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Color-morphing reef fish is a 'wolf in sheep's clothing'
A new study has shown that the dottyback, a small predatory reef fish, can change the colour of its body to imitate a variety of other reef fish species, allowing the dottyback to sneak up undetected and eat their young.  View News Article (2015-03-20)


Citizen scientists discover new plant species in the Cape Floral Kingdom
Amateur botanists in the Western Cape Province of South Africa have discovered two new species of beautiful blue-flowered legumes. The study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. View News Article (2015-03-20)


A thoroughly urban new millipede
A tiny new millipede has been found which is only known to occur within the city of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. View News Article (2015-03-20)


Male fish dig pits and build sand castles at the bottom of Lake Malawi to attract females
New research shows that courtship rituals evolve very fast in cichlid fish in Lake Malawi. Whenever species evolve to feed at different depths, their courtship evolves as well. In the shallows where the light is good, males build sand castles to attract females. View News Article (2015-03-19)


Landscape-level habitat connectivity is key for species that depend on longleaf pine
Preserving isolated patches of habitat isn't enough to save species such as Bachman's Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis) that depend on longleaf pine; habitat connectivity at the landscape level is also crucial.  View News Article (2015-03-19)


Waterloo creates cutting-edge tool to help predict impact of invasive species
Researchers at the University of Waterloo have published results of a powerful new tool that could give ecologists new ways of tackling problems posed by deadly invasive species like Asian carp and Zebra mussels. View News Article (2015-03-19)


The need for a more open attitude towards invasive alien species data
New research published with the support of the FP7 large-scale bioinformatics project Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network (EU BON) and the Alien Challenge COST action reveals the importance of open data in the study and control of invasive alien species. View News Article (2015-03-18)


Researchers describe 5 new species of marine invertebrates
Brazilian researchers described five new species of ascidians, commonly known as sea squirts, ascidians are marine invertebrates that generally form permanently submerged colonies.  View News Article (2015-03-18)


Emerging diseases likely to be more harmful in similar species
When viruses such as influenza and Ebola jump from one species to another, their ability to cause harm can change dramatically, but research from the University of Cambridge shows that it may be possible to predict the virus's virulence by looking at how deadly it is in closely-related species. View News Article (2015-03-17)


What's on the menu for young African sawflies?
Sawflies belong to the same insect group as wasps, bees and ants. Unlike many of the latter, sawflies seldom make themselves conspicuous to humans, although the young stages (larvae) of some species, nearly all of which feed on plants, sometimes attract attention by damaging these. View News Article (2015-03-17)

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