The rim rock crowned snake is the rarest snake in North America. And now there's one less, after a snake was found dead with a centipede stuck in its throat.
Biodiversity is a contraction of the phrase "biological diversity," and refers to the variability of life within a species (judged by the variations in its genetic makeup), an ecosystem, a region and even across the planet. The biodiversity of the Amazon, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, would include the terrestrial species found in the rainforest, the birds that fly in its skies and the aquatic creatures that swim in the Amazon River. But one could also examine the biodiversity of the Amazon River itself. Biodiversity varies widely across the globe, from places of high biodiversity, such as rainforests and coral reefs, and areas of lower biodiversity, such as agricultural fields. High biodiversity is often considered a sign of a healthy ecosystem, and many conservation efforts are aimed preserving biodiversity. Read below for stories on studies of biodiversity.
Researchers captured a rare flower-like sea pen on video in the deep sea and believe it could be a new species.
A new species of glass frog has been named by a cryptocurrency organization, triggering concern over the high environmental cost of crypto.
The Cambodian Ministry of Environment has asked people to stop collecting a carnivorous plant that resembles a penis, after footage appeared on social media of people picking the rare plant.
Scientists recently described six new species of miniature frogs that inhabit forest floors in Mexico and Guatemala.
Dodos went extinct more than a century ago, and they are an enduring reminder of human-caused extinction.
Contraception may be the only key to controlling a population boom in feral hippos living in Colombian rivers near Pablo Escobar's former estate.
Thylacines, once widespread in Australia, have been extinct for nearly a century, but newly colorized footage provides a glimpse of what they looked like in life.
Scientists recently found that a fungus resembling zombies' fingers is more widespread in Australia than anyone suspected.
A two-pronged, pheromone-producing gland in female dragon mantises only pops up when they are ready to mate.
Researchers recently described a new species of amphibious giant centipede in an archipelago in Japan.
Rabbit-size rats from Eastern Africa are the only mammals on Earth that gain a poison defense from plants.
Researchers examining Leonardo Da Vinci's drawings found a microbiome — a hidden biological signature of their travels across centuries.
Scientists recently documented never-before-seen mating behavior in wrinkle-faced bats, in which males pull a furry flap of skin over their faces.
Tasmanian devils have been reintroduced to mainland Australia, where they haven't been seen in the wild for millennia.