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 fruit is this?

Just spotted this fruit while walking to school. It's the size of a small coin.The taste is almost sour and tangy and somewhat sweet (I only tried one of them and very little of it). I admit, ...
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What's the name of this bird?

This morning I saw a bird that I have never seen before. Since it was quite big, I'm very interested in knowing its name. The bird was quite big, at least 2-3 times of a common blackbird. The wings ...
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Yellow/Orange Fungus on Oak Tree

What is the fungus pictured below? The photo was taken October 6, 2013 near San Antonio, TX. I have Googled it and my results suggest Laetiporus root rot (Laetiporus sulfureus). According to this ...
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What is this crow eating, and is it a common part of the corvid diet?

Here's a picture (by Rob Curtis) of a crow carrying and eating the corpse of what looks a bit like a small hawk or falcon: Other pictures clearly show the crow is eating the dead bird. This image ...
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What are the white dots on the tree in this photo?

Today in Kongens Have, I noticed a lot of white dots on bark of trees. There are plenty of them, and they were usually on 'bottom' side of branches. Does anyone know what this could be? I took a ...
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Species Identification - small insect: is this a bed bug?

I found this bug in my apartment in Chicago. We had bed bugs in our house the previous year (but we thought we got rid of them). This bug was very small - maybe 2 millimeters in length. These ...
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Puffball mushroom species ID?

Found this mushroom today. It's a kind of puffball mushroom and I think pestle puffball but I hope someone can confirm that/point me to other likely species. It was in Central Eastern Sweden ...
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Do immortal organisms exist?

Do organisms exist that are able to live indefinitely if they are not killed by external factors? Under external factors I would consider things like predators and natural disaster but not illness by ...
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Organism identification, what is this?

Im trying to find out what this is, see image below. Im thinking these are either some insect eggs or some sort of mosslike plant. The substance is stuck to a steel pillar, outside, about 5 feet ...
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What is this beetle and what are the strange antennae for?

I found this wonderful creature in my yard (I live in the south of France) last night: It was about 2-3cm long, with a hard carapace and wings. It also made loud hissing noises when agitated. I ...
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What is this insect I found in Russia?

I found this in Russia. It is approximately 2cm long.
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Plant identification?

Can anyone identify the plant below? It's in a backyard in Pennsylvania, and the photo was taken today.
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Identify this spider

I found this spider on my balcony in Sunnyvale, CA. It sat in a irregular net. The body was approx. 6mm long. Which species does it belong to?
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Identification of this Salamander

This salamander was found in a small forest pond somewhat near the Oregon coast. In the area are many rough skinned newts and a small number of another type of salamander that I still can't find the ...
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How to search for organisms by criteria such as growth substrate and overflow metabolites?

I'm looking for a database or a systematic way to search for organisms which meet certain criteria. My criteria descending importance are: growth substrate chemolithoautotrophy (on which substrate) ...
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What kind of bird species is this?

Every now and then I got a glimpse of this bird which I'm pretty sure is not native to Northern Germany where I live. There are at least three of these birds around but I usually only see something ...
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What insect is this? (Black body two orange lines in its back and six legs)

I found this today in the library while studying. I am very curious to know whether this particular insect has a name that I can look up and find more information about: Full length is almost one ...
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How to obtain bacteria samples at home?

As the original question went from hold to closed, I thought I would write up a more appropriate question. How should one go about getting bacterial samples to look at under a microscope at home? ...
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How can this bird be identified? Can someone please identify this bird?

These photographs have been taken in Warora, India. Could someone please help identify this bird?
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Are wild cats the same species as house cats?

I thought that the definition of species is "can interbreed" From Wikipedia: The wildcat (Felis silvestris) is a small cat found throughout most of Africa, Europe, and southwest and central ...
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Identification of this fly?

So I find these flies every year in my mulch, and I've never seen them anywhere else. The mulch becomes full of their larvae, which I feed to my toad and lizards. There are so many that you can hear ...
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Small worm living in some kind of cocoon, what are these animals?

I am curious what animal is this. It is/lives inside some kind of cocoon, about 1 cm in length. They are attached to walls and to the ceiling, but sometimes they fall off. Inside the structure there ...
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Identification of an Insect (Hemiptera)

I found a a few of these guys on my composter, so they could have easily been eating bugs or decaying organics (or both): To me it looks like a stink bug with oversized legs, not like the ones I'm ...
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What is the species of these mushrooms?

The mushrooms are gilled with a light-brown cap. The stem is widened to the base. What species is it? Is it considered edible? They are found in mixed forest in Moscow, Russia. They grow in the ...
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Identification of this spider?

