New Species Swiss Made

The annual list of species described by researchers working in Switzerland

The SSS presents the list of new species, plants or animals (including fossils), recently described by researchers working in Switzerland.

If you wish to contribute, send your publication and a picture of the organism to swisssystematics@yahoo.com.

Click below for previous years:

2015 = 104 new species

2016 = 203 new species

2017 = 140 new species


New Species 2018 (40)

Capurodendron sahafariense
Image: Laurent Gautier
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Capurodendron sahafariense
Capurodendron sahafariense (Image: Laurent Gautier)

3 tree species from Madagascar

Publication: Three Critically Endangered new species of Capurodendron (Sapotaceae) from Madagascar.

Authors: Laurent Gautier & Yamama Naciri

Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques, Geneva, Switzerland

Bizarria bryiformis
Image: Jan Pawlowski
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Bizarria bryiformis
Bizarria bryiformis (Image: Jan Pawlowski)

5 foraminifers from the Pacific Ocean

Publication: Five new species and two new genera of xenophyophores (Foraminifera: Rhizaria) from part of the abyssal equatorial Pacific licensed for polymetallic nodule exploration.

Authors: Andrew J. Gooday, Maria Holzmann, Aurélie Goineau, Richard B. Pearce, Ivan Voltski, Alexandra A.-T. Weber & Jan Pawlowski

University of Geneva, Switzerland; National Oceanography Centre & Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, UK

Note: Bizarria bryiformis gen. et sp. nov. (picture) displays unusual features for the group.

Vanhoeffenella dilatata
Image: Jan Pawlowski
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Vanhoeffenella dilatata
Vanhoeffenella dilatata (Image: Jan Pawlowski)

1 foraminifer from the Antarctic Sea

Publication: Eyes of the Deep-sea Floor: The Integrative Taxonomy of the Foraminiferal Genus Vanhoeffenella.

Authors: Ivan Voltskia, Andrew J. Goodayb & Jan Pawlowski

University of Geneva, Switzerland; National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, UK

Cyrea szymborska
Image: Jan Pawlowski
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Cyrea szymborska
Cyrea szymborska (Image: Jan Pawlowski)

1 foraminifer from the Mediterranean Sea

Publication: Cyrea szymborska gen. et sp. nov., a new textulariid foraminifer from the Mediterranean Sea.

Authors: Maria Holzmann, Sylvain Rigaud, Shahrouz Amini, Ivan Voltski & Jan Pawlowski

University of Geneva, Switzerland; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Note: a new genus was also proposed for this new species

Leuckartiara longicalcar
Image: Peter Schuchert
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Leuckartiara longicalcar
Leuckartiara longicalcar (Image: Peter Schuchert)

1 hydroid from North America

Publication: DNA barcoding of some Pandeidae species (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa, Anthoathecata).

Author: Peter Schuchert

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva & University of Geneva, Switzerland

Cryptancistrus similis
Image: Sonia Fisch-Muller
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Cryptancistrus similis
Cryptancistrus similis (Image: Sonia Fisch-Muller)

6 catfishes from from the Guianas

Publication: An integrative framework to reevaluate the Neotropical catfish genus Guyanancistrus (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) with particular emphasis on the Guyanancistrus brevispinis complex.

Authors: Sonia Fisch-Muller, Jan H. A. Mol & Raphaël Covain

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva & University of Geneva, Switzerland; University of Suriname, Paramaribo, Suriname

Note: a new genus was also described in this work.

Achilia trauco
Image: S. A. Kurbatov
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Achilia trauco
Achilia trauco (Image: S. A. Kurbatov)

2 beetles from Chile

Publication: A revision of the Chilean Brachyglutini – Part 3. Revision of Achilia Reitter, 1890: A. frontalis species group (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae).

Authors: Sergey A. Kurbatov, Giulio Cuccodoro & Giorgio Sabella

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva & University of Geneva, Switzerland; Museum of Entomology, Bykovo, Russia; University of Catania, Italy.

Microphallus ochotensis
Image: Isabel Blasco-Costa
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Microphallus ochotensis
Microphallus ochotensis (Image: Isabel Blasco-Costa)

1 trematode parasite from the North Pacific

Publication: Microphallus ochotensis sp. nov. (Digenea, Microphallidae) and relative merits of two-host microphallid life cycles.

