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Metro Manila – the world's 10th largest megacity and 6th largest conurbation, based on official statistics – is not a place one would normally expect to discover new species, even in a country that is known as a biodiversity hotspot.
For biologists it is an easy matter: spiders have eight legs and insects have six. This fact is important when beholding and recognizing the tiny new species of Spider Water Beetles from the Philippine Island of Mindoro discovered by researchers of the Ateneo de Manila University.
The research program AQUA Palawana has been exploring the unique freshwater biodiversity of the Philippine Island and biosphere reserve of Palawan for more than a decade.
Roy Orbison and his widow Barbara were honored in a very creative way during a tribute concert for Roy on January 25th. A new beetle, the whirligig, which looks as if it wears a tuxedo, has been named after the Orbisons. The scientific name for the whirligig is now Orectochilus orbisonorum. The ending of the name, â€œorumâ€ specifies that the beetle was named for the couple. Had it just been named for Roy it would end in an â€œiâ€ and for Barbara, it would end in...