The California Academy of Sciences has described 133 new plant and animal species, including one bee fly, 43 ants, 36 beetles, one sand wasp, four spiders, six plants, 23 fishes, one eel, one shark, seven nudibranchs, five fossil urchins (and one fossil sand dollar), one coral, one skate, and one African lizard. Over a dozen Academy scientists and international collaborators collaborated on the endeavor that would aid the environmental community's conservation efforts.
Think you live along? Think again. Any of over 500 different kinds of insects are likely living in your house right now. A first-of-its-kind study revealed the true diversity of arthropods living among us behind closed doors.
A deadly virus spreading along North America's Pacific coast continues to claim many iconic starfish species. When infected, the marine creatures develop lesions and deteriorate rapidly. The magnitude of the recent epidemic is worrying researchers.
A recent day on the Internet had the hashtag Flatshark. There are more than 500 rays and skates -- the "flatsharks" in question, all related to sharks. As public opinion turns in favor of sharks, scientists would like to see rays get attention, too.