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New species of fish named after singer Enya

In 1988, Irish singer and songwriter Enya released a lead single titled “Orinoco Flow” from her second studio album, which went on to become an international hit, earn a Grammy Award nomination, and help launch her wildly successful career. Now

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A new parrot species from the Yucatán Peninsula

The newly identified Blue-winged Amazon parrot has a loud, short call and evolved from the White-fronted parrot quite recently, about 120,000 years ago. In 2014, during a visit to a remote part of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, ornithologist Dr.

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Three new chameleon species discovered

Three newly discovered species of chameleon, thought to be a single species, were found in different parts of the Albertine Rift in Central Africa. “We are hopeful that the formal descriptions of these three endemic chameleon species will be used

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New species of carnivorous sponge

A new species of carnivorous sponge has been discovered in the North Atlantic Ocean by a team of scientists from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO). The sponge, Cladorhiza kenchingtonae, was named after Dr. Ellen Kenchington of Fisheries and Oceans

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New species of see-through glassfrog discovered

In the Neotropics, there is a whole group of so-called glassfrogs that amaze with their transparent skin covering their bellies and showing their organs underneath. A recently discovered new species from Amazonian Ecuador, however, goes a step further to fully

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Two new tarsier species found in Indonesia

An Indonesian study has identified two new species of tarsiers – small nocturnal primates found only on several islands of Southeast Asia. Tarsiers are widely rumoured to have been the inspiration for the Star Wars character, Yoda. As such, a

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First new Israeli butterfly species in 109 years

Vladimir Lukhtanov, entomologist and evolutionary biologist at the Zoological Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, made a startling discovery: what people had thought was a population of a common species of butterfly, turned out to be a whole new organism and,

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New African mole-rat species named for Dr Livingston

Two new species of African mole-rat have been discovered by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), together with colleagues in Tanzania and at the University of Pretoria. The species, formally described as Fukomys hanangensis and Fukomys livingstoni, were

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Pea flowers named after ‘Twins’ stars Schwarzenegger and DeVito

ANU biologists have named an unlikely pair of pea flowers after Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, the stars of the 1988 movie Twins. Lead researcher Emeritus Professor Mike Crisp said one of the species of Daviesia, a genus of Australian

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New silky ant species named after Radiohead

A new species of silky ant grows fungus gardens for food. The ants of the genus Sericomyrmex – literally translated as ‘silky ants’ – belong to the fungus-farming ants, a group of ants that have figured out how to farm

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