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New species of beetle named after activist Greta Thunberg

A new species of beetle will be officially named today (Friday 25th October 2019) in honour of the environmental activist, Greta Thunberg.

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British lawyer comes to India chasing moths

Growing up in a family of entomologists, bankruptcy lawyer Mark Sterling was always interested in moths. He could never quite “kick the habit” despite being busy rescuing troubled businesses. Now, at 61, the retired Briton is back to chasing moths-and his pursuit has brought him to India.

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New king cricket species discovery in Costa Rica

A group of four Texas A&M Department of Entomology undergraduate students took their knowledge from the classroom and put it to use in discovering a new species of king cricket during a recent study abroad trip to Costa Rica.

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New frog species from unexplored Jharkhand and Bihar brings cheer

A new species of small burrowing frog has been discovered from the Chota Nagpur plateau in Jharkhand. Scientists have named it ‘Magadha Burrowing Frog,’ (Sphaerotheca magadha) after the ancient kingdom of Magadha in the southern Bihar.

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Newly Identified Electric Eel Species Is Most Shocking Animal Ever

Genetic data has revealed several distinct electric eel species living throughout South America, including the most shocking eel (and animal) discovered yet.

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Biologists discover and name new fireworm species in Hong Kong waters

A group of biologists from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) have discovered a new fireworm species in Hong Kong waters and named it Chloeia bimaculata.

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Discovery of a metallic-blue tarantula bolsters case for trade protection

Researchers in Sri Lanka have described an eye-catching new species of tarantula, in a discovery they hope will underscore ongoing efforts to better regulate the global trade of rare and exotic spiders.

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New monkey species discovered in rapidly-deforested area of Amazon

The marmoset was discovered in the south-west of Pará State in Brazil, Amazon’s ‘arc of deforestation’.

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Building a global inventory of plants: Q&A with botanist Patrick Weigelt

The Global Inventory of Floras and Traits, or GIFT 1.0, is the first database of its kind, bringing together thousands of published and unpublished plant species checklists and inventories from around the world.

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New Species of Giant Flying Squirrel Discovered in China

Weighing 3 to 4 pounds, the Mount Gaoligong flying squirrel was recently found in Yunnan province

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New frog species discovered

UCF student Veronica Urgiles has helped describe two new frog species discovered in Ecuador, and she named one of them after one of her professors.

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Scientists name Zanzibar reef fish after Black Panther's homeland

July 11 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a new species of reef fish swimming 200 feet beneath the ocean surface, just off the coast Tanzania.

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New Butterfly Species with Pink Back Wings Discovered in Guanacaste

Philtronoma Cbdora; this is the name of a new species of butterfly native to Guanacaste that was discovered by Costa Rican scientists and presented last week during the 1st meeting of the Bureau of the United Nations Environment Assembly (ANUMA) in Trondheim, Norway.

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All eyes on a new worm species

There's a worm at the bottom of the sea—and it's been discovered off the Scottish coast by a team of scientists from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), Marine Scotland Science (MSS) and Thomson Environmental Consultants.


8th International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Conference 2019

17 - 20 June 2019, Trondhein, Norway

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Meet the new species of venomous pit viper described from India

When Rohan Pandit and Wangchu Phiang accidentally stumbled upon a brown snake on a steep slope of a forest in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh in India, little did they know that the reptile had never been formally described before.

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Himalayan Wolf Needs Recognition as Distinct Species, Study Finds

The Himalayan wolf is a distinct species of wolf, which shows unique genetic adaptation to the difficult conditions in the Asian high altitude ecosystems, a study found, reiterating that it needs to be identified as a species of special conservation concern. "Conservation action for the Himalaya ...

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Biodiversity: 'Beast of Beddau' is new millipede find

The Beast of Beddau has joined the Maerdy Monster as a new bug species found at old coal mine sites in the UK.

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Zoologists identify two new bird species in Indonesia

April 24 (UPI) -- Researchers have discovered two new bird species on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The two species belong to the white-eyes family.

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Costa Rican Lizard Discovered That Breathes Under Water

Costa Rica has contributed yet another amazing animal to the field of Herpetology – a river anole lizard that can remain underwater for up to sixteen minutes, seemingly by using an air bubble on the top of its head to refresh the air in its lungs.

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Fossil of ancient four-legged whale found in Peru

The fossil of a 43-million-year-old whale with four legs, webbed feet and hooves has been discovered in Peru. Palaeontologists believe the marine mammal's four-metre-long (13 ft) body was adapted to swim and walk on land.

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New species of skink from Angola has waited over 70 years to be described

Researchers have finally described a new species of skink from Angola, specimens of which have lurked on museum shelves for more than 70 years.

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Love Island: Flamboyant males get the girls on Madagascar

Biodiversity hotspot Madagascar is one of the world's biggest islands, and home to some of its biggest insects. Now German scientists have discovered two new species of giant stick insect, living only in the dry forests of Madagascar's northernmost tip.

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'Mini ature' is the name of a new species of miniature frog

These newly-described miniature frogs are the smallest of their kind in the world, and they also have very appropriate names. The genus of frogs has been dubbed Mini, and it contains three species: Mini mum, Mini scule, and Mini ature. Pretty clever. The trio has been described in a new study by ...

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New species of reptile found in Nepal

One more species of reptile has been newly discovered in Nepal. Common Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius), a ground-dwelling lizard, which was first found along the Kamdi biodiversity route in Banke district in course of the study about biodiversity has been named ‘Baghe Mausuli’ in Nepali. ...

