Tiny thorn snail discovered in Panama’s backyard

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  • November 6, 2018
  • Discoveries of biodiversity at the Lilliputian scale are more tedious than it is for larger animals like elephants, for example. Furthermore, an analysis producing a DNA barcode – a taxonomic method using a short snippet of an organism’s DNA – is not enough to adequately identify it to the species level. In the case of […]

    New ‘scaly’ snails species group following striking discoveries from Malaysian Borneo

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  • July 10, 2018
  • Six new species of unique land snails whose shells are covered with what look like scales have been described from the biodiversity hotspot of Malaysian Borneo by scientists Mohd Zacaery Khalik, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kasper Hendriks, University of Groningen, Jaap Vermeulen, JK Art & Science, and Prof Menno Schilthuizen, Naturalis Biodiversity Center. Their paper is published in the open access journal ZooKeys. […]

    DNA study in the Pacific reveals 2000% increase in our knowledge of mollusc biodiversity

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  • October 10, 2017
  • Scientists working in the new frontier for deep-sea mining have revealed a remarkable 2000% increase in our knowledge of the biodiversity of seafloor molluscs. Tweny-one species, where only one was previously known, are reported as a result of the research which applied the latest DNA-taxonomy methodology to mollusc specimens collected from the central Pacific Clarion […]

    Three new mini thorn snails described from Georgia (USA), Belize and Panama

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  • May 23, 2017
  • Although computer tomography (CT) is widely used in medicine, its application in micro snail identification is still at the pioneering stage. However, Dr Adrienne Jochum from the Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde Bern (NMBE), Switzerland and her interdisciplinary team of German and Swiss scientists (Dr. Alexander M. Weigand, University of Duisburg-Essen, Estee Bochud and Thomas Inäbnit, […]

    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 […]

    New species of pea-size crab parasitizing a date mussel has a name of a Roman god

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  • October 24, 2016
  • Tiny crabs, the size of a pea, dwell inside the mantles of various bivalves, living off the food filtered by their hosts. A new species of these curious crustaceans has recently been reported from the Solomon Islands, where an individual was found to parasitise a large date mussel. Because of the new pea crab’s characteristic […]

    Brushing off the dust: New snail species found lying in a museum since the 19th century

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  • August 11, 2015
  • Having been collected back in the 19th century during an expedition in South America, a rather small snail species has been sitting around on the shelves of Madrid’s National Museum of Natural Sciences ever since. Covered in more than a century-old dust, it was described as new only recently when an obscure specimen placed in […]