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Extraordinary treefrog discovered in the Andes of Ecuador

A dazzling new species of treefrog was discovered at a remote tabletop mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes. The new species has an extraordinary characteristic,...

The naming of the shrew

Researchers have discovered a new species of shrew, which they have named the hairy-tailed shrew, or Crocidura caudipilosa.

Scientists reveal the true identity of a Chinese octopus

A team of researchers came across a new-to-science species of octopus from Dongshan island in China's Fujian Province. At less than 40 g in...

Pythons are true choke artists

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Invasive flies prefer untouched territory when laying eggs

A recent study finds that the invasive spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) prefers to lay its eggs in places that no other spotted wing...

New study examines leeches for role in major disease of sea turtles in Florida

Researchers are homing in on the cause of a major disease of sea turtles, with some of their latest findings implicating saltwater leeches as...

Previous exposure to flaviviruses increases effects of Zika

Prior infection with dengue or West Nile virus can enhance the effects of Zika infection, a new study using human samples tested in mice...

Crystal clear: Lepidopterans have many ways of being transparent

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