New ‘big-armed fly’ species named after former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

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  • January 24, 2018
  • New species can be named for all types of attributes, but Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County entomologist Brian Brown knew exactly what name to give a bizarre new fly species he discovered in the Brazilian Amazon. “As soon as I saw those bulging legs, I knew I had to name this one after Arnold,” says Brown. “Not […]

    The tip of an iceberg: Four new fungus gnat species from the Scandinavian north

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  • January 21, 2016
  • One may think that the extreme north of Europe is low in insect life, except for the notorious blood-sucking flies. However, while it is a generally accepted truth that both plant and animal species’ count is higher the closer one gets to the Equator, some insects display anomalous diversity gradient. Such is the case for […]

    Novel cybercatalog of flower-loving flies suggests the digital future of taxonomy

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  • October 8, 2015
  • Charting Earth’s biodiversity is the goal of taxonomy and to do so the scientists need to create an extensive citation network based on several hundred million pages of scientific literature. By providing a novel taxonomic ‘cybercatalog’ of southern African flower-loving (apiocerid) flies, Drs. Torsten Dikow and Donat Agosti demonstrate how the network of taxonomic knowledge […]

    One new fly species, zero dead bodies: First insect description solely from photographs

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  • October 7, 2015
  • The importance of collecting dead specimens or not when verifying a new species has been a hot ongoing discussion for quite a while now. Amid voiced opinions ranging from specimen collection being “no longer required” to relying on anything but physical evidence being defined as mere “malpractice,” science is now witnessing the first description of […]