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 = 140 new species

2019 = 96 new species


113 New Species 2020

Planimummoloculina gnosi
Image: A. Piuz

2 foraminifers from Oman

Publication: New Cenomanian "nummoloculinas" of the Natih Formation of Oman.

Authors: André Piuz & Vicent Vicedo

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Museu de Ciencies Naturals de Barcelona, Spain.

Nemapogon helveticola
Image: R. Bryner

1 moth from Switzerland

Publication: Nemapogon helveticola sp. nov. aus der Schweiz (Lepidoptera, Tineidae).

Authors: Reinhard Gaedike, Rudolf Bryner

Biel, Switzerland; Senckenberg Deutsches Entomologisches Institut, Bonn, Germany.

Malayathele maculosa
Image: P. J. Schwendinger

5 spiders from south-east Asia

Publication: New euagrid spider species from Thailand and Malaysia,and new localities of Leptothele bencha (Arachnida: Araneae).

Authors: Peter J. Schwendinger, Christina Lehmann-Graber, Komson Hongpadharakiree & Nurul Syuhadah

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Sirinath Rajini Mangrove Ecosystem Learning Center, Thailand; The Liphistius Project, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Cymbalcloeon sartorii
Image: J.-L. Gattolliat

1 mayfly from Thailand

Publication: Cymbalcloeon gen. nov., an incredible new mayfly genus (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae) from Thailand.

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

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

Note: this new species is unique by its gills movements (see video)

Nebria (Pseudonebriola) tsambagarav
Image: C. Huber

1 beetle from Mongolia

Publication: Nebria (Pseudonebriola) tsambagarav sp. nov., a new alpine species from the Mongolian Altai (Coleoptera, Carabidae).

Authors: Charles Huber, Peer Hajo Schnitter

Natural History Museum, Bern, Switzerland; Halle, Germany.

25 beetles from Madagascar

Publication: On the Scaphisomatini of Madagascar, and commentary on new trends in museums hampering taxonomic research.

Authors: Ivan Löbl

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland.

Boaedon bocagei
Image: A. Schmitz

3 snakes from Angola

Publication: A review of the Angolan House snakes, genus Boaedon Duméril, Bibron and Duméril (1854) (Serpentes: Lamprophiidae), with description of three new species in the Boaedon fuliginosus (Boie, 1827) species complex.

Authors: Jakob Hallermann , Luis MP Ceríaco , Andreas Schmitz , Raffael Ernst , Werner Conradie , Luke Verburgt , Mariana P Marques & Aaron M Bauer

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Universität Hamburg, Germany and 9 other institutions.

Phrynobatrachus arcanus
Image: A. Schmitz

2 frogs from Cameroon

Publication: Evolutionary history of the Cameroon radiation of puddle frogs (Phrynobatrachidae: Phrynobatrachus), with descriptions of two critically endangered new species from the northern Cameroon Volcanic Line.

Authors: Václav Gvoždík, Tadeáš Nečas, Matej Dolinay, Breda M. Zimkus, Andreas Schmitz and Eric B. Fokam

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Institute of Vertebrate Biology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Masaryk University & National Museum, Czech Republic; Harvard University, USA; University of Buea, Cameroon.

Varanus tsukamotoi
Image: A. Schmitz

1 monitor varan from Micronesia

Publication: Taxonomy of Micronesian monitors (Reptilia: Squamata: Varanus): endemic status of new species argues for caution
in pursuing eradication plans.

Authors: Valter Weijola, Varpu Vahtera, André Koch, Andreas Schmitz and Fred Kraus

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; University of Turku, Finland; Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Germany; University of Michigan, USA.

chimborazoi
Image: C. Germann
Anchonidium
Image: C. Germann

2 beetles from Spain

Publication: On Anchonidium Bedel, 1884 sensu stricto, with descriptions of two new species from the Iberian peninsula (Coleoptera, Curculionidae: Molytinae).

