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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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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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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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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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What is this underwater creature?

West Bali, about 10 meters deep. Body is roughly 10 cm across. Does not move.
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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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Never caught this fish before

After catching a bunch of mangrove snapper using live shrimp, my son caught this fish in about a foot of brackish saltwater water off a dock near a rock wall in Vero Beach at around 10:00 AM on July ...
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What species is this aromatic plant found in a mountainous region of Greece?

This plant was found in the Taygetos mountains, Greece, and had a lemony smell. Small plant about a foot high. The shiny recurved leaves are reminiscent of rosemary, and the dry seed-heads seem ...
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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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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 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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Pink growth (aka pink slime) in bathtub or shower

I was wondering if anybody had studied or was knowledgeable about the pink growth that people often find around water fixtures in their homes, especially bath tubs and showers? My understanding is ...
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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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Having a lot of trouble identifying this insect

It was found in central Alabama
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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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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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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 strange worm-like creature?

Hi! While I was in my front yard this morning, I happened to look down and see this little guy wiggling thru the grass. He isn't like anything I've seen before. He is about 2 1/2 inches long. He has ...
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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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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 are the blue and white things on this Sunburst lichen?

I am a amateur photographer I found some interesting things when I got home and looked at my photos. There are some blue/white cocoon. I like structures on top of the sunburst lichen. I live in ...
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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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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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Europe: big fly with black/yellow striped body: I'm guessing a horse fly?

This one made a summer night visit to the room and tried to escape by banging against the ceiling. What is it? I found nothing which corresponds, though "horse fly" might be a close match. Location: ...
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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 is this colourful insect?

Found this colourful insect in our garden. It measures about 1.5cm. I am from Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysiai
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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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Jellyfish gulf of Thailand

I found may such jellyfishes on the Hua Hin beach in 27.11.2018. They measure around 25 cm. Since I'm more botanist, I have big problem to identify it. Google doesn't help me a lot (spent 3 hours ...
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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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Can anyone identify this spider? Found in Italy

My cousin found this spider at his place. He lives near Milan, Italy, in a small town. It's a humid region, around there the are a lot of fields but it is a 15 km from the city. It's still hot in ...
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What is the big plant with white flowers on the photo?

What is the 3m tall plant with white flower? It is from Central Europe and there is a creek near to it. I have a guess, but I want to know for sure... Is the small one the same species? More high ...
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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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What species is this beetle (trichius family)

I took this picture in Jura region (Northern Switzerland, alt: ~700m) of that beetle (July 2018). It was taking food from a flower of a Morus nigra. It seems to be ...
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Land Shrimp Sighting (Western Europe): What is it?

This approx. 6cm long insect was moving rapidly across the asphalt in a wavy/jumpy motion. It makes me think of a shrimp. It has a kind of widened head like a hammerhead shark. I got two shots with ...
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Is this an Eastern Banjo Frog?

[ I found this little guy in my orchid on the upstairs balcony. I live at Sanctuary Point which is on the south coast NSW
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What species is this mosquito-like insect?

I found this in my room in Serbia. It's not a local type of mosquito that I'm familiar with, so I'm very interested. It flies like a fly but it looks like some kind of mosquito. I am looking forward ...
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Costa Rican Centipede Species

What species of centipede is this? Found it 3 miles from San Ramón, Costa Rica
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Can someone help me identify this spider?

Can someone help me identify this spider? Saw it in Malawi; aprox. 5 to 6 cm. Seems like a Solifugae but I cannot go any further... I thank you in advance!
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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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Please identify this creature found on the beach

Found on beach in Atlantic Canada in November. "Sack" is approx. 2" (approx. 5cm) in length.
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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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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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Identification of a bug in Vasai, India

Can someone please let me know what insect this is? This may be something very common, but this is the first time I have seen them and that too suddenly in a large number. They were mostly on ...
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What is the name of this South India plant?

Location: South India. Month: June. Branches of the tree: Lower part of the Plant: Plant's leaf: Whole plant:
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Is this a young Ash Bud Moth (Prays fraxinella) caterpillar?

I am building up a my knowledge of organisms that live on trees (not necessarily as pests, but in the respect of the biodiversity that depend on different tree species) and their interactions. Living ...