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Beautiful purple orb found on sea floor stumps scientists

"Have a look at that dark purple blob on the left, there." With these words, scientists aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus may have begun a new chapter in the discovery of unknown species while exploring the ocean's floor off the coast of California.

NOAA finds a ghostly octopus deep in the ocean — Meet 'Casper'

While exploring the deep ocean off the coast of Hawaii in late February, NOAA scientists, using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) discovered what they believe is a new species of octopus, and it is really cute.

Newly discovered species being targeted by poachers

Poachers are targeting newly discovered species of value by reviewing reported findings made to scientific journals. In response, many journals are removing location details from papers.

Snap! Is a photograph sufficient to prove a new species?

It is long established in biology that to prove there is a new species someone needs to capture, dissect it and categorize it. Photographs have long been regarded as inadmissible. Until now.

New species of dinosaur discovered in Alaska

According to a new report that was published on Tuesday, researchers have unearthed a new species of plant-eating dinosaur.

From saki monkeys to shrimps, new species revealed

During 2014 a range of interesting microbes, plants, and animals were discovered. Digital Journal reviews some of the most interesting discoveries.

Australian Humpback dolphin ventures on land to eat

Only a few months ago was it revealed that the Australian humpback dolphin was now listed as a new species. Scientists have been studying these creatures for years, but it is just recently that they have found out just how truly unique they really are.

Photo essay: Top 10 new species for 2014

An appealing carnivorous mammal, a 12-meter-tall tree that has been hiding in plain sight and a sea anemone that lives under an Antarctic glacier are among the species identified as the most interesting "new finds" discovered last year.

This new praying mantis is a 'preying' mantis

The praying mantis gets its name from the way its large front legs are bent, making the insect look like it is praying. The larger group to which the mantis belongs is called "praying mantids." Regardless of what we call them, they are formidable hunters.

14 new ‘dancing frog’ species found in India’s Western Ghats

Scientists from the University of Delhi have discovered 14 new species of ‘dancing frogs’ in the Western Ghats mountain range in southern India. The study listing the species was published in the Ceylon Journal of Science.

Female sports penis in sex-reversed newly discovered species

Lavras - Researchers have discovered little-known cave insects in Brazil with odd sexual habits. The troglodyte species has sex-reversed genitalia, the female sporting an elaborate spiked penis that penetrates an opening like a vagina in her male consort.

The Antarctic's upside-down anemones puzzle scientists

The colorful sea anemone is named for the terrestrial flower of the same name. An invertebrate, they are a close relative of coral and jellyfish. More than 1,000 species are found throughout the world's oceans, though mainly in tropical waters.

New species of wasp discovered by Canadian scientists

Canadian researchers have found 16 new species of wasps from the Nearctic region. So far, seven of the species have been cataloged and described.

Scientists discover new tigrina wild cat species in Brazil

During a study of three wild cat species descendant from the genus Leopardus living in Central and South America, scientists accidentally found that the northeastern and southeastern Tigrinas are different species – not different populations.

New snail species discovered in Croatia

A new species of a cave-dwelling snail with a semi-transparent shell has been discovered in the Lukina Jama-Trojama cave system.

Australian researchers discover new species of 'walking' shark

Australian researchers have discovered a new shark species that uses its fins to "walk" across stony reef heads and the sandy bottoms of oceans in Indonesia.

New species of shrew discovered

A new species of shrew, dubbed Thor’s hero shrew, has been discovered. The shrew has an unusually thick spine with interlocking vertebrae.

New type of killer whale discovered

Scientists have categorized a new type of killer whale, seen in the wild for the first time. A clue about the mammal was traced back to a skeleton found in 1955.

New dinosaur species discovered

A new species of dinosaur called the "lonely small bandit" has been discovered in Madagascar. This is the first new species discovered in almost a decade.

'Lost world' of eight new species discovered near Loch Ness

Biodiversity studies carried out on a charitable foundation’s ancient woodlands west of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands have unearthed a wide range of rare and endangered species, some previously unknown.

Ancient Antarctic microbes suggest life but not as we know it

In a study released last week, scientists attached to Nevada’s Desert Research Institute (DRI) revealed the existence of bacteria in one of Earth’s most alien habitats, 20 metres below a frozen lake in Antarctica.

New species of fern named after Lady Gaga

In-tune with the latest pop music trends? Maybe, but scientists have named a newly discovered species of fern after the pop singer Lady Gaga.

Newly discovered spider named after Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough, the distinguished naturalist and wildlife documentary film maker, has received the honor of having a newly discovered species named after him: an Australian spider.

New frog species spotted in New York City

New York - A new and unusual species of frog has been found in New York. Scientists have undertaken genetic tests and have confirmed that it is a new species. Due to their scarcity there have been calls for the frogs to be protected by a conservation order.

New species of shark discovered

San Francisco - A new shark species has been discovered in the waters of the Galapagos Islands. The shark is quite small and is probably related to the dogfish family.

Scientists discover new mammal species in Madagascar marshes

A new carnivore species has been discovered in the marshes of the Lac Alaotra wetlands in central eastern Madagascar. The small, cat-sized, speckled brown mammal has been named Durrell’s vontsira (Salanoia durrelli) by scientists.

Student finds new species of bee in downtown Toronto

Toronto - Researcher Jason Gibbs collected a bee from a garden while walking up Brunswick Avenue to the Spadina subway station on his way to York University in the fall of 2006; it turned out to be a new species.

