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July 12, 2020

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Why It's No Last Orders for the Tequila Bat

Scientists studying the 'near threatened' tequila bat, best known for its role in pollinating the Blue Agave plant from which the drink of the same name is made from, have analyzed its DNA to help ...

New Candidate for Raw Material Synthesis Through Gene Transfer

Cyanobacteria hardly need any nutrients and use the energy of sunlight. Bathers are familiar with these microorganisms as they often occur in waters. A group of researchers has discovered that the ...

New Species Described in 2020

It is estimated that 15 million different species live on our planet, but only 2 million of them are currently known to science. Discovering new species is important as it helps to protect them. ...

Climate Change Threat to Tropical Plants

Half of the world's tropical plant species may struggle to germinate by 2070 because of global warming, a new study ...
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Born to Be a Cannibal: Genes for Feeding Behavior in Mandarin Fish Identified

Some mandarin fish species (Sinipercidae) are pure fish-eaters, which feed exclusively on living juvenile fish - also of their own species. A research team has described the genome of four mandarin ...

Lefties and Righties: Asymmetry in Fish Genitalia

Evolutionary biologists resolve a century-old question regarding the asymmetric genitals of internally fertilizing fishes of the family Anablepidae. Surprisingly, the direction of genital asymmetry ...

Dimethylsulfoniopropionate Concentration in Coral Reef Invertebrates

New research highlights the effect of benthic assemblages on the sulfur metabolism of coral and giant clam ...

New Argentine Fossils Uncover History of Celebrated Conifer Group

Newly unearthed, surprisingly well-preserved conifer fossils from Patagonia, Argentina, show that an endangered and celebrated group of tropical West Pacific trees has roots in the ancient ...

New Species Extinction Target Proposed for Global Nature Rescue Plan

A scientist proposes a prominent political target to give discussions of species conservation more vigor. Together with a group of experts from other research institutions, he proposes to limit ...

Researchers Uncover Mysterious Tanaids

Biologists are on a quest to discover more of the still nameless tanaids, specifically in the relatively species-rich but poorly studied tropical ...

Australian Fossil Reveals New Plant Species

Fresh examination of an Australian fossil -- believed to be among the earliest plants on Earth -- has revealed evidence of a new plant species that existed in Australia more than 359 Million years ...

Shining Like a Diamond: A New Species of Diamond Frog from Northern Madagascar

Despite the active ongoing taxonomic progress on the Madagascar frogs, the amphibian inventory of this hyper-diverse island is still very far from being complete. More new species are constantly ...

Water Bacteria Have a Green Thumb

A research team has discover new natural products that bacteria in water use to regulate the growth of competing ...

A New Character for Pokémon? Novel Endemic Dogfish Shark Species Discovered from Japan

A new endemic deep-water dogfish shark: Squalus shiraii, was discovered in the tropical waters of Southern Japan by an international team of scientists. The finding brings the amount of spurdogs ...

Roadkill Study Identifies Animals Most at Risk in Europe

New method used to predict how many birds and mammals are being killed on European roads, as well as identifying species whose long-term survival is threatened by roads. Roadkill risk is not ...

Mysterious Australian Night Parrots May Not See in the Dead of Night

Australia's most elusive bird, the Night Parrot, may not be much better at seeing in the dark than other parrots active during the day. New research reveals that the critically endangered ...

Alien Frog Invasion Wreaks Havoc on Natural Habitat

Indiscriminate feeding by an alien population of the carnivorous spotted-thighed frog -- could severely affect the native biodiversity of southern Australia according to a new ...

A new study maps for the first time the evolutionary history of the world's terrestrial vertebrates: amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles. It explores how areas with large concentrations of ...

Big Vegetarians of the Reef Drive Fish Evolution

New research finds fish diets, not geography, dictate how fast species ...

Finding a Genus Home for Alaska's Dinosaurs

A re-analysis of dinosaur skulls from northern Alaska suggests they belong to a genus Edmontosaurus, and not to the genus recently proposed by scientists in ...

Can E-Learning Help Stem the Threat of Invasive Alien Species Such as Japanese Knotweed?

E-learning could be a crucial tool in the biosecurity fight against invasive alien species such as Japanese Knotweed, Zebra Mussels and Signal Crayfish according to a new ...

A New Critically Endangered Frog Named After 'the Man from the Floodplain Full of Frogs'

A new species of a criticallyendangered miniaturized stump-toed frog of the genus Stumpffia found in Madagascar is named Stumpffia froschaueri after ''the man from the floodplain full of ...

New to Science Newts from Vietnam

In time for the International Day for Biological Diversity 2020, the date set by the United Nations to recognize biodiversity as 'the pillars upon which we build civilizations', a new study ...

Hunting Threatens One of the World's Most Amazing Wildlife Migrations

As the world looks to tighten up the illegal capture of wildlife, migratory birds are being threatened by widespread and unsustainable hunting across the Asia-Pacific region. New research has ...

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