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Questions tagged [species-identification]

Questions looking to find the name of a specific organism. Please include as much information as possible on location/habitat, size/characteristics and behavior. Ideally, you should provide images.

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What is this very tiny (3mm) centipede-like insect?

My kid found this little guy in his bedroom. It’s about 2-3mm long. Lots of legs, and white rings around it’s abdomen. Any idea what it is?
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Why this fish is accompanying stingray?

During snorkelling a couple of months ago on Canary Islands I've been watching stingrays which I think are "Roughtail stingrays". Often this fish (on pic) was accompanying those stingrays. So what ...
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What spider is this in Idaho?

I have killed maybe 5 of these little bastards as I have a 3 year old and dont want her bit. Should be able to zoom in quite a bit. Just hold CTRL and hit the plus symbol. Whitish top brown legs ...
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What is this small black insect with an orange stripe?

Sorry for the poor quality of the second image, but a slightly different perspective may be useful. This was taken in South Africa, Western Cape during the day. They're fairly small, maybe around 5mm ...
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Are these termites

Found a large number of these trapped between my window and the window frame. Are they termites? Location: Eastern Massachusetts, USA
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Can someone identify the species of this frog/ toad?

Location: Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India I found it at night time near a lake It was quite small in size ( 5-6 cm Approx.) having dark brown spots all over its body and three prominent green ...
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Identifying Some Kind Of Fossil

This was found off the coast of Ireland by a friend of mine. The running gag is it's some kind of fetish or totem and should be immediately discarded, but we're interested in whether it's perhaps a ...
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Can you identify this species name?

I found this animal in Thanjavur.. It is millipede.. But I don't find out this species name..
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Identify fuzzy black quarter sized spider with orange on abdomen, in Minnesota

Found this spider on my car in Minnesota near St Paul (USA). Total size including the legs (end of rear leg to end of front leg in picture) is probably about the size of a quarter.
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Which insect is this? They crawl like caterpillars and get metamorphed into orange moths

They are like larvae which gets metamorphed into moth (orange colour with black spots) .They are multiplying rapidly and have spread all over our building.
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Found this spider in my garden

I found this guy in my backyard. I have no clue what he is, though I'm assuming a jumping spider, after doing a little bit of searching. For context, I live in Southern California, close to being ...
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Can anyone identify this plant?

We found this seemingly ornamental plant somewhere in the midwestern United States; does anyone know what it is? It's fairly low to the ground. Thanks!
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What is this thing that is growing in my yard? And should I get rid ot if?

I live in Wilmington, Delaware (Mid-Atlantic USA). The north side of my yard is largely shaded by my house and grass is spotty. Periodically when I go into the yard I will find as many as four pod-...
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Is this a form of *LaetIporous sulfurous*? Tree is in north central Virginia

I found this while walking our dogs. Is this "chicken of the woods"?
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What is this bird called?

I've found this bird. Does anyone know what is it?
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What type of bird skull is this?

My aunt found this skull on the beach in Vancouver Canada. I believe it might be a type of bird, but I can’t place it. It is about 5 inches (~13 cm) long and 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) wide.
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Insect Egg Case, and if so, What Insect?

Observed this object today (early October) in Sabino Canyon, on the north side of Tucson AZ, in a riparian area. It's attached to a mesquite tree (Prosopis spp). It's attached to one side of the ...
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Help identify this creature

I found this strange insect while on Son Tra, Da Nang in central Vietnam. It was about 4cm long and although it was on the ground, was obviously capable of flying. I've never seen anything like this ...
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Insect identification (Brazil, orthoptera?)

This insect appeared in my indoor yard, in southeastern Brazil. The body is roughly 2cm in length and it makes very distinct beeping sounds, in a pattern that sounds almost like morse code, unlike the ...
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Can someone help me identify this Brazilian spider?

Does anyone know anything about the identification of this spider? Sorry, but it's the only image I have. It was shot at 2004, January 25th (summer), at 11:27 AM, in Cerrado biome at Minas Gerais ...
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A small plant that needs identification

This plant has found today on the shore of an island near Fethiye, Turkey. Exact coordinates are 36.669950,29.032914. Local people were unable to recognize it. It smells like lavender. Could someone ...
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What is this 5"-across spider found in my bedroom in France?

As the subject-line says, what is s/he? I've removed more spiders than I remember over the years, but one that almost fills a pint-glass was approached with some trepidation!
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What kind of fish is this white blue-stained fish?

This fish has been spotted at the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns (Queensland). I put a big effort to find it via Google but never could encounter anything similar. I have also made an attempt to find ...
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Flowers sent by the birds

Birds have sown seeds on my ground and this beautiful flower has sprung. What's the name of this flower? I live in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Can anyone identify this spider

This is in Wroclaw, Poland. I'll be here a few months and I've noticed that they come in large groups in the evening. They are everywhere outside, but I haven't seen any inside. They seem to live in ...
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What is this insect (Germany)? [duplicate]

It was hovering and in between it was very fast and hard to photograph. I'm not even sure if it is an insect? Photographed in Germany.
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Is this aquatic plant duckweed or something else?

