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'Hiding in plain sight'—Discovery raises questions over scale of overlooked biodiversity

Scientists have used cutting-edge DNA technology and museum samples collected over the past two centuries to reveal a new species of diving beetle living in streams around the Mediterranean.

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'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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100-million-year-old spider with a tail longer than its body discovered

A brand new species of arachnid that looks like a spider with a tail has been discovered in Myanmar. The eight-legged creepy crawly is estimated to have scuttled along the forest floors as far back as 100 million years ago.

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15 New Smiley-Faced Spider Species Named After Leonardo DiCaprio, Bernie Sanders, Others

Long thought to be one species that was found across a large swath of territory — “from northern North America down to northern Brazil” — the “smiley-faced” spiders of the genus Spintharus actually have a lot more diversity than hitherto known. Researchers from the University of Vermont have ide ...

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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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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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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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An extraordinary cave animal found in Eastern Turkmenistan

A remote cave in Eastern Turkmenistan was found to shelter a marvelous cave-adapted inhabitant that turned out to represent a species and genus new to science. This new troglodyte is the first of its order from Central Asia and the first strictly subterranean terrestrial creature recorded in the ...

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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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Arabian Eagle Owl discovered in UAE

Abu Dhabi: The Emirates Wildlife Society in association with World Wide Fund (EWS-WWF) recently discovered the Arabian Eagle Owl, a previously unsighted owl species in the UAE, the society said on Tuesday. The bird is currently inhabiting the Hajar Mountains in the Eastern Region.

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Asean conservation officers undergo taxonomy training

If awareness and knowledge are the backbone of informed and efficient action, then taxonomy is the pillar of successful biodiversity conservation.

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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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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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Brazilian study discovers six new species of silky antieaters

Since the pioneering description made in 1758 by Swedish naturalist and father of taxonomy Carl Nilsson Linnaeus (1707-1778), there was officially one single silky anteater species. This short-snouted, pigmy-sized anteater would then be known for its scientific name, Cyclopes didactyla, after it ...

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Brilliant blue tarantula among potentially new species discovered in Guyana

While walking through the forests of Guyana’s Potaro Plateau one night in 2014, herpetologist Andrew Snyder noticed a flash of bright cobalt blue peeking out of hole in a rotting tree stump. When Snyder took a closer look, he noticed that his flashlight had illuminated a small tarantula’s blue l ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Crocodile lizard and snail-eating turtle among 115 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong

A brightly coloured crocodile lizard, a thriving mole population and a mountain-dwelling bat are among an astonishing 115 new species of flora and fauna discovered in Asia in 2016.

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Cryptic New Species of Shark Identified: Atlantic Sixgill Shark

The sixgill sharks of the genus Hexanchus are large, rarely encountered deep-sea sharks. With ancestors dating back over 250 million years, well before dinosaurs, they are among the oldest creatures on Earth.

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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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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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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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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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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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Five new species of frogs identified in museum collections

Researchers from Yale-NUS College and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have discovered five new species of Southeast Asian frogs from a group of museum specimens that had long been considered to only contain two species. This research by lead author Yale-NUS College Assistant Profes ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Local marine scientists discover new life

Eighty-three deep-sea species, with several new to science, have been discovered offshore in two new deep-sea cold-seep habitats east of Trinidad and south of Tobago by two local marine biologists. The marine biologists are Drs Diva Amon and Judith Gobin.

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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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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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Meet the butterflies from 200 million years ago

Newly discovered fossils show that moths and butterflies have been on the planet for at least 200 million years. Scientists found fossilised butterfly scales the size of a speck of dust inside ancient rock from Germany.

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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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Meet the newly discovered hermit crab that carries coral around

Scientists have discovered a new species of hermit crab off the coast of Japan that roams the ocean floor with coral on its back. While most people think of coral as belonging to permanent reefs such as the Great Barrier Reef in the waters off Australia, there is a type called "walking" coral.

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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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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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Monstrilloida: Monster discovered in Arctic Ocean

A new species of monstrilloid copepod, Monstrillopsis planifrons sp. n., is described from an adult female that was collected beneath snow-covered sea ice during the 2014 Ice Covered Ecosystem – CAMbridge bay Process Study (ICE-CAMPS) in Dease Strait of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

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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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New 'big-armed fly' species named after Arnold Schwarzenegger

New species can be named for all types of attributes, but Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County entomologist Brian Brown knew exactly what name to give a bizarre new fly species he discovered in the Brazilian Amazon.

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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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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 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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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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