Authors: Kirill V. Galaktionov & Isabel Blasco-Costa

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva & University of Geneva, Switzerland; Russian Academy of Sciences & St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Note: this species is an internal parasite of Pacific eiders.

Dictymetra longiuncinata
Image: Jean Mariaux (detail of the hooks)
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Dictymetra longiuncinata
Dictymetra longiuncinata (Image: Jean Mariaux (detail of the hooks))

7 cestode parasites from Australia

Publication: Seven new species of cestode parasites (Neodermata, Platyhelminthes) from Australian birds.

Authors: Jean Mariaux & Boyko B. Georgiev

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva & University of Geneva, Switzerland; Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Niphargus luchoffmanni
Image: Roman Alther
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Niphargus luchoffmanni
Niphargus luchoffmanni (Image: Roman Alther)

2 amphipods from Switzerland

Publication: Translating Niphargus barcodes from Switzerland into taxonomy with a description of two new species (Amphipoda, Niphargidae).

Authors: Cene Fišer, Roman Alther, Valerija Zakšek, Špela Borko, Andreas Fuchs & Florian Altermatt

Eawag Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Dübendorf, & University of Zurich, Switzerland; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany.

Note: The species were named after Hans Lukas “Luc” Hoffmann (1923–2016), naturalist and ecologists, founder of the MAVA foundation and co-founder of the World Wild Fund for NAture (WWF), and after Tony Whitten (1953–2017), who devoted his life to nature conservation including conserving life in caves, also being a co-chair of the Cave Invertebrate Specialist Group at IUCN.

Habrophlebia hassainae
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Habrophlebia hassainae
Habrophlebia hassainae

1 mayfly from North Africa

Publication: Habrophlebia hassainae, a new mayfly species (Ephemeroptera: Leptophlebiidae) from North Africa.

Authors: Nadhira Benhadji, Karima Abdellaoui Hassaine & Michel Sartori

Museum of Zoology, Lausanne, & University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Université de Tlemcen, Algérie

Prototheora katangensis
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Prototheora katangensis
Prototheora katangensis

2 moths from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania

Publication: Two new species of Prototheora Meyrick from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania representing the northernmost records for the genus (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae).

Authors: Bernard Landry & Donald R. Davis

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA

Platybaetis nayokensis
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Platybaetis nayokensis
Platybaetis nayokensis

1 mayfly from Thailand

Publication: A new species of Platybaetis Müller-Liebenau, 1980 (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae) from Thailand, with description of the imago of Platybaetis bishopi Müller-Liebenau, 1980.

Authors: Chanaporn Sutthinun, Jean-Luc Gattolliat & Boonsatien Boonsoong

Museum of Zoology, Lausanne, & University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand

Cryptodiscus_muriformis
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Cryptodiscus_muriformis
Cryptodiscus_muriformis

2 ascomycetes from Europe

Publication: Cryptodiscus muriformis and Schizoxylon gilenstamii, two new species of Stictidaceae (Ascomycota).

Authors: Samantha Fernández-Brime, Ibai Olariaga, Hans-Otto Baral, Gernot Friebes, Walter Jaklitsch,
Beatrice Senn-Irlet & Mats Wedin

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow, and Landscape Research WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland; Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden; BOKU-University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences & University of Vienna, Austria; Tübingen, Germany.

Chironomids from Switzerland
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Chironomids from Switzerland
Chironomids from Switzerland

5 Chironomids from Switzerland

Publication: On the genus Chaetocladius s. str. Kieffer, 1911 from Switzerland with descriptions of five new relic species occurring in glacial alpine springs and streams (Diptera, Chironomidae).

Authors: Joel Moubayed-Breil & Brigitte Lods-Crozet

Museum of Zoology, Lausanne, Switzerland; Freshwater & Marine biology, Montpellier, France

Species News

Foreyia maxkuhni

A 240 million years old bizarre fish, species of the year 2018 of the SSS

Foreyia maxkuhni is on display in the expositions of the Natural History Museum of the Grisons at Chur/Bündner Naturmuseum, Chur.

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