Refugia in the ‘twilight zone’: discoveries from the Philippines

Author:
Sonia J. Rowley
Category:
Biodiversity
technology
Habitat protection and loss
Taxonomy

Microalgae systematics: can we still fit a square peg in a round hole when new evidence says it is a triangle?

The genomic era may seriously challenge our quest to pigeonhole biological entities into species, write El-Mahdi Bendif and colleagues.
Author:
El-Mahdi Bendif and colleagues.
Category:
Genetics and molecular research
Marine microbes
Taxonomy

Worms, glorious worms! The amazing polychaete diversity of Lizard Island

Way back in 2013, a group of polychaete workers descended on Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, and set up shop at the Lizard Island Research Station (a facility of the Australian Museum, Sydney) for a two-week field trip.

Author:
Pat Hutchings, Australian Museum Research Institute, Australian Museum, Sydney NSW
Category:
Taxonomy

A new species of jellyfish from Southeast Asia

The discovery of new species of jellyfish or planktonic cnidarians is not a rare event even in recent years, as they are often found in the deep-sea or offshore waters where most of us, even scientists, are unable to access. However, it would be surprising if a large, conspicuous jellyfish, consumed by people was new to science. A new species of
jellyfish that has been commercially harvested for more than 20 years for human consumption was discovered recently in central Java, Indonesia.

Author:
Jun Nishikawa
Category:
Taxonomy
Jellyfish