Researchers Pim Bongaerts and Norbert Englebert on a collection dive. Credit: © David Whillas Researchers say that our framework for classifying coral species needs to be expanded to capture ecological diversity and protect reef environments. In recent years, advancements in DNA sequencing have exposed a large amount of hidden diversity in reef-building […]

Humpback whale and researchers pictured from a drone. Credit: Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab The ocean’s mammals are at a crucial crossroads — with some at risk of extinction and others showing signs of recovery, researchers say. In a detailed review of the status of the world’s 126 […]

Composite image showing just a small portion of the remarkable diversity of larval and juvenile fishes and invertebrates found living in surface slick nurseries along West Hawaii Island. Credit: Larval photos: Jonathan Whitney (NOAA Fisheries), Slick photo: Joey Lecky (NOAA Fisheries) The open ocean is a harsh place for newborn […]

This decade must be the turning point, where we transform humanity’s relationship with nature and put the planet on a path to recovery, argues a global team of researchers in a paper published on Friday, January 22, 2021, outlining a new framework for implementing global commitments to restoring nature, The Mitigation […]

Glacier buttercup, Ranunculus glacialis, in front of the Rutor glacier, Italy. Credit: G. Losapio and coauthors Beyond the ski slopes, one of the most iconic symbols of the Alps are the alpine flowers. These plants are not only beautiful — they are also used in liqueurs and medicines, and they […]

Mollusks of a sample from Southern Israel: in red, those belonging to species of Red Sea origin, in blue, those of Mediterranean origin. Native species are very few, whereas tropical ones are dominant, marking the transformation of the ecosystem. Credit: © Paolo Albano Most native species are going locally extinct, […]

The banyan tree Ficus macrocarpa produces aerial roots that give it its distinctive look. A new study reveals the genomic changes that allow the tree to produce roots that spring from its branches. Credit: Photo by Gang Wang The banyan fig tree Ficus microcarpa is famous for its aerial roots, which sprout […]

Tree hyrax from Taita Hills, Kenya. Credit: Hanna Rosti A research team from the University of Helsinki has discovered a tree hyrax in the Taita Hills, Kenya, which may belong to a species previously unknown to science. The discovery, which was part of a study of the vocalizations of nocturnal […]

Carolina Sandhills salamander (Eurycea arenicola) in life from North Carolina. Credit: Todd Pusser Already possessing more salamander species than any other state in the country with 63, North Carolina has just added one more to make it 64. The aptly named Carolina Sandhills Salamander (Eurycea arenicola) is found in association […]