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 = 204 new species

2017 = 143 new species

2018 = 131 new species


New Species 2019 (45)

Cartierodon egerkingensis
Bild: Naturhistorisches Museum Basel
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Cartierodon egerkingensis
Cartierodon egerkingensis (Bild: Naturhistorisches Museum Basel)

1 extinct mammal from Switzerland

Publication: A large hyaenodont from the Lutetian of Switzerland expands the body mass range of the European mammalian predators during the Eocene.

Authors: Floréal Solé & Bastien Mennecart

Natural History Museum Basel, Switzerland; Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium; Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria.

Note: The new species's name, Cartierodon egerkingensis, is a tribute to Robert Cartier who excavated on the site of Egerkingen, in the canton of Soleure, during the second half of the 19th century.

31 beetles from China

Publication: New species and records of Scaphisoma leach (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Scaphidiinae) from the People’s Republic of China.

Author: Ivan Löbl

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland

Sinningia stapelioides
Bild: A. Chautems
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Sinningia stapelioides
Sinningia stapelioides (Bild: A. Chautems)

3 flowering plants from Brazil

Publication: Three new species of Sinningia (Gesneriaceae) endemic to Espírito Santo, Brazil.

Authors: Alain Chautems, Valquíria F. Dutra, André P. Fontana, Mauro Peixoto, Mathieu Perret & Josiene Rossini

Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques, Geneva, Switzerland; Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco, Jardim Botânico Plantarum, Instituto Nacional da Mata Atlântica, Brazil.

Prosopistoma carinatum
Bild: M. Sartori
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Prosopistoma carinatum
Prosopistoma carinatum (Bild: M. Sartori)

1 mayfly from Tailand

Publication: Review and integrative taxonomy of the genus Prosopistoma Latreille, 1833 (Ephemeroptera, Prosopistomatidae) in Thailand, with description of a new species.

Authors: Boonsatien Boonsoong & Michel Sartori

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

Bungona pontica
Bild: J.-L. Gattolliat
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Bungona pontica
Bungona pontica (Bild: J.-L. Gattolliat)

1 mayfly from Turkey

Publication: A new species of Bungona in Turkey (Ephemeroptera, Baetidae): an unexpected biogeographic pattern within a pantropical complex of mayflies.

Authors: Pavel Sroka, Roman J. Godunko, Sereina Rutschmann, Kamila B. Angeli, Frederico F. Salles, Jean-Luc Gattolliat

Museum of Zoology, Lausanne, & University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic; National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine; University of Vigo, Spain; University of Potsdam, Germany; Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo & Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil.

Tenuibaetis fujitanii
Bild: J.-L. Gattolliat
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Tenuibaetis fujitanii
Tenuibaetis fujitanii (Bild: J.-L. Gattolliat)

1 mayfly from Indonesia

Publication: A new species of Tenuibaetis Kang & Yang, 1994 from Indonesia (Ephemeroptera, Baetidae).

Authors: Thomas Kaltenbach & Jean-Luc Gattolliat

Museum of Zoology, Lausanne, & University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Myotis crypticus
Bild: Manuel Ruedi
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Myotis crypticus
Myotis crypticus (Bild: Manuel Ruedi)

2 bats from Western Europe and North Africa

Publication: Two New Cryptic Bat Species within the Myotis nattereri Species Complex (Vespertilionidae, Chiroptera) from the Western Palaearctic.

Authors: Javier Juste, Manuel Ruedi, Sébastien J. Puechmaille, Irene Salicini, and Carlos Ibáñez

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Estación Biológica de Doñana, Spain; University of Montpellier, France

Andrena amieti
Bild: S. Giriens, www.swisswildbees.ch
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Andrena amieti
Andrena amieti (Bild: S. Giriens, www.swisswildbees.ch)

1 bee from the Alps

Publication: Hidden diversity in European bees: Andrena amieti sp. n., a new Alpine bee species related to Andrena bicolor (Fabricius, 1775) (Hymenoptera, Apoidea, Andrenidae).

Authors: Christophe Praz, Andreas Müller, David Genoud

University of Neuchâtel, InfoFauna – Swiss Zoological Records Center, ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Arzens, France

Hylia carthaginiensis
Bild: Spartak N. Litvinchuk
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Hylia carthaginiensis
Hylia carthaginiensis (Bild: Spartak N. Litvinchuk)

1 frog from Africa

Publication: Diversification and speciation in tree frogs from the Maghreb (Hyla meridionalis sensu lato), with description of a new African endemic.

Authors: Christophe Dufresnes, Menad Beddek, Dmitriy V. Skorinov, Luca Fumagalli, Nicolas Perrin, Pierre-André Crochet, Spartak N. Litvinchuk

University of Lausanne, Switzerland; University of Sheffield, U.K.; University Paul Valéry Montpellier, France; Russian Academy of Sciences & Dagestan State University Russia.

Gyrodactylus mojarrae
Bild: I. Blasco-Costa
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Gyrodactylus mojarrae
Gyrodactylus mojarrae (Bild: I. Blasco-Costa)

1 flatworm from Mexico

Publication: Morphological and molecular characterisation of a new species of Gyrodactylus von Nordmann, 1832 (Monogenoidea: Gyrodactylidae) of cichlid fishes (Perciformes) from Mexico.

Authors: Carlos A. Mendoza-Palmero, Isabel Blasco-Costa & Gerardo Pérez-Ponce de León

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Masaryk University & University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

Citrilolepis citrili
Bild: J. Mariaux
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Citrilolepis citrili
Citrilolepis citrili (Bild: J. Mariaux)

2 cestode parasites from Ethiopia

Publication: Two new cestode species of the family Hymenolepididae Perrier, 1897 (Cyclophyllidea) from passerine birds in Ethiopia, with the erection of Citrilolepis n. g.

Authors: Yana D. Dimitrova, Boyko B. Georgiev, Jean Mariaux, Gergana P. Vasileva

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

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Capurodendron sahafariense

A small rare tree of Madagascar, species of the year 2019

A small tree described by researchers from the Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the City of Geneva. It is found only in a few small dry forests, spared within forty square kilometers of degraded grasslands in northern Madagascar.