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Six new sponge species and new symbiotic associations from the Indonesian coral triangle
The Indonesian coral reefs, located in the so-called coral triangle, are considered amongst the richest and most biodiverse places on Earth. (2017-09-18)
When it comes to the threat of extinction, size matters
Animals in the Goldilocks zone -- neither too big, nor too small, but just the right size -- face a lower risk of extinction than do those on both ends of the scale, according to an extensive global analysis. (2017-09-18)
Celebrity fossil reveals all for science
With the help of an artist, a geology professor at Lund University in Sweden has figuratively speaking breathed life into one of science's most well-known fossil species; Agnostus pisiformis. (2017-09-15)
Tiny fighters in sediments determine success of invasive marine plants
Armies of microbes that are invisible to the naked eye battle it out to determine whether exotic marine plants successfully invade new territory and replace native species, UNSW Sydney-led research shows. (2017-09-14)
Light at the end of the tunnel: Restored forest now shelters dozens of endangered species
A twenty-year effort to protect and manage tiny remnants of a dilapidated forest in Benin, along with its agricultural and fallow vegetation surroundings, resulted in 14 ha of rich secondary forest, which corresponds to the size of nearly 20 sacred groves. (2017-09-14)
Threatened Alabama snail renamed after a case of mistaken identity
Confusion surrounding the identity of the Painted Rocksnail, a species listed as federally threatened, has been cleared up after over 100 years of mistaken identity. (2017-09-14)
New research suggests bird songs isolate species
Two birds that look the same, but have songs so different they can't recognize each other, should be considered distinct species, suggests new research. (2017-09-13)
South Africa's long-legged bees adapted to pollinate snapdragon flowers
New research shows that, in an extraordinary case of adaptation, the disproportionately long front legs of South Africa's oil-collecting Rediviva bee species have evolved in response to the equally long oil-producing spurs of snapdragons. (2017-09-13)
The evolution of 'true frogs' defies long-held expectations of science
New research from the University of Kansas appearing in Royal Society Biology Letters shows, in contrast to expectations, 'the rapid global range expansion of true frogs was not associated with increased net-diversification.' (2017-09-13)
Song experiments reveal 21 possible new tropical bird species
Birds often choose their mates based on song, making it a key factor in separating species. (2017-09-13)
UT faculty member helps identify new species of prehistoric crocodile
Around 95 million years ago, a giant relative of modern crocodiles ruled the coastlines and waterways of what would one day become north central Texas. (2017-09-12)
Desert locusts: New risks in the light of climate change
The desert locust is an invasive species that is both well known and feared because of the large-scale agricultural damage it can cause. (2017-09-11)
Fathers can influence the sex of their offspring, scientists show
It has traditionally been thought that in mammals only mothers are able to influence the sex of their offspring. (2017-09-11)
Biding time could improve conservation outcomes
Strategic delays in conservation efforts could be the key to protecting more species according to researchers at the University of Queensland. (2017-09-11)
Birds are on the move in the face of climate change
Research on birds in northern Europe reveals that there is an ongoing considerable species turnover due to climate change and due to land use and other direct human influences. (2017-09-07)
New porcelain crab species from Colombia named
New, hairy-clawed porcelain crab species discovered in the southern Caribbean. (2017-09-07)
'Bee' informed: Public interest exceeds understanding in bee conservation
Many people have heard bee populations are declining due to such threats as colony collapse disorder, pesticides and habitat loss. (2017-09-05)
Rare footage of a new clearwing moth species from Malaysia reveals its behavior
Unique footage of a shiny blue, elusive new species of clearwing moth has been recorded in a primeval rainforest in Peninsular Malaysia. (2017-09-05)
Reindeer grazing protects tundra plant diversity in a warming climate
Climate warming reduces the number of plant species in the tundra, but plant-eating animals, such as reindeer and voles, can turn this negative effect into something positive. (2017-09-04)
Deadly parasite messaging tactic may help curb sleeping sickness
New insight into the parasites that cause sleeping sickness could offer a new pathway to tackling the disease, which poses a major threat to human health and causes severe livestock losses in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. (2017-09-04)
Diverse landscapes are more productive and adapt better to climate change
