If you’ve never watched a superb bird-of-paradise dance, you’re in luck. Ornithologists have discovered the species is actually 2 different species! Both have black light-absorbing feathers, with a blue smiley-face pattern. Now you can compare videos of the greater and Voglekop superb birds-of-paradise, and see who’s a better dancer!
A new species of ant was discovered in the rainforests of Borneo. Colobopsis explodens have a unique way of defending themselves: the ants latch onto enemies and explode their toxic guts onto them! Other workers plug the nest hole up with their heads to keep intruders out. The workers sacrifice themselves to keep the colony safe.
An expedition of scientists from Singapore and Indonesia collected specimens from deep in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of West Java. In only 2 weeks, they’d found 11 new species! From an orange-striped lobster, to a crab that decorates its shell with debris as camouflage, to a foot-long giant sea cockroach, the ocean is still full of surprises!
Tardigrades are amazing microscopic creatures. Also called water bears or moss piglets, they can survive in the cold vacuum of space, in volcanoes and in deep underwater trenches. They can withstand radiation blasts or live for decades without food or water. The newest tardigrade species was found on moss in a Japanese parking lot!
Cave-dwelling crocodiles could be evolving into a new species. The dwarf crocodiles living in caves in Gabon have developed a specialized diet of bats and crickets. They’ve adapted to living in bat-guano filled water which turns their skin orange. Their DNA shows a unique haplotype, meaning they could deserve their own species distinction!
30 new species have been discovered in the Amazon. The Kaieteur National Park in Guyana is home to six new species of fish, three new plants, fifteen new aquatic beetles, five new odonates (which are like dragonflies and damselflies), and one big spider. A blue tarantula! At least he will be easy to spot!