Species new to science named after a ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ character

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  • February 15, 2017
  • Focused on terrestrial gastropods, more commonly known as land snails, a joint team of biologists from the Natural History Museum of Stuttgart, Germany and the Zoology Museum of São Paulo, Brazil, have been researching the Brazilian caves. In their latest paper, published in the journal Zoosystematics and Evolution, the scientists describe the fauna from several […]

    Smeagol found underground in Brazil: New eyeless and highly modified harvestman species

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  • November 19, 2015
  • Called after Tolkien’s character from the “Lord of the Rings” series, a new eyeless harvestman species was found to crawl in a humid cave in southeastern Brazil. Never getting out of its subterranean home, the new daddy longlegs species is the most highly modified representative among its close relatives and only the second one with […]

    Long-snouted Amazonian catfishes including three new species to form a new genus

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  • November 16, 2015
  • Being close relatives within the same genus, eight catfishes showed enough external differences, such as characteristic elongated mouths, hinting to their separate origin. Following a thorough morphological as well as molecular analysis, a team of researchers suggested that five previously known species along with three new ones, which they have found during their survey, need […]

    Predator from a tank: New water mite genus from bromeliad phytotelmata

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  • August 6, 2015
  • An extensive sampling effort in bromeliad aquatic fauna in Brazilian subtropical area of the Atlantic rainforest, revealed a new water mite genus and a new species in the Atlantic rainforests in São Paulo, Brazil. This research is published in the open-access journal ZooKeys. The scientist chose to name the new genusBromeliacarus after its host and […]