New Species Discovery!

This page is dedicated to showcasing new species (seen for the first time in Liberia).

 

April 2016: Possible new species discovered on a tour of the South Eastern forests of Liberia

Scientific name Taxonomical family Location in Liberia Type
Bertiera spec.nov Rubiaceae Sapo National Park Plant
Chazaliella sclerophylla Rubiaceae Sapo National Park Plant
Costus aureus spec.nov Zingiberaceae Sapo National Park Plant
Keetia spec.nov.? Rubiaceae Sapo National Park Plant
Marsobotrya spec.nov.? Euphorbiaceae Sapo National Park Plant
Mapania spec.nov.? Cyperaceae Sapo National Park Plant
Piper spec.nov. Piperaceae Sapo National Park Plant
P. leeuwenbergiana spec. nov. Rubiaceae Sapo National Park Plant
Rhaphiostylis spec.nov.? Icacinaceae Sapo National Park Plant
Tarenna harleyi spec.nov. Rubiaceae Sapo National Park Plant
Uapaca spec.nov.? Euphorbiaceae Sapo National Park Plant

 

2015: One of 60 new dragonfly species discovered in a study across Africa. More about Liberia’s Dragonflies and Damselflies here!

Scientific name Taxonomical family Location in Liberia Type
Urothemis venata Libellulidae Various Dragonfly
Tragogomphus grogonfla Gomphidae Various Dragonfly
Paragomphus lemperti Gomphidae Various Dragonfly
Orthetrum agaricum Libellulidae Various Dragonfly
Lestinogomphus obtusus Gomphidae Various Dragonfly
Gynacantha pupillata Aeshnidae Various Dragonfly
Eleuthemis umbrina Libellulidae Johnsonville Dragonfly

 

March 2015: Species named for ecologist working in Liberia

Scientific name Taxonomical family Location in Liberia Type
Cephetola wingae Lycaenidae Nimba Mountains Butterfly

 

December 2010: Tree discovered during Global Trees survey

Scientific name Family Location in Liberia Type
Apodiscus sp.nov.? Phyllanthaceae Sapo National Park Plant (tree)

 

July 2007: Seven new species seen for the first time in Liberia during a rapid survey in 3 forested regions

Scientific name Family Location in Liberia Type
Paragomphus nigroviridis Gomphidae Various Dragonfly
Phyllogomphus moundi Gomphidae Various Dragonfly
Nesciothemis minor Libellulidae Various Dragonfly
Palpopleura deceptor Libellulidae Various Dragonfly
Tetrathemis polleni Libellulidae Various Dragonfly
Tramea limbata Libellulidae Various Dragonfly
Trithemis monardi Libellulidae Various Dragonfly

 

Sources

Botanical research visit to the biodiversity hotspot of south-east Liberia (January-February 2016) to document the geography of rare and endangered Liberian species by Carel C.H. Jongkind

Rapid survey of dragonflies and damselflies in Gola, Grebo, and North Lorma Forests (June 2007) by Klaas-Douwe B. Dijkstra

Documentation of butterflies in Northern Nimba by Szabolcs Sáfián

60 new species of dragonflies found by Dijkstra & Lempert