Authors: Christoph Germann

Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Switzerland

Jataiba uncigera
Image: D. BURCKHARDT

27 jumping plant-lice from Brazil

Publication: Neotropical jumping plant-lice (Hemiptera, Psylloidea) associated with plants of the tribe Detarieae (Leguminosae, Detarioideae).

Authors: DANIEL BURCKHARDT & DALVA L. QUEIROZ

Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Switzerland; Embrapa Florestas, Brazil.

Amecephala pusilla
Image: D. Burckhardt

1 jumping plant-louse from Burma

Publication: New fossil from mid‑Cretaceous Burmese amber confirms monophyly of Liadopsyllidae (Hemiptera: Psylloidea).

Authors: Jowita Drohojowska, Jacek Szwedo, Patrick Müller & Daniel Burckhardt

Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Switzerland; University of Silesia & University of Gdańsk, Poland; Geological-Palaeontological Museum of the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Note: a new genus name was also proposed.

Katacephala wineriterae
Image: D. Burckhardt

6 psyllids from Florida

Publication: The psyllids (Hemiptera: Psylloidea) of Florida: newly established and rarely collected taxa and checklist.

Authors: Susan E. Halbert & Daniel Burckhardt

Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Switzerland; Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, USA.

Cacopsylla paraspiculata
Image: D. BURCKHARDT

1 jumping plant-lice from Iran

Publication: Jumping plant-lice (Hemiptera: Psylloidea) of Kerman, Iran, with the description of one new Cacopsylla species.

Authors: MOHAMMADREZA LASHKARI & DANIEL BURCKHARDT

Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Switzerland; Institute of Science and High Technology and Environmental Sciences, Iran

Trioza turouguei
Image: D. Burckhardt

1 psyllid from Taiwan

Publication: Trioza turouguei sp. nov. (Hemiptera, Psylloidea, Triozidae), a new psyllid species from Taiwan inducing pea-shaped stem galls on Cinnamomum osmophloeum (Lauraceae), with notes on its galling biology.

Authors: Gene-Sheng Tung, Yi-Chang Liao, Daniel Burckhardt & Man-Miao Yang

Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Switzerland; Taiwan Forestry Research Institute & National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan.

Microcrambus arevaloi
Image: B. Landry

2 moths from Columbia

Publication: A review of the genus Microcrambus Błeszyński, 1963 (Lepidoptera, Pyraloidea, Crambinae) in Colombia, with descriptions of two new species.

Authors: Bernard Landry & Tommy Andriollo

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland.

Macrostomum janickei
Image: L. Schärer

3 flatworms from France

Publication: A phylogenetically informed search for an alternative Macrostomum model species, with notes on taxonomy, mating
behavior, karyology, and genome size.

Authors: Lukas Schärer, Jeremias N. Brand, Pragya Singh, Kira S. Zadesen, Claus‐Peter Stelzer, Gudrun Viktorin

University of Basel, Switzerland; Federal Research Center Institute of Cytology and Genetics SB RAS, Russia; University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Devario pullatus
Image: M. Kottelat

2 Cyprinid fishes from Laos

Publication: Devario pullatus and D. subviridis, two new species of minnows from Laos (Teleostei: Cyprinidae).

Author: Maurice Kottelat

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland (corresponding member)

Macrognathus orthosemos
Image: M. Kottelat

1 eel from Myanmar

Publication: Macrognathus orthosemos, a new species of spiny eel from southern Myanmar (Teleostei: Synbranchiformes: Mastacembelidae).

Authors: Ralf Britz and Maurice Kottelat

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland (corresponding member); Museum für Tierkunde, Senckenberg Naturhistorische Sammlungen Dresden, Germany; Natural History Museum,United Kingdom.

Tibicina longisyllaba
Image: T. Herlach

1 cicada from Sardinia

Publication: Look closely and listen carefully: unexpected cicada diversity in northern Sardinia, with the description of a
new species (Cicadidae: Tibicina).

Author: Thomas Hertach

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Switzerland

Rasbora marinae
Image: M. Kottelat

1 cyprinid fish from Borneo

Publication: Rasbora marinae, a new species of cyprinid fish from northwestern Borneo (Teleostei: Danionidae).

