species

What’s in a (binomial) name?

Image: Nancy Vandermey (Wikipedia.org)

The story

The Sunda cloud leopard (Neofelis diardi) which lives in the forests of Indonesian islands was only named as a new species (distinct from the Neofelis nebulosa clouded leopard that lives on the Asian mainland) in 2007.
Now it has been confirmed that it exists as two sub species – one living on the island of Borneo (N. d. borneensis) and one that is Sumatran (N. d. diardi). More

Lizard lunch

The story

The award for ‘most observant scientist during his lunch break’ this week must go to Ngo Van Tri of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology who noticed something odd about the tank of lizards at his local restaurant. More

New species of giant lizard discovered

Green tree monitor lizardI am always amazed at the biodiversity of life on Earth.  Just when you think we have discovered all there is, a news story like this comes along.

It is rare to find a new species of animal, especially one as large as this 2m long monitor lizard that has just been discovered in the Philippines. More