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Antarctic region far richer in plants and animals, not just icy wasteland: research – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… studied.” A team of scientists led by Monash University worked with the British Antarctic Survey, University of Waikato and Australian National University. They found unusual species such as sea spiders and isopods — the marine equivalents of slaters or wood lice. The study found the areas of special protection in national parks on land and marine protected areas at sea were too small compared to global targets such as the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Strategic Plan …

Identification, Please – The New York Times

… like jet fuel. I feel lost and very far from home. I grew up in a house full of natural-history field guides, everything from Locket and Millidge’s 1951 two-volume guide to British spiders, with its hairy, many-eyed line drawings, to illustrated books on trees, fungi, orchids, fishes and snails. These books were the unquestioned authorities of my childhood. I marveled at the names entomologists had given to moths — the figure of 80, the dingy mocha, the dentated pug — and tried to match …

New species of tarantula discovered in the Northern Territory – 9news.com.au

… living in the park. Ms Harrison is in her third year of studying a doctorate on trapdoor spiders at the University of Adelaide, and was walking in the park with two others when she discovered the promising burrow. “Sometimes you can tell it might be a different species by the kind of burrow it has, but not always,” she told 9news.com.au. But Ms Harrison said finding the burrow was only the first step – the process of meeting its arachnid host was a little trickier. “It is a bit of an …

New species of snail discovered in Queensland’s southern highlands – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

By Melissa Maddison | May 29, 2015   A new species of snail has been discovered in the highlands of southern Queensland. A dozen scientists spent 10 days in October 2014 scouring the Carnarvon Station Reserve, about 200 kilometres south of Emerald, for spiders, ants, bees, flies, plants, reptiles and amphibians. Ellen Couchman found the snail, which was only officially confirmed as a new species this week. It was given the scientific name Pallidex simonhudsoni. It’s not that …

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