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 reseachers 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 = 194 new species


2017 (40 new species)

Naja peroescobari
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Naja peroescobari
Naja peroescobari

1 cobra from Sao Tome Island

Publication: The “Cobra-preta” of São Tomé Island, Gulf of Guinea, is a new species of Naja Laurenti, 1768 (Squamata: Elapidae).

Authors: Luis M. P. Ceríaco, Mariana P. Marques, Andreas Schmitz & Aaron M. Bauer

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Villanova University, USA; Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Note: thought to be an introduced species, it turns out to be a new species, endemic to the island.

Pseudocrenilabrus pyrrhocaudalis
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Pseudocrenilabrus pyrrhocaudalis
Pseudocrenilabrus pyrrhocaudalis

1 fish from the upper Congo River

Publication: A new species of Pseudocrenilabrus (Perciformes: Cichlidae) from Lake Mweru in the Upper Congo River System.

Authors: Cyprian Katongo, Ole Seehausen & Jos Snoeks

University of Bern & EAWAG, Switzerland; University of Zambia, Zambia; Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium.

Riggenbachiella amazonense
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Riggenbachiella amazonense
Riggenbachiella amazonense

1 tapeworm from the Neotropics

Publication: Untangling convoluted taxonomy of Chambriella Rego, Chubb & Pavanelli, 1999 (Cestoda: Proteocephalidae), with erection of Riggenbachiella n. g. and the description of a new species from pimelodid catfishes in the Neotropical Region.

Authors: Philippe Vieira Alves, Alain de Chambrier, Jose Luis Luque & Tomas Scholz

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic.

Note: The new genus name was given in honour of the late Emil E. Riggenbach, University of Basel, Switzerland, for his contribution to the systematics of proteocephalid cestodes at the end of the 19th Century.

Besleria iara
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Besleria iara
Besleria iara

1 shrub from the western Amazon

Publication: A new species of Besleria (Gesneriaceae) from the western Amazon rainforest.

Authors: Gabriel Emiliano Ferreira, Andréa Onofre de Araújo, Michael John Gilbert Hopkins & Alain Chautems

Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques, Geneva, Switzerland; Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia & Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil.

Serrasalmimus-secans
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Serrasalmimus-secans
Serrasalmimus-secans

1 piranha-jawed pycnodont fish from Morocco

Publication: A unique Cretaceous–Paleogene lineage of piranha-jawed pycnodont fishes.

Authors: Romain Vullo, Lionel Cavin, Bouziane Khalloufi, Mbarek Amaghzaz, Nathalie Bardet, Nour-Eddine Jalil, Essaid Jourani, Fatima Khaldoune & Emmanuel Gheerbrant

Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Université de Rennes, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, France; Khouribga, Morocco.

Note: fossil fish from the early Late Cretaceous

Toxidium cavicola
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Toxidium cavicola
Toxidium cavicola

1 rove beetle from Madagascar

Publication: Toxidium cavicola sp. nov., a New Cave Dwelling Malagasy Scaphidiinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae).

Authors: Ivan Löbl & Arnaud Faille

Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Spain.

Carinibus molestus
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Carinibus molestus
Carinibus molestus

5 fossil parasitoid wasps from North America


Publication: Ichneumonid parasitoid wasps from the Early Eocene Green River Formation: five new species and a revision of the known fauna (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae).

Authors: Tamara Spasojevic, Gavin R. Broad, Andrew M. R. Bennett & Seraina Klopfstein

Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde Bern & University of Bern, Switzerland; Natural History Museum, UK; Canadian National Collection of Insects, Canada.

Protonemura jurassica
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Protonemura jurassica
Protonemura jurassica

1 stonefly from the Jura Mountains

Publication: A new species of Protonemura Kempny, 1898 (Plecoptera: Nemouridae) from the French and Swiss Jura Mountains.

Authors: Jean-Paul G. Reding, Audrey Bolard & Gilles Vinçon

Corcelles, Switzerland; Villers-Farlay & Grenoble, France.

Argyromys cicigei
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Argyromys cicigei
Argyromys cicigei

1 fossil rodent from Mongolia

Publication: A new species of Argyromys (Rodentia, Mammalia) from the oligocene of the valley of lakes (Mongolia): its importance for palaeobiogeographical homogeneity across Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan.

Authors: Paloma López-Guerrero, Olivier Maridet, Zhaoqun Zhang & GudrunDaxner-Höck

Jurassica Museum, Porrentruy, & University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland; Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Austria; Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Beijing, China.

Amicromias yunakovi
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Amicromias yunakovi
Amicromias yunakovi

5 beetles from Greece

Publication: Five new species of Amicromias Reitter, 1912 from Greece (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae: Omiini).

Authors: Roman Borovec, George Kakiopoulos & Christoph Germann

Naturmuseum Solothurn & Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde Bern, Switzerland; Research Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Czech Republic; Athens, Greece.

