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 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 ...
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Spider Identification: Is this an Arizona Recluse?

I found this spider in my toilet bowl. It was after dark. We live in Prescott Valley, AZ at around 5100' elevation at the edge of a development fairly close to the mountains in grass land. I'm ...
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Pink growth (aka pink slime) in bathtub or shower

I was wondering if anybody had studied or was knowledgeable about the pink growth that people often find around water fixtures in their homes, especially bath tubs and showers? My understanding is ...
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What are the identifying characteristics of a Jellyfish?

I was walking down the beach today (Wollongong Australia, near Sydney) and saw this Jellyfish washed up on the beach. Then I saw another. I wanted to work out what type it was but didn't know ...
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Small insect identification

I live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and recently started seeing a bunch of these little guys in my house. They're about 1/8" long (estimate), with brown/black zigzag stripes; it's possible they're ...
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What is this sand covered insect?

I have found in a wooden house, in the mountains of central Spain this very curious insect: I was wondering if that was its skin or whether it's decomposition or sand or saw-dust. That particular ...
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Identification of an insect from midwest US

I have been seeing them more and more frequently indoors. I am currently in the Midwest United States, weather has been unusually warm for December, and there are many trees nearby. Can someone ...
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Bug Identification: what type of bug is this small ant-like bug?

It's not an ant; do you know what it's called? Found some in the building different times. Edit: Size is 4mm (length) x 1mm (height)
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What is this species of tree?

In my city, there is a unique tree, with thorns all over it. I would like to know - what species is this?
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What is the name of this snake?

This baby snake just came inside my house in Sri Lanka, and I'm wondering whether it is venomous. Do you know this snake? I am posting this from my phone so I am unable to format properly. And I ...
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What type of tree is this?

I photographed this group of trees a couple of years ago at the northern tip of Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay. Any idea what species these are?
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What is this dried animal for sale?

I found this image on the Internet, which features an African youngster holding up an animal for sale to a potential customer sitting inside a car. It appears to be some sort of dried and disemboweled ...
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Can anyone identify these moths?

Here are two lepidopterans I collected in Oregon (USA). The wingspan of the bigger one (on the left) is ~4 cm. I spent a lot of time browsing this website hoping to find a match, but I didn't have ...
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Unknown animal - What could it be?

It's the first time I use this website and I really need help because I'm totally stuck Now I'm in school, but I'm trying to prepare for the Olympics During the preparation, I found the issue on the ...
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What kind of spider is this and is it dangerous?

Found this spider on my couch the other day in Steubenville, Ohio. The spider is about 2.5cm to 4cm long.
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Could someone please identify this species?

I have come across these insects a lot more lately, as far as I can tell, they can sustain a hover state in flight. I'm actually quite interested to know what these are, seeing they look like a cross ...
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Is there a web tool for species identification?

I know this stack exchange provides the ability to post photographs of animals/plants for species identification, but is there a web resource that can automatically identify a plant/animal using image ...
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Identification of this species of Toad

I found a short -- 20 second/s -- video on the Internet of a toad and I wonder if anybody could identify it? Here is the hyperlink; http://weloveshortvideos.com/post/132047898162 It was posted on a ...
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What plant is this?

It was all along a fence in a downtown core in Ottawa, flowering in November. I didn't get a better close-up of the flower itself, I had thought the leaves would be pretty important.
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What is this spider, and what is this object that emerged from its rear end?

I was observing this spider (caught in a Petri dish) under my microscope, when I noticed that a small, round object emerged from its rear end. It appeared to be black and white in appearance. I am ...
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What is the name of this moth found in Virginia USA?

Found in Virginia, USA on Nov 1 2015, 10:34 AM.
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Aloe species identification

I am trying to find out which species these are. Someone claimed they were Aloe Vera, but I am skeptical as I have never seen Aloe Vera with that kind of growth. These look more like Aloe Juvenna to ...
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Identification of a moth

It is from Bangladesh. Is it hawk moth? I am not sure. Please help.
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What kind of mushroom is this?

I picked it this evening beneath an oak, in France, Nantes : I tried an image search with Google, and it seems I picked a finger of a dead hand :) What is its name, and is it edible?
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What is the name of this plant, from Bangladesh?

This is a small plant from my backyard. I have found the flower closes in the evening.
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What sort of seed pod is this?

My son found this floating in a stream in Massachusetts, in the northeastern US. It was intact when he found it, but he cracked it open to see what was inside. I did some Google image searching, but ...
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Hemiptera sp. nymph?

Hemiptera sp. nymph? Which species is this Hemiptera nymph? Thank you!
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Hemiptera sp preimago?

Which species of Hemiptera is this preimago, seen in 2015 in Rome?
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What kind of tortoise is this?

Can you help me to ID this tortoise? It was walking around near to my house and then my mom found it, so we'd like to know more info. Its Straight Carapace Length is about 5+ inches. Found it in mid-...
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What happened to this seashell?

We found this seashell on a Mediterranean beach in the south of France. While most of the shells we found were quite intact, this one caught our attention. It is light and littered with tiny holes, ...
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Insect ID, Maharashtra, India

could someone please identify this insect? This photograph was taken in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India, near the town of Mahabaleshwar. Hemiptera was about as far as I could get using other ...