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Te mokomoko a Tohu – Aotearoa New Zealand’s newest species of gecko. Nick Harker/All rights reserved

Meet te mokomoko a Tohu: a new species of New Zealand gecko hidden in plain sight

A new gecko species in New Zealand was named te mokomoko a Tohu in consultation with a local Māori tribe. This could be a good example for how taxonomists might approach the naming of new species.
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Australia has hundreds of mammal species. We want to find them all – before they’re gone

A new list of 404 Australian mammal species is a crucial conservation step in the face of the ongoing extinction crisis.
There are even more types of viruses in the ocean than researchers once thought. newannyart/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Researchers identified over 5,500 new viruses in the ocean, including a missing link in viral evolution

Viruses do more than just cause disease – they also influence ecosystems and the processes that shape the planet. Tracing their evolution could help researchers better understand how viruses work.

A rare discovery: we found the sugar glider is actually three species, but one is disappearing fast

The sugar glider is an icon of the Australian bush. But discovering it’s actually three distinct species has big consequences for its conservation.

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