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Beautiful New Species Of Moth Discovered In China
2013-06-20 10:53:52

Pensoft Publishers Scientists describe a new striking species of moth from China with an engaging wing pattern. The new species Stenoloba solaris has its name inspired by the orange circular patch on its wings that resembles the rising sun. The study was published in the open access journal Zookeys. "During a spring expedition to north-west Yunnan, a striking specimen of an undescribed Stenoloba was collected.", explain the authors Drs Pekarsky and Saldaitis. "Only a single male was...

New Species Of Yellow Slug Moth Discovered In China
2013-06-04 15:06:58

Pensoft Publishers The moth genus Monema is represented by medium-sized yellowish species. The genus belongs to the Limacodidae family also known as the slug moths due to the distinct resemblance of their caterpillars to some slug species. Some people know this family as the cup moths, the name derived from the peculiar looking, hard shell cocoon they form. A recent study of the representatives of the Monema genus in China records 4 species and a subspecies present in the country, one...

Beautiful Butterfly With Green Eyes Discovered In Texas
2013-05-28 15:18:06

With the era of butterfly discovery coming to an end this new species comes as a pleasant surprise for science A new butterfly species from Texas, given the common name Vicroy's Ministreak, was discovered because of its striking olive green eye color, and was given a formal scientific name (Ministrymon janevicroy). This beautiful new butterfly may be the last truly distinctive butterfly species to be discovered in the United States. Although individuals of Vicroy's Ministreak were...

Two New Miniature Spider Species Discovered In China
2013-05-22 13:27:36

Pensoft Publishers Two new minute spider species have been discovered from the Sichuan and Chongqing, China. The tiny new spiders are both less than 2 mm in length, with Trogloneta yuensis being as little as 1.01 mm and Mysmena wawuensis measured to be the even tinier 0.75 mm, which classes it among the smallest spiders known. The two species described in the open access journal Zookeys both have a bizarre body shape with disproportionately big spherical posterior body. The family...

71 New Wasp Species Discovered In Southeast Asia
2013-04-23 11:51:30

Pensoft Publishers A new study greatly expands knowledge of the wasp genus Oxyscelio. A total of 90 species are recognized from the Indo-Malayan and Palearctic realms of Asia, 71 of which are described here as new species. A total of 438 photographs are included to aid in specimen identification, all exported to and available for the public from EOL. Newly discovered species are described from a range of countries including Brunei, China, Christmas Island, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos,...

Two New Species Of Worm Discovered In Gobi Desert
2013-04-09 13:53:48

Pensoft Publishers The 'Mongolian Death Worm', called olgoi-khorkhoi by the local population is a legendary animal with an unconfirmed existence that has preoccupied the imagination of the inhabitants and travelers in the region. It is said to inhabit the southern Gobi Desert where it terrorizes travelers with its deadly abilities to project acid that, upon contact, turns anything it touches yellow and corroded. Two new sub-species of earthworms, Eisenia nordenskioldi mongol and E. n....

Skadar Lake Surprises With New Species Of Snails
2013-03-29 11:20:36

Pensoft Publishers The Gastropoda, more commonly known as snails and slugs, are a large group of animals within the phylum Mollusca. Gastropоds species are extremely diverse in forms and sizes, ranging from microscopic to large. About 50 species of snails are currently considered to inhabit Skadar Lake, the largest on the Balkan Peninsula. The Bojana River connects the lake with the Adriatic Sea, and the Drin River provides a link with the Ohrid Lake. Scientists Vladimir...

New Species Of Fish Discovered In The Streams Of Manyas Lake Basin In Turkey
2013-03-08 14:27:06

Pensoft Publishers The newly described species Alburnoides manyasensis, belongs to the large carp family Cyprinidae that includes freshwater fish such as carps, minnows, and their relatives. This is the largest fish family, and more notably the largest family of vertebrate animals, with the remarkable numbers of over 2,400 species. Cyprinids are highly important food fish because they make the largest part of biomass in most water types except for fast-flowing rivers. The genus...

27 New Moth Species Described In The Latest Issue Of ZooKeys
2013-02-06 13:41:47

Pensoft Publishers Since its inception in 2009, the "Contributions to the systematics of New World macro- moths" series in ZooKeys has been playing an important role in publishing taxonomic changes and new discoveries concerning moth diversity in North America. With a total of 49 publications by 38 authors, this well-established series is among the topic leaders, alongside publications such as Canadian Staphylinidae. Geographic coverage in Zookeys has previously focused primarily on the...

Biocontrol Research Discovers New Cryptic Species On Brazilian Peppertree In Florida
2013-02-06 13:30:04

Pensoft Publishers Dr Michael Pogue, a Research Entomologist in the ARS Systematic Entomology Laboratory, at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, was sent a series of moth specimens from Bahia, Brazil, for identification. The insects were under consideration as a possible biocontrol agent for the invasive Brazilian peppertree in Florida. 'The species was initially identified as a common species, but when comparisons were made, it became evident that there were multiple species...


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reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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