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Old January 26th, 2015 #261
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Translucent Fish Found Alive Deep Under Antarctic Ice

There's something fishy going on here


Think of it as finding a very cool Nemo. Scientists announced yesterday that after drilling through 2,428 feet of ice they made a lively discovery—deep under all that ice were many different fish and marine invertebrates, alive and well.

Scientific American's Douglas Fox writes that the discovery came on January 15, eight days after the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) team finished drilling a hole through the ice. The goal of the WISSARD Project was to get a closer look at the Antarctic grounding zone, the location where the land meets up with the massive layers of ice above, and the sea.

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Old March 1st, 2015 #262
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Two new, super cute species of peacock spider discovered in Queensland (video)

Spiders terrify most people, but two new species discovered in Queensland have many intrigued by their peculiar colours and shape.

Meet the peacock spider, two new species of which have recently been documented as being discovered in Queensland.

Maratus jactatu and maratus sceletus were found in the Wandul Range National Park, about 120km west of Toowoomba, by Madeline Girard, of the University of California, and a friend.

The pair have nicknamed the intriguing arachnids "Sparklemuffin" and "Skeletorus", because let's face it, Latin is a bit stodgy when it comes to describing creatures as fab as these cute little fellas.

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Old March 25th, 2015 #263
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A new paper to be published in the journal Zootaxa (April 6, 2015) describes 30 new insect species in a single genus, Megaselia, of the fly family Phoridae. Describing 30 species in a single paper is rare, but what's especially striking is that all these come from urban Los Angeles.

[30 new species of flies found in mexican area, hmm]

http://phys.org/news/2015-03-species...nsive.html#jCp

 
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New species of shape-shifting frog discovered in Ecuadorian Andes



A new species of frog has been discovered that possesses a unique, shape-shifting ability never seen before in an amphibian.

Case Western Reserve University reports that the frog can change its skin texture in a matter of minutes, appearing to mimic the texture it is sitting on - a move designed to allow them to blend in with its surrounding to hide from predators, say researchers.

The frogs were discovered by wife and husband Katherine and Tim Krynak - the former a PhD student and the latter a projects manager from the university - when they were on a visit to a nature reserve called Reserva Las Gralarias in north-central Ecuador’s Andean cloud forest.

Katherine Krynak describes how she scooped up the frog - which then had little spines earning it the nickname “punk rocker” - on a nightly search for wildlife in 2009, and kept it in a cup with a lid. When she opened the cup the next day, she thought she had picked up a different, smooth skinned frog.
 
Old March 25th, 2015 #265
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UMaine-Farmington faculty member discovers new species of marine creature



Nancy Prentiss, a University of Maine at Farmington faculty member and researcher, recently discovered a new genus and species of marine creature.

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

FARMINGTON, Maine — Nancy Prentiss, a faculty member at the University of Maine-Farmington, recently hit the jackpot in biological research, according to a statement from the school.

Prentiss, who spends much of her off-campus time in St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, recently discovered a new genus and species of marine creature, according to the statement.

The work started in the summer of 2010 while Prentiss was snorkeling in St. John’s when she turned over the last of hundreds of rocks that day, and discovered the underside of one of them was covered with coiled calcium carbonate tubes that each protected a brilliant red-and-white-colored polychaete or marine worm.

Prentiss’ team worked with experts from Greece and the Netherlands to properly describe and identify the specimen and presented her preliminary findings at an international conference in Australia.

DNA gene sequences were subsequently obtained, and scanned images of the worms determined that it was indeed a new genus and species of polychaete.

The newly discovered worm, Turbocavus secruts, is named after the location — Hurricane Hole — in which Prentiss discovered it.

