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Migratory Locust
2008-08-06 17:53:40

The Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria), is the most widespread species of locust. It occurs throughout Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It was once very common in Europe but has now become rare there. Because of the vast geographic area it occupies, which comprises many different ecological zones, numerous subspecies have been described. However, not all experts agree on the validity...

Scrub Hare
2008-06-16 16:02:21

The Scrub Hare (Lepus saxatilis), is a species of hare found in South Africa, parts of central Africa, and Namibia. It is found at about 3200 to 6500 feet above sea level. Its dorsal fur is gray and black, while its ventral fur is white. It has a black and white tail, while it has lighter fur around its face. Its length varies from 17.5 to 25 inches, and it weighs 3.5 to 10 pounds. Females...

Chinese Crested Dog
2008-05-21 10:54:32

The Chinese Crested Dog is an unusual looking toy breed of dog. A Chinese Crested dog was dubbed the "World's Ugliest Dog". It is speculated that the breed was originally used as a rat-catcher on ships and farmland. There are two types of Chinese Crested Dog: the Hairless, created by a dominant gene, and the Powderpuff. The Hairless variety can have various amounts of body hair. A true...

Cape Sparrow
2008-05-12 14:41:50

The Cape Sparrow (Passer melanurus), also called the Mossie, is a species of sparrow that lives in dry areas of southern Africa. Photo Copyright and Credit

Rock Bunting
2008-05-12 10:49:03

The Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia), is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It breeds in northwest Africa, southern Europe east to central Asia, and the Himalayas. It is partially migratory, with northern populations wintering further south, mainly within the breeding range of the resident southern populations. It is a rare wanderer to western Europe. This bird is 6.25 inches in...

Old World Climbing Fern Lygodium microphyllum
2008-04-30 22:52:26

The Old World Climbing Fern (Lygodium microphyllum), is a climbing fern originating in tropical Africa, South East Asia, Melanesia and Australia. It is an invasive weed in the US States of Florida and Alabama where it invades open forest and wetland areas. It is also commonly known as the Small Leaf Climbing Fern, climbing Maidenhair, Snake Fern and Gribbly Wib after the Old English.

Southern Adders-tongue Ophioglossum vulgatum
2008-04-30 22:46:47

The Southern Adder's-tongue (Ophioglossum vulgatum), is a species of the plant genus Ophioglossum. It is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, with a scattered distribution in Europe, Asia, northwestern Africa, and eastern North America. This small, hard-to-spot plant occurs singly in un-improved pastures, rock crevices and grassy path-sides but also occurs in colonies of...

Little Bittern
2008-02-05 15:52:33

The Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), is a wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae. It is native to the Old World, breeding in Africa, central and southern Europe, western and southern Asia, and Australasia. Birds from temperate regions in Europe and western Asia are migratory, wintering in Africa and further south in Asia, while those nesting in the tropics are sedentary. It is rare north...

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
2008-02-05 14:32:04

The Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles exustus), is found in sparse, bushy, arid land throughout central and northern Africa, and southern Asia. Though they prefer hot, arid climates, they rely highly on water as well. The diet of the Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse consists mostly of seeds, grasses, herbs, and mustard leaves. They are capable of traveling up to 50 miles in one day in...

Waterbuck
2007-12-21 11:12:26

The Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus), is an antelope found throughout Africa, except in the northern regions. Their habitat is scrub savanna areas near water where they eat grass. Despite its name, the waterbuck does not spend much time in the water, but will take refuge there to escape predators. Waterbuck stand 39 to 51 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 350 to 530 pounds. Their coats...

Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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