New Species Focus - June 2015

Tuesday, 2 June, 2015
New Species Focus June 15

At the very heart of taxonomy lies the discovery of new species, their naming and description. Because of the ongoing biodiversity loss our planet is experiencing, we are probably loosing more unknown species everyday than we can discover. This is why taxonomy matters! 

Every month CETAF will gather here all the news of newly discovered species:

 

We start with 2 new species of sea stars which have actually been found to also be related and part of a new family (one of the first new families to be described since 2002) of sea stars: http://nmnh.typepad.com/100years/2015/04/the-first-sea-stars-known-from-...

Then, we have Tettigonia Balcanica, a new species of orthoptera from the Balkan Peninsula: http://entomologia.pagepress.org/index.php/entomologia/article/view/209 (and watch a video of the orthoptera here: http://freyja.ecolab.bas.bg/~geri/WEBSITE/Tettigonia_balcanica_video.mp4)

The Belgian Royal Museum for Central Africa presents a new millipede found in the Democratic Republic of Congo: http://www.africamuseum.be/about-us/news/new-millipede19feb15

Researchers at Naturalis Biodiversity Center discovered a new gall crab species living on the coral reefs of Indonesia and Malaysia: http://www.naturalis.nl/en/news/onderzoek/new-crab-species-discovered-in...

Gall crab - Naturalis

And here is a new bird species discovered and named in China after first being spotted two decades before that: http://www.theguardian.com/science/grrlscientist/2015/may/01/new-bird-sp...

A new species of frog discovered in Costa Rica with translucent skin making it possible to see its internal organs: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-04/20/glass-frog-discovered-org...

Academic from the University of Florence discovered a new mineral, the second quasicrystal existing in nature. Its chemical composition was previously thought impossible in nature: http://www.unifi.it/not-4986-from-the-space-a-new-natural-quasicrystal.h...

Three new species of woodlizards, relatively large lizards resembling mini-dragons, were found in the Andean cloud-forests of Peru and Ecuador: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/04/08/new...

A team of Chilean and Argentinian scientists report a new species of dinosaur that should be related to the T-Rex, but... vegetarian: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/150427-theropod-dinosaur-vege...

Paleontologists in South America have unearthed the skeleton of a new  "terror bird" species:http://news.sciencemag.org/paleontology/2015/04/new-species-terror-bird-...

A piece of Eocene Baltic Amber of about 45 million years age contains a well preserved extinct flat bug, which turned out to be a new species: http://www.geologypage.com/2014/06/new-species-from-past.html#ixzz3ZHAMNdwP

A new plant species found in the mountains of Vietnam: http://phytokeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?journal_name=phytokeys&id=4427

A new species of marine wormhttp://phys.org/news/2015-05-species-marine-worm-antarctica-deception.html

The European Journal of taxonomy publishes the description of 31 new species of Afrotropical Pristomerushttp://www.europeanjournaloftaxonomy.eu/index.php/ejt/issue/current

Scientists have discovered a new species of titi monkeys in Brazil: http://www.birdlife.org/americas/news/new-monkey-species-discovered-amaz...

This next article from the WWF relates the discovery of 139 new species in the Greater Mekong region in 2014 (including 90 plants, 23 reptiles, 16 amphibians, nine fish, and one mammal): http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/where_we_work/greatermekong/discovering_...

And last but not least, every year, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (US) gathers together a panel of scientists from the world of taxonomy and natural history museums to vote their Top 10 of the previous year's newly found species. Here is this year's selection: http://www.esf.edu/top10/

 

We'll be back next month!

 

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