I find these in forests in Oregon, western half, though they're probably on the eastern half as well. They live under pieces of wood and bark, and have a small web across the ground. Mine will eat ...
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Strange looking mushroom found in a dead tree

I'm trying to identify this mushroom my sister found at her campus' lawn. It is brown, looks somewhat like a turtle or a brain and is growing inside of a dead tree trunk. Geographically the campus is ...
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An unexpected mushroom in my garden

My grandma is a great fan of mushrooms and knows quite a lot about them. About 10 years ago, she started throwing out mushroom remnants in one special place, in order to grow her own mushrooms. In ...
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What insect is in this photo?

Found in Russia, in the kitchen. It is about 1–2 cm length.
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Filamentous algae - what exactly am I looking at?

I have just taken some images with my light microscope at 400x of (what I think is) some form of filamentous algae from a local pond. Now, I think I am looking at a single cell (centre) with some ...
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What insect is this..?

Can anyone tell me what kind of insect (if it is one) is this...!! Or is it the pupa of some insect? Well I don't think that the whole big thing is the insect itself, it appears to be just a kind of ...
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Bee (?) identification

I live in Michigan. I just saw a bee that I think I've seen before, but only this time was I so struck by its uniqueness and - for lack of a better word - scariness. I'll describe it. It was ...
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What kind of insect is this?

Found in Russia in the kitchen. It is about 3 mm long.
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What kind of mushroom(?) is this?

I found groups of these growing in the Lassen National Forest (Susanville, CA, USA). It looks like some sort of mushroom. I have Googled extensively, but can't seem to find a match.
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What in the world is this critter?

We spotted this thing crawling around a (thankfully empty) bowl in our apartment in Barcelona, Spain. I have never seen anything like it. It appears to be some kind of caterpillar-like insect, but it ...
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What kind of caterpillar is this?

I've made a photo using the reversed 58 mm lens and my cropped DSLR: Could you please help? I really don't know where this came from. I found it in Russia.
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Identification - What kind of animal leaves these tracks?

I live in the suburbs of Washington DC where it recently snowed. I was admiring all of the tracks left behind by wildlife of all kinds when I came across these prints, that I was unable to recognize ...
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What species is this large-ish spider?

Last night I came across this spider outside my house (costal Southern California). It was bigger than any I'd seen before, about 2.5 or maybe 3 inch legspan, maybe just under an inch for the body ...
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Identify this waterfowl species?

I've been unable to find anything on the Google resembling this bird. I took the photo in Virginia Beach, VA around 2010, October, I think... It appears to be between winter and summer plumage but I'm ...
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Is this an Emperor Penguin or a King Penguin?

I have a book from Dorling Kindersley called Animal Encyclopedia (the German version that I have is called Das große Tierlexikon) with images from animals. One is titled Emperor Penguin ...
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What is the name of the baboons that live in Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia there are a lot of baboons in the mountain area. I would like to know what's the name of this specific baboons so I can read about them more:
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Are there any open plant databases (database/library/collection), containing species information and pictures?

I would like to download a plant database containing photos and species details. Do you know if there are any openly available online?
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What is this marmot-like animal (Tigray, Ethiopia)?

I was searching what are the animals I frequently saw in the north of Ethiopia. I took some bad quality pictures. For me it looked like a large squirrel, local people called it a rat, and on the ...
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What flying insect is this?

Found in Russia. Approx. 7 cm.
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Can someone identify this bird?

We recently found a nest in the back garden and a little bird inside. Can you help us identify it? The nest is quite small like the bird so we are wondering whether this is the parent or a baby chick. ...
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What is this awesome plant, which can close its leaves when touched?

I came across this video on Facebook where a plant closes its leaves when touched. Unfortunately the video does not mention the name of this awesome plant. What's the name of this plant, and where ...
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Identification of this insect?

I noticed several of these guys outside, all in a vertical position clinging to a wall. I didn't come to them too closely, but my immediate reaction was that they are scorpions. I thought that ...
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What is this insect?

These photographs were taken today in Marseille, in the Mediterranean coast of France. My French friends inform me that these beasties are called cousins because they are "cousins" of mosquitoes ...
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What kind of arthropod/animal is this?

Can anyone identify this strange creature? I live in a very urban part of Montreal, Canada. It wasn't moving (seemed dead) and although the image is huge, it wasn't as big as it seems (a couple of ...
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Could someone Identify this Insect Hive on my Balcony Grill

A smallish insect hive has been forming on the grill of my balcony in the last month or two, and I wanted to know should I be worried or can I just let it be. Its 13th floor in Singapore, if the ...
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Which kind of tick is this and what is that thing around its back?

I was recently bitten by a tick. After having removed it from my body, I put it in a glass. By now, it has stopped moving, so I put it under a microscope and looked at it. I was surprised about being ...