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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Identification of these birds

We recently put up a bird house and put a camera in it. We appear to have two new neighbours, but what is the species? We live in the south-western part of Norway.
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Tiny insect identification in potted plants

Unfortunately, the new potted soil I've bought seems to be heavily infested with insects. Firstly, I have had a fight with fungus gnats. After using parasitic nematodes about 10 days ago, I no longer ...
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What are these… worms?

I found these little guys hanging from a light in my kitchen in Sydney, Australia, on what appeared to be a string of silk or cobweb: They crawl like worms. Can anyone help me figure out what they ...
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Help to identify a odd skull

I found this skull in the woods, I came across an old stable that the roof was falling in. In the corner there was tree limbs stacked neatly as if something stacked them and the limbs were no bigger ...
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Identifying fish or shark jaw bone

I found this on the beach of coastal southern Maine in early March. The teeth are not a single row and lighter is for size comparison
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Identify item found on Naples, FL (USA) beach. Hard like a shell but with no opening

Very hard and translucent. Very sharp point.
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Queen ant among workers on well developed trail?

I took a picture of what I believe is a queen ant. I have a well developed ant trail in my bathroom and she was following along like all the other workers. Her speed and behavior appeared identical to ...
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Which species of bird does this feather belong to?

I found a feather at work when cleaning, a pleasant surprise. However, I cannot identify which bird species it belongs it. Between a friend and I, we deduced it to most likely be a falcon feather. ...
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What bug could this be?

I found a bunch of bugs, approximately 2-3mm in my kitchen, most of them dead and with a throughout search i found a bunch of them living in my gluten-free flour and on some other products like fried ...
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What is this fungus in my plant growth medium?

I am growing S. lycopersicum on 1x Gamborgs medium and have been getting some fungal like contamination. The media contains 0.2% sucrose and Bacto-Agar. Plants are grown at a 21 c - 20 c day, night ...
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What kind of spider is it and was this web built beforehand? (Surprise find)

I am surprise to find an insect caught at the end of what seems to be very long nearly invisible thread/web, most importantly where the insect is caught is actually a passage way where we enter the ...
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What is this freshwater microorganism?

Can anyone help us identify this microorganism? Location: muddy pond water in the Santa Monica Mountains. Size: For size reference, I think that's a euglena on its lower left. Behavior: It was moving ...
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Biological Key for Yard Weeds?

I'm tinkering with an idea for an app to identify yard weeds, just as a personal project. I've been looking for some sort of dichotomous key (ie, "Does it have fur?" "Does it have ...
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Are these microscopic star-like structures on a dead leaf some sort of organism? If so, which one?

I’m wondering what these star-shaped organisms are on a dead leaf I found in my backyard (Texas, USA). This was taken under my microscope at 40x magnification. They seem to be clear organisms with ...
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What species is this white thin shell? Santa Cruz, California

These shells (see in green circle) are empty inside which look like very flat marble donuts/coins. The small ones are like dollar coins; big ones can be cup coaster-sized. It has beautiful five-fold ...
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What is this large insect?

A large (body about 4 cm long) flying insect flew into my workshed when it was very dark, warm and humid outside, probably attracted by the lights. It fell onto the bench upside down and could not ...
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What kind of skull is this - fish?

Skull found near Merrimack River, West Newbury, MA frequented by Eagles, Hawks. Some kind of fish maybe? It's about the size of a hand
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Help identify parasitic plant on oak seedling

See pictures below. I found five of them on a patch of oak seedlings in northern Turkey yesterday, they are about 2 centimeters in diameter and smell like grass. Five months later: I tried PlantNet ...
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Can someone help me identify what type of spider or insect builds a green nest that is black an gold [closed]

I had the same thing a spider like creature that was black and gold the size of a dime that was building a green sack like web that stuck to the windshield. Location south texas winter, any supspects?
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What are these white, fuzzy dome-shaped contaminants growing on my LB agar plate?

We are attempting to extract bacteriophages from environmental samples. We recently had an issue with an unknown contaminant when trying to grow a lawn of M abscessus for a bacteriophage isolation ...
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Tiny black mushrooms growing from veggies? [duplicate]

I've found these tiny black mushrooms sprouting from my scallions. I'm in Salt Lake, UT, but the scallions are store-bought, so I'm not sure where they're from or where they've been. Anyone know what ...
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Identification of a Tettigonia specimen

At least I think it is a Tettigonia sp. but I have problems identifying it exactly because it is still a nymph. OK, it is a female, that is hard to overlook, but is it T. cantans (my guess) or T. ...
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Texas butterfly with dull underwings, but blue/purple on overwings

I was walking in the grass near the Trinity Trail in Fort Worth, Texas about two weeks ago, and saw these tiny purple streaks flitting about at mid-calf level that turned out to be butterflies. I ...
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Can someone help me identify this caterpillar?

I was in Colorado Springs in mid-October when I noticed something floating in front of my face. I tried dodging it, but it landed on my sunglasses. When, I initially saw it, it was attached to a ...
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How difficult is it to determine species by a single tooth?

