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 = 137 new species


New Species 2019 (72)

Liphistius buran
Bild: P. Schwendinger
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Liphistius buran
Liphistius buran (Bild: P. Schwendinger)

1 spider from Malaysia

Publication: A revision of the trapdoor spider genus Liphistius (Mesothelae: Liphistiidae) in Peninsular Malaysia; part 2.

Authors: Peter J. Schwendinger, Nurul Syuhadah, Christina Lehmann-Graber, Liz Price, Siegfried Huber, Rosli Hashim, Subha Bhassu & Lionel Monod

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Geneva, & University of Geneva, Switzerland; University of Malaya, Malaysia; London, UK.

Banhxeochelys trani
Bild: R. Garbin
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Banhxeochelys trani
Banhxeochelys trani (Bild: R. Garbin)

1 fossil turtle from Vietnam

Publication: A new testudinoid turtle from the middle to late Eocene of Vietnam.

Authors: Rafaella C. Garbin​, Madelaine Böhme & Walter G. Joyce.

University of Fribourg, Switzerland; Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany.

Note: A new genus was also given to this species.

Rhyacoschistura larreci
Bild: M. Kottelat
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Rhyacoschistura larreci
Rhyacoschistura larreci (Bild: M. Kottelat)

1 fish from Laos

Publication: Rhyacoschistura larreci, a new genus and species of loach from Laos and redescription of R. suber (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae).

Author: Maurice Kottelat

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

Note: A new genus was also given to this new species.

Mirala burmanica
Bild: D. Burckhardt
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Mirala burmanica
Mirala burmanica (Bild: D. Burckhardt)

1 fossil plant-louse from Myanmar

Publication: The first jumping plant-louse from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber and its impact on the classification of Mesozoic psylloids (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Psylloidea s. l.).

Authors: Daniel Burckhardt & George Poinar.

Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel, Switzerland; Oregon State University, USA.

Note: A new genus was also given to this species. The specimen was preserved in amber.

C.pouteriae
Bild: D. Burckhardt
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C.pouteriae
C.pouteriae (Bild: D. Burckhardt)

1 plant-louse from Brazil

Publication: Ceropsylla pouteriae Burckhardt sp. nov. (Hemiptera: Psylloidea: Triozidae), a new species of jumping plant-louse
inducing galls on the leaves of Pouteria ramiflora (Mart.) Radlk. (Sapotaceae): taxonomy, gall structure and histochemistry.

Authors: Denis Coelho De Oliveira, Daniel Burckhardt, Tácito De Freitas Calácio, Vinícius Coelho Kuster & Dalva Luiz de Queiroz

Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel, Switzerland; Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Universidade Federal de Goiás & Embrapa Florestas, Brazil.

Oochoristica varanicola
Bild: J. Mariaux
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Oochoristica varanicola
Oochoristica varanicola (Bild: J. Mariaux)

1 flatworm from Kenya

Publication: A new species of Oochoristica (Cyclophyllidea, Anoplocephalidae) from Varanus albigularis (Squamata, Varanidae) in Kenya.

Authors: Jean Mariaux & Ian Beveridge

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Geneva, & University of Geneva, Switzerland; University of Melbourne, Australia

Thalerosphyrus thailandensis
Bild: Michel Sartori
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Thalerosphyrus thailandensis
Thalerosphyrus thailandensis (Bild: Michel Sartori)

1 mayfly from Thailand

Publication: Integrative taxonomy of Thalerosphyrus Eaton, 1881 (Ephemeroptera, Heptageniidae) in Thailand.

Authors: Waranid Sutthacharoenthad, Michel Sartori & Boonsatien Boonsoong.

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

Meira calanquensis
Bild: Christoph Germann
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Meira calanquensis
Meira calanquensis (Bild: Christoph Germann)

1 beetle from France

Publication: Peritelini nouveaux ou intéressants de la faune ouest-méditerranéenne. XXXIII. Une nouvelle Meira du sud de la France (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Entiminae).

Authors: Helio Pierotti & Christoph Germann

Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Switzerland; Treviso, Italie.

3 beetles from Asia

Publication: Supplement to the knowledge of the Chinese and southeast Asian species of Cypariini and Scaphisomatini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Scaphidiinae).

Author: Ivan Löbl

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland

5 fossil ammonites from Slovakia

Publication: Sinemurian ammonites from Male Karpaty Mts., Western Carpathians, Slovakia. Part 3: Asteroceratinae, Eoderoceratidae, Oxynoticeratidae and rare taxa.

Authors: Christian Meister, Jan Schlögl

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Protoshachemys rubra
Bild: Lionel Cavin
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Protoshachemys rubra
Protoshachemys rubra (Bild: Lionel Cavin)

1 fossil turtle from Thailand

Publication: Phu Din Daeng, a new Early Cretaceous vertebrate locality on theKhorat Plateau, NE Thailand.

Authors: Haiyan Tonga, Eric Buffetaut, Varavudh Suteethorn, Suravech Suteethorn, Gilles Cuny, Lionel Cavin, Uthumporn Deesri, Jeremy E. Martin, Kamonrak Wongko, Wilailuck Naksri, Julien Claude

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Mahasarakham University, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University & Department of Mineral Resources, Thailand; Laboratoire de Géologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier & Université Claude-Bernard Lyon 1, France.

Pandanus papateaensis
Bild: J.-F. Butaud
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Pandanus papateaensis
Pandanus papateaensis (Bild: J.-F. Butaud)

1 pandanus tree from French Polynesia

Publication: Pandanus papateaensis (Pandanaceae): une nouvelle espèce menacée de l’atoll soulevé de Makatea (Tuamotu, Polynésie française).

Authors: Jean-François Butaud, Frédéric Jacq & Martin W. Callmander

Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques, Geneva, Switzerland; Tahiti, Polynésie française.

Cretobrachygluta laurasiensis
Bild: Zi-Wei YIN
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Cretobrachygluta laurasiensis
Cretobrachygluta laurasiensis (Bild: Zi-Wei YIN)

1 fossil rove beetle from Myanmar

Publication: Cretobrachygluta gen. nov., the first and oldest Brachyglutini in mid-Cretaceous amber from Myanmar (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae).

Authors: Zi-Wei Yin, Sergey A. Kurbatov, Giulio Cuccodoro, Chen-Yang Cai

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, P. R. China; Museum of Entomology, All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center, Bykovo, Russia; Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, P. R. China; University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom.

Acanthotaenia susanae
Bild: Alain de Chambrier
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Acanthotaenia susanae
Acanthotaenia susanae (Bild: Alain de Chambrier)

1 flatworm from Vietnam

Publication: Revision of Acanthotaenia von Linstow, 1903 (Cestoda: Proteocephalidae), parasites of monitors (Varanus spp.), based on morphological and molecular data.

Authors: Alain de Chambrier, Jan Brabec, Binh Thi Tran, Tomáš Scholz

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice, Czech Republic; Vietnam Academy of Sciences and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Achilia reitteri
Bild: Giorgio Sabella
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Achilia reitteri
Achilia reitteri (Bild: Giorgio Sabella)

7 rove beetles from Chile

Publication: A revision of the Chilean Brachyglutini – Part 4. Revision of Achilia Reitter, 1890: A. puncticeps and A. approximans species groups, with description of seven new species (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae).

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

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche ed Ambientali dell'Università – sezione Biologia Animale, Catania, Italy; Museum of Entomology, All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center, Bykovo, Russia.

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.