The Western Ghats of India revealed two new primitive species of earthworm

  • August 18, 2017
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    The Western Ghats mountains lie at the southwestern continental margin of Peninsular India and extend all the way from Gujarat to Kerala. The massif has earned its place amongst the eight ‘hottest’ biodiversity hotspots in the world. There is a great variety of vegetation types which, coupled with the high rainfall and the moderate yearly […]

    New proposal for a subspecies definition triggered by a new longhorn beetle subspecies

  • August 17, 2017
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    The discovery of a new subspecies of longhorn beetle from Scandinavia triggered a discussion on the vague organism classification rank ‘subspecies’. As a result, a newly proposed definition of subspecies has been published along with the description of the taxon in the open access journal ZooKeys by the research team of Henrik Wallin and Johannes Bergsten from […]

    Two new beetle genera and 4 new species from the Australopacific in a new monograph

  • August 15, 2017
  • Iridoprinus myrmecophilus blog

    An outstanding monograph of the Australopacific Region’s saprinine hister beetles supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Amid his ongoing revisionary work on a number of hister beetle genera, the Slovakian-born naturalised Dutch entomologist and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation researcher, Dr. Tomáš Lackner, Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, together with fellow entomologist Dr. Richard Leschen, Landcare Research, discovered two […]

    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 […]

    The ‘Star dust’ wasp is a new extinct species named after David Bowie’s alter ego

  • June 22, 2017
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    During her study on fossil insects of the order Hymenoptera at China’s Capitol Normal University, student Longfeng Li visited the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, carrying two unidentified wasp specimens that were exceptionally well-preserved in Burmese amber. This type of fossilized tree resin is known for the quality of the fossil specimens which […]

    New species of frog from the Neotropics carries its heart on its skin

  • May 29, 2017
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    In the Neotropics, there is a whole group of so-called glassfrogs that amaze with their transparent skin covering their bellies and showing their organs underneath. A recently discovered new species from Amazonian Ecuador, however, goes a step further to fully expose its heart thanks to the transparent skin stretching all over its chest as well […]

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

  • May 23, 2017
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    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, […]

    New butterfly species discovered in Israel for the first time in 109 years

  • May 9, 2017
  • Hermon fritillary BLOG

    Vladimir Lukhtanov, entomologist and evolutionary biologist at the Zoological Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, made a startling discovery: what people had thought was a population of a common species, turned out to be a whole new organism and, moreover – one with an interesting evolutionary history. This new species is named Acentria’s fritillary (Melitaea acentria) […]

    The Radiohead ant: A new species of ‘silky’ ant grows fungus gardens for food

  • April 24, 2017
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    The ants of the genus Sericomyrmex – literally translated as ‘silky ants’ – belong to the fungus-farming ants, a group of ants that have figured out how to farm their own food. The silky ants are the less well-known relatives of the famous leaf-cutter ants – well-studied, photogenic model organisms that you simply cannot avoid […]