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 […]

    The Castaway: New monitor lizard fills top-order predator role on remote Pacific island

  • February 25, 2016
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    Separated by several hundred kilometres from its next of kin, a new species of blue-tailed monitor lizard unique to the remote Mussau Island has been described. Unknown to science until recently and formally termed the “isolated”, it is the only large-sized land-living predator and scavenger native to the island. Dubbed a “biogeographical oddity” by its […]

    Seventy-four cuckoos in the nest: A new key to all North European cuckoo wasp species

  • December 28, 2015
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    Captivating with their bright, vivid and brilliantly metallic bodies, the cuckoo wasps are also fascinating with their curious lifestyle, which has given them this common name. However, in terms of their taxonomic grouping, they have been quite problematic due to similarities between species and a wide range of variations within them. To shed light on […]