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 spider is this? Is this invasive or dangerous?

Hi the picture below has been taken here, I've never seen such a spider, is it an invasive specie or a dangerous one? thank you
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Identification of succulent

I would like to identify this succulent. It has been bought from store (in central Europe), I don't know where is it originally from. It was about 8cm high and white. Its leaves were covered with ...
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What is this thing? It is hairy mostly a cocoon, and i saw a white worm pop out of it. It is spreading rapidly

I suspect it is originating from the mud. This has some plastic bits with it. They are spreading all over my walls. I think it is some kind of cocoon for worm. Should it's rapid growth in terms of ...
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What kind of parasite is this?

I found this strange disease on the leaves of a pear tree. I don't know the tree's species but I found it in South Turkey, 150 km from the Mediterranean. What causes this disease?
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Colorful Large Wasp (?) on Milkweed Arizona USA

Observed this very colorful insect on Asclepias subulata (Desert Milkweed) in Phoenix Arizona. About 8 am, temperature about 90F, sunny, late-September. When flying it seemed to have a narrow waist ...
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What is this plant, and should the lowermost leaves be curling up?

We've got a couple of these plants but have no idea how to look after them. Watering them regularly (every 2-3 days, or when the soil seems dry) seems to help. The pot rims are about a foot at their ...
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How to approach identifying Melampsora species?

I'd like to figure out which species of Melampsora that is growing on this European aspen. What would be the right approach? Would a microscope or other tool help? Is there even more than a single ...
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Phytophagous worm identification

These worms appear soon after the rain lilies flower and slowly nibble on the leaves growing big and chubby. They are about 5cm long, have many small red legs underneath, have no spines or spikes, and ...
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What's the exact species of this African Giant Snail?

We've got an African Giant Snail a few years ago but failed to identify the exact species so far. When we got it, it's been about 20 % smaller than now, so it's probably not been an adult snail, but ...
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Help identifying organism

I would like help identifying this "crab". I looked through 32 pages of crabs on this resource http://species-identification.org/ but none of them look like this little animal found in the ...
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What kind of mushroom is this in central Europe?

I found some mushrooms in the forest and I'd like to know what kind it is, for being able to tell how to protect the trees from it. Growing Info growing location: central Europe, forest host plant: ...
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Can I safely handle this caterpillar?

I just found this caterpillar in my garden. I’m about to mow the grass for the first time. Can I safely handle it? What type of caterpillar is it? For reference, I’m in Leeds, UK. Here are some ...
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Puffball growing on a tree: What kind of mushroom is this?

What kind of mushroom/fungus is the one shown in the photos? Description: Looks similar in size (~4-5 cm as I remember) and shape to a puffball. It is not hard to the touch, unlike typical mushrooms ...
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Mystery rodent in Winnipeg

I spotted this rodent in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on September 6, 2020. It is about 10 inches long. What is it?
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What is this strange sea creature we found on the beach?

We found this on a beach in North Devon, UK. I've never seen anything like it. There's a yellowy-ball in the middle with 5 pointed shells attached to it, each of which seems to have a single "leg&...
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What is this tiny creature?

Is this a bed bug or book lice? They were crawling all around the furniture. Found in North East Florida, USA.
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Is this a young roach?

Looks like a roach to me, but dont know for sure or what kind. Measures about 2cm large. Location: central Mexico
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Identify this dragonfly with orange body and orange wings?

The photo shows a red dragonfly on top (in front of some hot pink snail eggs) but an orange dragonfly with orange and perhaps translucent(?) wings near the bottom. This is the best resolution I could ...
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Identify these two large, colorful dragonflies in Taiwan?

Here are two dragonflies that I photographed today in Hsinchu county Taiwan. They are both quite large, with a body length of about 5 or 6 cm. I often see them in the same pond or nearby marshy area. ...
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What is this giant mosquito-like insect?

I found this bug in my kitchen in this morning, in a suburb of Houston Texas, about 30 miles Northwest of downtown. It was on the wall, and when I went in for a closer look, it quickly flew away - up ...
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What is this long cylindrical white fruit called?

Location: West Bengal, India Temperature: 27 °C Weather: Survive all seasons, although it was raining today Length: 35 cm (although it can be small or big typically 10 to 40 cm length), girth:10 cm ...
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What is this insect, is it a butterfly?

I am not sure if this is the good place: I am wondering what sort of insect is in this picture. It is approximately 10 millimeters long and 15 wide with the wings. I have found one of them each day ...
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White organic growth suspended in water

I left my keys in this glass of warm water, 6 hours later and I find this weird substance in the water. It seems to surround my carabiner
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From what kind of insect might these eggs be

Does anybody know what kind of insect might have laid these eggs: The photo was taken a few days ago in Limburg, Belgium near a pasture with some goats.
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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 anyone identify this object?

