Questions looking to find the name of a specific species of organism. Please include as much information as possible on habitat (esp. where in the world you found the organism) and behavior, and ideally provide images.

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What kind of spider is this?

My home country, Mexico (Mexicali, North of Mexico), is infested of Loxosceles reclusa spiders. Yesterday I found this spider in my house, however I do not know this kind of spider. Can you identify ...
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What is the name of this green plant with thin leaves?

I've seen this in Scotland between Balmaha and Inversnaid: A higher resolution is here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Balmaha-Inversnaid-9.jpg What is the name of this green plant with ...
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ID for any of the following insects. Karnataka, India. May 2016 [on hold]

Please help with the identification of the beetles/ bugs/ whatever insects they are. Thanks!
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What is the name of this plant with small, 5-leaved divided pink blooms?

I found this in a forest in Karlsruhe (Germany). The blooms are pink and have 5 leaves. Each leave is divided into two parts. It is pink and has a diameter of about 1-2cm.
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What is the name of this about 5cm high, grey, Beanie shaped fungus?

I found those below some stone stairs in Germany. The grass gives you an impression of the size (I guess the grass is about 5-7cm tall)
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Assessing the Impacts of Illegal Bushmeat Hunting, Limpopo, South Africa [on hold]

I want to assess the impact of illegal bushmeat hunting over a large area of Limpopo, South Africa with camera traps. What would the best method be to statistically assess this data? Ideally, I would ...
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Species Identification: Snake, New Mexico

The snake is about one and a half inches in diameter at its widest, a half inch at the head, and about two feet long. I found it in central New Mexico. It's hard to see the head in the pics, but it ...
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Simple computational biology project for AP Biology class. Ideas? [closed]

Our teacher assigned us a project to do with an extremely open-ended prompt and it should be completed within a month. I was planning on doing something related to computation and evolution in terms ...
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What's the name of this bug?

A friend of mine found this bug in Germany. He sent the picture and asked if anyone knew what kind of bug it is. Since no one knew and I didn't find anything similar via google search, I decided to ...
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Can anyone identify this bug/insect?

!Saw this bug/insect/spider? on a ranch in Santa Ynez, CA. Pretty fast moving-this was the only photo I could get. The creature is the thing in the photo that looks like two puff balls on a very black ...
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Banana cultivar identification

I found a cultivar of banana that I haven't seen before (and that was significantly different from the standard Cavendish cultivar) in a market in Hong Kong today, due to the language barrier ...
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What is this white stuff inside apples?

I live at Vancouver, BC, Canada and very often find this kind of white stuff in the apples I buy I used to live in Europe (Switzerland) and never saw that before. It very much look like a fungus. ...
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What is this wood-infesting insect?

I have these insects in a very old wooden floor. I would like to know whether they are possibly termites, and if not, what they are. They are about 4 mm in length (and I've had difficulty taking a ...
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What is this animal? [duplicate]

Can someone tell me what is the name of this one? Then I can check a little more about it.
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What is this little white creature?

Please identify this little and soft white creature. Since childhood I am seeing this things flying in my surroundings and nowadays they are seen occasionally.
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Any idea what this red plant is?

I live in South central Indiana, US, and these have just started appearing in the grass in my yard. I just bought this house last fall so I've never seen them. Anyone know what they are? Are they ...
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Can you identify this animal?

It was in the bathroom, 2cm in lenght (or so). It has two small antenas on the head. I live on Balkan peninsula, inland.
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Species Identification - small insect

I found a few of these walking in the middle of the night (about 3 AM) on a wall in my room near the floor. They are at most a few millimetres long (no more than 2 I would say). I am living in Poland, ...
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What is this crawling next to my house?

I just found this outside my house while walking the dog. I was thinking it's some kind of slug? It's been raining a lot lately and today, so maybe that has something to do with it being on the ...
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A 10mm long creature in the California dust

I observed this tiny creature burrowing through the dusty soil of Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in Santa Barbara County, California, on June 8, 2014, about 7 a.m. I have really no clue what it could ...
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Moth with silver marking on wings

This is a moth that we found on a curtain inside the house a couple of days ago. Unfortunately, these pictures did not come out as well as I thought before I realized it outside. But I was struck my ...
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Large black caterpillar, cocoon, moth - Los Angeles

This is my first visit here, probably the first of many, since I have many species to identify! The first is a regular resident of my back yard in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Mt. Washington. It's ...
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What is the name of this beautiful white trees?

I found this beautiful white trees in an unknown video.
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What kind of fish are these?

This should be pretty easy. We have a tropical fish tank, and among a few other species we have an adult pair of these guys. The female is a live-bearer, and seems to be giving birth to two young at a ...
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What is the species of this butterfly? [on hold]

What is the species of this butterfly?
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What species of fox is this?

