Category: Biodiversity

Saved: the endangered species back from the brink of extinction

Human activity has put wildlife around the world at risk, but many creatures are now thriving thanks to conservationists

Enormous swarms of midges teach about interconnected landscapes

Ecologists are trying to understand why the midge population at an Icelandic lake can fluctuate by 100,000-fold across a decade, and what impact these massive swarms have on the surrounding landscape.

Seven new species of night frogs from India including four miniature forms

Scientists from India have discovered seven new frog species belonging to the genus Nyctibatrachus, commonly known as Night Frogs.

How birds of a feather evolved together

Research shows how birds acquired beaks of all shapes and sizes over millions of years of evolution.

Scientists discover large extinct otter

Scientists discover large extinct otter, Siamogale melilutra, from the Miocene Shuitangba site in northeastern Yunnan Province in China.

World’s largest tropical peatland discovered in Congo swamps

A vast peatland in the Congo Basin has been mapped for the first time, revealing it to be the largest in the tropics.

Risk of tree species disappearing in central Africa ‘a major concern,’ say researchers

New research suggests a persistent lack of human attention in the central African forest could actually cause some tree species to disappear.

Genome sequence of polar alga explains evolutionary adaptation to extreme variable climate

An international team of researchers has identified the genetic mutations which allowed microalgae (phytoplankton) from the Southern Ocean to adapt to extreme and highly variable climates

Alien bird risk from pet trade

The trade in caged birds poses a risk to native species if birds manage to escape, research suggests.

Zooplankton rapidly evolve tolerance to road salt

A common species of zooplankton — the smallest animals in the freshwater food web — can evolve genetic tolerance to moderate levels of road salt in as little as two and a half months, according to new research published online today in the journal Environmental Pollution.