It was found on the shore of the Ohio River in Kentucky. It is very hard, like bone, and feels hollow but does not rattle. It is translucent. I do not think it is skull of a water fowl even though ...
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Can someone identify these fungi?

Found them in Gujarat, India. Found growing among potted plants
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Please help ID this possible fish skull

Found on the shoreline of a tributary of the upper part of the Chesapeake bay in Maryland: [![enter image description here][1]][1] More pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Cg8t4Ttsde4oDDDg7 ...
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Can anyone identify these mushrooms?

Found in the Dolomites, Italy in a wooden fence:
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With so many different species of fish with often very minor differences, how is the precise species identified authoritatively?

While it seems to me that common mammal species are usually distinct enough that there isn't much trouble in accurately defining and identifying a specific species, for example of a deer, I see that ...
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Identification of a lifeform

There's a video I found on Facebook and I'm unable to figure out what the creature featured happens to be. Adding images that have been taken from the video itself, apologies in advance since they're ...
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Beetle Identification / able to retract its head

I can't find any identification of this beetle online. The closest guess I got to it is "Hister beetle" but the rough surfaces on its shell make me think otherwise. The most common behavior ...
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Can someone help to identify this insect?

I found a few of these insects around my house, and I'm curious what insect it is. Seen mid-August in Singapore At least several mm but lest than 1 cm long Seen walking slowly. I can't be sure but ...
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Is this a deathstalker?

I caught a scorpion in my house and wondering if it is a deathstalker? This was caught in Central Asia Northern Tajikistan.
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Insect crawling Identification

What kind of insect is this, and is this venomous, or dangerous? Don't need full species name just common name will do, color is red. Grandma always warned me of this, they usually are seen in monsoon ...
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What is the animal in Nosferatu movie? [closed]

I was watching Nosferatu, and this dog-like animal appeared, with very curious stripes. I was wondering if this is clearly a specific animal, and which one it is, or if it's too mixed up and low ...
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Can anyone identify this microorganism?

I was examining some rainwater from my backyard in Richmond, VA, and found this microorganism. I took some pictures of it at 400x and 1000x (see below). The microorganism is attached to some moss and ...
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What kind of caterpillars are these?

My niece found some caterpillars that we can't identify. Anyone know what these are? They were found in Massachusetts. The look kind of like Luna Moth caterpillars to me, but I'm not sure.
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What's the name of this green fruit with little pikes fallen from a city tree on the pavement?

What's the name of this green fruit with little pikes fallen from a tree on Paris (France) pavement ?
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Is this a carpenter bee?

This bee visits our balcony every day multiple times, but only for a brief time, making it hard to take a good picture: Here's another picture, I finally got lucky so I'm adding it to the question: ...
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Insect Identification question: Is this a flea? If yes, what kind?

I live in the pacific northwest and I found these insects in the carpet and comforter. I suspect them to be flea based on my image search. But I would like to confirm. Can you also tell me what kind ...
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Identify this thin and strangely-shaped dragonfly, and understand why the shape looks so weird

I took these photos around noon in mid August in Hsinchu county Taiwan. I've seen many dragonfly varieties but I've never seen anything like this before. Its body is about 5 cm long and very thin ...
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Identify this black dragonfly with bluish coloration along its flat top, yellow on it's mid-body and green on its head

I took these photos around noon in late July in Hsinchu county Taiwan. This particular stick in this particular pond is visited by many dragonfly species. I have seen this kind of dragonfly very ...
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Slinky-like worm identification

In my mulch bed today I came across a tiny red worm, between $\frac{1}{4}$ and $\frac{1}{2}$ an inch long. It moved across the ground by sitting upright on one end, waving the other end back and forth ...
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Anyone can identify this moth?

Found on the ceiling of my flat. Place: London, UK Date: 9th of August Size I would say slightly more than inch and inch and half (3-4cm) wingspan Suspect on the photo:
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ID Request: What is this frog? Eastern Long Island, NY USA mixed hardwood forest

Apologies for the potato quality photos, but can anyone ID this frog? My son found a few frogs living under a porch at my father's house, which is situated in a mixed hardwood forested area of eastern ...
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What type of white hard thing grows on lobster

I have no idea how to explain it. It looks like mini white volcanoes growing on a lobster shell. Is it bacteria or parasite?
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Arthropod identification request [duplicate]

I'm in Southern Germany and just captured this animal crawling along my wall at considerable speed, apparently hiding from the light. It looks like a entipede from afar (about two dozen legs), and ...
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Identification of a red arachnida (?) (picture and video)

I found this in a greenhouse in Norway. It is a few millimeters in size, I could fit 5-6 of them on my thumbnail. It looks a lot like this one from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Bed bug or booklouse?

I found this creature climbing on the lower part of a wall inside apartment. Can you distinguish if it's a bed bug nymph or a booklouse? Sorry the photo quality isn't great, because it's so small (2 ...

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