Authors: Tan Heok Hui & Maurice Kottelat

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland (corresponding member); National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Kayahschistura lokalayensis
Image: M. Kottelat

1 cave fish from Myanmar

Publication: Kayahschistura lokalayensis, a new genus and species of cave fish from Myanmar (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae).

Authors: Maurice Kottelat & Jozef Grego

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland (corresponding member); National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Note: a new genus was also proposed.

Cincticostella tornata
Image: J.-L. Gattoliat

1 mayfly from China

Publication: A new species of Cincticostella (Ephemeroptera, Ephemerellidae) from China.

Authors: Chonlakran Auychinda, Dávid Murányi, Weihai Li, Michel Sartori, Jean-Luc Gattolliat

Museum of Zoology, Lausanne, & University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Kasetsart University,Thailand; Eszterházy Károly University, Hungary; Henan Institute of Science and Technology, China.

Vietnamella nanensi
Image: M. Sartori

3 mayflies from Thailand

Publications: A New Species of Vietnamella Tshernova 1972 (Ephemeroptera: Vietnamellidae) from Thailand. Vietnamellidae (Insecta, Ephemeroptera) of Thailand.

Authors: Chonlakran Auychinda, Luke M. Jacobus, Michel Sartori and Boonsatien Boonsoong

Museum of Zoology, Lausanne, & University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Kasetsart University, Thailand; Indiana University Purdue University Columbus, USA.

Stylogomphus thongphaphumensis
Image: M. Sartori

1 dragonfly from Thailand

Publication: Stylogomphus thongphaphumensis (Odonata: Anisoptera: Gomphidae), a new gomphid dragonfly and the first record of S. malayanus Sasamoto, 2001 from Thailand.

Authors: Damrong Chainthong, Michel Sartori and Boonsatien Boonsoong

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

Dudgeodes freitagi
Image: M. Sartori

6 mayflies from Asia

Publication: Integrative taxonomy of the genus Dudgeodes Sartori, 2008 (Insecta, Ephemeroptera, Teloganodidae) from
the Philippines with description of new species and supplementary descriptions of Southeast Asian species.

Authors: Jhoana M. Garces, Michel Sartori, Hendrik Freitag

Museum of Zoology, Lausanne, & University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Ateneo de Manila University, The Philippines.

Labiobaetis bakerae
Image: J.-L. Gattoliat

3 mayflies from Borneo

Publication: Labiobaetis Novikova & Kluge in Borneo (Ephemeroptera, Baetidae).

Authors: Thomas Kaltenbach, Jean-Luc Gattolliat

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

P. petersorum
Image: J.-L. Gattoliat

3 mayflies from Asia

Publication: A new genus of Baetidae (Insecta, Ephemeroptera) from Southeast Asia.

Authors: Thomas KALTENBACH, Jhoana M. GARCES & Jean-Luc GATTOLLIAT

Museum of Zoology, Lausanne, & University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines

Habrophlebia djurdjurensis
Image: M. Sartori

1 mayfly from Algeria

Publication: An unexpected new species of Habrophlebia from Algeria (Ephemeroptera, Leptophlebiidae).

Authors: Lina Hanane Kechemir, Michel Sartori, Abdelkader Lounaci

Museum of Zoology, Lausanne, & University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Université Mouloud Mammeri, Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria

4 beetles from Taiwan

Publication: Four new Taiwanese species of Scaphobaeocera CSIKI (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Scaphidiinae).

Author: Ivan Löbl

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland

Andrena amieti
Image: S. Giriens, www.swisswildbees.ch

A new wild bee from the Alps, species of the year of the Swiss Systematics Society

This wild bee, described last year by Christophe Praz of the University of Neuchâtel and his colleagues from Zurich and France, belongs to the large genus Andrena, or mining bees, which includes more than 1,300 species. Andrena amieti is a high-altitude bee distributed over the entire Alpine arc, in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France and Italy.