New giant rat species discovered

In Papua New Guinea, scientists have discovered a new species of giant rats in a giant remote rainforest in the country and labelled as the Bosavi Woolly Rat

Flying Frogs: A New Discovery of Species Has Unique Mating Ways

From time to time scientists find new species on the planet. Now they have found a flying frog. The delightful creature is the talk of the Internet right now, so there has to be something significant here. Let’s check it out.

Tiny seahorse among 10 newly discovered species

According to a committee of international scientists, ten new species have been discovered, including a pea-sized seahorse, a ghost worm and the world’s smallest snake (4.1 inches).
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Figure 1. Leopard frog distributions in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic US. Left: currently recognize...
Figure 1. Leopard frog distributions in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic US. Left: currently recognized IUCN (2012) range maps for R. pipiens (green) and R. sphenocephala (red). Right: newly interpreted distributions for all three leopard frog species including R. kauffeldi.
Jeremy Feinberg et.al.
The previously known second member of the Cryptomaster genus  C. leviathan.
The previously known second member of the Cryptomaster genus, C. leviathan.
Dr. James Starrett
Discovered by  Alexandre Teynié  Patrick David  Anne Lottier  Minh Duc Le  Nicolas Vidal and Nguyen...
Discovered by Alexandre Teynié, Patrick David, Anne Lottier, Minh Duc Le, Nicolas Vidal and Nguyen Quang Truong, the rainbow-headed snake is a new species and the only member of its genus.
WWF
Electrophorus tree of life and time of species diversification. Time-calibrated genealogy of Electro...
Electrophorus tree of life and time of species diversification. Time-calibrated genealogy of Electrophorus based on a maximum clade credibility (MCC) species tree derived from *BEAST2.4 analyses of 10 genes (colored lines) and 94 specimens of Electrophorus (relaxed molecular clock and uncorrelated lognormal model implemented). Purple bars represent 95% highest posterior density distributions for the estimated divergence time of each major node.
de Santana et.al.
The new frog discovered by Rutgers researchers and a team of others living along the I-95 corridor f...
The new frog discovered by Rutgers researchers and a team of others living along the I-95 corridor from Connecticut to North Carolina will be named after the ecologist who first noticed it more than a half century ago.
Jeremy Feinberg et.al.
Recent discovery by  Nobuyuki Tanaka  Takashi Sugawara  Mu Mu Aung & Jin Murata  the Purple Mouse-Ea...
Recent discovery by Nobuyuki Tanaka, Takashi Sugawara, Mu Mu Aung & Jin Murata, the Purple Mouse-Eared Flower was last seen by British botanist and explorer Frank Kingdon-Ward in 1956.
WWF
Colouration pattern during developmental stages of most S. morsitans populations in mainland Southea...
Colouration pattern during developmental stages of most S. morsitans populations in mainland Southeast Asia: B Adult stage (Colour morph 1).
ZooKeys
Meet Scolopendra cataracta  a new species of centipede that hunts in the water  a first for the grou...
Meet Scolopendra cataracta, a new species of centipede that hunts in the water, a first for the group.
WARUT SIRIWUT
The newly discovered Brazilian insect species neotrogla aurora has its sexual genitalia reversed bet...
The newly discovered Brazilian insect species neotrogla aurora has its sexual genitalia reversed between male and female. This image shows the female's spiky penis.
Permission Current Biology, Yoshizawa et al.
Isn t he cute?
Isn't he cute?
Jürgen Otto
A Male C. leviathan  B Holotype male C. behemoth
C Female C. leviathan  D Allotype female C. behemot...
A Male C. leviathan, B Holotype male C. behemoth C Female C. leviathan, D Allotype female C. behemoth Scale bars: 1 mm.
ZooKeys
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Sander van der Wel from Netherlands (CC BY-SA 2.0)
This Pinocchio-like tree frog species was discovered by fortunate accident when it ventured into a F...
This Pinocchio-like tree frog species was discovered by fortunate accident when it ventured into a Foja Mountains camp kitchen and perched on a bag of rice, where herpetologist Paul Oliver of Australia's University of Adelaide spotted it. Oliver was unable to find another of these frogs, and suspects that they stay mostly in the treetops. The male frog's nose, the scientists were surprised to discover, points upward when the animal's calling and hangs flaccid when it's not. "Exactly what it i
Tim Laman, National Geographic
Adult Large Brown Mantid  Archimantis latistyla. Taken in Swifts Creek  Victoria  Australia. Specime...
Adult Large Brown Mantid, Archimantis latistyla. Taken in Swifts Creek, Victoria, Australia. Specimen size is approximately 11cm.
"Fir0002/Flagstaffotos"
Marine biologists have discovered a new species of shark: Bythaelurus giddingsi catshark
Marine biologists have discovered a new species of shark: Bythaelurus giddingsi catshark
California Academy of Sciences
Thor s hero shrew
Thor's hero shrew
Stanley, W. T. et al.
Sawfly larvae - Nematus Pravus - one of the new species found at Dundreggan Estate in the Scottish H...
Sawfly larvae - Nematus Pravus - one of the new species found at Dundreggan Estate in the Scottish Highlands
Image Courtesy Trees for Life
Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
Image Courtesy Trees for Life
Colouration pattern during developmental stages of most S. morsitans populations in mainland Southea...
Colouration pattern during developmental stages of most S. morsitans populations in mainland Southeast Asia: A Juvenile stage.
ZooKeys
The Atlantic Coast leopard frog s existence has been dismissed for well over 50 years.
The Atlantic Coast leopard frog's existence has been dismissed for well over 50 years.
Jeremy Feinberg et.al.

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