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 = 105 new species

2016 = 206 new species

2017 = 143 new species

2018 = 141 new species

2019 = 96 new species

2020 = 220 new species

30 New Species 2021

Megarthrus heise
Image : G. Cuccodoro

1 beetle from China

Publication: Megarthrus of China. Part 3. Comments on the occurrence of Megarthrus nitidulus Kraatz, 1857 in China, and description of a new species, with notes on teratology and phoretic acari in the genus (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Proteininae).

Authors: Zhang, S., Cuccodoro, G., Chen, L. & Liu Z. P.

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Institute of Entomology, College of Plant Protection, Southwest University, Chongqing, China.

5 beetles from the Philippines

Publication: Contribution to the knowledge of the Scaphisomatini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Scaphidiinae) of Mindanao, Philippines.

Author: Ivan Löbl

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland

Achilia quanrantena
Image : G. Cuccodoro

3 beetles from Chile

Publication: Part 7. Revision of Achilia Reitter, 1890: A. cosmoptera species group (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae).

Authors: Kurbatov, S. A., Cuccodoro, G. & Sabella, G

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.

V-flight intercept tra
Image : I. Löbl

4 beetles from the USA

Publication: Scaphisomatini of Arizona (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Scaphidiinae) collected by V-Flight Intercept Traps.

Authors: Ivan Löbl, Richard A. B. Leschen & William B. Warner

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Manaaki Whenua, Landcare Research, new Zealand; Chandler, USA.

7 beetles from Malaysia

Publication: On the Baeocera Erichson (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Scaphidiinae) of Sabah, Malaysia, and a tale on mystified biodiversity.

Authors: Ivan Löbl & Aleš Smetana

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Canadian National Collection of Insects, Canada.

Diptychophora planaltina
Image : B. Landry

3 moths from Brazil

Publication: A taxonomic review of the genus Diptychophora Zeller (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae sensu lato, Crambinae) in Brazil, with descriptions of three new species.

Authors: Bernard Landry & Vitor O. Becker

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Serra Bonita Reserve, Bahia, Brazil.

Procerobaetis totuspinosus
Image : J.-L. Gattolliat

1 mayfly from Thailand

Publication: A new species and first record of the genus Procerobaetis Kaltenbach & Gattolliat, 2020 (Ephemeroptera, Baetidae) from Thailand.

Authors: Chanaporn Suttinun, Thomas Kaltenbach, Jean-Luc Gattolliat, Boonsatien Boonsoong

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

Labiobaetis excavatus
Image : J.-L. Gattolliat

1 mayfly from Ethiopia

Publication: Labiobaetis Novikova & Kluge in Ethiopia (Ephemeroptera, Baetidae), with description of a new species.

Authors: Thomas Kaltenbach & Jean-Luc Gattolliat

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

Image : C. Germann

2 beetles from Borneo

Publication: Two new Cotasteromimina from Borneo (Coleoptera, Curculionidae: Molytinae).

Author: Christoph Germann

Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Switzerland

Afroedura donveae
Image : Werner Conradie

4 geckos from Angola

Publication: Rock island melody: A revision of the Afroedura bogerti Loveridge, 1944 group, with descriptions of four new endemic species from Angola.

Authors: William R. Branch, Andreas Schmitz, Javier Lobón-Rovira, Ninda L. Baptista, Telmo António, Werner Conradie

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva, Switzerland; Port Elizabeth Museum & Nelson Mandela University, South Africa; Universidade do Porto, Portugal; Instituto Superior de Ciências da Educação da Huíla, Angola; Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia.

Androsace albimontana
Image : Denis Jordan

This year, the Alps have once again proven to be a source of undiscovered biodiversity. After many seasons of field work and research in herbaria, a new plant species of the primulaceae family (Primulaceae) has been described: Androsace albimontana. This new species was chosen this year as an emblem by the Swiss Systematics Society (SSS).