Ecosystems with high biodiversity are more productive and stable towards annual fluctuations in environmental conditions than those with a low diversity of species. (2017-09-04)
What changes when you warm the Antarctic Ocean just 1 degree? Lots
After warming a natural seabed in the Antarctic Ocean by just 1° or 2° Celsius, researchers observed massive impacts on a marine assemblage, as growth rates nearly doubled. (2017-08-31)
Day and night temperature differences influence global patterns in leaf size
A comprehensive analysis of global patterns in leaf size offers an answer to one of the longest-standing questions in plant ecology -- why plant leaf size increases at lower latitudes -- scientists now report. (2017-08-31)
How invasive species threaten bats
A new review is the first to describe the scope of threats to bats by invasive species. (2017-08-30)
Peptide mass fingerprinting can identify whale species based solely on their baleen
Peptide mass fingerprinting accurately identified 10 species of whales from their baleen alone, according to a study published Aug. (2017-08-30)
Expanding tropical forest spells disaster for conservation
A North Carolina State University study shows that fire suppression efforts in Brazilian savannas turn many of those areas into forest lands, with negative consequences for the plants and animals that live there. (2017-08-30)
A bed & breakfast in L.A. reveals the lifestyle of a secretive fly species
For nearly 30 years, Dr. Brian Brown knew about a mysterious unidentified phorid fly species, whose females were often spotted around mushrooms, while the males were nowhere to be found. (2017-08-29)
New species of crab with unusual outgrowths has its name written in the stars
A new 'star crab' has been collected from red coral beds in Taiwan and reefs in the Philippines. (2017-08-29)
A milestone in aquatic toxicology
The public release of first generation annotations for the fathead minnow genome was published today in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. (2017-08-29)
Bahamian songbirds disappeared during last glacial-interglacial transition
Two species of songbirds that once made a home in the Bahamas likely became extinct on the islands because of rising sea levels and a warmer, wetter climate, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Florida, Gainesville. (2017-08-29)
A new estimate of biodiversity on Earth
A new research article estimates there are about a thousand times more species than people thought existed, most of them bacteria. (2017-08-29)
Guelph study shows endangered sharks, rays further threatened by global food markets
A majority of shark fins and manta ray gills sold around the globe for traditional medicines come from endangered species, a University of Guelph study has revealed. (2017-08-25)
From plant odorant detection to sex pheromone communication
Biologists at Lund University in Sweden are now able to show that the receptors enabling the primitive moth species, Eriocrania semipurpurella, find an individual of the opposite sex, probably evolved from receptors which help the moth perceive the fragrances of plants. (2017-08-25)
Countries in Europe with the richest biodiversity do not always receive more funding
A recent study, published in the journal Conservation Biology, reveals that the investments and resources allotted for conservation only partially tally with the levels of biodiversity in the European Union. (2017-08-23)
Root behavior changes as woody trees age
Comparing nighttime and daytime root extension in several species of Serianthes leads to interesting results. (2017-08-23)
Sub-tropical corals vulnerable, new study shows
The vulnerability and conservation value of sub-tropical reefs south of the Great Barrier Reef -- regarded as climate change refuges -- has been highlighted in a new study. (2017-08-22)
Researchers discover how fish recognize toxic prey
Predator animals have long been known to avoid devouring brightly coloured and patterned prey, and now an international study has revealed more about how they recognise toxic species. (2017-08-22)
Targeted forest regeneration: A blueprint for conserving tropical biological diversity?
A new University of Utah-led study shows that targeted forest regeneration among the largest and closest forest fragments in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania and the Atlantic Forest of Brazil can dramatically reduce extinction rates of bird species over time. (2017-08-21)
The Western Ghats of India revealed two new primitive species of earthworm
Having conducted a survey of the earthworms in the Western Ghats mountains, India, a team of four scientists discovered two species new to science. (2017-08-18)
Climate change and habitat conversion combine to homogenize nature
Climate change and habitat conversion to agriculture are working together to homogenize nature, indicates a study in the journal Global Change Biology led by the University of California, Davis. (2017-08-18)
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