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Biodiversity in Andalusia – Web scraps


Young Bald Ibis learn to migrate

Huge media attention for the arrival of 35 young Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) at Barbate (3/10) coming from the Schönbrunn Zoo (Viena) after their departure late august (21/08). El País.

Linaria sagrensis spec. nov.

This new species was described from Sierra La Sagra, one of the most iconic mountain in SE iberia. SINC.

Beaver detected in the Upper Guadalquivir !
Beaver (Castor spec.) tracks were detected for the first in Andalusia. Galemys.
Cazuma pincertail new to Andalusia

The newly described Cazuma pincertail (Onychogomphus cazuma) was detected recently in the Málaga province. Florent Prunier at

New species for science of Mercuria

Five newly described hydrobiids (Mollusca, Hydrobiidae). European Journal of Taxonomy

House bounting, a new European breeding bird

The House bounting (Emberiza sahari) is common and widespread in the Maghreb… and has bred for the first time in an Algeciras suburb. SEO/Birdlife.

Xenotorodor stygioxanthus gen. nov., sp. nov. (Lepidoptera)

A new moth from the family Lecithoceridae, a poorly known group of microlepidoptera which are found principally in the Oriental tropics, and the Australian and Afrotropical regions. Nota Lepidopterologica.


Wolf extinct in Andalusia...

A long time half-voiced secret is now official… The Iberian wolf (Canis lupus signatus) is assumed to be extinct in Sierra Morena. Plataforma por la Recuperación del Lobo en Andalucía. El Diario. It seems the last records of detected wolf droppings back to 2011-2013.

Spider new to science, endemic from Cádiz

Description of a stunning new species of Phlegra Simon, 1876 from southern Spain and redescription of an enigmatic Phlegra species from northern Africa (Araneae: Salticidae). Zootaxa.

Barbary Partridge census in Gibraltar

The January winter bird count in Gibraltar found 83 Barbary Partridge (Alectoris barbara). GONHS


Pantala flavescens new to Iberia

First record of the dragonfly Pantala flavescens (Fabricius, 1789), the wandering glider in Iberian Peninsula. Boletín AeE

A new fairy shrimps for Europe: Linderiella jebalae

First record of Linderiella jebalae in the Iberian Peninsula from two temporary ponds in La Línea de la Concep­ción (Cádiz, southern Spain). Limnetica.

Sudan Golden Sparrow breeding in the Strait?

Juveniles Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) have been ringed in both shores of the Strait. SEO/Ceuta.


Cryptic species in Oil beetles (Berberomeloe spec. nov.)

Stunning discovery with the publication of a compelte split within the genus Berberomeloe into 6 new species ! Zoological journal of Linnean Society.


Oriental hornet in Algeciras

Oriental hornet (Vespa orientalis Linnaeus 1771) has been recorded for the first time at the Algeciras port, from which it colonized Andalusia in subsequent years. Revista de la Sociedad Gaditana de Historia Natural.

Anaglyptus baeticus sp. n.

A new longhorn beetle described from Acer opalus: Anaglyptus baeticus sp. n. Revista gaditana de Entomología

Lertha sofiae, rediscovered after thirthy years

This mythical Neuroptera was refound near El Ejido (Almería) -thirty years later it last record- by ‘Faluke’, probably the most hard-work Andalusian entonologist. Biodiversidad Virtual.

Puer maculatus, rare neuroptera in Andalusia

Situation of Puer maculatus (Olivier 1789) (Neuroptera, Ascalaphidae). SGHN.


"Andalusian" Small buttonquail officially declared extinct in Spain

The so called “Andalusian” Buttonquail (Turnix sylvaticus sylvaticus) is officially no longer present in Europe. Its last records are already decades old: Huelva (1981) and Sicily (1920). Only tiny populations still exist in the Maghreb. The species is still widespread with numerous subspecies present in Africa and Asia. What an irony that the nominal subspecies is on the brink of extinction. MITECO. Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito’s pHd thesis has open access.


African babul blue breeds in Europe

The breeding of the African babul blue or topaz-spotted blue (Azanus jesous) is confirmed in Cádiz on the hosplant Acacia karoo.


Gadoria, a new genus of plant discovered in Almería

Gadoria falukei Güemes & Mota, a spectacular new species of Antirrhineae (Plantaginaceae). Phytotaxa. Complete story: Almerinatura.


Iberian lynx is no longer critically endangered

IUCN Red List category was updated and thanks to conservertion efforts, Iberinx lynx (Lynx pardinus) has been downgraded and in now considered to be Endangered. Agencia SINC.


New flora

The monumental Flora Vascular de Andalucía Oriental is published in Spanish and has open-access.


Discovered the migration flyway of spoonbills

Localized the departure locality from Europe of Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia) in their migration to Africa at Playa Barrosa (Cádiz).


Orange-winged Dropwing establishes in continental Europe

First record of the Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi), -so far- an African dragonfly.


A new fish from epicontinental waters !

A new fish was described endemic from Castilla La Mancha Chondrostoma oretanum, and possibly present in the Andalusian stretch of Jandula river. UCM.

A species new to Europe in the genus Drilus

Drilus mauritanicus Lucas, 1849 has been identified in Andalusia. Zoologica Baetica.