Surprising exotic flies in the backyard: New gnat species from Museum Koenig’s garden

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  • April 4, 2016
  • Little did scientists Kai Heller and Björn Rulik expect to discover a new species in Germany’s Alexander Koenig Museum‘s garden upon placing a malaise trap for testing purposes. Not only did an unknown and strikingly coloured gnat get caught, but it turned out to be a species, which showed to have much more in common […]

    Zorro, the new Latin American fish species, takes off the mask to show its true identity

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  • March 8, 2016
  • Unidentified since its discovery in 2007, a large fish species from Amazonia has failed to give out enough information about itself, leaving only insufficient hints about its genus. Nevertheless, three scientists have now recovered the missing pieces to puzzle out its mysterious identity. In their study, published in the open-access journal ZooKeys, they describe the […]

    New bush tomato species is the link between botany and an Oscar-nominated Hollywood movie

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  • February 26, 2016
  • A new Australian bush tomato species, discovered by a team of researchers led by biology professor Chris Martine of Bucknell University, has been named after main character Mark Watney from the book and film The Martian. The authors, among whom is the undergraduate student Emma Frawley, have published the new species in the open-access journal […]