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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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A new species of small bird?

This picture is take from my village in Gujarat, India. I think it is a small bird which I have never seen before. It is smaller than an Indian hummingbird and even smaller than a neem tree leaf. You ...
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I just saw this bird outside my apartment. Anyone know what it is? (Texas, US)

Saw this bird outside my apartment in College Station, Texas and have never seen anything like it before! It is about the size of a hand.
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Help identifying leaf-like bone

I found two of these objects near a creek in Missouri. They feel like they are made out of bone but they do not look like any bone I have seen before. They also appear as though the could be some sort ...
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What is this wasp killing insect?

I spotted these two in my garden. What is this insect? He had firm control over the wasp and was just hanging on by one leg. He appeared to hold on until the wasp stopped moving and then flew away ...
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Does this recording sound like the pulses emitted by bats?

Out of curiosity, I recorded sounds in an area with lots of bats, hoping to be able to "hear" the bats communicating by lowering the ultrasound to a level down to the frequency which can be heard by a ...
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Insect identification - Is this a bedbug?

This bug was found on a couch in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The couch, and the two beds in the room show no signs of other bugs. Is this a bed bug that I should worry about or something harmless? It ...
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Can someone identify this ant?

This is one of seven ant queens I just collected yesterday morning (2015-09-21 9AM) around home. I live in Hong Kong, at a hillside facing south. The weather was as follows (Hong Kong Observatory ...
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What strange jelly-like thing is shown in the photo?

What is shown in the pictures below? The photo was taken at the Australia's south coast (Queenscliff). The length of the thing is no longer than 50 cm... It doesn't move and has jelly-like consistency....
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What is this bizarre looking animal we found in the forest? Bug identification

Please can someone identify this? I can't find anything on the Internet like it. 2 cm long. North Bohemian mountains (Czech Republic).
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Identification: Creepy 'nope'

While walking back from our routine evening stroll through the hills, we stumbled upon some insect(?). It was the size of an index finger, and it appeared to have some sort of wings. While I tried to ...
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What kind of creature is this?

I saw this on Facebook today and have tried researching it myself, but I have had no luck.
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What is the name of this red plant?

I came across this plant yesterday (14th May) and was wondering what it might be? Would anybody know the scientific name and if it's indigenous to the UK (personally I doubt it is)? The plant grows in ...
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What is this fish?! Is it even real?

According to a guy in a Facebook group I belong to, this fish was caught in the Missouri River near Omaha, NE, US. I have never seen one like it in my life, not in person or photo or anywhere. What on ...
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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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I found this strange tooth in Galveston, Texas. What does it belong to?

I found this on May 7, 2017, on Bolivar Peninsula in Galveston, Texas. What's not visible are the treelike rings inside the tooth and what looks like a tiny interior porous center. It looks like it ...
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What is this yellowish insect?

I found this insect inside of my shoe. It is approximately 1cm in length and less than half a centimetre wide. It was found in the Netherlands, in the province Gelderland. Close shot Distant shot ...
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Identifying a creature that appears to be a worm wrapped in a cocoon

This creature was found on a bed. At first, I thought it was a piece of lint, but then it suddenly moved. I picked it up in a paper towel and put it in an eye cream containers, which it is currently ...
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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, I've ...
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What are these bladder snail parasites?

I collected some bladder snails several months ago. While checking them out one day, I noticed that they were now infested with external, parasitic worms. Here's a picture of a snail with a bunch of ...
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Black insect with antennas and large abdomen

I found this insect crawling outside near my house, and I have never seen anything quite like it! It was found in the summer in Denmark. Length is approx 4 cm (1.5 inc) with the antennae. What ...
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What sea animal is this?

I am in a remote village and a young boy (second pic holding tail) says this thing is his friend. This creature is safe, we held it for pictures and released it after. None of us know what this is and ...
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What is the name of this fruit?

I have attached a photo. I know the Nepali name for this fruit but not its common name in English and its scientific names. In Nepal we call it as 'lahare Aanp' (meaning Climber Mango). This fruit is ...
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What is this black and white worm in a white case?

The case is very small and it's an off white color. The thing living inside can come out of either end. It's a black and white looking worm. It will poke its head out and move everywhere! They are ...
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Help identify this worm-like thing

Many instances of this worm-like creature were found in a water system for a mountain cabin in the Sierra Nevada mountains of the US, in late June / early July. The water system collects water from ...
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What kind of skull is this?

