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Dick-Shaped, Wood-Munching Clams Are More Diverse Than We Thought, Study Finds Dick-Shaped, Wood-Munching Clams Are More Diverse Than We Thought, Study Finds

Wood-boring clams don’t look like the ones you or I might find steamed with pasta. They’re smaller than a pea, and live exclusively in the deep ocean, tunneling into sunken, waterlogged trees that were swept out to sea long ago to eat the wood. Now, scientists have determined that there are quite a few more groups of…

103 New Beetle Species Named After Star Wars Characters, Mythological Beasts, and More 103 New Beetle Species Named After Star Wars Characters, Mythological Beasts, and More

There are more species of beetle than just about anything else on Earth—approximately 400,000 species described, with perhaps a million or more left to catalog. Now, researchers have identified 103 new species of weevil (a tiny variety of beetle), all from a single Indonesian island.

Adorable New See-Through Frog Species Is Threatened By Gold and Copper Mining Adorable New See-Through Frog Species Is Threatened By Gold and Copper Mining

Many tropical frogs are admired for their stunning coloration, but glass frogs go a different route. The skin on their bellies is at least partially transparent, making their internal organs visible from underneath. Now, another frog joins the of these clear-tummied amphibians—a remarkable little creature from…

World's Biggest Bee, Once Thought Extinct, Has Been Found Alive

A black, thumb-sized missile sails through the jungle air, a thunderous buzzing announcing its arrival. The massive insect lands heavily on a tree-bound termite nest, taking a moment to fold its brassy wings and stretch its humongous, curved jaws. This is Wallace’s giant bee, the beefiest and bumbliest bee on Earth.…

New Tarantula Species Has Big, Weird, Floppy Horn New Tarantula Species Has Big, Weird, Floppy Horn

Tarantulas generally stick to a pretty predictable body plan—eight legs, long fangs, usually fuzzy. But a newly-described species of tarantula in the southern African country of Angola has thrown scientists a big curve ball. The tarantula is about as weird as it gets for spiders, sporting a long, pliable, droopy…

Six Newly Discovered Catfish Species Have Faces Full of Tentacles Six Newly Discovered Catfish Species Have Faces Full of Tentacles

The rainforest-flanked rivers of tropical South America hold six more species of catfish than previously thought, new research suggests. But these aren’t the wide-mouthed, whiskered catfish you may be familiar with from murky waterways throughout the U.S. interior. The new fishes look like something out of a D&D…

Newly Discovered Gecko Species Is Extremely Good at Being a Leaf Newly Discovered Gecko Species Is Extremely Good at Being a Leaf

As night falls on the lowland rainforests in Madagascar, dead, decaying leaves find new life, slowly unfurling in the vanishing light. But as four scaly feet and wide, unblinking eyes emerge from behind the crinkly veil, the leaves reveal their true identities: these are leaf-tailed geckos, unparalleled masters of…

Key U.S. Law For Protecting Endangered Species Does a Damn Good Job, Study Finds Key U.S. Law For Protecting Endangered Species Does a Damn Good Job, Study Finds

If you have flippers and spend time gliding through U.S. waters, there’s at least one reason to celebrate today. New research suggests that more than three quarters of marine mammal and sea turtle populations listed under the Endangered Species Act have significantly rebounded following listing. The study highlights…

There's a Hidden World of Salamanders Living Beneath Texas There's a Hidden World of Salamanders Living Beneath Texas

Central Texas is home to three newly-identified species of salamander, suggests new research. But encountering these fresh amphibian faces isn’t as simple as taking a walk through the woodlands fringing Austin. These salamanders—and more than a dozen close relatives—live deep underground in a network of flooded…

Mysterious Shark Species Discovered in Museum Collection May Already Be Extinct Mysterious Shark Species Discovered in Museum Collection May Already Be Extinct

It’s a new year, and the world has its first new species of shark in 2019. Meet Carcharhinus obsolerus! Though, it’d be wise to temper your expectations if you hope to see the newly-described species in the wild. The unique shark—described based on a few specimens caught many decades ago—may actually be extinct, gone…