I saw a U-Haul truck with a sign about the Gray Fossil site in Tennessee. The U-Haul specifically mentioned a red panda being found at the site, so I googled "gray fossil site red panda". ...
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Bone found on uk beach

I found this bone on a uk beach. Looks like a hip or shoulder. It has saw marks in so didnt die of natural causes. Anyone know what its from? Maybe cow or pig
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What kind of bug is this? I’m not sure if it’s a cockroach

Found this bug in my home. Is this a roach?
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Odd bugs in terrarium. Harmful?

I noticed these bugs in my terrarium, there is a springtail in the photo for size reference. I've seen 3 or 4 so far, I'm worried about it out-competing my springtails or possibly being a parasite ...
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Black flying bug infestation

What is this black bug in my house. There is literally an infestation. They are everywhere. The size of a small tick. They fly and just keep coming. Im from pakistan, lahore. I've never seen these ...
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Please help me identify this tree/fruit. Is it edible?

When free, could the experts here please help me identify this tree. Location: Delhi, India Height: 20-30 feet Date: October Is the hanging green colored fruit edible? Thank you for all the kindness ...
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What is this small creature on the bottom of this leaf?

This first one appears to have been flattened by the slide cover. This one is not flattened. Probably like .2/.3 mm in size. All of them seem dead because they are doing nothing. All on the underside ...
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Mushroom identification, Hungary

I've found these growing on regular lawn, near some pine trees. In Europe, Hungary, Szada, near the end of October. Could you please help identify it?
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What type of brown mushroom is this?

What mushroom is this? Maybe some type of Armillaria?
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What type of bug is this? Found under a blanket [duplicate]

I'm a bit worried as we found a few of these bugs under a blanket in a spare bedroom. It was very small (3-3.5 mm) and rust/brown in color with a tubular/long shape. There seemed to be a nymph next to ...
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What are these mushrooms growing in my garden?

I live in Southern California. Over the last couple weeks, these two different kinds of mushroom have manifested in my garden. They seem to grow rapidly overnight, only to wither and show up somewhere ...
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My boyfriend and I found this Object on the beach wondering if anyone could help

My boyfriend and I found this object on the beach and need help Identifying it. It looks like a Shark Tooth not for sure. Found in Gulfshore Alabama on the beach. It looked rusty when we found it but ...
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Cedar-like conifer near Kaladar, Ontario

What species of conifer is this? Cedar-like leaves Rocky terrain near Kaladar, Ontario Sept 29, 2022 Approx 15 feet tall; approx 6 inches DBH
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Identification by tail feather

I saw the remains of a bird today I did not recognize, and it was pretty mangled so it was hard to describe it. It was about the size of a robin. However, it had a dark brown mottled body like nothing ...
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Snake Identification in India

Location: Kharagpur, West Bengal, India. Time: Near the end of September at around 1:00 pm. This snake was spotted in a drain near my hostel in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India. Can somebody help me ...
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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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What is the species of this small bird in Germany?

I've recently (Steptember 2022) found this little guy in Frankfurt (Germany) in the morning. It could have fitted in my hand. It was staying very clam on the ground so I could go really close and take ...
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What is this mushroom in Illinois?

I live in the Northwest suburbs of Illinois and we moved into this house last year. I noticed these mushrooms popping up in one corner of my yard and I’ve never seen this type before. They don’t seem ...
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Conifer with red fruit

What kind of conifer is this? Red fruit Broad needles; not clusters 12 feet tall; north wall of apartment building East of Toronto, Ontario September 20, 2022 Hint: click the photos a couple of times ...
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ID Large, broad flat bone found in Gulf of Mexico [duplicate]

`1 Is this a tooth? A rib? Or a fish? I found this in about 4’ of water in the Gulf of Mexico/Galveston. It is slightly curved and the side edges have numerous pointy parts. On one side at the bottom ...
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Identification of a strange skull

My father is a fisherman in the Baltic sea, and he has found this very strange skull. I would like to know to which animal it belonged. Can someone help identify it?
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What's this housefly-like bug?

When it flies around it looks like a slightly lazy housefly. About a centimeter long. Has a pointy beak (slightly blurred here by the shadow). Loves flying at people. Tickly when it sits on you. Hard ...
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Identify bone found on beach in Scotland

Found on a beach in Scotland, it's about 10cm long, any ideas what it is?
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What are these tiny, bouncy balls I found in my Calathea substrate?

I found two of these small eggs/seeds (?) in the substrate of the Calathea plant I just bought from a botany store. I cut one of them open to make sure it's not just plastics or similar. About 4 mm ...
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Arizona spider that I cannot identify - help?

I cannot seem to find a "duplicate" photo of this spider anywhere and am curious what it is. It came by to say hello on my back patio in Vail, Arizona so I snapped this shot. Any input would ...
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help with mushrooms identification

I know that mushrooms identification is a difficult process. but I would like to ask for help in the identification of this one. It growth over the grass in a backyard on Toronto, Canada.
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