In a hole in a tunicate there lived a hobbit: New shrimp species named after Bilbo Baggins

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  • June 7, 2018
  • Two new species of tiny symbiotic shrimps are described, illustrated and named by biology student at Leiden University Werner de Gier as part of his bachelor’s research project, supervised by Dr. Charles H. J. M. Fransen, shrimp researcher of Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Leiden, the Netherlands). Inspired by the extremely hairy feet of one of the species, the authors […]

    Origins of an enigmatic genus of Asian butterflies carrying mythological names decoded

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  • April 18, 2017
  • A group of rare Asian butterflies which have once inspired an association with Hindu mythological creatures have been quite a chaos for the experts. In fact, their systematics turned out so confusing that in order to decode their taxonomic placement, scientists had to dig up their roots some 43 million years back. Now, having shed […]

    New species of Brazilian copepod suggests ancient species diversification and distribution

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  • March 20, 2017
  • A new species of groundwater copepod has been discovered in the rocky savannas of Brazil – an ecosystem suffering from heavy anthropogenic impact. Upon description, the tiny crustacean turned out to also represent a previously unknown genus. It is described by Dr. Paulo H. C. Corgosinho, Montes Claros State University, Brazil, and his team in […]

    New Chinese leaf-roller weevil does not know how to roll leaves

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  • July 5, 2016
  • A long-term project on insect-seed interactions, currently being carried out by researchers of the Institute of Zoology (Chinese Academy of Sciences) in a subtropical forest near Dujiangyan City, Sichuan, China, revealed the presence of larvae of an unknown weevil species eating the seeds in the pods of a shrubby legume. Scientists from the Institute of Zoology, […]

    Critically Endangered and ancient Himalayan wolf needs global conservation attention

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  • April 25, 2016
  • Although the Himalayan wolf is visibly distinct from its European cousin, its current distribution has mostly been a matter of assumption, rather than evident truth. The most ancient wolf lineage, known to science, has been listed as Critically Endangered in the National Red List. Now, an international research team, led by Madhu Chetri, graduate student […]

    Tracing the ancestry of dung beetles

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  • One of the largest and most important groups of dung beetles in the world evolved from a single common ancestor and relationships among the various lineages are now known, according to new research by an entomologist from Western Kentucky University. The study by Dr T. Keith Philips, recently published in the open access journal ZooKeys, […]