The first case of a Portuguese beetle living exclusively in groundwater

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  • January 8, 2019
  • New to science, the species was named after Pluto, the ruler of the underworld in Greek mythology A diving beetle demonstrating various adaptations to the life underground, including depigmentation and evolutionary loss of eyes, was discovered at the bottom of a clay pound in the cave Soprador do Carvalho, Portugal. The species turned out to […]

    Extraordinary treefrog discovered in the Andes of Ecuador

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  • January 3, 2019
  • A new treefrog species was discovered during a two-week expedition to a remote tabletop mountain at Cordillera del Cóndor, a largely unexplored range in the eastern Andes. “To reach the tabletop, we walked two days along a steep terrain. Then, between sweat and exhaustion, we arrived to the tabletop where we found a dwarf forest. […]

    Australian study into how seals react to boats prompts new ecotourism regulations

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  • December 20, 2018
  • Unable to differentiate between a predator and a tourist boat carrying humans curious to view a colony of seals while resting in their natural habitat, pinnipeds are quick to react defensively as soon as they sense what they perceive as a potential life threat. The closer the vessel approaches, the more likely it is for […]

    Scientists discover over 450 fossilised millipedes in 100-million-year-old amber

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  • December 19, 2018
  • Since the success of the Jurassic Park film series, it is widely known that insects from the Age of the Dinosaurs can be found exceptionally well preserved in amber, which is in fact fossilised tree resin. Especially diverse is the animal fauna preserved in Cretaceous amber from Myanmar (Burma). Over the last few years, the […]

    Eco-certified Ashtamudi short-neck clam acquires its rightful identity

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  • December 5, 2018
  • Even though the short-neck clam is the major resource and export coming from Ashtamudi Lake in Kerala, India – the first fishery to be awarded with a a Marine Stewardship Council certification for sustainability in the country, a recent study found out that the mollusc had been subject to mistaken identity. Further, this is not […]

    Undercover investigation: Socio-economic survey of pangolin hunting in Assam, India

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  • December 3, 2018
  • Original text by World Animal Protection. Photos by Neil D’Cruze. Alarming footage captured by World Animal Protection and the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at University of Oxford reveals the heart-breaking moment a pangolin is brutally killed for its body parts to be sold on the black market in Assam, north-eastern India. The footage was captured by an undercover researcher on their mobile […]

    Austrian-Danish research team discover as many as 22 new moth species from across Europe

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  • November 29, 2018
  • The last time so many previously unknown moths have been discovered at once in the best-studied continent was in 1887 Following a long-year study of the family of twirler moths, an Austrian-Danish research team discovered a startling total of 44 new species, including as many as 22 species inhabiting various regions throughout Europe. Given that […]

    Sticky and heavily armed, a tomato-relative is the new ‘star’ of the Brazilian inselbergs

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  • November 20, 2018
  • Armed with long thorns and sticky stems, newly described plant Solanum kollastrummight look like a villain by plant standards, but a closer look on this curious new species will reveal its star-like nature in the context of its ecosystem. Recently described in open access journal PhytoKeys, this newly discovered tomato relative boasts stems densely armed with prickles […]

    New promising compound against heart rhythm disorders and clogged arteries

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  • November 15, 2018
  • The pharmacological agent outperforms current drugs in most of cases, show multiple experiments A new pharmacological agent demonstrates promising results for the prevention of a wide range of heart rhythm disorders, including both cardiac and brain injury-induced arrhythmias. Furthermore, the compound (SS-68) demonstrates significant activity in conditions of reduced blood flow to the heart caused […]

    Advanced computer technology & software turn species identification interactive

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  • November 14, 2018
  • Important group of biocontrol wasps from Central Europe are used to demonstrate the perks and advantages of modern, free-to-use software Representing a group of successful biocontrol agents for various pest fruit flies, a parasitic wasp genus remains largely overlooked. While its most recent identification key dates back to 1969, many new species have been added […]