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/03/2...rine-creature/
 
Old March 25th, 2015 #266
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Do you have a pet VAMPIRE crab? Researchers find two creepy crustaceans sold as pets are actually new species

- Geosesarma dennerle and Geosesarma hagen are popularly sold as pets
- German researchers say they are both new species and come from Java
- Traced crustaceans' origins by talking to dealers of the colourful crabs
- Experts think more new species of Vampire crabs are still to be discovered





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Greedo Fish Is A New Species Of Catfish; And Yes, It's Been Named After A 'Star Wars' Character

Meet Peckoltia greedoi, a newly-named species of suckermouth armored catfish. And if its name calls to mind a character from a galaxy far, far away -- well, that's the point.

The fish was named for Greedo, the bounty hunter killed by Han Solo in "Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope."

Jonathan Armbruster, biological sciences professor and curator of fishes for the Auburn University Museum of Natural History, said he was trying to name the fish when his colleague, arachnologist Chris Hamilton, said it looked a little familiar.

"Chris looked at the specimen and said 'that looks like that guy from Star Wars,'" Armbruster said in a university news release. "After a little prodding, I realized he was talking about Greedo. We then knew what the name had to be. The Peckoltia greedoi does bear a striking resemblance to Greedo."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/0...n_6899678.html

 
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Callicebus miltoni: New Species of Titi Monkey Discovered in Brazil
Mar 9, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A team of scientists led by Dr Julio César Dalponte of the Institute for the Conservation of Neotropical Carnivores in Atibaia has described a new species of titi monkey (genus Callicebus) from Brazil.



Titi monkeys, or the titis, represent one of the most diverse Neotropical primate groups, with 32 species currently recognized.

These tree-dwelling monkeys are small – between 9 and 18 inches (23-46 cm) tall, but are striking due to their coloration.

They are primarily fruit eaters, have long, soft fur and live in small family groups consisting of a monogamous pair and their offspring.

These monkeys prefer dense forests near water and easily jump from branch to branch, earning them their German name, jumping monkey. They sleep at night, but also take a midday nap.

In 2011, Dr Dalponte and his colleagues from the Institute for the Sustainable Development of Mamirauá (ISDM) and the Emilio Goeldi Museum spotted an unusual looking titi monkey on the east bank of the Roosevelt River, whose coloration did not match any known species.



http://www.sci-news.com/biology/scie...zil-02574.html
 
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New species discovered in Gippsland wildlife survey

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By Zoe Ferguson Scientists from Museum Victoria have concluded their wildlife survey and public walks in the Gippsland Lakes region, having recorded hundreds of species, some for the first time.


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Three New Millipede Species Discovered in Australia



A tiny new millipede — just one centimeter long — has been found which is only known to occur within the city of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

It was discovered in a city park by two local naturalists, Wade and Lisa Clarkson. Working with millipede specialist Dr. Bob Mesibov of Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, the Clarksons carefully mapped the range of the new species over several years.

To their surprise, the millipede was easy to find in eucalypt woodland in city parks and reserves, but was apparently absent from eucalypt woodland just outside the city, or further afield. The known range of the new species is less than 12 square kilometres.

http://entomologytoday.org/2015/03/2...-in-australia/
 
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New monkey species revealed thanks to distinctive penis

http://www.newscientist.com/article/...l#.VTGN3NiKDIU


Macaca leucogenys: New Species of Macaque Discovered in Tibet

http://www.sci-news.com/biology/scie...bet-02705.html
 
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A team of U.S. scientists involved a project backed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has conducted groundbreaking exploration of the ocean floor off the coast of Puerto Rico and discovered previously unknown marine creatures.

Using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) with a camera attached in a total of 12 dives, the team was able to explore the ocean floor to depths up to 20,000 feet, deeper than if they had used human divers.

According to Quartz, the scientists conducted three separate expeditions in NOAA’s Okeanos, exploring the deep-sea environment off the coast of Puerto Rico over a total of 52 days.

The first two expeditions focused on mapping and gathering relevant data about the uncharted terrain of the ocean floor, while the third expedition, conducted in April, focused on studies of the deep-sea ecosystem and life-forms.














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New species of tortoise found on Galapagos island


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There are few species that symbolize the Galapagos archipelago more than the giant tortoises found there.