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Scientists Discover New Stiletto Snake Species in Africa

The stiletto snakes, also known as burrowing asps, are members of Atractaspis, a genus with over 20 validly described species.These burrowing and venomous snakes are famous for their unique skull anatomy and venom delivery system, allowing them to attack and stab sideways with a fang sticking ou ...

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New species of frog sheds light on major biodiversity hotspot in southern India

An expedition to an isolated hill range located in Southern India along one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world led to the discovery of a new, ancient lineage of frog endemic to the area, according to a study published today in the journal PeerJ.

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Field Sleuths: The Amateur Naturalists Who Are Discovering New Species

When mushroom hunter Terri Clements found a unique specimen near her home in Arizona, she couldn’t be certain by its appearance that she’d stumbled across a new species. She tracked down a commercial lab that would process DNA from samples she collected and studied the resulting sequences.

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New species of stiletto snake capable of sideways strikes discovered in West Africa

Following a series of recent surveys in north-western Liberia and south-eastern Guinea, an international team of researchers found three stiletto snakes which were later identified as a species previously unknown to science.

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More than 7000 new marine species discovered; Will help to develop new drugs

Marine researchers have discovered more than 7000 new species from the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans. Now, the experts believe that such findings may shed new light on the understanding of microbial biodiversity in the seas.

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Treasure trove of new insects discovered on island

More than a hundred insect species that are new to science have been discovered on an Indonesian island. Found in remote rainforests, the tiny beetles appear to have been overlooked for decades. All 103 belong to the same group - weevils.

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More than 50,000 species indigenous to Korean Peninsula confirmed

South Korea has confirmed the existence of more than 50,000 species of animals and plants indigenous to the Korean Peninsula, almost twice the 28,462 recorded in 1996, a state-run think tank said Tuesday.

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World's biggest bee found alive

The world's biggest bee has been re-discovered, after decades thought lost to science.

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Giant tortoise believed extinct for 100 years found in Galápagos

Adult female discovered 113 years after only other living Chelonoidis phantasticus was found

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What does it take to discover a new great ape species?

When an international team of scientists published their description of a new ape species, the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), in the journal Current Biology in November 2017, it marked the culmination of years of painstaking research.

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New species of non-venomous keelback snake found in Arunachal Pradesh

Recent discoveries such as a new species of burrowing eel, a new sub-subspecies of endangered hog deer and several species of frogs, geckos, diatoms and insects, have put the northeastern region of India in the limelight. This time, researchers from Help Earth and the French National Museum of N ...

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This Newly Discovered African Tarantula Has a Rude-Looking Horn on Its Back

While many people's reaction to big hairy spiders is usually "AHHH", you've got to admit, this spider's odd-looking back appendage does look rather amusing. The peculiar and previously undocumented protrusion belongs to the tarantula Ceratogyrus attonitifer found in Angola, Central Africa.

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Citizen scientists discover pinhead-sized beetle in Borneo

How many citizen scientists does it take to discover a new species? A recent expedition to the Ulu Temburong forest in Borneo proved that you only need 10 enthusiasts with no professional training, yet fueled with curiosity and passion for the outdoors, to find a new beetle the size of a pinhead ...

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New Toad Species Discovered In China

Chinese researchers in biodiversity have announced that they have identified a new species of toad in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

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Entomologist names recently discovered beetles after ‘Game of Thrones’ dragons

Brett Ratcliffe has discovered and named more than 200 species of scarab beetles, but with his last three discoveries, he surprised everyone by naming them after “Game of Thrones” dragons.

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New species of tree frog from Ecuador has a mysterious claw

A team of biologists surveying remote parts of the Cordillera del Cóndor (Condor mountain range) in Ecuador’s eastern Andes have described a species of tree frog that’s new to science.

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New Species of Frog With Weird Claw Thumb Discovered

Researchers have discovered a new species of tree frog on the slopes of a flat-topped mountain in a remote region of the Ecuadorean Andes, which is considered to be one of the richest areas for biodiversity in the world.


Global Taxonomy Initiative Forum

16 November 2018, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

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Tiny thorn snail discovered in Panama's backyard

Five years after one particular tiny thorn snail from Panama was identified as new to science, it is described in a scientific article. The official discovery only became possible after earlier this year glassy shells were collected from the La Amistad International Park, Chiriquí, Panama. Succe ...


Invitation to the Global Taxonomy Initiative Forum on 16 November 2018 - Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/AS/SBG/JSH/VA/87734 (2018-090)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, GTI National Focal Points, GTI-Coordination Mechanism, Inter-Agency Liaison Group on Invasive Alien Species, indigenous peoples and local communities, other relevant organizations and partners

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Photos of the new species of dragon lizards discovered in the Western Ghats

The Western Ghats have revealed two new genera of dragon lizards from the family Agamidae – Monilesauras and Microauris. Using a combination of extensive field surveys, detailed taxonomic analyses and genetic tools, researchers have rearranged British-era taxonomy to expand extant knowledge of t ...

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The stories of Australia's botanical biodiversity

A herbarium is an evolving collection of dried plants, fungi and algae, but it’s also a time capsule. Each specimen has a story: what is it, where and when was it collected, and by whom?

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Cataloguing biodiversity in an accurate manner

New species are being discovered every day and several undiscovered species are disappearing at a faster rate, taxonomists keep saying. Experts are painstakingly reviewing and compiling published records of new species, but still mistakes are made.


World Bee Day 2018

20 May 2018, New York, United States of America

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