named for its stealthy characteristic and being “nearly impossible to catch.”

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World Migratory Bird Day (October)

9 October 2021, Bonn, Germany

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52nd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the CMS (StC52)

21 - 29 September 2021, Online/Virtual

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#130174
2021-09-01

Moth biodiversity assessment finds nearly 500 moth species in Tale Wildlife Sanctuary

Seventeen new species have been added to the moth fauna of India from Tale Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh, following moth biodiversity assessments that took place over 29 days in the months of April, May, August and September in 2011 and 2019.

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#130170
2021-08-31

New dragon-like lizard species discovered in the Tropical Andes

The Huallaga River in the Andes of central Peru extends for 1,138 km, making it the largest tributary of the Marañón River, the spinal cord of the Amazon River. This basin harbors a great variety of ecosystems, including the Peruvian Yunga ecoregion, which is considered a shelter of endemic bird ...

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#130021
2021-08-18

'Mermaid' Species Of Algae Discovered On Andaman And Nicobar Islands After 40 Years

The reputation as a biosphere reserve is solely given to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as they have been the subject of several scientific research on different species. A unique, new plant species have been discovered in the Andaman Islands archipelago. During a visit to the archipelago in 20 ...

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#129664
2021-07-23

Scientists identify five new plant species in Bolivia

The species are all part of the genus Jacquemontia, which are twining or trailing plants with pretty blue flowers. With rapid biodiversity loss taking place across South America and worldwide, identifying plant species is a vital step towards protecting them.

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#129619
2021-07-22

New ‘weird looking’ shark species from Indian Ocean discovered

In 2012 and 2014, researchers from the Pacific Shark Research Center in the US conducted surveys along the Southwest Indian Ridge or the underwater mountain system that bisects the ocean between Africa and Antarctica. While studying the seamounts situated to the south of Madagascar, the team col ...

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#128882
2021-05-27

Scientists discover new species of African Violet plant from Mizoram

A group of botanists from the Bhopal-based Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) have recently discovered a new species of plant belonging to the African Violets family from Mizoram and adjacent areas in Myanmar.

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#128645
2021-05-14

New 'freaky' fanged frog species discovered hiding in plain sight in Mindoro

Scientists have found a new fanged frog species hiding in plain sight by studying their unique mating calls and genomic data. Fanged frogs belong to the genus Limnonectes, a group of about 75 known species of frogs with unusually large teeth that are small or absent in other frogs. Eleven of the ...

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#128488
2021-05-07

New alpine lizard species uncovered in South Island

An intensive hunt for lizards in the South Island has led to the discovery of what could be several new skink and gecko species.The exciting finds were made this summer in remote mountain areas in Fiordland, Mount Aspiring and Nelson Lakes national parks, and the Hooker/Landsborough Wilderness A ...

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#128444
2021-05-06

New Miniature Trap-Jaw Ant Ant Species Discovered – Named in Recognition of Gender Diversity

A newly discovered miniature trap jaw ant from the evergreen tropical forests of Ecuador bears the curious Latin name Strumigenys ayersthey, among hundreds, which are also named in honor of people, but end with -ae (after females) and -i (after males). This makes the newly described ant perhaps ...

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#128465
2021-05-06

New species of pelomedusoid turtle found in Madagascar

A team of researchers from Universität Freiburg, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Université d'Antananarivo and Stony Brook University has discovered a new species of pelomedusoid turtle in Madagascar.

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#128205
2021-04-22

New Peruvian frog leaps into amphibian species ledger

Peruvian officials on Wednesday announced the discovery of a brand-new frog, a spotted brown critter with an unusual eye coloring and no eardrum, in a natural park in the Amazon jungle.

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#128024
2021-04-12

Indian Researchers Have Found a New Species of Butterfly in Western Ghats

Researchers have discovered a new species of butterflies namely – sinhala ramaswamii sadasivan 2021 – adding to the expanding list of butterflies in India. The new taxon of Lycaenid butterfly belonging to the Nacaduba genus was discovered by researchers in the Agasthyamalais in the Western Ghats ...

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#127980
2021-04-08

New fish species named in honor of University of Georgia ecologists

University of Georgia ecologists Mary and Byron "Bud" Freeman are being recognized for their contributions to freshwater science in the most fitting way possible—with the naming of a newly discovered fish species in their honor.

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#127829
2021-03-29

Two New Species of Screech Owls Identified

Ornithologists from the United States, Brazil and Finland have described two new species of the owl genus Megascops from the Amazon and Atlantic forests.

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#127105
2021-02-16

Blind shrimps, translucent snails: the 11 mysterious new species we found in potential fracking sites

There aren't many parts of the world where you can discover a completely new assemblage of living creatures. But after sampling underground water in a remote, arid region of northern Australia, we discovered at least 11, and probably more, new species of stygofauna.

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