Species Discoveries

researchers collecting fish

Rain & Loaches in Thailand

Collecting in the field can run the gamut from spending a beautiful day walking along a pristine river to being shot at for getting too close to protected land....
map shows snake locations in Florida

Researchers rename three state kingsnakes as separate species

Florida Museum of Natural History scientists have reclassified three types of kingsnakes found in the state, elevating them to species status. Fossil records and DNA analyses show the Florida kingsnake, eastern kingsnake and Eastern Apalachicola L...

George Washington’s little buttercup

How an extinct ancestor of buttercups and poppies is helping solve Darwin’s 'abominable mystery' An ancient relative of buttercups, the new genus and species ...
By infusing a specimen with iodine and using a micro-CT scanner, Florida Museum researcher David Blackburn is able to view the nervous system of the Burundi screeching frog, Arthroleptis schubotzi.

What lies within

New micro-CT scanner allows inside view of even the tiniest fossils Infusing a specimen with iodine allows researchers using a micro-CT scanner to view the ne...
A new study describes six new species of African clawed frogs, including Xenopus mellotropicalis, pictured here.

Six new African clawed-frog species discovered

A new study describes six new species of African clawed frogs, including Xenopus mellotropicalis,  pictured here in Gabon, Central Africa. Photo courtesy of Br...
Specimens from new species within the genus Paratoceras

Extinct deer-like creature sheds light on biodiversity

Florida Museum Ph.D. candidate Aldo Rincon examines the jaw of a 22-million-year-old undescribed species of Paratoceras from Panama. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Kristen Grace The expansion of the Panama Canal, a century-old waterwa...
A new study shows hawkmoths, including this species belonging to the subtribe choerocampine, produces ultrasound as a defense mechanism against bats. The study led by Florida Museum of Natural History Lepidopterist Akito Kawahara found that many hawkmoth species have used a sound-producing system found in their genitals to elude bats for millennia. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Pablo Padron

The evolution of hawkmoths’ sonar jamming

A new study shows hawkmoths, including this species belonging to the subtribe choerocampine, produces ultrasound as a defense mechanism against bats. Florida M...