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

Click below for previous years:

2015 = 104 new species

2016 = 204 new species

2017 = 141 new species

2018 = 130 new species

New Species 2019 (7)

Myotis crypticus
Bild: Manuel Ruedi
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,
Andrena amieti
Andrena amieti (Bild: S. Giriens,

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
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
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
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

Species info

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.