 Add Screwed-Up Fish Skeletons to the List of Possible Climate Change Horrors  Add Screwed-Up Fish Skeletons to the List of Possible Climate Change Horrors

Thanks to carbon dioxide emissions, Earth’s seas are getting both warmer and more acidic. Until now, the consequences of ocean acidification were thought to be mostly limited to marine animals that make hard, calcium carbonate shells, but new research suggests that fish will feel the impact too. Acidic conditions can…

The Scientists Who Brave Angry Hawk Parents, Wasps and 80-Foot-Falls to Save Endangered Chicks The Scientists Who Brave Angry Hawk Parents, Wasps and 80-Foot-Falls to Save Endangered Chicks

Life is hard for Ridgway’s hawks, a species found only in a small sliver of habitat on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Once found all over the island, the hawks have steadily declined due to local humans killing them and clearing their forest habitat. If that weren’t enough, their chicks are threatened by…

Nearly Mythical 3-Foot-Long Swamp Salamander Is Officially a Real Species Nearly Mythical 3-Foot-Long Swamp Salamander Is Officially a Real Species

What has two short, chunky arms, a mane of feathery gills, and a sleek, green-marbled, eel-like body as long as your leg? No guesses? Meet the reticulated siren, a massive, two and a half foot-long salamander, described for the first time in a paper published today in the journal PLOS ONE, hailing from the remote,…

Human Medicine Use Loading Up River Creatures With Dozens of Different Drugs Human Medicine Use Loading Up River Creatures With Dozens of Different Drugs

Medicines do an excellent job of increasing the quality of life for humans around the world, but the drugs don’t stay with us forever, and are eventually flushed out into our wastewater. Now, new research suggests that not only are a staggering range of pharmaceutical products getting into the environment and…

Why This Adorable, Bug-Eyed Marsupial Is in Big Trouble Why This Adorable, Bug-Eyed Marsupial Is in Big Trouble

Mountain pygmy-possums—big-eyed, stupefyingly cute hamster-sized marsupials—aren’t doing so hot. Critically-endangered, the nocturnal fuzzballs found only in boulder-strewn pockets of the high Australian Alps have suffered in the face of habitat loss and introduced predators. Now, new research suggests that climate…

There Are More Tiger Types Than We Thought, New Genetic Analysis Reveals  There Are More Tiger Types Than We Thought, New Genetic Analysis Reveals 

Tigers seem pretty straightforward: stripes, sharp claws, awe-inspiring grace wielded by hundreds of pounds of rippling muscle, fondness of sugary cereal, etc. But new research on the big cats’ DNA is the latest indication that underneath that striking orange and black pelage, not all tigers are the same. Scientists…

Mysterious New Plant Discovered in Museum Collection Is Probably Already Extinct Mysterious New Plant Discovered in Museum Collection Is Probably Already Extinct

It took a little while, but a tiny, delicate plant found in Japan 26 years ago has been formally classified as a new species. But after residing in a museum collection since the early 1990s, the single specimen of Thismia kobensis remains the only one ever found. Tragically, this means the so-called “fairy lantern”…

Beautiful New Andean Hummingbird Is Already Critically Endangered Beautiful New Andean Hummingbird Is Already Critically Endangered

High in the Ecuadorian Andes, a stunningly beautiful species of hummingbird—decorated with a flashy, sapphire throat—has revealed itself to science for the first time. But scientists fear it’s already perilously close to extinction.

Cute, Cheap, and Popular Exotic Pets Most Likely to Be Released Into the Wild Cute, Cheap, and Popular Exotic Pets Most Likely to Be Released Into the Wild

Baby iguanas, Chinese water dragons, or even ball pythons are undoubtedly cute and tempting to own as pets. But these popular reptiles don’t stay small forever. And according to new research, they are precisely the kind most likely to be released into the wild by humans.

Social Media Might Not Ruin Nature, After All Social Media Might Not Ruin Nature, After All

Once pristine natural places become Instagram famous, everything changes. Lonely trails clog with hikers; empty forest pools fill with swimmers. Some have argued that the meshing of social media with the outdoors could cause locations to be loved to death, or even fundamentally taint outdoor recreation itself.

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