Spider eat spider: Scientists discover 18 new spider-hunting pelican spiders in Madagascar

  • January 11, 2018
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    In 1854, a curious-looking spider was found preserved in 50 million-year-old amber. With an elongated neck-like structure and long mouthparts that protruded from the “head” like an angled beak, the arachnid bore a striking resemblance to a tiny pelican. A few decades later when living pelican spiders were discovered in Madagascar, arachnologists learned that their […]

    When lemons give you life: Herpetofauna adaptation to citrus orchards in Belize

  • October 16, 2017
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    Natural habitat areas exhibit similar abundances and diversity of herpetofauna as citrus orchards and reclaimed orchard forests in Stann Creek, Belize, reports a comparative study by researchers Russell Gray and Dr. Colin Strine of Suranaree University of Technology (SUT), Thailand. The scientists utilized several drift-fence arrays equipped with double-funnel traps to monitor and compare reptile and […]

    An extraordinary cave animal found in Eastern Turkmenistan

  • September 21, 2017
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    A remote cave in Eastern Turkmenistan was found to shelter a marvelous cave-adapted inhabitant that turned out to represent a species and genus new to science. This new troglodyte is the first of its order from Central Asia and the first strictly subterranean terrestrial creature recorded in the country. Kaptarhana cave is located at the […]

    Behind Green Eyes: New species of deep-water hermit crab finds itself unusual shelters

  • July 12, 2017
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    ‘Green-eyed hermit crab’ is the common name for a new species recently discovered off the West Coast of South Africa. Apart from its magnetic stare, however, there is a number of characteristic morphological traits and an unusual home preference that all make the crustacean unique. Formally named after the University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Dr Lara […]

    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 […]

    New moth in Europe: A southern hemisphere species now resident in Portugal

  • January 25, 2017
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    As travelling in the 21st century is easier than ever, so is for species to make their way to new areas, sometimes increasing their distributional range, or even establishing whole new habitats. On the other hand, when they leave their natural predators and competitors behind, and find abundance of suitable resources somewhere else, they are […]

    Twenty-five frogs added to the amphibian fauna of Mount Oku, Cameroon

  • January 12, 2017
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      While amphibians all over the world are undergoing a continuous decline, their status in certain regions, such as Central Africa, remains unknown due to incomplete information. New paper, published by two scientists in the open access journal ZooKeys, addresses the knowledge gap by providing an updated list of already 50 amphibian species living on […]

    Hidden diversity: 3 new species of land flatworms from the Brazilian Araucaria forest

  • January 9, 2017
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    A huge invertebrate diversity is hidden on the forest floor in areas of the Araucaria moist forest, Brazil. Land flatworms constitute a numerous group among these invertebrates occurring in the Neotropical region. Flatworms are considered to be top predators within the soil ecosystem, preying on other invertebrates. The Araucaria moist forest is part of the […]