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Microbe Monday #1: Life in a Freezing Desert

Each week, new bacteria and other microbes are described in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. Most days, papers are published online closed to midnight my time (EST). So, if I write about them the next day, they are … Continue reading

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Imperfect Fungi

You may have head that the mushroom is only a small part of a fungus, and this is true — a mushroom is a temporary spore-releasing structure, ephemeral like a flower, while the growing, eating part of the fungus is usually hidden away. … Continue reading

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Botany in the Azores

So … I skipped yesterday’s new species. It isn’t because there weren’t any new species that day (there were), but because I was studying for exams and, irresponsibly, didn’t leave enough time to write about ghost shrimp or African mice. Succulents, … Continue reading

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Life in a Coconut Flower

Mites are incredibly diverse — nearly 50,000 species have been described so far, but close to a million may await discovery. With most mites smaller than the head of a pin, studying them and describing new species can be a … Continue reading

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The New Guinean Horned Jumping Spiders

In general I won’t write about a new species unless I can find high-quality photographs of a live specimen or its close relatives. Today I’m relenting, because even though I could only find one available image, this is a group … Continue reading

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Deep Sea Fishing

Scientists who study deep-sea fish must be both patient and persistent. Most deep-sea fish have poorly-known habits and ranges, so for any expedition there is no guarantee of finding a particular species. Since deep-sea fishing is also time-consuming and expensive, … Continue reading

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Millipedes and their Parasites

When we think of a parasitoid, the example is usually that of an ichneumonid wasp and its caterpillar prey. The wasp lays its egg on a caterpillar and, when the egg hatches, a wasp larva begins to eat away at … Continue reading

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