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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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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 Prickly Pear

The Chihuahuan Desert, stretching from southern Arizona through central Mexico, is home to a surprising diversity of drought-tolerant plant species. Of these, prickly pear cactuses (genus Opuntia) are perhaps the most recognizable. No one is entirely sure how many species … Continue reading

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The Limestone Flower

Of today’s newly named species, one stands tall among the rest: a beautiful, yellow flowering plant from Florida (Schilling et al. 2015). The species is Coreopsis bakeri, or Baker’s tickseed, a relative of daisies and other composite flowers. There are least 38 (now … 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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