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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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What type of guppy is this?

This is a guppy I recently bought from a local pet shop. They don't exactly know which type of guppy it is. I hope to get info about it's type.
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Can anyone please identify this?

We saw this leech like worm in Kerala, India. Can anyone identify it for us? I saw it today, 10th September. It's about 6 to 7 centimeters long. It was very still, didn't move while we went close and ...
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Which species of millipede is this?

Location: Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India Found this millipede on the campus of my institute. Need the scientific as well as the common name. Any help would be greatly appreciated. It's about 5-6 cm ...
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Can a certain snake kill human by 'drinking' his breaths? [closed]

In Rajasthan in India, locals know a snake called peevna in the local language. Many of my relatives live there in villages in open deserts. They see many kinds of snakes every day. The word peevna ...
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The smell of the shield bug (aka stink bug)

Every time a shield bug flies into my room I try to kill it. Unfortunately, they leave a strong smell after crushing them. Whenever I smell their odor, I always wonder what the chemical compound is ...
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Insect/cocoon ID?

Can anyone ID this? We’re in the Rocky Mountains, Western US. We found it stuck to the wall of our garage, a few feet up, hidden behind a snow sled. It seems to be covered, or surrounded, in what ...
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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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What kind of bug is this one?

We are trying to figure out what kind of love this is? It appears to have larvae on its back it is not dust and debris.
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What is this hairy, striped orange-black caterpillar?

There are so many these hairy, striped orange-black caterpillars in my backyard. What are these caterpillars? Are these dangerous?
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What is this giant insect that just bounced off a second-floor glass door?

At about 11 pm, I heard a loud impact on the nearby glass door to a second-floor balcony. I thought it might be an acorn but it'd be a very unlikely angle - it'd have to be thrown from below or be a ...
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Can somebody identify this insect?

It has transparent wings which covers the body like an armor. It has shining red orange colour. I found it in the western ghats of kerala.
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What kind of larvae are these. Lots of them in the basement in the summer, crawling around on the floor and the walls

larvae crawl on basement floor. Some are also found on the first floor of the house. Lots of legs--I also thought they became "rolly polys" but never knew for sure what they were either.
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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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Got stung by this flying bug in Death Valley and Arches, what is it?

We camped in Death Valley and these guys were attracted to light and ended up stinging us. Didn't hurt as bad as a bee Sting. Any ideas what they are? Couldn't find them doing a Google search or image ...
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Identify this excreta!

A picture is worth a thousand words! It's about 1.3cm (1/2") long. We rented a basement and I found this on a machine that was moved in a bit earlier. I would like to know if there are any mice, ...
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Can someone help me identify this larva?

I found this creature in my toilet bowl and very curious as to what it is. The main reason is I want to make sure this wasn't a parasite living in me. Everything I've researched tells me this is some ...
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Caterpillar on milkweed not monarch

**Southern California, US and less than 1cm **host plant milkweed ]1]1 help identify this caterpillar.%60%60" rel="nofollow noreferrer">%60%60" alt="enter image description here">
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Any idea what plant is this?

I was asked by my biology teacher to find out it’s name but it seems like a pretty common plant to me so I have no idea how to start. Any idea what type of plant it is? It was found in Malaysia in ...
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Cannot identify this insect

Can anyone please help identify this insect. It seems to be some sort of caterpillar but I'm stumped. Location is in Suffolk, United Kingdom Length is around 1cm, width is perhaps 4 or 5mm. Image ...
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Identification of this bug or insect

I found this bug dead in my house in Mississauga, ON, Canada. I didn't have a ruler around so a regular toothpick was used to show the size. I'm thinking it's a pill bug but I want to make sure.
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What is this insect flying in my Los Angeles bathroom?

We live in the Los Angeles area. This insect has been very common in our bathrooms recently: They're about 1/4" long, and can often be found resting on our towels. In the months leading up to ...
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a moth with silver and gold markings

i found a moth with silver and gold markings on its wings. i don't know if its rare or something but i couldn't find any pics of it on google. if it helps, it also has very small bits of pink fluff ...
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What species is this fast-moving spider?