I found this picture of a fox in a news article about arctic foxes in Sweden (source), but I'm not sure whether it is actually an arctic fox. On the one hand, it has white fur, which is the correct ...
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Flower identification (Singapore, April)

I saw some flowers growing by the roadside today, and was wondering about the species of this plant. The plant also appeared to be fruiting, and it produced small fruits that formed small clusters. ...
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Species identification - greenish blue ocean worm (nudibranch?) in Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

We found this on a beach at the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia in March, 2016 and cannot identify it. It's some sort of worm-type creature with many legs and bluish back about 15cm long. The legs ...
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What is this bird of prey with white belly?

This bird was around the house in northern Switzerland (altitude approximately 700 metres) on January 17th 2016, and I am just wondering what kind of species it is. The legs are yellow and the ...
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Can you identify this phyllanthus tree?

I have this tiny tree in my garden in Cancun, Q.Roo Mexico. (More photos available here.) The little tree started to grow in a planter. I did not pay any attention to it until it grew to 10 cm. It ...
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What are these curious cetaceans?

At the beginning of the superb documentary film “Un jardin d’Eden sous les mers” (“A garden of Eden under the seas”) [1], we see a group of curious cetaceans. At about 1 min. What are these ...
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Big Bug from Peru

I'd like to have a name for this guy. There were 5 or 6 of them zipping around the flower bed on the coast of Peru about 120 kms south of Lima.
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Skull mystery on beach

The skull was found on a beach on the Sechelt inlet on Canada's pacific coast. A marine environment. What species is this skull from?
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Cockroach-like insect identification

I just saw an insect in my room, and I have never seen anything like it ever before. I captured a photo, please see if you can identify it. It has got quite unique colours on its exodermis and it has ...
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What type of tree is this?

This is a tree that I have been growing. I'm wondering if this is a mulberry, and if so, what kind? Location is Arizona.
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What is this creature?

I found this small creature in my water bucket which i filled from my water tank. I would like to know what kind of creature I have found here. Features which ought to help for identification: ...
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Do you know what type of insect this is?

I found these in my appartment (we live in a half basement). It's been three so far and I can't find the thing anywhere in insect lists, etc. Could you tell me what type of insect this is?
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What is this strange looking bug?

These bugs are coming out of some wood that I cut and burned in Northern Indiana. I am not sure if it is coming out of a white ash, cherry or oak. We did have the emerald ash boarer come though the ...
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Lizard spieces identification

I managed to photograph a lizard in Haruvit Forest, Israel. I would like to know - what lizard species is this? Size appr. 20-25cm
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What is this animal that hides in dustlike structure?

I'd like help identifying the species of animal in these two photos. There's some dust(or dust-like substance) with something alive inside of it (possibly a larva or I don't really know what to call ...
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Choice of Molecular markers to carry out molecular phylogenetics

For evolutionary analysis of different individuals within a population, the preferable molecular markers are non-coding regions of mitochondrial DNA. My question is that why they are used what is the ...
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Are these birch or aspen trees?

I was just wondering if anybody could help me identify the trees in this image? I am confused as to whether they are aspen or birch, a mix of the two, or whether the brown/reddish trees are some other ...
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Is this a saltwater millipede?

I spotted this millipede-like creature in Hervey Bay, Australia at low tide, just kind of hanging out at the bottom of a small saltwater tidepool. It's several inches long, composed of a large ...
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What is this blue-green bioluminescent jellyfish I saw at Aquarium of the Pacific?

I took this picture of an animal in the bioluminescent section of Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, but I neglected to write down what it was. I've searched the Aquarium's web site, ...
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What's the mechanism or structure responsible for new species genetic code generation? [closed]

I always had this question in mind. I think, If humans find answer to it then we can trigger the next evolution of human specie. What is the mechanism or structure responsible for evolution ? I don't ...
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Are these lovebugs?

I used to see these insects frequently in Chennai and Bangalore (South India). I just would like to know if this is a kind of lovebug. The lovebug as mentioned in the Wikipedia page is, however, ...
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Aquarium snail identification

Many of these little snails suddenly appeared in our aquarium from nowhere. I suspect that some snail eggs hitched a ride with some recently purchased plants. Can anyone identify the species? I am ...
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Identify this large (swamp) fly?

Can anyone identify this large fly? I encountered it in Okefenokee Swamp (Georgia, U.S.A.) on May 1, 2015. Weather: 53-78°F (avg. 66°F), avg humidity = 60, dew point = 47°F. The fly was about the ...
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Why does the open tree of life have 2600 species of rose?

The open tree of life has 2754 species and subspecies with the prefix Rosa. Wiki says: There is significant disagreement over the number of true rose species. Some species are so similar that ...
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What nocturnal animal sound am I hearing in the trees in Maine?

Every year, during late summer nights (usually around 9:00 pm) in Maine, I hear a noise coming from high up in the trees. The trees I hear it from are mostly maple or conifer, but where I live there ...