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Scientists discovered 20 new gnat species in Brazil

Due to the heterogenity of natural habitats and its dimension, Brazil is thought to hold 15 - 20% of the biodiversity on planet Earth....

Beetle named after Isabella Rossellini for her series about animals

A new species of beetle with remarkably long genitalia that hint at a curious evolutionary "sexual arms race" has been described from Malaysian Borneo. The...

University researchers discover new species of venomous snake

Researchers at Swansea University's College of Science are part of an international team that has discovered a new species of venomous snake in Australia. The Vermicella...

Australia has a new venomous snake — And it may already be threatened

The ink has not yet dried on a scientific paper describing a new species of snake, yet the reptile may already be in danger...

New wasp species with a giant stinger discovered in Amazonia

Researchers from the University of Turku, Finland have discovered a new wasp species in the Amazon which has an exceptionally large stinger that surprised...

New grass species makes a strong case for conservation

Originally collected 28 years ago in Ecuador, new species Poa laegaardiana has been just described, only to find out its prospects for surviving in its type...

New wasps named after Crocodile Dundee and Toblerone

A total of 17 new genera and 29 new species of parasitoid wasps were identified following a study into the material deposited at major...

What is a species?

Nature is replete with examples of identifiable populations known from different continents, mountain ranges, islands or lowland regions. While, traditionally, many of these have...

New shrew species discovered on ‘sky island’ in Philippines

The Philippines teems with biodiversity: 657 bird species roam and fly throughout the country's 7,641 islands, and over 2,000 fish species swim in the...

A new water beetle and it is named after Leonardo DiCaprio

New animal species are sometimes named after celebrities because of their trademark looks. That's how we got the blonde-haired Donald Trump moth and the big-armed Arnold Schwarzenegger...

There are more mammal species than we thought

A recent study published in the Journal of Mammalogy, at Oxford University Press, highlights that over 1000 new species of mammals have been described globally...

New fly species named after Arnold Schwarzenegger

New species can be named for all types of attributes, but Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County entomologist Brian Brown knew exactly what name to give a...

New species of marine spider emerges at low tide

It was 02:00h on 11 January 2009 when the sea along the coastline of Australia's "Sunshine State" of Queensland receded to such an extent...