This is a frame from a recent recording: Location Forest in Central Europe at around 1pm. Abiotic factors at the time of recording Temperature = 23°C Humidity = 38% Wind = 6 km/h Description ...
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What is the name of this little plant?

It was found in Malaysia in my school compound.
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What species is this? What the fruit?

The berries of the fruit are sweet. The tree is growing in Israel.
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What species is this burrow-digging insect?

These are frames from a recent recording: Location Urban area in Central Europe. Abiotic factors at the time of recording Temperature = 27° Humidity = 51% Wind = 16 km/h Description Approximate ...
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Small black slow-moving insect showing up in the home

In the past few weeks (winter) I've started to notice these insects crawling about various places of the home. Slow-moving like a beetle. Black all over. Hard to see but they have two prongs sticking ...
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What is this spider? Two black stripes

When I opened my front door, there were five of this type of spider sitting on the door. I can't quite find anything online matching the two black stripes on it's back. I vacummed them up before I ...
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What is this worm/catapillar like creature

My friend sent me a video of this worm and she has been seeing some pop up where she lives. It moves like a worm, but I havent seen a worm like this before, she thinks it could be a Caterpillar.
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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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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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What type of guatemala beetle is this?

it was in Guatemala it was really big like 4 inches sorry I don't have a better photo
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Any idea what this fish is?

Bought this Fish at the pet shop today. Forgot it's name. That pink fish
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Can anyone identify whether or not these are bird or rodent mites?

I found these on my patio furniture directly under a bird's nest that has hatchlings. Surrounding landscape is ivy so we do have raccoons and mice in the area.
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What are these Insects?

I live in my hostel in NIT Tiruchchirapalli, in India. My hostel is infested with these beetle-like insects. These insects posses a hard shell, if you flick them off the wall, they make a "tap" sound ...
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Can you tell me what species of insect this is?

I live in Verona, Italy. Today I found this black insect and I don't know what species it is. My mom claims it's a kind of mint but I don't think so.
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What kind of skull is this-I found it on the beach in Cape May

I am hoping someone can help identify this skull! We found it on the beach in Cape May. The skull size is about 4 inch in length. Thank you.
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What is the kind of this wasp killing spider from UK?

I heard a wasp buzzing rigorously and when I looked at it, it was caught in a spider web. The spider was on top of the wasp. After some time, they become silent. When I exhaled gently on them, spider ...
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What is this feather like bug with no legs?

Seen on leaf in North Texas, USA in April 2017. Critter will attach itself to any object put next to it.
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What type of fish is this

I saw this fish in an aquarium in a nearby house .I am not sure which species and sex this fish belongs to. [![enter image description here][1]][1] [1]: https://i.stack.imgur.com/oOAZx.jpg
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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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Can different Chromobactierum strains have completley different colony morphology?

In the analysis of an unknown bacterial broth I observed a gram negative rod genus. Upon plating I observed small, dark purple and convex colonies; corresponding presumably to Chromobactierum. After ...
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What type of butterfly or moth is this?

Can anyone please determine if this is a moth or butterfly and what its name? We found it near a waterfall in the Philippines. There's actually a bunch of them and it seems that it's their natural ...
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Can anyone please help me identify my house plant?

I know this may be an impossible task, but I am one to hope ! My mum had a house plant which had small, green, oval shaped leaves which naturally grew towards the ground (hanging plant). Once every ...
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Tiny dark-colored bug ID in Amman-Jordan

I live in Amman-Jordan and I keep finding this bug species on my walls. I saw four till now on the walls of another room. A little bit bigger than the first one. Click on all photos to open full-...
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What kind of snake is this? Seen on Koh Lanta, Thailand

We had this snake in our bungalow on Koh Lanta, Thailand. From the reaction of the employees at the resort I can tell that it is venomous, but that's all I know. I am curious, does anybody know what ...
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Can you help me identifying this spider?

I took this picture in Ohrid, Macedonia, it is the first time I see this kind of spider here. This spider was 2-3 cm long and was outside in urban building.
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What is the name of this flower (on a tree)?

Here is a photo of a big red flower-like structure on a tree on Lama Island, close to Hong Kong. Does anyone know the name of the tree and what the black "berries" are attached to the "flower"?