Readers Ask: How Can I Tell If I’ve Found A New Species?

You see an unusual bug. Before you swat it, wait: maybe it could make you famous

Several Florida residents have reported seeing the Leptotyphlops microsnake long before it was announced as a new species, which herpetologist Blair Hedges named for his wife.

Readers want to know: how can you tell if the new animal or plant you’ve stumbled across is a unique, as of yet unnamed species?

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