Squalius semae
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Squalius semae
Squalius semae

1 chub from Anatolia

Publication: Squalius semae, a new species of chub from the Euphrates River, Eastern Anatolia (Teleostei:Cyprinidae).

Author: Davut Turan, Maurice Kottelat & Esra Bayçelebi

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland (corresponding member) & Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Singapore; Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University,Turkey.

Schistura titan
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Schistura titan
Schistura titan

10 loaches from Laos and Myanmar

Publications: Schistura epixenos, a new species of loach from the Nakai Plateau, Laos (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae). Schistura titan, a new species of loach from Dakchung Plateau, southern Laos (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae). Schistura systomos , a new species of loach from southern Laos (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae). Schistura colossa and S. klydonion, two new species of loaches from Bolaven Plateau, southern Laos (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae). Schistura indawgyiana, a new loach from Lake Indawgyi basin, Myanmar(Teleostei: Nemacheilidae). A new genus and three new species of nemacheilid loaches from northern Irrawaddy drainage, Myanmar (Teleostei: Cypriniformes). Vanmanenia orcicampus, a new species of loach from the Plain of Jars, Laos (Teleostei: Gastromyzontidae). Schistura thavonei, a new species of loach from northwestern Laos (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae).

Author: Maurice Kottelat

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland (corresponding member) & Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Singapore.

Salmo munzuricus
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Salmo munzuricus
Salmo munzuricus

1 trout from Turkey

Publication: Salmo munzuricus, a new species of trout from the Euphrates River drainage, Turkey (Teleostei: Salmonidae).

Authors: Davut Turan, Maurice Kottelat and Cüneyt Kaya

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland (corresponding member) ; Recep Tayyip Erdogan University, Turkey; Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, Singapore.

Glyptothorax forabilis
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Glyptothorax forabilis
Glyptothorax forabilis

2 catfishes from Laos

Publication: The Glyptothorax of the Bolaven Plateau, Laos (Teleostei: Sisoridae): new and endangered.

Authors: Heok Hee Ng & Maurice Kottelat

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland (corresponding member) &Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Singapore.

Proteocephalus demshini
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Proteocephalus demshini
Proteocephalus demshini

2 tapeworms from Russia

Publication: Proteocephalid tapeworms (Cestoda: Onchoproteocephalidea) of loaches (Cobitoidea): Evidence for monophyly and high endemism of parasites in the Far East.

Authors: Tomáš Scholz, Alain de Chambrier, Takeshi Shimazu, Alexey Ermolenko & Andrea Waeschenbach

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic; Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia; Natural History Museum, UK; Nagano, Japan.

Note: This species lives in the intestine of freshwater fishes (loaches).

Cichlidocestus gillesi
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Cichlidocestus gillesi
Cichlidocestus gillesi

2 tapeworms from Costa Rica

Publication: A new genus and two new species of Proteocephalidean tapeworms (Cestoda) from cichlid fish (Perciformes: Cichlidae) in the neotropics.

Authors: Alain de Chambrier, Carlos Daniel Pinacho-Pinacho, Jesus Servando Hernández-Orts &Tomás Scholz

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México & Universidad de la Sierra Sur, México; Instituto de Biologı́a Marina y Pesquera Almirante Storni, Argentina; Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic.

Note: This species lives in the intestine of freshwater fishes.

Orientatractis brycini
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Orientatractis brycini
Orientatractis brycini

1 nematode parasite from Gabon

Publication: Orientatractis brycini sp. nov. (Nematoda: Atractidae) from characiform freshwater fishes in Gabon, Africa.

Authors: David González-Solís & Jean Mariaux

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mexico & Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic.

Note: This species lives in the intestine of freshwater fishes.

Tylonycteris_tonkinensis
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Tylonycteris_tonkinensis
Tylonycteris_tonkinensis

1 bamboo bat from Indochina

Publication: Comparative phylogeography of bamboo bats of the genus Tylonycteris (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) in Southeast Asia.

Authors: Vuong Tan Tu, Gábor Csorba, Manuel Ruedi, Neil M. Furey, Nguyen Truong Son, Vu Dinh Thong, Céline Bonillo & Alexandre Hassanin

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam; Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, France; Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest, Hungary; Fauna & Flora International, Cambodia Programme, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Otiorhynchus gultekini
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Otiorhynchus gultekini
Otiorhynchus gultekini

2 beetles from Anatolia

Publication: Two new species of Otiorhynchus Germar, 1822 (Tecutinus Reitter, 1912) from south-western Anatolia (Coleoptera, Curculionidae: Entiminae).

Author: Christoph Germann

Naturmuseum Solothurn & Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde Bern, Switzerland.

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Colilodion schulzi

A rabbit-eared beetle, species of the year 2017 of the SSS

Press release – 16 January 2017