Of Star Trek, Mark Twain and helmets: 15 new species of wasps with curious names

  • March 27, 2017
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    A total of fifteen new species of parasitic wasps have been described from across the Neotropical region. Apart from belonging to a peculiar group of wasps distinct with large and elongated bodies, the new insects also draw attention with the curious names they have been formally assigned with. Among them, there are species named after […]

    The first crowdfunded study in Japan: Micro X-ray observation of a fleshy brittle star

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    Not only have scientists from Japan performed the first non-destructive morphological observations on the Fleshy brittle star, Asteronyx loveni, using micro X-ray tomography, but they also published their research as the first study supported via crowdfunding in the Asian country. The team leader, Dr. Masanori Okanishi, Ibaraki University, managed to raise part of the funds […]

    The Cerberus Groundsnake is a Critically Endangered new species from Ecuador

  • March 22, 2017
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    With as many as 140 species, Atractus is the most diverse snake genus in the world, even though it can be found exclusively in Central and South America. However, these colubrid ground snakes seem largely under-researched, since there have been thirty-three species discovered in the last ten years only. As concluded by a team of […]

    New species of terrestrial crab found climbing on trees in Hong Kong

  • March 21, 2017
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    A new species of terrestrial crab has been found to climb trees on the eastern coast of Hong Kong. All specimens spotted during the survey have been collected at a height of approximately 1.5 – 1.8 m, walking on the bark of the branches at ebbing and low tides. The species is described in the […]

    With flying colors: Top entomology students honoured with wasp species named after them

  • March 13, 2017
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    The highly divergent parasitic wasps have long been causing headaches to scientists. At one point, taxonomists began using some genera as “dumping grounds for unplaced members”, simply to organise the species. Two entomologists from the University of Kentucky, USA – Drs. Michael J. Sharkey and Eric Chapman, have recently addressed one such issue by describing […]

    Portuguese moth’s mystery solved after 22 years

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    An unknown moth, collected from Portugal 22 years ago, has finally been named and placed in the tree of life thanks to the efforts of an international team of scientists. The moth was unambiguously placed in the family of geometer moths (Geometridae), commonly known as loopers or inchworms due to the characteristic looping gait of […]

    Shadow-loving insect named after Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish

  • March 6, 2017
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    Tuomas Holopainen, the multi-talented musician and founder of the symphonic metal band Nightwish, is also a full-blooded nature person. This gave conservation biologist Jukka Salmela of Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland an idea for the name of a new species he found in Finland. Discovered in eastern Lapland during an insect survey, the fungus gnat […]