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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Are these mallards or some other kind of duck?

I stumbled across these ducks in a park in Western Germany. They did not look like mallards to me but this is what image searches and bird identification apps want me to believe. Can anybody confirm ...
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Want to know about a creature which bite me

I am Sachin from MP India. Few minutes back I have gotten bite by a creature. What is its name? Is it harmful if I got bitten by it? Feeling little pain there.
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Insect identification request : is it any species from muscidae family or some another?

I belong to Haryana , India Sudden I found this type of insect in my classroom and it stung me suddenly because ,I felt itching in my hand for about 15 mins , so please tell me, is it poisonous or not ...
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What kind of plant is this? (looks like periwinkle)

Found this flowering plant near my house in Pennsylvania, USA. What kind of plant is it? I really like it because it is keeping out the weeds. I think the previous owners had planted it. It looks like ...
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Yellow dandelion-like flowers emerging from beach in early spring

What are these yellow-flowered plants? The yellow flowers look similar to dandelions, but the stalks are much thicker. No leaves yet, just flowers. March 30, 2024. Unusually warm winter this year. ...
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Can anyone identify this seed, pit, or nut?

I found this on the recessed top of the intake manifold of my car engine. It may have been there for weeks. It was likely brought there by a rat or squirrel who was unable to chew through the outer ...
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Is this snake hazardous around children?

This snake lives in a small rock dam in a residential retention pond in Chattanooga, TN. Children play in the area at times. It is approximately 30 inches in length. Is this snake a hazard or can it ...
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Insect ID from sound in video

Can you please help identify what insect this might be based on the noise it makes? Video below. The noise is regular tapping, and can be heard especially at night when everything is quiet. When ...
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species that alerts predators in order to mate

I read once about a species of animal that engages in, and please forgive me for the terminology but I cannot for the life of me think of any other way to describe it, mutually-assured destructive ...
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Is this also a carpenter ant?

I live in Dayton, Ohio. I've found large-ish ants in my kitchen, and I'm wondering if they're carpenter ants. I realize there's been a few questions about carpenter ant identification, but in my ...
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Insect Identification - Black Cicada

I came across a black cicada in northwest Missouri last week (May 2015). I am only familiar with brown cicadas. What makes this black one different? Is it a different species, or do the brown cicadas ...
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Queen ant identification

I'm planning to start an artificial ant nest and I'd like to learn something about this specific species of ant that I captured in central Colorado. Could you tell what kind of queen is that? Is ...
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Help identifying a mushroom found in Raymond, WA, USA

Hello dear mycology wizards! Could you help me figure out what's the name of this species. I found the mushrooms in a forest near to Raymond, WA. The area was quite wet and mossy, but not a swamp. ...
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Hello, i was wondering if this is an isopod or a springtail

I want to make a terrarium so i was in need for a springtail is this it or is this something else
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Is this a wandering spider?

I recently visited the Peruvian Amazon near Puerto Maldono and found this spider. Can someone please help me in identifying it? It was about 7cm in length, including legs. I hope that it might be a ...
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What kind of animals are these little creatures?

I have 3 tanks. 1 with my fishes and 2 other are technical. The smallest one is 0.5l and I'm using it as trash bin where I put dead plants and algae from main aquarium and it has sand from the see at ...
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What's this mold? (With microscopic images)

So I (living in NRW, Germany) found an apparently quite homogenous mold colony at home, and would like to know what type of mold it is. How I found the colony, where it grew: I ate something, then ...
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What animal this bone belongs to?

I recently found this bone on the balcony of my house. In case it helps, my house is in the northwest of Spain next to a park in a coastal city, and size is 15-20 mm. Does anyone know what animal it ...
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Hammerhead worm

Which Bipalium is this worm? It has no tripe. Nor head collar. It is dark brown as can be seen in the image. This worm is right now in Mauritius. Please help me recognise this Hammerhead worm. Thanks
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Can someone identify this species of Protolophus?

I have posted my observation on iNaturalist, but so far this Harvestman has only been identified as genus, Protolophus. Here are three angles of the Harvestman in question, which has been observed in ...
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Species identification - what kind of worm is this?

I am finding these worms in my bathroom since summer arrived. I have been finding these on floor, walls and damp towel I left hung overnight in bathroom couple of times. When these worms are squished, ...
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What is the genus of this fungus?

I'm struggling to identify this fungus. Is it Aspergillus sp. or Penicillium sp.?
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What Causes the White Layer on These Leaves?

I recently noticed that a Malabar Java plum (Jamun) tree in our garden has most of its leaves covered in a strange white layer, like in the picture I've attached. I'm curious to understand why this ...
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Which mold species are these?

A friend of mine in Los Angeles recently put a petri dish with some mold-friendly substrate under a vent for two days, and a whole rainbow of mold species grew on it. What are the different mold ...
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Extremophile hunting and identifying unknown microbes

I'm going extremophile hunting! We're doing a trek by boat between some islands with semi-active volcanic terrain to try to document some interesting species, and running into a problem I've never ...
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What are these small, indoor bugs?

