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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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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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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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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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What is the name of this insect?

This insect was found in my garden in India, today evening. It's rainy season here.
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What is this African bug?

This is an arthropod I found in an apparently abandoned mongoose burrow in the Maasai Mara game reserve, Kenya: That was the best photo I could get of it. From what I could tell, it had six legs and ...
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What is this? I found an infestation under my bed

I found this bug it died when I sprayed it with bleach. What is it?
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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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What is that? Dry brown fungus? See photo please

It has appeared two days in a row on my balcony, at exactly the same place. There's nothing near that can give me a hint of what it is. The birds can access the place easily. It's an inch in size, it'...
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Help identify the species of the maggot

This was found in the ceiling, not sure what we are dealing with.
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What are these little bugs?

I recently found at least 50 of these little bugs roaming around my window sills indoors in my bedroom right behind the head of my bed. I can’t seem to find what they are. I’d love tips on what they ...
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What is this soft cased worm-like creature?

Found this creature in the bathroom Features which ought to help for identification: Size = 1 cm Soft casing Can emerge from either end of its case and thus reverse the direction it crawls. Many ...
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What kind of spider is this? First time I have ever seen one

This was taken 07/06/19 in Cape Breton, NS, Canada. I would say that it is about an inch (2.5 cm) in length and seemed to be pretty uniformly grey. The belly was the same colour as the legs, it had a ...
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What bug is this

Found in Mojave county Az. It was in my home. I have a cat. Real small about 1/8 inch
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What about this bat?

This happened in LaGrange GA. We heard some crawling around behind one of the faux-wood shutters on our front porch. So I eased it back and saw this: If you can't make out the scale, the furry part ...
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Black and orange spider, what is it?

Found in Alexandria MN, on sidewalk. Small, fast little spider.
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Is this a Zelus luridus?

I found this little bug on my bed and I got curious to know what it was, I did some researches and then I noticed that it is very similar to Zelus Nymph but I can't be sure of it. Can you confirm it? ...
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Could somebody please tell what tree genus is this?

Leaves of a tree in south Asia: It is in Pakistan, found in flat land habitats.
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Can anyone identify this small shrub? Has white flowers

Small shrub in adelaide south australia garden.
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What type of maggots are these?

After leaving some hot dogs out in the sun at a pool party, we brought them inside and refrigerated them. I took them out today without thinking and microwaved them. When I put them on my plate, I ...
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Species Identification

I found this in my hair this morning! Yucko! Please help me identify it. I have tried and tried to no avail.Thanks in advance.
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What strain of Arthrospira (Spirulina) is this?

Can anyone help me to identify this strain of Arthrospira (Spirulina)
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Can someone please tell me what lizards are these?

My cat keeps catching these lizards from a local park and insisted on me to keep them, so I did. But I do wonder what species/category do they fall into. I live in West Java, Indonesia, precisely in ...
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Help identifying this cocoon..?

Picture taken May 15th in Central Mexico, the cocoon is attached to a Rose bush leaf and is about 2cm long.
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Tiny bug in Amman-Jordan

I saw this bug many times in my room this spring. Can any one help identifying it?!
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Which animal is this? (Bone)

Which animal is this? It was found in Denmark in a few centimeters depth. The length is approximately 12 centimeters.
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Identify this plant from Bangladesh

It's bearing fruits near it's base which seems pretty unusual. Location: Risang Waterfall, Khagrachhari, Bangladesh
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Does anyone know what kind of fish this is?

My dad caught this little fish, but it is too small for us to know what it is. We live in New South Wales, Australia so it has to be a fish native to here -- does anyone know?
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Identification of Black-Grey Striped Spider (India ,Kolkata)?

I found it on my rooftop . Location : India , Kolkata Season : Summer Morphology : Hairy Legs , with black and grey striped body . Length- 4cm -5cm with legspan Width - 2cm-3cm I couldnt get better ...
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particles in spirulina medium

Can any one suggest what are this particles in my spirulina growing medium? PH is between 10 and 11 and the medium is few months old. It turned green and stays green color even after I filter ...
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What species of short plant is this in Iran?

Anyone knows the name of this Iranian local species?
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Trying to identify these trees. Shot in Fresno Country, California from I-5

This was shot in an agricultural area of Fresno Country in California off Highway I-5. There were lots of citrus crops nearby, but these are obviously something else. Any help is appreciated! Robert
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Is this Weigela?

A work colleague found this growing in a Northumberland (UK) woodland (May 2018), took a photo and sent it to me. It was in an area with non-native species, and this was growing as a shrub. It doesn'...
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What species is this blue and white bird?

I want to know what kind of species this bird is
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Wondering if a Ichthyologist can identify this fish for me

This will be very simple for a lot of you! But I been getting mixed answers about his catch. Is this a chinook salmon or brown spotted trout? Caught in Angus, Ontario, Canada. (Hwy 90 Bridge) I ...
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Species ID: What's this mushroom?

So this one is found in white mountain forest in New Hampshire, and I have strong suspicion it is actually just a boletus. My question would be what's is the name of this fungus?
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Identification of brown film inside a plastic water bottle

What could this film be at the base of a plastic water bottle? Also observed one around the neck.
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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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Want to know about a creature which bite me

I am Sachin from MP India. Few minutes back I have gotten bite by a creature. What is its name? Is it harmful if I got bitten by it? Feeling little pain there.
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What’s this bug? Sign of an infestation? Found crawling up the side of my washing machine. [WA]

Just spotted this bug on the side of my washing machine after putting some dirty clothes in the hamper and transferring a damp load to the dryer. I’m hoping it came in from outside somehow, and isn’t ...
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Help me ID snake

Could someone please tell me if this is a cotton mouth? Found 2 on my back porch, one got away. Location: Fayetteville, AR (USA) [Note: there are several ponds nearby]
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What is this? Found in southern Illinois

Found in southern Illinois in the driveway. What is this?
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Can you identify this species name?

I found this animal in Thanjavur.. It is millipede.. But I don't find out this species name..
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Which insect is this? They crawl like caterpillars and get metamorphed into orange moths

They are like larvae which gets metamorphed into moth (orange colour with black spots) .They are multiplying rapidly and have spread all over our building.
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Need help with these invasive vines damaging trees causing tree limbs to break

I need some help identifying various vines growing and girdling trees:
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Please help me identify this plant

I got a plant from friend but neither he nor I know what it is. Could anyone help me identify this? Google reverse image search could only find aloe vera and other green plants that are obviously not ...
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Please identify this plant

I don't know anything about plants
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What type of insect or bee is this?

First time with Mason Bees here in Tacoma WA. We had three come out of their cocoons today. One female is working in a tube. But we had one insect who flew up to near the bee house, shook off their ...
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What is this tiny translucent worm I found on my desk?

I found this tiny critter crawling vertically up my speakers. It seems to crawl like a caterpillar, but strangely, every now and then, it stops, rears-up and look/ feel around. It looks sort of grey/...
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bird identification by its singing

What bird is singing on background in this video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckFIDeanJgg