Species Discoveries

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 ...
Gulf Indigo Snake

Newly discovered snake species could aid conservation efforts

They seem similar at first glance, but it turns out the indigo snakes found on Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts are not two of a kind. Florida Museum researchers describe a new species, the Gulf Coast indigo snake, Drymarchon kolpobasileus, pic...
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 Bryan Stuart Before modern-day pregnancy tests, doctors in the early 20th century resorte...
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...
Bella moth

Bella moth keeps invasive plant at bay

The bella moth, pictured on the flower of an exotic Crotalaria retusa, is changing the plant's ecology as it feeds on the seeds of this invasive plant. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Andrei Sourakov Taming a wild plant may not sound t...
Reichart spent 250 hours reassembling the snake

Anatomy of a burmese python

The story of a monster snake’s rearticulation Volunteer Becky Reichart uses hot glue to connect one of the Burmese python’s 338 vertebrae on tapered wire as p...