We found this skull on a beach in southwestern Sweden, and are curious as to what kind of animal it was.
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Identify this insect, found in Central Vietnam, with long antennae, black wings, and red body [duplicate]

Last year this insect landed on my hand when visiting the My Son city ruins in Central Vietnam. I've been trying to identify the insect, but until now without result. Can you help me? Or do you know ...
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Horned Mohawk looking insect. What is it?

Any ideas? I didn't know any other way to explain it. I live in Indiana, USA if that helps. Someone said it might be a "stink bug" but I'm not sure and not willing to find out!
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Species ID: Buckyball-like fungus [duplicate]

Previous research A friend of mine shared a link of some beautiful fungi: http://imgur.com/a/Dii3H. I was intrigued by the curious critter below -- it seems to have honed the power of buckyball ...
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A weird-looking fish with a shield

I found this photo in a local news page. The page claims that this fish is a new species that was found by a Malaysian fisherman. Is this true or is it a known fish and already has a name?
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Which organism built this 2 cm long sandy tube?

I found this tube and wondered which animal built it. It is 2 cm long and has an entrance/exit hole on one side. The material seems to be sandy. I assume it is for breeding purposes. Before finding ...
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Help me identify this insect from Bangladesh

I have seen this insect flying literally everywhere in Dhaka city (Bangladesh) over the last two months. It's small -- around 1-1.5 inches long. It's not an agile flyer and can be easily grabbed by ...
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Worm inside a millepede

I found a dead millipede lying on the ground in Wayand, Kerala (India). I put it in a bottle and brought it home. After around 5 hours a worm came out of it. It is about about 1.5 cm long and ...
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What is the name of this biting bug?

I just was bitten by a bug!!! It is 3mm long and has large pincers. Here is a photo: I live in Colorado. Any help identifying it would be great.
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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 made this black cluster on a leaf?

I found this black slug-shaped thing on a leaf by my pond in western Sweden. It's about 15 mm long, positioned on a vertical leaf (I bent it to take the picture). And I don't even know where to ...
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What is this insect in North Carolina?

This insect is in my house in North Carolina, USA. I think it shares similar body features of that of a wasp, but it is far too narrow and has what appears to be a long stinger. What is it?
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Can you identify this bird?

Can somebody please identify this bird for me? I spotted this in July 2012 while birding in Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary.
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Identify ~6-7mm long green creature

Here is the creature I found on the glass lid of my light bulb. I guess they are attracted to light as they all concentrate on the light source. I live in Hong Kong. The brown things aren't moving (...
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Help identifying what this is in Crayfish gills?

this is my first time posting here. I was in my Zoology lab doing a dissection on a Crayfish when I noticed these hairlike structures within the gills. They were very "snappy" and fine, and would ...
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Species ID: Cape Town mystery insect

This insect bumbled into my bedroom last night - can someone ID it for me? I'm mainly curious because I'd like to know if it poses any danger to my cats (who were very eager to add it to the menu). ...
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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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What is this creature I found on my house? [closed]

What is this creature and what species is this? I found this on my balcony.
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What insect is this? (Central Africa)

I live in Africa (DR Congo). Here we have these insects that look like ants. They appear between May and June. These insects give severe damage if crushed on the skin. They contain something like ...
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Identifying a thin, black, worm-like creature with a hammer-shaped head

I came across the creature shown in the photo below yesterday evening while walking the dogs. At first, I thought it was an earthworm, but a flashlight revealed it to be something I had never seen ...
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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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Insect identification, Chennai, India

Could someone tell me what the species of this beautiful insect is? Location: Chennai, India. Thank you!
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What is this insect? Found in Peru

I took the pictures today in Cusco Peru. It is the third insect of its class in a month. I never see it before. I thought that it is a wasp, but I think it's really thin to be a wasp. It's about 4 or ...
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Australian Tree Identification - maybe pine?

Can you help identify this species? (Link to imgur album with all images) It was growing next to the Yarra River (maybe 10 meters from the bank) in Melbourne. At first I thought it was a type of ...
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Identify this organism I found in my food [duplicate]

I found this thing floating in my orange juice this morning. I pulled it out and it appears to be some sort of protozoa or something. It's about a quarter the size of my pinky nail. Was not moving at ...
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What species is this black, blue and white bird?

I think this species is native to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, as I see it regularly, especially around the urban locality (Downtown Edmonton). Season: Early Spring Date: May 18, 2017 Basic ...