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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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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Identification of an animal building

I live in south-west Germany and today while mowing the lawn I discovered a strange structure. It looks like a molehill on which additional branches were placed. This kind of branches are easy to find ...
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ID request ~2mm insect monstrosity

This tiny monstrosity (~2mm in length) was inside of some kind of "flat tent cocoon" on a pepper plant leaf in Washington state, USA. Not sure what's going on here. Is it malformed or infected?
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I am trying to identify this plant

I am trying to identify this medium arching shrub growing to about 1.5m high x 2m wide in the subtropical climate of the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens in Brisbane, Australia. Unfortunately there was no ...
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Identify this vertebra

I was walking on the beach in New Jersey (U.S.), at about 40 degrees longitude, and found this bone. It's not a fish. The long process in the front is interesting. It is likely a C2 vertebra. I looked ...
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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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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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Could these be Mycetozoa?

I found this on a forest in Mexico City. It was kind of a warm day (around 15°C). It had been raining a few days prior and it was quite humid, but not suffocating. This orange thing was on top of a ...
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What kind of hornet is this?

I live in France, in western suburbs of Paris. For a few days I have seen two of the insects below in my apartment. It is slightly smaller than a thumb, say 4cm (1.58") (sorry for not putting a ...
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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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Is this a hawk, or an eagle?

I saw this large bird gliding fairly low over the trees while hiking in the late afternoon in some hills near Taipei recently. It seemed quite large compared to what I normally see here. It's quite ...
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Reptile identification - Is this a green iguana?

At first instance it looks like an iguana and since this photo was taken near the coast of Pernambuco, Brazil it could only be the green iguana, but as you can see from the photo the reptile is black. ...
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What species is this golden fly?

Last summer I was visited by this unusual golden fly, whose kind I have never seen before. It was impossible to scare away so I could take relatively good pictures. The pictures on this hobbyist page ...
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Can anyone identify this seed or nut?

I found many of these nuts in a botanical garden in Sweden (outside, not in a greenhouse) but was unable to find the plant it belonged to. The garden has species from all over the world. I don't ...
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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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Identify this bone found on beach

Does anyone have an idea what this bone is? It was found on the beach in the Outer Banks, North Carolina, USA.
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Species ID of this giant brain-shaped mushroom? How do its spores escape, there's no "puff" for this puffball!

After several days of rain then a few warm sunny days in northern Taiwan in August, I came across this giant mushroom growing in an open field that's only occasionally mowed. This mushroom about 18 cm ...
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What species is this larva?

I'm trying to identify the species of what I think may be some kind of Lappet Moth larva? (wild guess based on some internet sleuthing) But the markings don't really match nicely with any photos I ...
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Unknown pentatomid from India

I found this bug last year in August in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India. The scale at the bottom of the picture is in mm and the size of the bug seem to be about 1.5 cm. It looks a bit like Halyomorpha ...
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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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Worm Identification

Please identify the attached worm and larvae. Location: Payette, Idaho Approximate size: 1 mm Found in home.
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Can you identify this mold? (Aspergillus?)

I took some macro pictures (see below) of some black mold growing on wet straw. I noticed this creature that I think to be Aspergillus niger, but looks bigger than the one depicted in many pictures (...
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What kind of Caiman is this and what is on it's nose?

I was able to snap a good picture in the Manù Parque Nacional in Peru. When I reviewed the pictures in more details I noticed something on it's nose, that resemble insects. What are those? Is it a ...
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Insect ID, Ecuador

Picture was taken in the Ecuadorian Amazon in January 2019, during the day, elevation about 300 meters. The size was not recorded but might be no bigger than a housefly judging from the photo. It ...
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Is there a macroscopic amoeba-like organism that lives on land?

In the early 1970s, as a teen, I hiked in Rocky Mountain National Park, going up the base of a mountain. The path went through a deciduous forest (there were brown leaves beneath the trees) and I saw ...
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What kind of mite is this?

