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New plant species a microcosm of biodiversity
Biologists working in the Andes mountains of Ecuador have described a new plant species, a wild relative of black pepper, that is in itself a mini biodiversity hotspot. View News Article (2014-02-10)

Identifying sloth species at a genetic level
Identifying species, separating out closely related species and managing each type on its own, is an important part of any animal management system.  View News Article (2012-01-04)

Simple plants aren't always easy: Revision of the liverwort Radula buccinifera complex
The supposedly widespread and variable Australasian liverwort species Radula buccinifera is nothing of the kind. View News Article (2013-10-31)

Human activity destroys species that the Ice Age could not
Forest clearance and animal overgrazing in the last 5,000 years have destroyed important tree species that had survived even the Ice Age. Dr Mick Frogley, Lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Sussex, is one of a British research team exploring a site near Lake Ioannina in the Pindus Mountains of northwestern Greece. "Given the importance of the area for the long-term survival... View News Article (2002-09-20)

Genetic analysis calls for the protection of 2 highly endangered Portuguese fish species
The two endangered fish species, Squalius aradensis and S. torgalensis, most generally belong to the Cyprinidae, or the carp family. View News Article (2013-03-22)

Two new species of mushroom on Iberian Peninsula described
In a study published in the Mycologia journal, researchers from the Basque Country, in collaboration with the Spanish Royal Botanic Garden and the Forestry Institute of Slovenia, have described two new species of Hydnum - colloquially known as Wood Hedgehog or Hedgehog mushroom. View News Article (2013-02-28)

San Diego Zoo researchers contribute to project using mummy DNA to differentiate croc species
The Nile crocodile is a species that was identified by ancient Egyptians. Genetic analysis done by a group of geneticists using samples taken from species throughout the animal's range and including DNA from mummified crocodile remains indicates that more than one species is known by this name.  View News Article (2011-12-20)

Hamlet fish sheds light on evolution of marine species
To evolve or not to evolve? That is the question scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) are closer to answering following a groundbreaking new study into the colourful hamlet fish. View News Article (2010-04-23)

9 colorful and endangered tree-dwelling tarantulas discovered in Brazil
Arboreal tarantulas are known from a few tropical places in Asia, Africa, South and Central America and the Caribbean. These tarantulas generally have a lighter build, thinner bodies and longer legs, better suited for their habitat. View News Article (2012-10-31)

A bit of good luck: A new species of burying beetle from the Solomon Islands Archipelago
Scientists discovered a new species of burying beetle, Nicrophorus efferens. Burying beetles are well known to most naturalists because of their large size, striking black and red colors, and interesting reproductive behaviors - they bury small vertebrate carcasses which their offspring eat in an underground crypt, guarded by both parents. View News Article (2013-06-21)

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