I live in Switzerland and have noticed these small bugs appear in my bedroom, either slowly crawling on the parquet flooring, lazily buzzing around or dead on my windowsill (as pictured): I'm not ...
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Are these little white fuzzy insects "scale"? What species and what is their lifecycle like?

These appeared on three small, similar houseplants I bought about a month earlier at a nursery. There were dozens. I physically removed a few and just pruned stems that had many, and put the clippings ...
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Cactus plant identification

I received this cactus as a gift and I'd love to know the family/scientific name. Only one flower has bloomed since, it was between orange and yellow. At first it was perfectly spherical, but in one ...
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I found a mossy thing on my plant

I was just wondering if this is a moss and if so what type of moss
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Can anyone identify a fungus with a tiny fruiting body that I found in a plant pot

I recently found what I think are fungi in the growing medium in a 30 cm pot that contains an epiphyllum 'orchid' (cactus). There are several that appear new and more that look old or are decaying. I'...
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Unidentified Spider

Apologies for the rubbish quality of the image, but I found this spider while in the shower. I’m not exactly sure what species it is and wonder if someone can help me out. I live in southeast ...
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Identifying a plant in the botanical garden of Paris

I went to the botanical garden in the "Jardin des Plantes" in Paris. In a glasshouse with the name "Serre de l'histoire des plantes" on the natural history of plants (exhibiting ...
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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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Identify caterpillar

Hi i live in the Nilgiris region of South India and I found this fellow on one of my Lemon Grass plants. About 8-10 cm long with fine hair all over. Let me know what species this could be. Thanks
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Identification: creepy dangling spiderthing

Can anyone identify this creepy mess dangling from the cieling of my garage on a few strands of spidersilk? The thing is 5cm. Should I burn down my garage and move to another country (Currently ...
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Can anybody identify what insect laid these eggs? Find in my backyard in N. Texas

I happened to turn over this leaf in my backyard and found these eggs. Would really like to know what they're from. I'm in North Texas.
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What type of ants are these?

I live in NYC and these fellas started popping out near my computer screen and desk. They don't seem interested in food as my sister usually leaves candy wrappers around. They however are stinky, I ...
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What kind of spider is this please? Southern Indiana. Very strong web

It never comes out during the day so it's been hard to get a decent picture. We have been battling over ownership of my mailbox. It's a house box and every morning it's covered in cobweb from it to ...
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Spider ID: What is this?

This crawled on my husband. It didn’t bite him, he was able to swat it away so that’s why it looks a little messed up. I honestly just want to know if this is poisonous. We live in AZ, Goodyear area ...
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What species of spider is this?

I'm trying to find out what kind of spider is this little fellow: It really seems to like our garage and is the bane of my girlfriend (as evidenced by all the screaming when on two occasions one got ...
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Identify a small spider from southern Poland / eastern Europe

Can anyone identify this spider that I have just found in my home? Details: location: Katowice, Upper Silesia, southern Poland, eastern Europe (46.42 N, 17.78 E), size: ~3-3.5 cm (from tip of one ...
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What kind of spider is this? From New Zealand

Found this spider in my bin, sorry for poor quality photo, has a massive red bum, haven't seen one like it, can anyone identify it?, around the size of my finger or thumbnail. I am from New Zealand
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What kind of spider is this and is it poisonous?

A brown furry diamond shape on its back and brown joints all on black body. Caught entering my house in Trinidad (small island off South America) -- killed the first one, this is the second.
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What kind of spider?

I’d much appreciate help figuring out what kind of spider this is. I’m in Western Washington, in the northern suburbs of Seattle. Its outside, on the eaves of the house. Particularly wondering if a ...
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What kind of Bolivian spider is this? Is it a black widow?

I found this spider near La Paz, Bolivia. I have been looking all over the internet to try and identify it, but with no luck. Could someone please help me?😁 Initially I thought that it was a black ...
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Found possible bone on St Pete beach in Flordia

What is this bone from? Looks like a vertebrae but not sure. What marine animal could it be from? It’s about an inch Long.
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Pupae in sheoak tree

Can you identify this pupa? We found it when trimming our sheoak. It had bored into the wood. We are at Cape Jervis in South Australia.
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What are the three dots (eyes?) on the top of this wasp's head? What species might it be?

I photographed these (unidentified) wasps on a sunny but cool winter day in northern Taiwan because they were conspicuously hanging out on a hand railing and had much lighter coloring than I'd ever ...
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What spider is that in south of Brazil?

I'd like to know if it is possible to identify the spider in the photo below. In fact, as shown in the next picture, it is very small. Location: South of Brazil.
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Trying to identify a plant by its root

My kids were digging through a pile of dirt I had made for them to play with (my son wants to do bike jumps off it) and they brought in the attached root. I never got to see what kind of vegetation ...

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