I found this (mite?) on my head skin close to hair. Is it a common dust mite or something else? Photographs under a simple microscope (10x objective) are below. Size is in the order of tenths of mm. ...
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Identification of Jumping Spider Species

I found this jumping spider (Salticidae family) in Pune/India. Most common species of jumpers in my region is heavy-bodied jumper (Hyllus semicupreus), but this is different species by observing body ...
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Help me identify this fly species?

I found this fly in Bengaluru/India. It was larger than usual flies. It was more than 1cm in size, with black color which has blue shades in it. I managed to take just this one pic, then it flew away.
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Identification of a bug, Anobium punctatum?

At first I feared that our old building was attacked by Anobium punctatum. But now, I'm not so sure. Each week we find 2-5 of them around our apartment. What are they? and should we worry? The bugs ...
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What are this designs which I found on curry leaves?

Curry leaves is the plant name where I found designs, but what are the designs present on the leaf? Location: Argentina
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This is the bone of which animal? And which bone?

so this bone was found on a construction site in Paris and I was wondering from which animal does it come from?
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My Queen ant has laid eggs but has not dropped her wings, is this ok?

My Queen ant has laid eggs but has not dropped her wings! I caught this Queen in England, I've had her for three days and she's laid eggs already but I was expecting her to to drop her wings first as ...
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What is the name of this plant or shrub?

I just found a plant in India. Here is its leaf. I tried looking it up on flowers of India & wikipedia, but both databases are too much to read manually. Physical description: Each Stem has 6 ...
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What is this insect found in Western Arkansas?

I had my cup of water outside with me, went inside for a few minutes, came back outside and this insect almost found out what was unpleasant about being drunk. It's 1-2cm long, mostly black, with ...
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How do similar looking carps, but belonging to different species, differ from each other?

There are some carps which differ in colour, or has some easily noticeable morphological differences. But apart from that, most of the carps look "almost" the same. How does one differentiate one ...
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Snail species identification from the United Kingdom

Can anybody identify the species of this snail? From this website, it looks like a Common Snail. Could it be the dextral type of Cornu aspersum? These snails have been found in a garden, have ...
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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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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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What's this aquatic bug?

I have a small freshwater aquarium at home with only some aquatic plants at the moment. In the summer, I put some mud and sand from a local pond into the tank. At some point, I noticed a strange ...
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What insect/bug species do these belong to?

I randomly saw what I thought was dust on the counter in my bathroom (NYC Apartment - higher apartment, >10 floors up) this afternoon (June 1st) ... but when I got closer observed that they were ...
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Purple caterpillar found in Peru rainforest

Caterpillar fron Peru rainforest with purple body and orange or reddish tips. From Manu National Park
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Is this a worker, or something else?

As far as I understand, this is a buff-tailed bumble bee (Bombus terrestris). It was collected (dying) inside my house in Santiago, Chile. The species was intentionally introduced not far away, for ...
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Fossil identification

I recently found a fossil which I am unable to identify. I believe it's a sea creature, but I don't know what kind. my best guess is some kind of shell or a porpita. I appreciate any help. this is the ...
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Identification of huge larva in South Tyrol

On a sunny autumn day (19.09.2021) i saw a huge green larva crossing the street facing a wineyard. The picture was taken near Bozen, South Tyrol (22 °C that day). It is at least 14 cm long and 2 cm ...
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Please identify this syrphid (hoverfly)

Last summer I took these pictures of a member of the Syrphidae on my balcony (Switzerland, Geneva area, Alt. ~380m, June 2020 @19:14) Pictures: I hesitate between three species but it could also be ...
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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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Mushroom Identification: Small conical light-brown mushroom

I found a small single mushroom growing on grass and I decided to try to identify it. Characteristics: Region: Brazil southeast coast, state of São Paulo, predominantly Atlantic forest Gilled ...
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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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Mayfly identification - Oregon

Found in a web by a very small, slow moving stream. Douglas-fir forest in Gales Creek area, April 28.
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What bug is this? (England)

I have found this small bug on the wall in my bedroom, and have been trying to figure it out what it is for months. There are more of this kind. They are tiny, I can't see how they look like with ...
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