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The Census of Marine Life has just released a study of the ocean creatures living in the Arctic and the Antarctic with a startling revelation: 235 identical species thrive in the waters around the North and South Poles, despite the distance 11,000 kilometers between them. The nemertean pelogonemertes rollestoni and its oddly shaped see-through stomach…

First ever footage of the Hispaniolan solenodon has emerged from a conversation group working in the Dominican Republic. The Hispaniolan solenodon was thought to be extinct due to habitat loss, but this video proves otherwise. The shrew-like creature is nocturnal and is believed to eat insects. Like certain shrews and the duck-billed platypus, it can…

Subterranean…blind…predatory…smokin’ hot AILF! These are all adjectives that you could use to describe a newly discovered ant from the Amazon rainforest. Dubbed the Martialis heureka or “Ant from Mars” (not kidding), the sightless creature lives inside the soil and presumably hunts prey with massive mandibles. The Ant from Mars also represents a new subfamily of…

Brits of all shapes and sizes have been spitting out mouth fulls of tea and shepherd’s pie at the announcement that a strange unidentified insect seems to be running rampant across England, including London. The black and red bug resembles the Arocatus roeselii, a rare central European insect, only Britain’s bugs are significantly duller in…

Riddle of the Y-Larvae

A fascinating article in Livescience reveals the answer to a century-old zoological mystery: what do y-larvae grow up to become? Discovered in 1899, y-larvae are clearly young crustaceans but their adult stage could not be determined. While this in itself was perplexing, the newly discovered answer is even more startling: y-larvae metamorphosize into “simple, pulsing,…

A study of rare African frogs has revealed a form of self-defense hitherto unbeknownst to the scientific world: claws of pure bone that burst through the frogs’ skin. And it gets worse. When the frogs are threatened they need to first “actively break” their own bones in order to create these claws. Don’t make me…

Top Ten New Species Chosen

The Arizona State University’s Institute for Species Exploration has released their much anticipated picks for the top ten best new species discovered in the last year. From a rhinosaurus beetle that looks like a Pixar character to a fruit bat the fills in some evolutionary holes, this list supposedly has it all. O Magazine called…

New Frog Discovered, Sans Lungs

Deep in the heart of the jungles of Borneo a new frog has been found that is rocking the very foundations of frog biology the world over. Why? Because, for God’s sake, it has no lungs. Instead, it gets all the oxygen it needs by absorbing it through its skin. Can you do me a…

Check out this footage from a recent international expedition called the Collaborative East Antarctic Marine Census. Their mission is part of an effort to take stock of all the life in the world’s ocean, but these creatures were filmed in the Antarctic Ocean (Southern Ocean). The bulbous, plantlike structures are called tunicates.

Any snail enthusiast knows that their favorite creatures’ shells follow certain stead-fast rules: They are cone shaped, right handed, and spiral on a single axis logarithmically. Well, let me just tell you what a shock it was to the snail community when scientists recently discovered the Opisthostoma vermiculum in Malaysia. The snail version of James…