Crab from the Chinese pet market turns out to be a new species of a new genus

  • September 8, 2016
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    Shimmering carapaces and rattling claws make colourful freshwater crabs attractive to pet keepers. To answer the demand, fishermen are busy collecting and trading with the crustaceans, often not knowing what exactly they have handed over to their client. Luckily for science and nature alike, however, such ‘stock’ sometimes ends up in the hands of scientists, […]

    New species of butterflyfish in the deep reefs of now Earth’s largest protected area Papahānaumokuākea

  • September 7, 2016
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    In the midst of the ongoing IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, scientists from Bishop Museum and NOAA published a description of a new species of butterflyfish from deep reefs of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, which was recently expanded by President Barack Obama to become world’s largest protected area. […]

    Species conservation profile of a critically endangered endemic for the Azores spider

  • September 1, 2016
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    Subject to continuing population decline due to a number of factors, an exclusively cave-dwelling (troglobitic) spider endemic to the Azores is considered as Critically Endangered according to the IUCN Red List criteria. To provide a fast output, potentially benefiting the arachnid’s survival, scientists from the IUCN – Spider and Scorpion Specialist Group and the Azorean […]

    Trapped in a nuclear weapon bunker wood ants survive for years in Poland

  • August 30, 2016
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    Having built their nest over the vertical ventilation pipe of an old nuclear weapon bunker in Poland, every year a large number of wood ants fall down the pipe to never return back to their colony. Curiously, although trapped in extremely severe conditions underground, the ants have already upped their numbers to these of big, […]

    Aztec treasure unearthed: New earth snake species discovered in Mexico

  • August 12, 2016
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    A new gem has been added to the vast treasure of Mexican reptiles. Mexican scientists recently described a new and strikingly colored species of earth snake from the mountains of Puebla and Veracruz in east-central Mexico. These burrowing reptiles are seldom encountered and, consequently, have been poorly studied. Furthermore, several species have restricted distribution, making […]

    Unusual new zoantharian species is the first described solitary species in over 100 years

  • July 25, 2016
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    A very unusual new species of zoantharian surprised Drs Takuma Fujii and James Davis Reimer, affiliated with Kagoshima University and University of the Ryukyus. The scientists stumbled upon a solitary individual polyp while conducting SCUBA surveys around the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. They noticed that the creatures were buried almost completely in the soft sediment […]