By some accounts, they were so numerous when Spanish explorers arrived that they named the island chain after them and they helped inspire Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.

Scientists in the coming decades would name 15 species - four of them now extinct. But there was thought to be only one species, Chelonoidis porteri, on the island of Santa Cruz – until now.

Thanks to DNA testing from tortoise bones that were almost a century old and found in museums in Wisconsin, the United Kingdom and Galapagos, an international team writing in the journal PLOS One

this week has identified a second species on the island.

They concluded that a few hundred giant tortoises living on the eastern side of Santa Cruz are distinct from a second, larger population living less than 6.2 miles away on the western side.

The new species, C. donfaustoi, is named after a retiring park ranger who spent decades protecting the tortoises.
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Tuneful song reveals new species of Himalayan thrush


Scientists have described a new species of bird in northern India and China, called the Himalayan forest thrush.

During fieldwork in the mountains, researchers noticed that thrushes in the forests sang much more musically than those on the rocky peaks.

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New 'Johnny Cash' Tarantula Discovered with 14 Other Spider Species


Scientists have discovered a new tarantula and have officially named it after Johnny Cash. The new tarantula is among the 14 spider species recently discovered in the United States.

"We often hear about new species are being discovered from remote corners of the Earth, but what is remarkable is that these spiders are in our own backyard," said Chris Hamilton, lead author of the new study, in a news release.

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Scripps-led team discovers 4 new deep-sea worm species

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A pink flatworm-like animal known by a single species found in waters off Sweden has puzzled biologists for nearly six decades. New discoveries half a world away by a team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the Western Australian Museum, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have helped properly identify these elusive creatures through genetic analysis.

In the Feb. 4 issue of the journal Nature, the researchers describe four newly discovered species living near deep-sea cold seeps, hydrothermal vents, and whale carcasses off the coasts of California and Mexico. The new discoveries have allowed the scientists to finally stabilize the placement of the five species, all in the genus Xenoturbella, on the animal tree of life.

The 10-centimeter (4-inch) long Xenoturbella churro, named for its resemblance to the popular fried-dough pastry, is one of four species recently discovered that lie near the base of the evolutionary tree of animals. It was found in a 1,700-meter (5,577-foot)-deep cold seep in the Gulf of California.

"The findings have implications for how we understand animal evolution," said Scripps marine biologist Greg Rouse, the lead author of the study. "By placing Xenoturbella properly in the tree of life we can better understand early animal evolution."

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Newly-discovered spider named Brian rides waves to hunt prey


The World Science Festival kicked off in Brisbane Wednesday with a uniquely Australian touch. Sitting centre stage at the opening was "Brian," a young male spider from a newly discovered species, the dolomedes briangreenei.

The species was named in honour of renowned string theorist and World Science Festival cofounder, Professor Brian Greene.

The dolomedes briangreenei is endemic to fresh water streams around Brisbane and uses vibrations — or waves — on the surface of the water to hunt its prey.

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New butterfly species discovered in Alaska


This beautiful butterfly species was just discovered in Alaska by entomologist Dr. Andrew Warren. The “Lord of the Butterflies," as he's known by admirers, may have found not just the first species discovered in the state in the last 28 years, but also the state's only endemic butterfly.

Warren came across the specimen when going through the butterfly collection of the Florida Museum of Natural History. He found this butterfly labeled as the Chryxus Arctic butterfly, but noticed some aspects of its appearance that didn’t quite fit with that species.

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Scientists Who Clearly Love ‘Star Wars’ Name Beetle After Chewbacca


A newly discovered weevil beetle has been named after the 7-foot-6-inch Wookiee Chewbacca, according to a paper published Tuesday in the journal ZooKeys.

The Trigonopterus chewbacca was one of four new weevils identified in Papua New Guinea during a 10-day research expedition, according to the paper. For better or worse, the other weevils are not named after famous movie sidekicks.

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