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Weevils in caves, fish, and an ant that ‘babysits’ caterpillars among 139 new species classified by CSIRO

The CSIRO has released details of more than 136 new species of animals and three plants identified in the past year.

The new species include four fish, 117 insects, 11 jumping spiders, three plants, a frog, a millipede, an earthworm, and a marine trematode — a parasitic flatworm.

The trematode was found inside a fish.

Close up of sucker mouth.
The oral sucker of Enenterum petrae under microscope. Baby Petra doesn’t know how lucky she is.(Supplied: Daniel Huston/Zootaxa)

Now called Enenterum petraeit was named after the baby daughter of its identifier, Petra.

David Yeates, director of the CSIRO’s Australian National Insect Collection, said choosing a favorite out of the newly identified species was a bit like being asked to “choose a favorite child”.

However, he said one of the most interesting is a species of ant — now known as Anonychomyrma inclinata — which “babysits” the caterpillars from one of Australia’s rarest butterflies, the bulloak jewel butterfly.

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The newly named ant Anonychomyrma inclinata is the ‘obligate attendant’ for the rare and beautiful bulloak jewel butterfly Hypochrysops piceatus.(Supplied: CSIRO/Jon Lewis)

“The ants carry the little caterpillars out from under the bark of the bulloak tree to feed on the soft tips of the leaves or needles at night; they carry them out and then back,” Dr Yeates said.

It’s a symbiotic relationship, where the ants protect the caterpillars from other ants, and get something in return, he said.



WhatsApp Says It Won’t Let Governments Scan User Conversations

WhatsApp is currently one of the most popular instant messaging platforms in the entire world, and needless to say, whenever a new government bill related to user privacy is under debate, the Meta-owned company obviously has an important word to say.

This time, the Online Safety Bill in the United Kingdom is the one that’s giving WhatsApp headaches, as the local government would essentially be able to scan user conversations and look for any content that would be related to child abuse.

In other words, the government is looking into a way to break the end-to-end encryption, something that WhatsApp isn’t willing to accept.

WhatsApp: Breaking E2E is a big no-no

CEO Will Cathcart told BBC in an interview that WhatsApp wouldn’t agree to compromise the privacy of all users just because the government wants to scan the conversations of a small number of accounts.

“Client-side scanning cannot work in practice. If we had to lower security for the world, to accommodate the requirement in one country, that…would be very foolish for us to accept, making our product less desirable to 98% of our users because of the requirements from 2%. What’s being proposed is that we – either directly or indirectly through software – read everyone’s messages. I don’t think people want that,” Cathcart said.

On the other hand, the government says that end-to-end encryption could eventually become a roadblock in every attempt to catch criminals hiding under this technology when going online.

“They shouldn’t ignore the clear risk that end-to-end encryption could blind them to this content and hamper efforts to catch the perpetrators,” a government spokesperson was quoted as saying by the same source. “We continue to work with the tech sector to support the development of innovative technologies that protect public safety without compromising on privacy.”