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Mauritian Tomb Bat Taphozous mauritianus
2012-06-14 21:39:31

The Mauritian tomb bat (Taphozous mauritianus) is one of 51 species of sac-winged bats.  It is native to Madagascar and central and southern Africa. The range of the Mauritian tomb bat is large, encompassing many areas of Africa and the surrounding islands. It can be found in arid habitats as well as in grassland, tropical, and semi-arid habitats. It prefers habitats within moist savannah...

Geoffroys Cat
2008-06-16 16:05:09

Geoffroy's Cat (Leopardus geoffroyi), is probably the most common wild cat in South America. The species inhabits the Andes, Pampas (scrubby forest parts), and Gran Chaco landscape. Geoffroy's Cat is about 24 inches long, has relatively long 12 inch tail and weighs only about 4"“9 pounds, though individuals up to 18 pounds have been reported. Its fur has black spots, but the background...

Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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