This plant has been growing in my pond for quite a time now. It multiplies in large numbers rapidly. Some told me it is duckweed or is it something else?
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What type of bug/insect is this?

I found this bug on the bedsheet and can’t figure out what it is. Can anyone help?
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Wondering if a Ichthyologist can identify this fish for me

This will be very simple for a lot of you! But I been getting mixed answers about his catch. Is this a chinook salmon or brown spotted trout? Caught in Angus, Ontario, Canada. (Hwy 90 Bridge) I ...
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Can anyone identify this insect from India?

Found this bug in Chennai. Curious to know what kind it is. Does it pose any danger?
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unknown bird in Long Lake Michigan…chocolate brown head and neck, charcoal body and tail, ivory wings, top and bottom

light chocolate head and neck w/ charcoal body and tail. the wings are ivory white, top and bottom from the body outwards. the colors are clear.....not mixed with other colors. no stripes or spots, ...
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Identify this insect (looks like part of a tree)?

I found this insect and thought it was part of a tree at first, then it moved and so I knew it was an insect. I've never seen it before though so I am posting here hoping someone knows what it is. ...
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I found this in my refrigerator water filter. Is it a biofilm? Is it a sign of dangerous bacteria?

When I dispense water form my refrigerator after changing my filter, the following slimy tube like deposits appeared. Does anybody know what this is? Could it be a biofilm growing in the water hose, ...
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Species identification: 2.5mm (3/32“ or 1.5/8”) brownish ant in highrise apartment

Can anyone please identify this ant? In case it helps, 3 attempts of using Ortho Ant Bgon Max gel and bait has not helped. They 2 were administered 2 weeks apart. Apparently, it's basically borax ...
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What is this creature? Possibly some sort of newt

Found beside a river in Wales, about 1-2mm in length, four legs oval torso and a ridged tail roughly half its length. Most likely amphibious, possibly some kind of newt? It was very tiny and I don't ...
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What is this? I found it in tofino, Vancouver island

I'm wondering what this sea creature is that I found washed up on McKenzie beach in Tofino, Vancouver Island? It wasn't dried up or anything. I've seen hundreds before but I cant find anywhere on the ...
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Identify this unusually-shaped, orange-colored fruit that grows in pairs?

The photos below were taken on the island of Penghu in the Taiwan straight in October. This was in a public place and the small tree (about 3 meters tall, trunk perhaps 8 to 10 cm diameter) had ...
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Can anyone identify this spider for me? [duplicate]

There is a spider on the window of my office that I've been trying to identify for the past few days but can't quite figure it out. My coworker thinks it's a Furrow Orb Weaver but I'm not sure. My ...
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Species identification; clusters of big plump red bugs in Taipei

I saw these red insects in Taipei near XinBeitou MRT station in the last week of April 2017, around lunch time. They were fairly active and would keep checking each other out with their antennae for a ...
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Swarming red millipedes found near my home

Location:Hyderabad,South India. These worms usually come out when it rains,these worms are the most common ones any help in figuring out them,they come in groups too.
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Difference between Sphyraena obtusata and Sphyraena novaehollandiae

"Striped barracuda" is the common name for both Sphyraena obtusata and the Sphyraena novaehollandiae. Here's links to both fish species from fishesofausralia.net: S. novaehollandiae and S. obtusata ...
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ID bug found in Mojave county, USA

What is this? I found it under a bed sheet. I live In Mojave county, AZ, USA, in the middle of the desert. It was probably 1/8 inch long. And narrow.
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Which species of bee or wasp are in this photo?

Please tell me what do you think :) The photo is from Santander, Colombia. I didn’t take any closeups photos 😞, but these were little bees, like 5 x 1 mm. The tube didn’t seem man-made, it was ...
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Help me identify this Bug species

I found this insect in Pune/India. Its body size was less than 1 cm. It was near light source. I suspected it to be Juvenile Thread-legged Bug, but i am not sure. Is my suspicion right or is it some ...
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Identify round, green, flying insect with spikes in South Carolina (USA)

The tables have turned -- I need some help IDing an insect: I've been unable to identify an insect that I came across about 6 years ago in South Carolina (USA). We were doing a vegetation survey in ...
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Identify this caterpillar

Could anyone try to help identify this caterpillar, there are loads of them all over my garden and I've got three of them in a makeshift caterpillar house. I've had them for about a week and they've ...
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Snake with strange head

This snake was killed in graveyard Peshawar (Pakistan). I just wonder what is this? Is it a snake? Baby crying sounds were reportedly heard from graveyard in Peshawar after months of search the sounds ...