Tag Archives: invertebrate

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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Metallic Wasps

Few things make me happier than beautiful new species featured in open-access publications. Today we greet a new species of cuckoo wasp from central and southern Europe (Rosa et al. 2015), and because the paper’s content is under a Creative Commons license, I … Continue reading

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The Spiraliforms

Today, five new species of land snails were described from Southeast Asia, all belonging to Endothyrella, a genus of small but handsome mollusks. Their shells are only around half an inch across, and not especially colorful, but beautiful in subtler ways. … Continue reading

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The Larsen Worms

We tend to think of Antarctica as an inhospitable place, suitable only for warm-bodied penguins, seals, and whales. Below the surface, however, the Antarctic Ocean is home to a surprising diversity of life. Today Dr. James Blake (2015) named three new species … Continue reading

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The Scaly Crickets

Among many new species named today, some of the most unusual were three new crickets from Southeast Asia (Tan et al. 2015). These crickets belong to the obscure and poorly-known family Mogoplistidae, cousins to the more recognizable (and audible) field … Continue reading

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